Updates and Electronic Dictionaries

A giant paper dictionary is all well and good, but it’s not very useful for reading Japanese comics at work. It weighs a ton and it gets painful to keep flipping through it, while also juggling the book you are trying to read and a notepad to write the stuff down in. So I decided …

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Got Dictionary Envy?

I got this last weekend…   Could have spent a pound less for no slipcase! It’s a rather huge (that’s A3 paper!) Japanese-English dictionary published by Kenkyusha in 1986, for 8000 yen (I dread to think what that translates to in contemporary pounds). According to a stamp in the front it once belonged to the …

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Started applying for JET again

Let’s see what happens this time around eh? I think I’ve improved my application chances a little, by… – Joining a Japanese cultural exchange society – Learning more of the language – Taking ‘proper’ classes in it too (ought to sound better!) – Giving my university proper instructions on ‘authenticating’ the degree transcript I need. …

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Japanese lessons

I’ve started to properly have Japanese lessons now! They are organised by the Cambridge University Anglo-Japanese Society. There’s three levels, Beginner, Advanced Beginner and Intermediate. I tried the first two out (as they were one after the other in the same room, and free). My own level appears to be far beyond the Beginner level …

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