Update to My 2011 Post

I have been inspired by a friend of mine restarting her blog to at least put in a post for mine. It’ll be short because I overslept and should have left for work already.

As any update to my 2011 post about Japanese, I got really annoyed that I couldn’t read Japanese, so I decided to start to learn Japanese. Also, I’d like to visit my friend Sachiko in Japan. It took me ages to learn all the letters. Then, that done, I discovered that I had to learn a second was of writing all the letters. That almost did me in, but then I realized that the same thing happens when you learn Hebrew (script versus print) and English (upper and lower case) so I sucked it up.

I’m currently using the apps Duolingo, JA Sensei, and Kanji Study. I tried Memrise, but I didn’t find it all that helpful.


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It took me a year to write a post and it ended up being the wrong one! I am deleting the last post because it went to the wrong blog. Sorry folks. However, I hope to get back into the swing of things soon. And, for those wondering about that seemingly never-ending project that I was complaining about in August of 2011, it is still going on. {sigh}

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Thinking Ahead

March 9, 2013 1 comment

Boy am I glad I bought two tickets the last time I went to visit family in Pennsylvania. Today, I got to the bus for minutes before it was scheduled to leave. No way I had time to go buy a ticket.

On a related note, tomorrow is Ace’s birthday. He will be hmm hmm hmm. This year, he’s getting a practical gift. Do you want a hint? It’s related to the weird way flexible spending accounts are set up.

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How Not to Bomb at a Reading (from Gotham Writers Workshop)

April 27, 2012 1 comment

A couple of years ago I took a class from Gotham. Since them, they’ve been sending monthly emails, which can be very interesting. This article, on their site, I found to be compelling (not that I do readings). I pressed “Share This” and it keeps saying it worked, but nothing seems to happen.

Douglas Bright’s main points are

  • Set goals for the reading.
  • Gauge the audience.
  • Fulfill your contract.

but how he lays it out, and his experiences, are worth the read.

See the whole thing here.

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Language Lunes: Japanese

My friend Sachiko says that I have a very good accent in Japanese. Sadly, I only know about six words (not counting gung-ho or kara-te) and all of those are verbal; I can’t read Japanese at all. When her Japanese friends write on her Facebook page, I have no idea what they’re saying. Or rather, I had no idea what they are saying.

Lately, however, I’ve been using Google Translate to find out what people are saying. Sometimes, it isn’t very helpful. With short words and phrases, though, it’s great. And, in order to wow any Japanese friends I might have in the future, I have started to compile a list of words that you, too, might want to use to amaze and wow your own Japanese friends. Here they are:

  • Awesome   すごい~
  • Amazing  すごい
  • Crikey  わあ
  • Good job  いい仕事
  • I’ll surprise you  びっくりしますよね
  • Sorry  すみません
  • Zowie, interesting!  きゃー面白い!

And, last but not least, the Japanese way to express 🙂 is (^-^).

Of course, you might find this word list more helpful:  http://www.japanesewords.net/downloads/kanjivocablist.pdf

And with that, I will say さようなら or, as they say in the good old U S of A, sayonara!

Short Vocabulary List


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Unfounded Relief; Interminable Task

August 26, 2011 13 comments


For 18 sweet hours, I thought I’d completed the second part of my huge, possibly never-ending project. I was wrong.


The Red Writing Hood prompt from Write on Edge was to write a story in 140 characters.

Red Writing Hood

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Fiction/Memoir: I’ve Semi-Joined “Write on the Edge”

August 25, 2011 1 comment

My sister has had a blog for a long while now. She used to only blog about things she thought about or that happened to her/people she knew, but some time ago, she started to include fiction/memoir writing by following prompts on Red Writing Hood, now named Write on the Edge.

I have thought about joining her for a while, and now that they have posted their easiest prompt EVER, I will do so.

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