Language: Twelve English tenses and a Partridge…

Sounds like the end of that Christmas song; the one with the Partridge, yet English has twelve, yes 12 distinct tenses. In essence they are quite simple, with 3 temporal periods (Past, Present and Future), doing a great job of lumping together 4 different temporal meanings. However, there is some complexity! The ‘present’ particularly complicates things,… Continue reading Language: Twelve English tenses and a Partridge…

Language: #100DaysofKanji – Failed!

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So the standard deck of Kanji stands around the 2000 mark. Using the Remember the Kanji technique, I”ll learn on average 25 new kanji each day until I Remember the Kanji come Monday 7th September! Kanji is the great barrier of entry for the willing Japanese student, making both reading and writing anywhere near native level… Continue reading Language: #100DaysofKanji – Failed!

Language: Why Learning a Language is like Freestyle Rap

So when camping the other weekend, at around 1am, whilst Karl lay down a sweet beat, the group started freestyle rapping, and it got me thinking; Learning a language is a lot like Freestyle Rap. Now I’m happy to admit I’m not Eminem, nor Wordsworth and my rhyming abilities are questionable at best, but I… Continue reading Language: Why Learning a Language is like Freestyle Rap

Language: Learning Kanji as an Adult vs. Child

If you’ve ever taken an interest in Japanese, you will know there are 3 writing systems; Hiragana, a phonetic ‘alphabet’ for native words; Katakana, a phonetic ‘alphabet’ for loan words; and the mystical Kanji, pictograms knicked from Chinese that hold multiple meanings and pronouciations. Every Japanese student will spend every year of schooling, learning these… Continue reading Language: Learning Kanji as an Adult vs. Child

Language: Who’s for Hangul?

Who invented English? French? Sankrit? Many languages, especially their written form evolved alongside spoken languages and this have no fixed inventor; no creative genius that lay down the ground rules which are still followed today, and grew organically. These languages we call a true-writing system, in which the characters depicted on the page layout the… Continue reading Language: Who’s for Hangul?