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29 Jun
I gave a short crash course on Japanese for departing JETs at the Consulate-General of Japan at Chicago yesterday, and I thought I would post the handout I gave everyone and add a few links and explanations. The goal of … Continue reading
18 Jun
I’m in the Japan Times this week: “Keep pounding away and eventually Japanese will reveal its secrets.” It’s just a little piece about how I finally figured out 使役 (しえき, causative). I mention the Yoshi Ikuzo karaoke song と・も・子, which … Continue reading
12 May
I’m on the Japan Times Bilingual page this week: “In Japanese, mastery of the space-time continuum is just a few words away.” The intro is inspired by my first ever trip to Japan—an internship with a propeller company. I was … Continue reading
6 Apr
After an extended break for ten days of travel through Bavaria and Bohemia (it was excellent; see Twitter/Instagram for details), I’m back at Hard-boiled Wonderland. In Chapter 24 “Shadow Grounds,” Boku visits the Gatekeeper and then has a catch-up with … Continue reading
3 Apr
My column is in the Japan Times Bilingual page this week: “Submitting yourself to the 50 shades of arigatō gozaimasu.” I take a look at ways to diversify your phrases of appreciation: ありがとう is great, but there are other ways … Continue reading
9 Mar
@howtojapanese @japantimes @AkoKitamura always struggle with sentences like "he said she told him they were very happy". 主語と動詞が多すぎ — Brendan Hidenaga (@tintinaujapon) February 12, 2015 My March Japan Times Bilingual piece is up: “Avoiding the subject isn’t such a bad … Continue reading
2 Mar
Back in the ‘90s and the early ‘00s when I first played through (parts of) FFVI, I had no idea how much the opera scene owed to karaoke culture, but now it’s totally clear. I mean, there’s a syllable for … Continue reading
24 Feb
When I first read Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, I preferred the odd-numbered chapters with the data agent. I visited a few colleges that summer as I was reading it, and because of the book I was … Continue reading
10 Feb
Fucking Ultros. I just got beat down in the opera house, and I’ve realized I probably either need to A) head back to Narshe and pick up another party member, B) hope that I can still add Shadow, or C) … Continue reading
2 Feb
 I’ve got an article in the Japan Times Bilingual page today about the very interesting little particle か: “‘Ka’ can help you sound less like Mr. Roboto.” For the most part か is harsh and striking (いいか?); it demands attention. … Continue reading
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