Learning Kanji: My Five Kanji Teachers

“BING, BONG, BING, BONG, BING, BONG, BING, BONG.” That grandfather clock-like tone means that cleaning time is over, and it’s time for the noon break. For the last four days my noon break has been a little different than normal. Every day after lunch & shouji I’ve been getting schooled in the ways of Japanese kanji by five, fifth grade girls. Learning kanji isn't always easy, but hearing it from a Japanese kid's perspective was really interesting. These five students were some of my best Continue Reading …

My First Elementary School Kanji Class

I sat in on the last 20 minutes of 2nd grade, Japanese elementary school kanji class today and it was amazing! I feel like such an idiot for not going sooner. I honestly don’t know why I’ve avoided attending class, but I haven’t been going. Maybe I thought I would feel a bit stupid being this big guy sitting in a class of 2nd graders who know so much more Japanese than I do. Today was just one of those days where everything lined up. I got to school a lot earlier than normal, had more the Continue Reading …

My Journey to 1000 Kanji: #46-60 (Week 4)

Okay, so it's on the the next set. ENJOY! 46.子- The Japanese symbol for child. Also the rat in the Chinese zodiac. On-yomi: シ shi、スsu Kun-yomi: こ ko Sentence: 子どものとこ、たくさんえいがいをみました。Kodomo no toki, takusan eiga wo mimashita. When I was a child, I watched a lot of movies. 47.京- The kanji for capital. On-yomi: N/A Kun-yomi: キョウ kyou、ケイkei Sentence: いっしょうに東京にいきましょう。Isshou ni Tokyo ni ikimashou. Let’s go to Tokyo together. 48.国- This symbol means country. On-yomi:コク Continue Reading …