Japanese · SLAP (Speak Like A Person) Exercises

SLAP #3 Rescheduling appointments without sounding like a jerk… 〜でも…?

Most of us don’t want to sound like a jerk. Especially when we’re doing something like rescheduling an appointment with someone last minute. It happens to the best of us, so let’s make sure we know how to do so and still sound respectful. Observe these messages I got from friends trying to reschedule something: EXHIBIT A: EXHIBIT B: My friends hedged… Continue reading SLAP #3 Rescheduling appointments without sounding like a jerk… 〜でも…?

Japanese · SLAP (Speak Like A Person) Exercises

SLAP #2 “Let’s Get a Meal Sometime!” …whatご飯行こう actually means.

That one sentence we use to invite our friends to eat with us. Even if we don’t mean it 😉 Cynicism aside, if you’re like me, you’ll have wondered what is a perfectly natural way to ask your friends to a meal in Japanese. Here’s one phrasing I’ve heard A LOT: 今度ご飯行こう! [こんど ごはん いこう] Let’s get a… Continue reading SLAP #2 “Let’s Get a Meal Sometime!” …whatご飯行こう actually means.

Japanese · SLAP (Speak Like A Person) Exercises

SLAP #1 “I can’t find any garbage bags” …the んだよね〜 of regret

Not knowing how to end sentences in Japanese makes us sound rigid. Today, let’s look at a very useful sentence-ender that will make our Japanese sound more natural– んだよね〜. As featured in an utterance from a Japanese housemate: ゴミ袋探してたんだけど、ないんだよね〜 “I was looking for the garbage bags, but there weren’t any (ya know).” Comparison with textbook Japanese: ゴミ袋を探していたの(ん)だけど、ないの(ん)だよね〜 Let’s look at some more examples to get a… Continue reading SLAP #1 “I can’t find any garbage bags” …the んだよね〜 of regret

How I Learn Languages · Language-Learning

Learning Vocab: How to Make a Vocab Notebook on your Smart Phone

Despite not being a flashcards person, I am loving this app called “Flashcards Deluxe”! Read on to find out how I’ve converted this powerful program into a vocab notebook. From Vocab Notebook to Flashcard App When I was learning Korean, I started using pocket-sized notebooks with half of a page in my target language and half in my base language(s). I… Continue reading Learning Vocab: How to Make a Vocab Notebook on your Smart Phone

How I Learn Languages · Language-Learning

24 Hauts-de-France Instagram Accounts I Follow

Since I waste so much time on Instagram, I decided to unleash the power of procrastination to learn French and to acquaint myself with the north of France by following accounts from the region. If you read my last post, you’ll know that one of the annoying aspects of the French IG world is that many accounts… Continue reading 24 Hauts-de-France Instagram Accounts I Follow

How I Learn Languages · Language-Learning

Formulating a French Study Plan

I’ve been learning a few thing this summer, including how to build websites (check out this site I made for my dad’s small business), some basics of layout design, and–most important for this coming year–French. Since it’s mid-way through the summer, I thought I should evaluate what I’ve been doing, formulate an actual plan and set… Continue reading Formulating a French Study Plan

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Mid-Summer Revelations on Small Town Life

I’ve known since April that I would be an English teacher’s assistant in the north of France for the next year on the TAPIF program. However it wasn’t until the past month that I was informed that I’d be working in a town called “St. Omer,” in Pas-de-Calais. Just 14,000 people, this town is not one that… Continue reading Mid-Summer Revelations on Small Town Life