Turn on the built in Japanese/English Dictionary in OSX

I recently read this article about just how awesome the Webster’s dictionary is compared to other dictionaries.. I highly recommend it.

After reading that I installed that dictionary in OSX. Then a few days later I needed to look up a Japanese word. I usually go to WWWJDIC to look things up but it’s annoying to have to be online.

Then I got to thinking, Hmmm, if I was able to install a dictionary into OSX I’ll bet there’s a Japanese or Japanese to English dictionary. A few clicks later and BAM!, turns out there’s one built in. All you have to do is turn it on. (more…)

Manoa Falls

I was in Honolulu looking up a restaurant or something on Google maps and I saw a marker for “Manoa Falls”. I had never been and I assumed it would be like Opaekaa Falls or Wailua Falls in Kauai. Both of those are just off the road. You get out of your car, walk 50 feet, see the waterfall, get back into your car. At worst I thought it might be like Akaka Falls on Hawaii which is nice paved with steps and walkways with rails.

Instead it was a dirt path about 1 mile long. It was a drizzly day and so it was all really muddy and slippery. (more…)

Tromsø Notes

Notes to myself about Tromsø

Small town on Island. Kind of reminds me of Kauai as their populations are similar although I don’t know if the population I read is just Tromsø city or if including the surrounding area makes it much bigger (more…)

If You Had Money?

If you had money what would you do?

Seriously think about it for a moment. If you had say $10 million what would you do? I’m guessing lots of you would buy or pay off your house or sell it and get a new one. Would you quit your job? Would you start a new job? Would you move? Would you retire? Is $10 million enough to retire? Would you teach? Or run a flower shop? Open a bar or a cafe or a club? Would you invest? In what? Buy a sports car? Blow it in Monte Carlo? (more…)

Getting Ripped off by Siegel’s

I’m going to admit right off the bat it was stupid of me to order a suit from the USA to Japan. The thing is the suit I wanted is not a common style and it was for a costume-ish party so I thought “what the heck”. In my defense I did look around Japan. I found only 3 places that might have a similar suit. 2 in Tokyo, one in Osaka. But I wrote the one in Osaka and they never got back to me. I visited the 2 in Tokyo and they didn’t have my size and I thought it would take them longer to get my size than to just order it myself. I guess though I should have listened to my first instinct. (more…)

Why Japanese is Hard to Learn

This is mostly in response to the English is Hard to Learn meme

One of the first words you learn when studying Japanese is “iku” (行く)The word “to go”. So, given that it’s spelled

行 i く   ku

How do you think you pronounce these words?

行      ___ 実行 ji___ 行う ___u 膝行 i____ 売れ行き ure___ki

Or about about this one.  “iku” (生く). It means “to live” or “to be alive” So given that it’s spelled

生 i く ku

How do you think you pronounce these words?

先生   sen___ 一生   i___ 芝生   shiba___ 往生   ou___ 千生り sen___ri 埴生   ha____ 平生   hei___ 弥生   ya ___ 蓬生   yomo____ 生り   ___ri 相生   ai___ 下生え shita___e 生える __eru


行      gyou 実行 jikou 行う okonau 膝行 izari 売れ行き ureyuki

先生  sensei 一生  isshou 芝生  shibafu 往生    oujou 千生り sennari 埴生    hanyuu 平生  heizei 弥生  yayoi 蓬生  yomogiu 生り  namari 相生    aioi 下生え shitabae 生える haeru

All languages have their quirks. 🙂