Archive for the ‘japanese’ Category

When, where, who, what? Video

July 7, 2007 seems to be useful found it through When, where, who, what? Video

いつ itsu When
どて dote Where
だ れdare Who
なに nani What

itsu, dote, dare, nani?


Japanese classes

May 5, 2007

Since thursday I have finished my beginners japanese class. UL gaves us all a cert at a reception in the UL white house. The class was great and the other students. I have arranged a teacher for the summer to keep learning and try the exam in september.


March 31, 2007

Slowly translating webpages with lots of looking up

shougakusei – grad school student

ホームページ hoomupeeji
web site – homepage

興味 (きょうみ) kyoumi

interest (in something)


March 22, 2007

This pera pera penguin 042 covers a lot of words we did last class (nihongo juu-go). We have 5 classes left. I’m going to miss the classes.

Nihongo shi juu (japanese 14)

March 14, 2007

きのう (kino) in nohongo class we got out third japanese history lesson and covered giving directions to buildings.

I’m getting there with reading and writing but I have a lot more to go. I also need to keep practising speaking and listening. I’m still enjoying the classes a lot. 


March 9, 2007

Words I found the kanji for, to eat (食べる taberu), to drink (飲む nomu).

Career terms.

March 6, 2007

ギル マ ー ティン メ アリー is my name in nihongo. Its in Gilmartin Mary order.
WEB担当 webmaster. This is my day job. I need this term if I job hunt in Nihon.

職務内容 Responsibilities
求人要件 Requirements

Nihongo san juu,

March 6, 2007

Japanese week 13  is tonight. Last week we covered some kanji. I’m getting more familar working with kana, but I still cant read it easily. So I have been doing reading and writing excercises in kana. Its seems to be helping but I think it will take time.

Watching some japanese tv programs on youtube is helping a little, I’m hearing the odd word that we have covered, plus I think its helping with pronouncation.

Podcasts are great. I wish however it was easier to find ever word and phrase we cover. In fact I wish the course came with a podcast of every lesson, so I could practice every word till i was sure I was pronoucing it properly. 

MIT open courseware links.

21F501 Beginning Japanese IFall2004
21F502 Beginning Japanese IISpring2005

Japanese class 12

February 27, 2007

Nihongo ni juu, is on tonight. I have been spending a bit of time on the verbs this week.

Here are some examples. I wrote them in kana (with the kanji for watashi) and in romanji in
my notebook when i was practicing. 

Watashi wa ginkoo e ikimasu. Watashi wa toshokan e ikimasu.
Watashi wa hoteru e kimasu. Watashi wa keisatsu e kimasu.
Watashi wa sensu wo kaimsu.

The kanji for watashi is


February 20, 2007

Back at japanese tonight (class 11) so won’t be making pancakes myself till tomorrow. Had some for lunch though. Didn’t really do enough study of the language even though I mean’t too, but flicking back though my notes I remember a good amount. I am looking forward to the class.

I have been playing the game Okami recently which uses about 20 kanji. I also have been reading the kanji a day newletter. Todays is 国.

Kuni: 国 Meanings: country, nation. On Readings: koku. Kun Readings: kuni. JLPT Level: 4. Grade: 2

Common jukugo
外国人 – gai koku jin – foreigner
国語 – koku go – national language (in Japan, Japanese)
天国 – ten goku – heaven, paradise
帰国 – ki koku – return to own’s own country
This is a combination of kuchi (口) [mouth] & tama (玉) [ball].