Beintoo.com Japanese blog | LinguaLift College is a blast for Japanese kids. After all of the time spent studying for entrance exams, they get to cut loose, party, hang out with friends, and occasionally attend class. But in the last year and a half of school, it's time to get down to brass tacks. — Read the full story While writing came to Japan from China and Chinese characters are used in Japanese, there are native Japanese characters called Kokuji (国字). — Read the full story Tsutomu Yamaguchi was a man that held a unique place in history - he survived two atomic bombings. — Read the full story There's a new foodie craze in Japan that celebrates the regional downhome cooking you find in kitchens across the country - B-grade gourmet. — Read the full story If you want to experience something out of the ordinary, give owl cafes in Japan a try. — Read the full story The beautiful, almost meditative video ‘January in Japan’ created quite a lot of buzz when it received the well deserved Staff Pick badge at Vimeo earlier this month.
Japanese Lessons with Maggie Teemo App Turns Exercising Into A Travel Game Runkeeper and Nike+ are fantastic tools for people who are already exercising as a habit, but how do you get someone who’s inactive off the couch for the first time--how do you make exercising appealing to the undecideds, so to speak? Teemo is a new, free iPhone app by Bonnier R&D and Ammunition that takes short interval exercises and places them in the context of worldwide adventure. It’s designed, not for the athlete or the would-be athelete, but for the masses of the rest of us. “We know there is a large portion of the population that wants to feel fit, but they are stuck in a stressful holding pattern,” Ammunition’s Matt Rolandson tells Co.Design. “Imagine people who keep meaning to join a gym, but don’t. Or people who actually have joined a gym, but never go (the stock and trade of the gym industry.)” Teemo makes the baby steps into exercise easy. “As far as verification goes, a user could cheat,” admits Rolandson. Download it here. [Image: RexRover/Shutterstock]
The Best Sites for Learning Japanese - Nihongo Shark - Japanese Lessons Through years of studying, I’ve come across a lot of truly amazing resources for learning Japanese. If you know of any that I’ve missed, please let me know in the comments section, and I’ll add them to this page! Our Favorite Tools for Learning Japanese This list is ever-changing as we find new and awesome things that deserve to appear on it. Anki: Smart flashcards are the most powerful language learning tool in existence. Learning Japanese Lessons JapanesePod101.com: Hands down my favorite source for lessons. Tools, Books & Other Stuff from Japan White Rabbit Japan: Typically where I buy all of my Japanese study books, especially ones I can’t get in the US.Amazon.com: Cheaper when buying books published in the US.Amazon.co.jp: All in Japanese, but they do ship internationally. Kanji Studies Reviewing the Kanji: I firmly believe that RTK, combined with this site, is the fastest way to learn the kanji. Listening Practice Living, Working & Studying in Japan Jobs Job Posting Sites Eikaiwa Housing Visas
Nihongo o Narau - Learn Japanese Teemo :: Fitness fun with friends! Japanese radio - Learning Japanese Wiki (RtKWiki) From Learning Japanese Wiki (RtKWiki) Web NHK Radio News (NHKラジオニュース) News in three different speeds: ふつう (normal), ゆっくり (slow), and はやい (fast). SimulRadio (サイマルラジオ) A collection of streaming Japanese radio stations. Surfmusic.de's Japan section Lots of good quality talk radio stations. Uses Windows Media Player. Software: RadioSure Many radio sites linking to Japanese radio stations often have links that don't work and are just a hassle to navigate through. Just search for "Japanese" in the search window and it will list all Japanese stations. Radio Tsukuba / Sankakuyama / Smile FM
Learn Japanese | Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese 5 Apps That Reward You Just for Using Them It turns out you can be rewarded for watching television, going shopping or buying music from the iTunes store. In fact, you can collect points with the punch of a button on your iPhone or Android smartphone and redeem those points for gift cards, discounts, and gadgets like tablets. How's this possible? Creators behind apps like Viggle, ShopKick, CheckPoints, and Wikets all find that mobile devices are changing the ways people interact and shop, which is why these companies are jumping on the bandwagon. So if you like rewards, here are five mobile apps that insist you treat yourself. 1. This app practically pays you for watching television. 2. With this easy-to-use app, all you have to do is simply walk into a participating store, check in via the app, and earn points. 3. If you walk into a store and fire up CheckPoints, you'll see a list of featured items. 4. iPoints Since we already have to pay to purchase music and movies on iTunes, why not be rewarded for it in the process?
Les fondateurs de Twitter sur le point de lancer Lift En août dernier, les fondateurs de Twitter, Tony Stubblebine et Jon Crosby, avaient annoncé qu’ils travaillaient sur un nouvelle start-up, baptisée Lift. Le projet restait à l’époque encore très mystérieux. Il semblerait désormais que celui-ci se précise, comme le souligne le blog d’Adrien Pepin, et soit sur le point de se lancer. En effet, selon un récent post de blog, Lift, qui prendra la forme d’une application iPhone, devrait être propulsée dès le mois d’août prochain. Selon les explications de Tony Stubblebine, Lift a pour objectif de « repousser les limites du potentiel humain ». Pour cela, le nouveau projet se positionne sur trois axes majeurs : le quantified-self, la communauté et la gamification. Plus concrètement, l’application iPhone devrait permettre à ses utilisateurs d’atteindre beaucoup plus facilement divers objectifs, étape par étape, via notamment le soutien de la communauté. Retrouvez toutes les informations sur le blog officiel de Lift.