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eve-kushner's picture
Mar.15.2014
Let's start with a quiz—actually Quiz #1 of 2. An official list of Joyo kanji and Joyo yomi contains the following sentence, which explains how that document handles ateji. What do you think the red word means? 便宜上,その読み方を平仮名で示し,五十音順に並べた。We presented their yomi in hiragana for convenience and sorted...
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Mar.08.2014
Are you bored or boring? There's a world of difference between the two, and I'm sure you take pains to keep those statements straight. It's just as important to differentiate between being scared and being scary! However, the line between "frightened" and "frightening" is a bit blurred in Japanese...
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Feb.28.2014
Today I present Part 2 of a three-part quiz. As I mentioned last week with Part 1, I didn't create this challenge; rather, proofreader Ryoichi Chida brought it to my attention. The questions come from a difficult quiz called 日能研 (にちのうけん) that 12-year-olds in Japan can take...
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Feb.08.2014
Let's start with a quiz. What do you think this could mean? 寸前 (すんぜん)      old Japanese inch + before a. old, obsolete measuring systemb. tiny amountc. just befored. coming up short; failing to meet expectations I'll block the answer with a preview of the new essay...
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Jan.11.2014
Happy New Year! I hope the holidays were restful for you, and that you've entered 2014 with your battery recharged. To make sure you've ushered in the new year properly, be sure to check out the latest essay: You may enjoy hearing New Year's greetings in a smattering of languages, including...
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Dec.06.2013
Let's start with a quiz. What do you think this term could mean? 山紫水明 (さんしすいめい)     mountain + purple + water + clear a. wishful thinking; unachievable idealsb. simplistic thinkingc. natural beauty; picturesque sceneryd. vivid perceptions after long periods of meditation and fasting...
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Nov.08.2013
  Today's JOK Notebook may be a shock to your sensibilities. I'm not trying to startle you, of course. But just in case X-rated topics upset you, I thought a warning might be in order. Newly published essay 1189 is on 掘 (to dig, excavate). The word 掘る (ほる) has several meanings, including...
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Nov.01.2013
Lately I've been spending a lot of time with 玉. It was the primary focus of Radical Note 96 on the "jewel" radical, 玉 and 王. Also, the 玉 kanji also played a significant role in essay 1349 on 珠 (pearl; gem; bead), just out today. That's because 珠 has the kun-yomi of たま, just as...
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Oct.31.2013
"If you happen to see Lara Croft, Indiana Jones, and Robert Langdon in line with food stamps, you can thank Kaylin McFarren's Buried Threads for putting them out of work. Instead meet Rachel and Chase, treasure hunting partners and lovers who are vastly unprepared for what awaits them in the...
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Oct.30.2013
In a sex-mad world Japan has a unique dilemma:  a nation of young people who say, "who needs it?" In 2011 in Japan 61% of unmarried men and 49% of unmarried women between 18 and 34 were not involved in any kind of relationship! A third of those under thirty had never dated. (?) Forty-five % of...