厂下广卞廿士十亠卉半与本二上旦

I came across this weird little line of characters yesterday. It’s a 2chan thing.

厂下广卞廿士十亠卉半与本二上旦

You should see a diagonal line running down left to right. It may depend on your font. It works best with san-serif fonts.

09. April 2011 by ロバート
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July JLPT in London

The Japan Foundation has announced for the first time that the JLPT will be held on Sunday July 3rd at SOAS in London. The deadline for applications is April 4th.

The SOAS web site hasn’t updated for this information as yet, but the contact details are there to request information and/or an application pack.

This is fantastic news. Unfortunately I doubt I am ready to sit a test in 4 months time. I think it’ll be December for me. I have a month to ponder spending £70 on a trial run… Maybe if I work really hard.

01. March 2011 by ロバート
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Flashcards Deluxe 2.7

Flashcards Deluxe is a standalone app for the iPhone, iPod or iPad. I’ve been using it to learn Japanese vocabulary and kanji since I first got my iPod Touch. I thoroughly recommend it.

Today sees an update to version 2.7

The most noticeable change is there is now some eyecandy in the form of themes for your cards. This makes it a bit more pleasant but isn’t really earth shattering. Although I’m very fond of the Deep Blue theme that is a graded background from Black to Dark Blue, which is more pleasant than the solid black I was using. More notable changes have been quietly made to the interface. The icons used are now more consistent with the iOS look and feel. There are extra options as to what information is displayed with a card and although I no longer have the previous version to compare it with I feel the preferences panes have been more consolidated. Also welcome are two modes in preferences so the advanced preferences are initially hidden from basic users.

The major change is the help files which have been vastly improved and are now also searchable. The help and documentation were some of the weaker points of this app previously. This is no longer the case, the contextual help is now quite comprehensive. I like that it is in the application itself and doesn’t require the user to go to a web site.
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05. February 2011 by ロバート
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さよなら Smart.fm

Smart.fm, formally know as iKnow, is going back to its original name and going behind a paywall. Quite a steep paywall as well at 1000円 or $12 a month. And in the process finally abandoning the last of the community/social aspect of their business.
They have a lot of disgruntled users. (also complaints at koohii and tofugu) But I expect them to disappear as their user base shrinks by about 95% if newspaper paywalls are anything to go by.The (ex)users may well delete their vocab lists before they go which will lead to patchy results in the community lists search feature of iKnow. I’ve had a look at the new site. It feels very much a cut down version of the free community based site. Any subscription money you have would be better spent on a couple of good textbooks. Continue Reading →

01. February 2011 by ロバート
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美砂子さん featured in Japan Update Weekly

A former teacher of mine, Okuyama Misako san, is featured in this weeks Japan Update. A free paper you can get from most Japanese shops etc. in London. You can also read it online. All in Japanese of course, it can be useful for reading practice.

http://www.japanupdate.co.uk/?option=com_content&view=section&layout=…

If you want to learn Shodo in London I can recommend Misako-san. Her contact details are at the end of the article. If you’re feeling adventurous you can also have your lessons through Japanese!

 

16. January 2011 by ロバート
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Kanji Clinic

Kanji Clinic 漢字クリニック is a bi-monthly column in the Japan Times. It covers (as the name might suggest) Kanji. All previous columns are archived at the site as well as articles on kanji learning and links to kanji related sites. If you are interested in kanji you are sure to find something of interest here.
At the moment you can request a pdf reprint of a very interesting series of articles, Kanji Breakthrough by Mary Sisk Noguchi, from the now sadly defunct Nihongo Journal.

28. November 2010 by ロバート
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