The Scribbler

20 April 2006

Lots of new things to learn

Filed under: Japan,japanese — The Scribbler @ 21:52

As well as settling into a new job and rapidly picking up all the TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms) that seem to be the shorthand way of referring to all sorts of things in the office, I'm also trying to teach myself some Japanese.

I'm hoping to take a trip there sometime later this year, and would really like to get to know the basics like hello, please, thank you etc. Luckily I found a fantastic free podcast, JapanesePod101 on iTunes. It's great because it's free, there are lots of episodes to download and they are available in ten minute chunks which are great to listen to in the car.

I'm just concentrating on trying to speak and understand a little bit. I think trying to learn to write the language may be a bit ambitious! But it's funny to see how I'm interpreting what I hear. I just took some time tonight to look at the pdf notes which go along with the lessons and which show you the words phonetically and also in Japanese characters. Some phrases which I imagined were made up of two or three very complicated words, are actually made up of much shorter ones!

Also one of the 'teachers' is called Kazinori, but thanks to the presenter's American accent, I thought he was called Cousin Orti!

I'm sure I'll make similar mistakes on my travels, but it's great fun learning…

Domo arigatou (thank you).


  1. I have some Japanese manuals/dictionaries I will pass to you via Gary. I had them for our wonderful 10 day trip to Kyoto.

    Thanks for the fantastic help at the weekend with the sailing event – we are very grateful and also pleased that you enjoyed it.


    Comment by Steve — 24 April 2006 @ 13:07 | Reply

  2. great blog!


    Comment by lafferty — 2 July 2006 @ 12:01 | Reply

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