Last year went super quickly. And we did a lot of new things at Step Up Japanese! Here’s what my students and I got up to in 2018.Read More
A blog about learning and teaching Japanese, walking Japan, and sometimes about kit-kats.
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The word "sensei" is pretty well-known even among people who don't speak Japanese, but did you know that you shouldn't use sensei about yourself?
Here's what the textbook has to say:
"Use 'kyōshi' for yourself and the respectful 'sensei' for another person."
That's a pretty good starting point. But there's a bit more to it than that.Read More
The week I spent last spring walking the first leg of the Shikoku 88 pilgrimage trail was peaceful, thought-provoking, and challenging - often all at once.
Here’s all my writing about that trip in one place.Read More
Every year, Japanese households send and receive New Year’s postcards called nengajō (年賀状). The cards are sent to friends and family, as well as to people you have work connections with.
If you post your cards in Japan before the cut-off date in late December, the postal service guarantees to deliver them on January 1st.Read More
Fairly early on in your Japanese-learning journey, you'll learn some set phrases like:
o-genki desu ka? (How are you?)
o-shigoto wa nan desu ka? (What's your job?)
Usually I teach that the “o” in o-genki desu ka makes the question more polite. This is true, but it’s not the whole story.Read More