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Nov. 2014 Newsletter Now Out: Great Gift Ideas!

Happy Thanksgiving! The November newsletter is now out, including great gift ideas from Kanji Kaimono, as well as a new contest, results of the last contest, lists of new and revised essays, mnemonics and games added to the site, and JOK Notebook posts. 

 

 

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JOK Notebook

Losing One's Bearings with a Folic Acid Trip

Let's start with a quiz. See if you can match the compounds with the definitions:

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1. 動画 (どうが)     moving + picture a. beginner, newbie
2. 新米 (しんまい)     new + rice
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On Deck

Essay 1198 on 掲 (to display) Is Coming Next

Here's what you can expect in coming weeks on Joy o' Kanji:

November 26: November newsletter

December 5: ...

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What's New

Essay 1589 on 挑 (to challenge) Is Now Out

The 146th essay has posted! Essay 1589 on 挑 (to challenge; provoke; defy; make love to) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

This kanji has three sides to its personality. One part is...

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JOK Notebook

Even Monkeys Fall from Trees

One of my pet peeves is when people say, "Japanese is easy to learn!" I've heard this several times, once from a native Japanese speaker (a teacher, no less) who kept saying that knowing when to use は versus が is a breeze. If you remember just one rule, it should cover all decisions. I then told her that the grammar book I was reading listed something like 14 rules....

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