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7 Aug
I’m in The Japan Times this week: “Jiko-PR gives job seekers a rare chance to brag in Japanese.” Ostensibly I introduce some 自己PR verbiage, but I really just wanted a chance to talk about エール, which is one of my … Continue reading
13 Jul
The new guy at work is a loud talker, and he often powwows with the guy in the office next to mine, which has been a huge boon for my I Heard That strategy. It’s difficult to tell exactly what … Continue reading
7 Jul
Just a quick post to share some knowledge. I’m working on my translations for the 2nd JLPP Translation Competition. It’s a little late to get started if you haven’t already, but if you’re working on 「昭和が発見したもの」, then this might be … Continue reading
2 Jul
Despite the fact that I work at a Japanese office, I use English most of the time. I do the occasional translation, have the occasional conversation in Japanese, and read the occasional Japanese email, but Japanese language ability was not … Continue reading
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
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