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How to Japanese
Daniel Morales is currently enrolled in the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans, although his blog began while living and working in Japan from 2005 to 2010
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  • I Heard That - よく出る 2 days ago Despite the fact that I work at a Japanese office, I use English most of the time. I do the occasional translation, have the occasional conversation in Japanese, and read the occasional Japanese email, but Japanese language ability was not … Continue reading →
  • Pre-JET Japanese Triage 6 days ago I gave a short crash course on Japanese for departing JETs at the Consulate-General of Japan at Chicago yesterday, and I thought I would post the handout I gave everyone and add a few links and explanations. The goal of … Continue reading →
  • Karaoke Kotoba - あなた 2 weeks ago I’m in the Japan Times this week: “Keep pounding away and eventually Japanese will reveal its secrets.” It’s just a little piece about how I finally figured out 使役 (しえき, causative). I mention the Yoshi Ikuzo karaoke song と・も・子, which … Continue reading →
  • Cool Word - 場合 3 months ago I’m on the Japan Times Bilingual page this week: “In Japanese, mastery of the space-time continuum is just a few words away.” The intro is inspired by my first ever trip to Japan—an internship with a propeller company. I was … Continue reading →
  • Confusion 3 months ago After an extended break for ten days of travel through Bavaria and Bohemia (it was excellent; see Twitter/Instagram for details), I’m back at Hard-boiled Wonderland. In Chapter 24 “Shadow Grounds,” Boku visits the Gatekeeper and then has a catch-up with … Continue reading →

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  • How to Fly First Class For Free Writing Contest October 2012 It helps if you live abroad for a while. Pick somewhere you’re interested in. Sure, Japan is a great choice. You love Japan – like really love Japan. It’s one of the first places you’ve been that’s made sense: it’s safe, beautiful, has...

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