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This is a mini quiz of 10 questions on General Knowledge and Japan. There should be a mix of challenging and relatively easy questions. You should be able to guess for most of them as well. I think if you get 5 or more you are doing very well. I have made it as a … Continue reading Quiz: General Knowledge + Japan
Words are magic. They grow up from thin air to form a thick web of meaning and memory. 20 years ago I didn’t know a word of Japanese. Sitting in the middle of conversations was like being blown around in a storm. Words give me rails to hang onto. There are so many great Japanese … Continue reading What’s your favourite Japanese word?
I have been trying to remember kanji for 20 years. Seeing Japanese natives struggle with them is kind of reassuring. New ways of learning them are constantly emerging such as the pooh teacher, Unko Sensei who has been inspiring young children to learn 1,000 kanji before they have left primary school. The Japanese comedian turned … Continue reading A way to write the nightmare kanji: 鬱
You may have learnt the word for country, 国 KUNI. You may also know the word for island, 島 SHIMA. When these words come together, the KUNI changes to GUNI. If you are wondering why, please read on. This word-sound changing phenomenon is called RENDAKU. Rendaku is when the first consonant of the second word … Continue reading Joining words: Who put the g in Shimaguni?