すみません vs. すいません

So, I'm not crazy. I was re-watching きみはペット (incidentally, one of my favorite Japanese dramas) and I confirmed a long-standing suspicion. A lot of Japanese people pronounce すみません as すいません. For years I've thought my brain was somehow not computing the み sound correctly until I actually saw it spelled with い in a manga I was reading. The [...]

Language Tag

Well, this is fun! Riccardo of Kaito Monogatari tagged me in this language learning questionnaire. Of all the people I know studying Japanese, Riccardo is the most prolific reader of Japanese literature that I know of. I hope I can be just as good some day. Anyway, thanks for tagging me, Riccardo! I'm always happy to talk about myself [...]

積ん読

I stumbled across the Japanese word tsundoku some time ago on Buzzfeed.  It was one among several Japanese words included in a list (listicle?) of "untranslatable" words from foreign languages. First things first: This is a cool word.  I feel particularly attached to it because it describes an act that I commit with alarming frequency.  For various reasons,  have [...]

Cécile Corbel & songs in foreign languages

Good music makes me so, so happy. I've been listening to a lot of "experimental" electronic, indie rock, and singer/songwriter type music these days.  When I listen to music in a language I can understand (English, Korean, and some Japanese), lyrics are often the most noticeable element of song for me and vocals tend to stand out [...]

Lang-8

As always, I've been trying to find more outlets to use Korean and Japanese and recently I started using Lang-8 for that very purpose.  Lang-8 is a social networking site for language learners where you can basically maintain a blog in the language you are attempting to learn.  Native speakers can then correct your entries and [...]

Diminutives

Yesterday, I finished watching Devil Beside You - which, quite possibly, might be the last Taiwanese drama I'll ever watch.  For reasons I won't go into here.  Heh. Anyway, I watched DBY with little to no knowledge of Chinese, other than basic "A is B"-type sentences so I was intrigued by the way the characters [...]