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My Life As a College Student

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Lately, I haven’t been updating this website or posting. I’ve also pretty much stopped being active on twitter. But honestly, I miss being able to work on this project. College, despite being a very exciting and rewarding experience, has pretty much sapped all of my free time away from me. My commutes are long, my homework is tedious, and in my down time I’m exhausted. However, this spring break, I wanted to share some fun details about my experience so far with you all.

One thing college has given me that I couldn’t dream of in high school is the ability to have friendships with people who don’t speak English natively. I’ve had the opportunity to meet a few Japanese people (or at least people who speak Japanese) to have conversations with. Honestly, it’s the best thing I’ve ever experienced for language learning. They’ve given me a lot of useful phrases and vocabulary, such as 「シャックリが出る」, which means to hiccup, or the 〜がり stem, which can be used to describe people.

Another thing college has given me is access to countless resources for language learning that I could have never been able to afford on my own. For example, there is a library on campus that has countless Japanese books and manga. The language courses are a great experience; in my two semesters of French alone I’ve come such a long way in proficiency.

Most importantly, however, I’ve wanted to share with you all my plans for this website’s future. Pretty soon, it will be scrapped and replaced with something bigger and better – a language learning site not just for Japanese, but for other languages like French, Korean, Chinese, Spanish, or German. But don’t worry, the same Japanese resources will be there.

I can’t wait to start things over again, and college will definitely give me the resources to do so.

 

Vlog: My Trip Home

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Meet Robbin

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

The last addition to our current team, Robbin was born and raised in California. She went to college at University of California Davis, where she double majored in psychology and Japanese (part of that study was done at Kyoto Seika University) and minored in education. Robbin is studying to pass the JLPT test by translating various works like 世界の中心で、愛をさけぶ(せかちゅう).

Robbin’s ambition is to either become a professor of Japanese culture or literature like her professor in college or teach in Japan.  Her personal hobbies are karaoke, cooking, reading, doodling, kendo, and swimming.

With her obsession with Japanese culture and growing skills in the language, Robbin fits the mold of the Kanji Daisuki blog team perfectly.

Welcome to the team Robbin!

You can get a hold of Robbin at her twitter or her tumblr.

Meet Wesley

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Wesley was born and raised in California. During high school and part of college he spent six years in the national guard. He went to college at University of California Irvine where he double majored in Psychology and Social Behavior and Sociology. One of his favorite activities is dancing.

Being TEFL certified, Wesley has been teaching English in Japan since July of 2009. Being a teacher in Japan and a fanatic of the language, he’s a perfect fit to the Kanji Daisuki team.

You can get a hold of Wesley at his twitter.

Welcome aboard, Wesley!

Meet Paul

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Paul is a lover of technology, comics, anime, and most importantly the Japanese language. He feels most at home reading and learning about other cultures and loves to travel when he can. For this reason, Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern are his favorite TV personalities.

Considering himself a life-long student, he’s always learning something new and interesting. Despite being relatively new to the Japanese language, he’s able to write about it passionately, making him a perfect fit to our team. He will be writing most about Japanese culture (his favorite thing), and occasionally about beginner level Japanese.

You can connect with Paul on his twitter account, @bajista33.

Welcome aboard, Paul!

Blog Is Now Working

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

So it took a while thanks to my wonderful net admin to get the forums and blog up and running, but they’re here and I will be moving certain posts from the former blog back here. Some posts were transformed in to guide posts on the main site. It will take some time before things get moving again due to the fact that I need to make the theme for the blog because using defaults is lame. In the mean time, if you want to read the posts on the old blog it’s still live on wordpress.com. Click here.

The blog now will generally cover Japanese and Japan in general, like reviews on games, books, manga, as well as happenings in Japan. So stay tuned. ;)