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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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Txtng is killing language. JK!!!

This video is an excellent response to the constant chorus of sky-is-falling pedants out there worried about the “decline” of language. Texting and netspeak are actually fascinating new developments in written language, and we should all approach them with the

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Why is English spelling so weird, and why is it so hard to read hiragana?

English spelling is nasty. It’s inconsistent, illogical, and only gives vague hints as to the pronunciation of the words. Why, just take a look at this poem! When the English tongue we speak. Why is break not rhymed with freak?

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