Japanese

Don’t Forget About Flashcards

There are a lot of books available that describe systems for developing a phenomenal memory — Joshua Foer’s Moonwalking with Einstein is one of my favorites from the bunch. What they mostly forget about, though, is the plain old flashcard…

Calligraphy 書道 (Shodō)

I started practicing calligraphy when I first went to Japan in 1996. I can’t say that I ever developed much skill in the art, but I sure do enjoy it. This page has a few samples of things I’ve done…

Snyder Book Collecting Contest

I was googling myself recently in Google Images and came across a picture of my doppelgänger on the University of Kansas website. The page lists the winners of the 2007 Snyder Book Collecting Contest. Why is the person in the…

Macrons (ā,ī,ū,ē,ō) マクロン

When romanizing Japanese you often need to represent the long vowel sounds in English with a mark above the letter, but because these “macrons” (マクロン) are uncommon, they can sometimes be difficult to produce. Below are methods for some of…

DDWIN 電子辞書検索ソフト

Follow these directions to search through CD-ROM dictionaries on your computer using DDWIN, an electronic dictionary search program. Pros and Cons of Conventional Paper Dictionaries Personally, I love the look and feel of books. Not only that, but it seems…

CD-ROM Dictionaries for Translators and Language Learners 翻訳・語学のためのCD-ROM辞書

Digital versions of dictionaries can be pretty expensive, which makes it difficult to decide which ones to purchase. To help out, I’ve ranked them, provided links to their product blurbs, written a little bit about my experiences with them, and…