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How To Study Intermediate Japanese – 会話

Posted by on Jan 27, 2009 in Language | 4 comments

_intermediatejapanesenew Almost a year ago now I bought and reviewed my first impressions of An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese textbook. Since then, much to my dismay, they have bought out an updated version that includes the CDs. Dammit! Especially it is only now that I am really having the chance to start using this textbook.

I’ve finished Japanese for Everyone (awesome textbook), and as here in Australia the kids are going back to school for the new year, I’ve decided to kick myself into gear and do a bit of my own formal study. So today I bought an exercise book and I’m going to get the show on the road…

I’ve pretty much already done chapter one, so this week I’m going to take it easy and review it. Then it’s down to business. I’d like to ideally do a chapter a week. I think this means I will sacrifice how many new kanji I can learn in a week in my quest to complete Heisig . But while I love the progress I make with it, I feel like I need more, hence doing this text book.

会話 – Conversations

First in the text book is a page in English with some culture notes. These are fine, interesting, but a bit of a waste of space. I will, of course, give it a glance before I move on to the first bit of meat in a chapter – 会話. There are three conversations, one super polite, one polite and one casual. To get through the conversations, I plan to do something like:

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Hana Yori Dango – Episode One – Review

Posted by on Jan 16, 2009 in Reviews | 0 comments

Hana Yori Dango Hana Yori Dango
Boys Over Flowers
Episode One
First Aired:
Carlie’s Rating: heartheartheartheart
Rate This Episode: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (11 votes, average: 4.73 out of 5)
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The story of Tsukushi Makino, a poor girl who goes to a school filled with rich people. Then there is this group of boys called the “F4”, a group of rich bullies. Well, really, only one is the bully, a Tsukasa Domioji. The group decides to pick on Makino, which is the biggest mistake they could have made as she plans to fight back…

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Maou – Episode One – Review

Posted by on Jul 7, 2008 in Reviews | 6 comments

Episode One
Original Air Date:
4th July 2008
Carlie’s Rating: heart heart heart heart
Rate This Episode: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (10 votes, average: 4.50 out of 5)
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I’m so sad that this is a TBS drama, and so I can’t show screen captures. I’m very very sad, as Ikuta Toma is HOT with his new hair do.

OK, on with the review. Usually with first episodes I’m a bit iffy on them – either they suck or they are OK and it takes a few more episodes for me to really appreciate or get into the first episode. I have to say, with this drama, I am going to be totally biased. I don’t think I can give a proper review. My heart was beating so fast all the way through this because a certain someone looks really good. Yes, I am a sad person.

But I have to say, I really enjoyed this. Ohno was great in his role, although I would love to see him be a bit more charismatic. Perhaps I am picturing this all wrong, but I was picturing from the synopsis that Ohno would be really likeable but a demon underneath, and that Ikuta would perhaps be not so nice on the surface but a really good person who always does the right thing underneath. We didn’t quite get that, but it is no fault to the show, just my assumptions.

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Goddess Carlie’s Smackdown – Matsujun’s Mop Hair vs. Yamapi’s Mop Hair

Posted by on Jul 7, 2008 in Reviews | 4 comments

Which Mop Hairdo Tickles Your Fancy?

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In the last poll, Shoushi vs Knight, Soushi was the clear winner with 61% of the votes. Congrats Soushi, you won our (and, somewhat, Riko’s too!) hearts.

This round it’s the battle of the Mop Hair Do. Which one does it for you? If any at all. But, you have to choose one. This may end up being a battle of the fan girls, but it’s all in good fun! So, which hair would you clean your floor with? Vote now, and share in the comments!

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Last Friends – Episode Four – Review and Caps

Posted by on Jun 10, 2008 in Reviews | 3 comments

Last Friends
Episode Four
First Aired:
1st May 2008
Carlie’s Rating: heart heart heart heart heart
Rate This Episode: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (9 votes, average: 4.56 out of 5)
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Michiru stays at the share house while Sousuke stalks Ruka to find out where Michiru is. Meanwhile, Orugin and Eri go pair cup shopping.

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