JOK Notebook

Four-Legged Beggar

Here's a Quick Quiz for you, one with two parts:

1. Holding something over someone's head usually means "bearing a grudge." What could it mean in a more benevolent context?

2. In the following sentence from essay 1744 on 賓 (guest, visitor), what could ちょうだい mean:

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On Deck

Essay 1080 on 嚇 (Threat) Is Coming Next

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

April 28: essay 1080 on  (threat; intimidation), in a change of plan

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What's New

Now Out: Essay 1744 on 賓 (Guest) and 5 New-Monics

The 252nd essay has posted! Essay 1744 on 賓 (guest, visitor) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

Learn to talk about guests, whether they're party guests enjoying refreshments, foreign...

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What's New

Now Out: 5 New-Monics

Ulrike has produced a batch of new-monics (which are free!):

北 (205: north)
脳 (954: brain) 
背 (957: back)
脅 (1169: to threaten)
肯 (1250: to consent)

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JOK Notebook

Ears Falling Off

Last week, a Facebook friend from high school posted several pictures of our classmates from the first day of 10th grade. My photo was among those she selected. And as it reflected, I was so shy then that I couldn't even look at the camera straight! 

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