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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 - 別件 2 weeks ago The new guy at work is a loud talker, and he often powwows with the guy in the office next to mine, which has been a huge boon for my I Heard That strategy. It’s difficult to tell exactly what … Continue reading →
  • 2nd JLPP Translation Competition English Quotes 3 weeks ago Just a quick post to share some knowledge. I’m working on my translations for the 2nd JLPP Translation Competition. It’s a little late to get started if you haven’t already, but if you’re working on 「昭和が発見したもの」, then this might be … Continue reading →
  • I Heard That - よく出る 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 →

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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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