A Japan Guy 15 Kanji Quiz

I remember eating out with my friend Abasa in the early part of my Japan stay and was so impressed by this guy. I knew so little Japanese, but he was speaking fluently, effortlessly. We talked about life in Japan and how he didn’t follow the normal teaching route. Abasa went the business route, instead. He’d lived in Japan for quite some time, and life seemed so good for him. Running into people like him who were so positive about being here, really had a big influence on me. I wanted to Continue Reading …

My Journey to 1000 Kanji: #16-30 (Week 2)

It's KANJI TIME!! Today I'm looking at kanji numbers 16-30. Last time we worked primarily on numbers. I think I've got the hang of those (even though I'm not sure if the sentences I created were 100% natural...but bear with me...I'm learning). This week's kanji seem pretty cool, because they include fire, water, wood cool, ninja-sounding-type stuff. Without any further ado, let's get right to it. KANJI # 16-30 16.日- This Japanese symbol for sun, day, or Japan. On-yomi: Nichi ニチ, Continue Reading …

Learning Japanese Kanji: My Journey to 1000 Kanji (10/09/2010)

INTRODUCTION Why did devote a section of my blog to Japanese kanji? Simply put, I want to learn more about this fascinating language around me. I want to be able to understand everything around me: on a train, on a bus, at a doctor's office, at the grocery store, in a newspaper...EVERYTHING! No, I'm not a Japanese specialist, nor I am I a Japanese teacher, not even in the slightest. I hope I don't come across that way. I DO however enjoy learning new things about language. Two things Continue Reading …