Word Bites — Is Japan “Nihon” or “Nippon”? Or both?

Described by the West as "The Land of the Rising Sun", the country of Japan is known to us English speakers as, well, Japan. In Japanese, this name is written as the kanji ๆ—ฅๆœฌ, but carry two commonly used pronunciations, "Nihon" and "Nippon". We see and hear both forms across Japanese media and maybe some … Continue reading Word Bites — Is Japan “Nihon” or “Nippon”? Or both?

Word Bites — Why do some people say “this here” instead of “this”?

In some videos, movies, or films, you may have heard some characters or people use the phrase "this here (something)" or "that there (something)", probably to portray a more country or old-style atmosphere. However, occasionally, I have heard instances where phrases like this are spoken in perhaps some places in America. So this got me … Continue reading Word Bites — Why do some people say “this here” instead of “this”?

Speaking Japanese — The Interchangeability of /s/ and /h/

It is said that, before the Second World War, there were curious differences in the writings on signboards of pawnshops, which seemed to differ based on the prefecture one was in. If you were in Tokyo, you might see ใ€Œใ—ใกใ‚„ใ€ (shichiya). But if you were in the Kansai region, particularly Osaka, you might see ใ€Œใฒใกใ‚„ใ€ … Continue reading Speaking Japanese — The Interchangeability of /s/ and /h/

Speaking Japanese — Understanding Aidzuchi

Verbal communication brings out a lot of colour in a language, way beyond the confines of the materials upon which the language is recorded in. Everyday expressions, slang terms, and other kinds of word variants can be picked up through speaking and listening in a conversational context. Very often, when listening to Japanese conversations, or … Continue reading Speaking Japanese — Understanding Aidzuchi

Speaking Japanese — What Exactly is Rendaku?

When learning Japanese, you would have encountered several patterns in speech. For example, while a person in Japanese is ไบบ (ใฒใจ, hito), the plural may be ไบบใ€… (ใฒใจใณใจ, hitobito). In a rather similar fashion, time is ๆ™‚ (ใจใ, toki), while sometimes is ๆ™‚ใ€… (ใจใใฉใ, tokidoki). You may be asking, what is the pattern here? Notice … Continue reading Speaking Japanese — What Exactly is Rendaku?

Japanese Speech Contest 2020/21 (ๆ—ฅๆœฌ่ชžใ‚นใƒ”ใƒผใƒใ‚ณใƒณใƒ†ใ‚นใƒˆ 2020/21) — The translation

As scheduled, here is my translation of what I wrote, under the guidance of my Japanese language tutor, for the script used in the Japanese Speech Contest submission entry! I included the original Japanese text at the top, followed by the English translation, to make referrals to the original script a bit easier. ใ‚ทใƒณใ‚ฌใƒใƒผใƒซใฎๆถˆๆป…ๅฑๆฉŸ่จ€่ชžใฎๅพฉ่ˆˆใƒผใ‚ฏใƒชใ‚นใ‚ฟใƒณ่ชž Language … Continue reading Japanese Speech Contest 2020/21 (ๆ—ฅๆœฌ่ชžใ‚นใƒ”ใƒผใƒใ‚ณใƒณใƒ†ใ‚นใƒˆ 2020/21) — The translation

Japanese Speech Contest 2020/21 (ๆ—ฅๆœฌ่ชžใ‚นใƒ”ใƒผใƒใ‚ณใƒณใƒ†ใ‚นใƒˆ 2020/21) — The script

ไปŠ้€ฑใฎๆŠ•็จฟใฏๅฐ‘ใ—็•ฐใชใ‚‹ใ€‚ๅŽปๅนดใฎ12ๆœˆใซ่‹ฑๅ›ฝๆ—ฅๆœฌ่ชžๆ•™่‚ฒๅญฆไผšใฎๆ—ฅๆœฌ่ชžใ‚นใƒ”ใƒผใƒใ‚ณใƒณใƒ†ใ‚นใƒˆใซๅ‚ๅŠ ใ™ใ‚‹ใ“ใจใซๆฑบใ‚ใŸใ€‚ๆฑบๅ‹ๅคงไผšใซ้ธ่€ƒใ•ใ‚Œใชใ‹ใฃใŸใŒใ€ใ“ใฎ็ตŒ้จ“ใงๆ›ธใๆ–นใ‚„่ฉฑใ—ๆ–นใชใฉ่‰ฒใ€…ใชใ‚’่บซใซใคใ‘ใŸใจๆ€ใ†ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใงใฏใ€ๆ›ธใ„ใŸๅฐๆœฌใ‚’ใ“ใฎใ‚ตใ‚คใƒˆใงใ‚ทใ‚งใ‚ขใ—ใŸใ„ใ€‚่‡ชๅทฑ็ดนไป‹ใ‚„ๅฝขๅผ็š„ใช่กจ็พใชใฉใฎๅˆ‡ใฃใŸใจใ“ใ‚ใŒใ‚ใ‚‹ใŒใ€ๅ†…ๅฎนใจใ—ใฆใŸใ„ใฆใ„ไฟใŸใ‚Œใ‚‹ใ€‚่‹ฑ่ชžใฎ็ฟป่จณใฏๆฐดๆ›œๆ—ฅใซๅ‡บใ›ใ‚‹ใ€‚ This week's post will be a little different. Last December, I decided to take part in the Japanese Speech Contest held by the British Association for Teaching Japanese. While I was not shortlisted for the finals day, I think that through this experience, I learnt a lot of stuff, from writing to speaking and … Continue reading Japanese Speech Contest 2020/21 (ๆ—ฅๆœฌ่ชžใ‚นใƒ”ใƒผใƒใ‚ณใƒณใƒ†ใ‚นใƒˆ 2020/21) — The script

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Method ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Review โ€” The Language Learning Challenges

If you have used social media as part of your language learning processes, or you are in language learning interest groups, you might have encountered various challenges that try to push you to speak or write in your target language. This includes the Lingua Franca Challenge, the 30-Day Record Yourself Challenge, and the 30 Day … Continue reading ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Method ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Review โ€” The Language Learning Challenges

๐Ÿ‘๐ŸปMethod ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Review โ€” Teach Yourself Enjoy Language Series

Teach Yourself has a diverse set of language courses for various learners of various proficiencies, from the Get Started series for absolute beginners to the Enjoy series for learners who want to perfect their various skills in their target language. Last year, we covered the main series of Teach Yourself language coursebooks, the Complete series, … Continue reading ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸปMethod ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Review โ€” Teach Yourself Enjoy Language Series

๐Ÿ‘๐ŸปMethod ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Review โ€” Routledge’s Colloquial Series

Like Teach Yourself, Routledge is also another powerhouse of language coursebooks, primarily through the Colloquial Series of Multimedia Language Courses, containing courses for at least 40-50 languages. Audio is available through CDs, or through external downloads. Alongside these courses, Routledge also has several Grammar series, and courses focused on the grammar side of things compared … Continue reading ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸปMethod ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Review โ€” Routledge’s Colloquial Series

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Method ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Review — Teach Yourself Complete Series

In this review, we will take a look at the various publications in the language learning industry, particularly the self-instruction book giant Teach Yourself. From languages to quantum mechanics, Teach Yourself has an extremely wide spread of subjects, but this being a language learning site, we will be reviewing the Complete, Get Talking, Get Started, … Continue reading ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Method ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Review — Teach Yourself Complete Series

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Method ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Review — Duolingo

"No, you are an apple" "I am a horse" Most people who use Duolingo in their language learning journeys probably have encountered sentences like this, and wondered, how does this even make sense, or how does this even help me? Duolingo is one of the most widely-used applications that aid in learning foreign languages, released … Continue reading ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Method ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Review — Duolingo