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A Stroke of Genius…?

Hi blog. Sometimes I say to myself, “Andrew, you’re a genius.”  And very occasionally, I prove it. I sometimes get requests for information about various topics, or “Can you identify this?”  Well, I recently received an e-mail from all-round good … Continue reading

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Radically Fishy – An Adventure in Ideograms

Hi blog. The rainy season has arrived, so be prepared to put up with me ranting about the locals’ inability to cope with the heat and humidity. Recent news has been dominated with the story of Yamato Tonooka, whose parents … Continue reading

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Further Adventures in Cross-Linguistic Nomeclature – Ideograph This!

Recently I was co-teaching a class of 8 and 9 year olds, and wanted them to be able to ask “Can you ~?” After discussing the idea with the school’s staff, we decided to use the kanji names of various … Continue reading

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Splitting hairs? An adventure in Cross-Linguistic Naming

One of the interesting aspects of doing any anything nature-related in Japan is the difference in nomenclature between the English and Japanese languages. Most non-linguists tend to think in very absolute terms – generally along the lines that their language’s … Continue reading

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