Category Archives: Kanji

Kanji For Kai

I don’t know if you all remember that crazy post, from a long time ago, but I was thinking that I haven’t really showed you all the Kanji For Kai (or Sea in English). Here it is:

The Kanji for Kai

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Kanji For Life

Life

How do you say Life in Japanese? It is easy, sei katsu | セイカツ | 生活 =

Life

Okay so here is the deal. This is the kanji for life: 生. It’s a very pretty character and something that obviously reappears a lot in the Japanese language. I am really committed to learning this language, but it takes a lot of effort and even a couple good wake up calls. I got to thinking, what is the best way to get a hold of this Japanese Monster, in a manner that is convenient and efficient (especially for busy Dads). I came up with the not so novel idea of starting a new blog. This site will basically serve as my own personal dictionary, which I can cater just to my liking.

I’ve learned that the best way to study sometimes, is to just teach it for yourself (I am practically the smartest person I know with respect to the customs of Americans’ eating habits, shoe permitted buildings, baseball teams, and idiosyncrasies of the spoken dialect. This is probably due to the fact that I live in Japan and no one here is American, but I digress.) So in any case, it is easy to see that Japanese is going to be with me For Life.

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How to say “Busy” in Japanese

Learn how to say more words in Japanese.

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Dream to Learn

How do you say Busy in Japanese? Busy in Japanese is this: 忙しい (this being the kanji). This is read “isogashi,” or いそがしい for all you Japanese literate peeps.

Well the past couple of weeks have been way to busy, Aya and I have barely found the time to sit down and watch our Desperate Housewives episodes (gasp).

Kai is now officially a toddler and this is 90% of the reason why things have been so crazy. He is on the move 24/7 and at times I wonder how he did things so fast. As you will be able to see from the video, Kai is off to work to pay the bills (albeit with a briefcase full of poker chips), so you have to give him the Japanese nod…I mean bow. He is turning into a regular Japanese ninja, just like all of my teachers who somehow have the ability to disappear in the blink of an eye. Just ask any person who isn’t Japanese and they will tell you, teachers here sure know how to disappear fast. Just look at the way he vanishes on one side of the room, only to reappear in a different room. Continue reading

Language Lessons

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While I prepare the video of Kai crawling, I will tell you what I have been up to for the past 6 months: studying. That is right, all I do when I am at school, is study Kanji and Japanese grammar, which is a pain in the butt. Try talking backwards for a day, and you will feel me. As I have said before, Japanese is a very difficult language to learn, that is to say if you take the stand-point that you can learn by listening to everyone around you. This is good in theory, but never leads to fluency. The fact that the entire alphabet of sounds is completely foreign does not facilitate the understanding of everyday conversations. Continue reading