永次 and I opt not to have cable television in the home. Most of our news on the disasters in Japan come from YouTube, streaming Japanese news, or Gakuranman’s live updates. I’m not even sure what to blog about or how to blog about normal things. I feel like it’s wrong to talk about […]
I mentioned that I wanted to share something exciting with you about some immersion related Christmas gifts that 永次 and I gifted each other to help motivate and encourage us on our language learning.
And that’s an older American TV show that I absolutely love dubbed in Japanese with Japanese subtitles, from Japan with […]
永次 and I rang in the New Year by dining at Zen Gardens, a restaurant specializing in hot pots and and vegetarian Asian cuisine. I’ve been a little bummed lately that 永次 seems to be remembering the kanji faster than me. He could pick out several kanji in […]
Sometimes immersion will bog you down. (At least that’s what I’ve found.) The most common response to that will be, “That’s because you’re not keeping it fun.”
While I understand what that means, I think it’s important to remember that what’s fun for some may not be fun for others. Watching a […]
Accessibility has a lot to do with learning Japanese on your own, I find. If it’s accessible, we’re more likely to do it. If it’s easy, we’re more likely to try. Well, if you have a smartphone that allows you to use apps, then you’re in luck, because studying just became that much easier.
永次 and I went to a Japanese buffet back in 四月 (shigatsu, April) on a whim. It was recommended to us a while back by Eiji’s father, but we assumed (on the name “Wasabi” (山葵) alone) that it would be a very North American restaurant with not authentic food, so we hadn’t really […]
In April, 永次 and I fell off the Immersion Train. (Yes, I’m making that a term now.) Not completely, though, it was more like we weren’t immersing ourselves as much as we should have been. We made excuses, like catching up on our favorite American TV shows, and then slowly our 90% Japanese time became […]
So how has everyone been enjoying spring (春)?! We’re still alive and kicking over here at Kanji & Tea, but more importantly, we’re still learning!
I’ll admit though, we’ve found it a little bit frustrating at first. We feel so behind our other learning buddies who can read full sentences and we’re lucky […]
I’m an avid reader of www.alljapaneseallthetime.com. In fact, it’s what inspired 桃 and I to really start learning Japanese full-time. I could go on about how amazing this site is for hours, and how you should probably be reading it before reading Kanji and Tea, but for the sake of brevity, I won’t. Go and […]
What You Need 4 eggs [1 raw, 3 scrambled] 3/4 lb ground beef, tofu, or vegetarian ground beef substitute. (Momo recommends Morning Star ground beef substitute.) 1/2 cup water 1/3 cup soy sauce 1 1/2 tsp ginger paste 2 tsp garlic paste 1/2 tsp salt 2 tbl minced leek (the white part of the […]
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