Category Archives: Life
Fall 2015: Recovering from almost a year of Japanese Language abandonment
Remember way back when where I said I’d hold myself accountable for my mistakes? That I’d admit them, and post them so maybe you’d be able to avoid them (towards the bottom of this page)? That’s what I’m doing here. This is a bit of a post of shame, although all is not lost. Allow me to explain. So in a previous post I’d mentioned that I had some career moves, and that I’d “soon” describe how they’d affect my Japanese learning, this site and my other activities. I guess “soon” is now – sort of. Right. So, the short version of it is that I got a new position at the company I am with. Actually, I’ve been in this position for over a year now. Specifically, it’s a software development position, and it’s one that (initially) took a […]
日本のクリスマスケーキ ( にほん の くりすます けーき / Japanese Christmas Cakes ) are hugely popular in Japan this time of year. They are typically a light sponge cake with strawberries and whipped cream, decorated beautifully as is typical with all Japanese food. In recent years, there are many other variations as well, such as チョコレートケーキ ( ちょこれーと けーき / Chocolate Cake) versions: If you’re curious about making a 日本のクリスマスケーキ, there is a video recipe here that details all the steps needed to make a beautiful cake. Images sourced from various places among the interwebs.
So, I just figured I’d post about an amazing experience I had yesterday. My fiancee and I went to this small すしresteraunt nearby. We’d been there a few times before, and love it more each time we go. The reason: it’s owned and operated by a very friendly, down to earth 日本語 couple who lived in Japan most of their lives. It’s an authentic experience, like stepping into a restaurant in Japan. But more than that, I discovered that many family and friends of the owners frequent there, and it’s a great place to take in some real Japanese. As I ate, I listened to conversations (though 未[not yet] able to understand most of it). But that wasn’t the coolest part. When I finished, I told the owner’s wife 度も有難うございます。 She responded どういたしまして, and I understood it without thinking about […]
おはようございます！ I know, it’s been a bit since an update, but I have reasons. Good ones, in fact. First off, I’ve noticed that trying to have a new post every 2 or 3 days seriously hampers my ability to accomplish other things. For instance, if I’m constantly writing new articles in English (such as this one), my time spent learning Japanese is reduced. So, I’m spreading updates out a bit, at least until I can start writing them in Japanese. 🙂 The second reason was that I was out of town for almost a week, with limited access to computers/my tools for learning Japanese. Writing an update is kinda hard when you’re not able to access a computer easily. Anyway, a new, well-established and well-written (as always, don’t you know? Actually, that’s bullsh- crap, but you know what I mean) […]
An Overview of Immersion
Updated 7/12/2011. Immersion. From everything I’ve seen/read/heard, immersion is quintessential to learning not just Japanese, but anything, really. If you think about it, it’s how you learned English in the first place – assuming, of course, that it’s your first language. Or, perhaps it isn’t; in which case you would still need to learn via immersion if you really want to get good at it. Let’s back up a few paces and glance at what immersion is from afar. Immersion is basically surrounding yourself with what (language, in this case) you are trying to learn. Full immersion is completely cutting all ties (within reason, of course) to your primary language and converting/changing all those things around you to be in the language you are striving to learn. This includes a lot more than you might consider at first. Obviously one […]