Japanese colors and namesColors:Japanese colors and names7 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
Japanese Lesson 3-3: AntonymsJapanese Lesson 3-3 （日本語レッソン３-３）Antonyms（対義語）Japanese Lesson 3-3: Antonyms5 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
Cold, hot . . . high and low are both antonyms. Short and long are also antonyms. In this lesson, we will learn several examples of antonyms, and in the end of this lesson, we will discover how to compare items using the principles of antonyms.
1. 寝る(neru) 起きる(okiru)
2. 開ける(akeru) 閉じる(tojiru)
Japanese Lesson 1-3: GreetingsJapanese lesson 1-3 （日本語レッソン１−３): Greetings （あいさつ）Japanese Lesson 1-3: Greetings5 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
Good morning . . . good afternoon . . . good evening . . . these phrases are all greetings we use each and everyday, at morning, afternoon and evening. In this lesson, we will discover how the Japanese say each greeting, as well as how today's youth greet each other.
始めましょう。(Let us start.)
Japanese Lesson 2-1: SeasonsJapanese Lesson 2-1 （日本語レッソン２−１) Seasons （季節）Japanese Lesson 2-1: Seasons5 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
Spring, summer, fall, winter . . . these four seasons mark the transition of phase in our world, and in our lives. In this short lesson, we will learn how to say the four seasons in Japanese, and how to express our favorite season(s).
始めましょう。(Let us begin.)
1. 春 (haru) ------> spring
2. 夏 (natsu) ------> summer
3. 秋 (aki) ------> fall
4. 冬 (fuyu) ------> winter
Now, with these four seasons, let us learn how to express our favorite season(s).
1. 私の大好きな季節は。。。 (watashi no daisukina kisetsu wa . . . )
(My favorite season is . . . )
To ask others what their fa
Japanese Lesson 2-4: TimeJapanese Lesson 2-4 （日本語レッソン２-４): Time （時間）Japanese Lesson 2-4: Time5 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
What time do you wake up? Eat breakfast? Go to school? In this lesson, we will learn how to express the time we wake up, eat breakfast, go to school, and so on.
始めましょう。(Let us begin.)
To express time, you would use:
(blank) 時 (blank) 分 (~ji ~ pun) ------> (hour: min.)
Example 1: 6:30 ------> ６時３０分 (roku-ji san-jyuppun)
Example 2: 5:00 ------> ５時 (go-ji)
*Note: Since 5:00 has no minutes, 分(pun) will will not be written/spoken.
Or if you would like to be precise, you would use:
(blank) 時 (blank) 分 (blank) 秒 ------> (hour:min.:sec.)
Example 1: 3:21:12 ------> ３時２１分１２秒 (san-ji ni-jyu-ippun
Japanese Lesson 3-4: Numbers 2Japanese Lesson 3-4 （日本語レッソン３-４）: Numbers Pt. 2 （数字第２編）Japanese Lesson 3-4: Numbers 25 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
Do you remember the numbers 1~31 from Lesson 2-3? In this lesson, we will resume learning the next numbers all the way to 32~64.
始めましょう。(Let us begin.)
数字３２〜４０ (Numbers 32~40)
1. 三十二 (san-jyuu-ni) ------> thirty-two
2. 三十三 (san-jyuu-san) ------> thirty-three
3. 三十四 (san-jyuu-yon/san-jyuu-shi) ------> thirty-four
*Note: It does not matter which method you say this number.
4. 三十五 (san-jyuu-go) ------> thirty-five
5. 三十六 (san-jyuu-roku) ------> thirty-six
6. 三十七 (san-jyuu-nana/san-jyuu-shichi) ---
Japanese Lesson 3-2: ShapesJapanese Lesson 3-2 （日本語レッソン３-２）~ Shapes （形）Japanese Lesson 3-2: Shapes5 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
Do you like geometric shapes such as circles? Squares? In this mini lesson, we will learn how to express each basic shape in Japanese. And as we conclude the lesson, we will explore how to say an item is shaped like.
始めましょう。(Let us begin.)
The basic shapes:
1. 丸／*円形 (maru/enkei) --> circle
2. 四角／*四角形 (shikaku/shikakkei) --> square
3. 三角／*三角形 (sankaku/sankakkei) --> triangle
4. 長方形 (chouhou-kei) --> rectangle
*Note: Each second pronounciations are considered more geometrical terms. They are mostly used in Japanese middle and high school textbooks.
However, the first pronounciations
Lesson Interlude 2-5Japanese Lesson Interlude 2-5 （日本語レッソンインタールード２-５): Rashomon （羅生門）Lesson Interlude 2-55 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
For this second lesson interlude, we now feature a little portion of the novel, Rashomon（羅生門), by Ryunosuke Akutagawa（芥川竜之介) (1892~1927).
The novel will be first written in Japanese, then in ro-maji, and finally translated in English.
読みましょう。(Let us read.)
Lesson Interlude 4-5: Yume waJapanese Lesson Interlude 4-5 （日本語レッソンインタールード４−５）~ 夢は (Yume wa)Lesson Interlude 4-5: Yume wa5 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
For this lesson interlude, we will feature a poem that I have written for schoolwork. It is called 夢は (Yume wa), or A dream is. The poem will be written in original Japanese, then in romaji, and finally translated into English.
Japanese Lesson 1-1: IntroJapanese Lesson 1-1 （日本語レッソン１−１） Introducing yourself to others （自分を紹介）Japanese Lesson 1-1: Intro5 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
1. Let us say you were in a Japanese school, in reality. You have no friends, and have no idea what to say. In this lesson, we will learn how to introduce ourselves to others.
始めましょう。(Let us start.)
Terms/phrases you may use:
1. 私の名前は。。。(watashi no namae wa . . . )
My name is . . . .
*You will insert your name in the (. . . . .).
2. 私は。。。歳です。(watashi wa . . . sai desu.)
I am . . . . years old.
*Same as the example above, you will insert your age in the (. . . .).
Moon-spun mothsPerched in your throat,Moon-spun moths1 year ago in Free Verse More Like This
it is like a prayer;
against your palms,
soft as a secret
in the womb.
How weightless we are
under the tender moon
in this enchanted twilight.
Inside a silent room my weather like heart stoppedThe fever in my bonesInside a silent room my weather like heart stopped1 year ago in Free Verse More Like This
Is restless and my breaths
are raspy and ragged
As my lungs fold in upon themselves
Inhale. Exhale. Repeat
You ask me how I am
The rock pool blue of your eyes
Glance at the sleeves in which I have buried my heart
Knuckles folded deep into my thighs
My fucking hands always give it away
I grasp for a rope and am met with blurring synapses
Trauma settling itself into my collar bones
I tell you how last night I was contemplating Greek mythology
While caught between a rock and a bottle of Paxil
I think I saw heaven hiding behind my alarm clock
It turned out to be the afterglow of street lights instead
caution: already broken.i am not the type of girlcaution: already broken.10 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
who shines under stage lights;
i am the one
with shaky knees and
and i am the one
who can't seem to find her
"warmer tone". i am
sharp and brittle. that's
who i am under the lights.
Hysteria QueenMy spine is a codeHysteria Queen1 year ago in Free Verse More Like This
for you to hack
open like little
white moon flowers
( I was never good
except when I
couldn’t be. )
I keep falling down
and nothing seems
clear enough—good enough,
while you sit and smoke
without realizing you’ve
WafflesSmiling, as the spears sink into yourWaffles1 year ago in Free Verse More Like This
The excitement. The joy.
Slowly, I slice through you
So slowly, so painfully.
The rush. The power.
And then, suddenly
As if a demand from demons had told me to do it…
I raise the fork to my mouth and take a bite.
Ode to the girl with Saturn eyes and casera smilesShe is a hopeless romantic who eats starsOde to the girl with Saturn eyes and casera smiles1 year ago in Free Verse More Like This
To watch mercury embed itself in her retinas
Where heavens flood gates run deep within her
Crystal like vowels carving themselves into trees
Adventuress who hides between bushels and crescent moon half smile
A dreamer who fell for the Milky Way’s midnight hues
With solar flare secrets resting in the curve of her collar bones
Hide and seek played with pens and pencils
And the warmth of last autumn’s late night explorations
Linger in her bones
Waiting for summer to light up the sky in a halo
Of lost things strung up like pearls
Card games spend lounging under flower torn embraces
Coffee ring iris’s like ancient tree melodies
Where letters to nobody hang from tree tops
Paper rustling against the sound of grey background noise
Where the moon girl slips between days and nights
Of hazy summers and rainy day window panes
Catching wishes like a dream catcher’s lullaby song
While It BurnsWhy does a moth flyWhile It Burns7 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
Directly into the flame?
Perhaps its captivated
By the beauty to be found
In such pure recreation
It flies so surely
Into its own death
Because it believes
The flames of rebirth
Will allow it a second chance
And perhaps that this time...
It will appear a butterfly.
Perhaps this is the only thing
It can force itself to believe
While it burns.
Friendship SpeechFriendship SpeechFriendship Speech7 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
March 25, 2006
So many people say that you won't amount to anything, you won't make it, you won't succeed- unless you're on your own. But those people forget the heroes standing behind them- the unsung warriors- the brave fighters and peacemakers- who make life what it is. These people are friends, compadres, amigos, amis and even the chums- add the vibrancy and color to this world that is otherwise a monotone black and white. These people- who no matter what is wrong and what they are doing, support you every step of the way and hold you up when you're falling.
Ladies and gentlemen, never forget these people watching you, guarding you through life's hardships. They will be your light, your happiness to guide you through this never ending darkness. If soon forgotten, the marks- and sometimes even the scars- these people cast on your heart will still exist, though their reasoning may be lost. Everyone you meet- every single person impacts you in some way, no mat
You'll Be Washed Away By Labor Day.Crouched down in warm wind,You'll Be Washed Away By Labor Day.2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I felt ocean mist trying to put out my fire like sins.
I used my fingers,
Because the rocks were to hot-
And the woods nearby looked suspiciously alive.
I watched my toes wiggle into a wet spot,
And grimaced at my cold thoughts.
Our love was a ripped map,
Missing the center.
We were lost.
An ugly 'X' marked our ending destination,
Dripping coffee stains made a trail of lies and deceit.
A foreign vanilla perfume wafted off your favorite suit's sleeves-
I bought it on our honey moon.
I guessed you bought her there too.
Inhaling the salty wind-
And wondering to no end.
I wrote your name in the sand,
And threw your grandmother's ring into the angry ocean.
10 CutsOne for the love I once felt for you,10 Cuts2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Two because I thought our love was true.
Three for how I let you play with my heart and mess with my mind.
Four because I thought I could change your ways.
Five for how much time I wasted on you,
Six because all you did is throw it all away.
Seven because everything we shared meant absolutely nothing.
Eight for the fact that I lost you,
and I can't do anything to get you back.
Nine because you chose her over me,
Ten because I'm sorry I am not perfect,
but trust me I will never stop loving you
Wander to nowhereA ghostly walk on the autumnal pavementWander to nowhere9 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
Even my own shadow is gleaming more
Than the empty shell of my body.
As I keep wandering, on this endless pit
Picky starving crows are looking down on me
The leftovers of my thoughts order me to die out.
This path of glory I've kept away from, it might be gone.
My dignity and pride, where have you fled?
I'm searching for the graveyard of redemption
Where my promises are all buried
Shot down by my deceit's gun.
Will you ever forgive me?
As I'm standing there, the icy silence blows ;
As time goes by, the ruthless mutism of yours
Reckons that time for forgiveness hasn't come yet.