Monthly Archives: February 2015

Doctoral Program

I’m in! I got accepted to a doctoral program in Information Sciences (情報学) at Sophia. It’s a big jump for me—going from ‘arts’ 文系 to ‘sciences’ 理系. I guess it’s time to buckle down and actually figure out how to

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Never mind the drilling, here’s how I’ve been learning the kanji

Probably every student of Japanese out there has filled a few notebook pages with characters repeated over and over. I know I’ve got more than a few from back when I first started. You sit there and mindlessly write 温温温温温温温温温温温温温温温

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What is ‘fluency’? What does it mean to be ‘fluent’?

If you’ve ever learned another language to a reasonably high level, you’ve probably had people ask you if you’re ‘fluent’. Probably half of the conversations I have with new acquaintances take this form: New Friend: How long have you been

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C/D model website, and my MA defense

Two quick pieces of news: Yesterday I started a site with Donna Erickson and Shigeto Kawahara to promote the C/D model. If you’re not familiar, the C/D model is short for “converter/distributor model”. It’s a way of describing how phonology

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