ArchiveNovember 2018

Lesson 2 – Hiragana (Sa ~ To), Doubled Consonants

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Overview In this lesson, we will be going through the 3rd and 4th columns of the Hiragana chart, as well as the additional sounds that can be generated from those letters.   Hiragana – Third column The third column is associated with the ‘s’ sound, so the the first letter, さ, is read as ‘sah’, but here we have our first exception. The second letter, し, is not...

Seven Wonders Overtime (Part 3)

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Seven wonders overtime – Part 3 Prev Chapter Contents Next Chapter Our SOS Brigade Chief had yet to appear. It was a stroke of good luck that she didn’t meet the eccentric Miss Mystery Society. “I should think so too. Thanks to that, we managed to gain some time.” Seeing Koizumi’s triumphant expression, I asked. “What time?” “Some time to think about the Seven Wonders of this high school, of...

Seven Wonders Overtime (Part 2)

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Seven wonders overtime – Part 2 Prev Chapter Contents Next Chapter Not intentionally waiting for Haruhi, who had still not arrived, Koizumi, Asahina-san and I started the completely luck-based game of Old Priest, but we didn’t get much time on that emotional roller-coaster. No one had drawn the Old Priest yet, and consequently, we were still in the early phases of the game, with multiple...

Chapter 0 – Learn Japanese overview

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About the Japanese language Before we start to learn Japanese let’s take a look at what the language is made of. The Japanese Language has 3 written systems: Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. The image above shows all letters in the Hiragana alphabet, which is the most commonly used written system. You put letters together to form words, like しょうせつ (Light novel). It might look pretty difficult...

Seven Wonders Overtime (Part 1)

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Seven wonders overtime – Part 1 Contents Next Chapter Today, a tense atmosphere was floating in the Literary Club Room, which was a rare occurrence. The only sounds seeping through the closed window from the outside world were the shouts of the baseball team, whose bark was worse than their bite; the noise of the wind ensemble’s trombone practice, which betrayed the players’ sore lack of...

Lesson 1 – Hiragana (A ~ Ko), Long Vowels

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Overview In this lesson, we will be learning the first two columns of the Hiragana table (from right to left). We have to know how to pronounce each letter, how they are written and how they are represented in English (Also known as Romaji). As we look at each letter, try writing them out on a piece of paper. At the end of the lesson, I will give a brief explanation of long vowels, as well as...

Nagaru Tanigawa interviews Honobu Yonezawa!

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(Source: Honobu Yonezawa and the Classics Club) Nagaru Tanigawa is an author whose debut work The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, won the Grand Prize for the 8th Sneaker Award in 2003. His other works include Let’s leave the School. Q: Are there any authors whose works have influenced your literary style in any way, regardless of whether they write mysteries? A: Tsumao Awasaka, but his...

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