Japanese, language

Japanese They Don’t Teach in Class

If you’re new to Japanese, you’ll find it very disconcerting that there is a huge gap between beginner Japanese and expert. Not only that, “beginner” Japanese in text books and classes is polite Japanese – verbs that have already been modified so that if you ever visit Japan, you speak pleasantly. Furthermore – and here’s the real kicker – speech is much harder to understand than it first seems, and watching anime and listening to music will only help you to a certain extent. In this post, I hope to cover a few details about Japanese, including the learning process, that should ease your pain.

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media, music

Beegie Adair – “The Way You Look Tonight”

Every once in awhile we like hearing something soft and smooth. Some prefer orchestral; some prefer jazz. Talk about about a soft mellow swing – this song has it. It’s definitely a classic rendition of the tune by Dorothy Fields and Jerome Kern.

If the video above won’t load, here’s an alternate link.

If you’re like smooth music and just want some jazz, try this station on Pandora:
http://broadcaster.pandora.com/t?r=927&c=901946&l=37961&ctl=46FA5CA:9B50A2B81C3816CAFBB2BA1C80D7A55AF237C5BC0E41A2D8&