japanese ryokan

japanese ryokan japanese ryokan https://www.flickr.com/photos/ippei-janine/sets/72157631158980344//caption

Japanese ryokan inns are traditional style lodgings.  Japanese ryokan started in 1603–1868 during a renaissance era known as the Edo Period.  

Like drinking green tea, eating sushi, riding the trains, Japanese ryokan inns are one of those experiences that foreigners can really feel and embrace Japanese culture.    

Find japanese ryokan:

 

in Japan for 3 weeks

Vimeo of redditor that visited Japan for 3 weeks.

CBlocks Color Match game ver 1.2.1

cblocks

cblocks

We have a new version of CBlocks.  We make a more stable version with less ads.  And decided to add a user suggested feature.  We do listen to the users and their suggestions.

In version 1.1.1 we added musical tones.  Now in version 1.2.1 we have added +2 points for “fast mode”.

On normal mode you get +1 point for each correct answer but lose a point for correct answers that you let slip by. Playing on fast mode will allow you to earn +2 for tapping the correct blocks, but cost you 2 points if you miss a correct block.
In 1.2.1, we have also made CBlocks more accessible to other iTunes stores.

 

Download the new version of CBlocks from the App Store:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id883372356

japanese for beginners

japanese for begginers-Salaryman

japanese for begginers Salaryman (サラリーマン,, Sararīman, salaried man)

Memorizing and studying hiragana and katakana is great Japanese for beginners. Knowing the sounds of each syllabogram helps with proper pronunciation of Japanese words.  For example, lets take a look at the word “サラリーマン” pronounced “Sararīman”.  This is actually a word borrowed from the English phrase “Salary man” meaning business man who earns a salaried income.  Since there is no “L” sound in Japanese the sound becomes “R”.  People who are ignorant of this in the West make fun of this difference, but those of us who know better realize that Japanese and some Chinese dialects have little of no use of “L” (more explanation at the bottom).  Learning the Japanese kana syllabary allows a beginners to get familiar with these kinds of nuances of sound pronunciation.  

 

Hiragana Cheat Sheet Syllables

Character Name Character
HIRAGANA A
HIRAGANA I
HIRAGANA  U
HIRAGANA  E
HIRAGANA  O
HIRAGANA  KA
HIRAGANA  GA
HIRAGANA KI
HIRAGANA  GI
HIRAGANA  KU
HIRAGANA GU
HIRAGANA KE
HIRAGANA GE
HIRAGANA KO
HIRAGANA GO
HIRAGANA SA
HIRAGANA ZA
HIRAGANA SI
HIRAGANA ZI
HIRAGANA SU
HIRAGANA ZU
HIRAGANA SE
HIRAGANA ZE
HIRAGANA SO
HIRAGANA ZO
HIRAGANA TA
HIRAGANA DA
HIRAGANA TI
HIRAGANA DI
HIRAGANA TU
HIRAGANA DU
HIRAGANA TE
HIRAGANA DE
HIRAGANA TO
HIRAGANA DO
HIRAGANA NA
HIRAGANA NI
HIRAGANA NU
HIRAGANA NE
HIRAGANA NO
HIRAGANA HA
HIRAGANA BA
HIRAGANA PA
HIRAGANA HI
HIRAGANA BI
HIRAGANA PI
HIRAGANA HU/FU
HIRAGANA BU
HIRAGANA PU
HIRAGANA HE
HIRAGANA BE
HIRAGANA PE
HIRAGANA HO
HIRAGANA BO
HIRAGANA PO
HIRAGANA MA
HIRAGANA MI
HIRAGANA MU
HIRAGANA ME
HIRAGANA MO
HIRAGANA YA
HIRAGANA YU
HIRAGANA YO
HIRAGANA RA
HIRAGANA RI
HIRAGANA RU
HIRAGANA RE
HIRAGANA RO
HIRAGANA WA
HIRAGANA WI
HIRAGANA WE
HIRAGANA WO
HIRAGANA N
HIRAGANA VU

Here is a great explaination of the the /l/ /r/ sounds for asian languages:
As I understand, in at least some major dialects of Chinese (maybe all, I don’t know), the /l/ and /r/ sounds exist but are prosodically restricted. The /l/ can only appear syllable-initially while the /r/ appears syllable-finally. This means that a Chinese speaker would have more trouble with an /l/ sound at the end of a word and also with an /r/ sound at the beginning of a word. This means that a speaker should be able to pronounce the /l/ in “ladder” but have difficulty with “red”. This agrees with Jon Purdy’s examples of yimier for “email” and luōqièsītè for “Rochester”.

Korean has the opposite going on; that is, their /l/ and /r/ are in allophonic variation such that /r/ shows up syllable-initially and /l/ syllable-finally, meaning they would have more trouble saying the /l/-sound in “ladder” than in “feel”.

In both cases, it would not be trivial for a native speaker of these languages to distinguish the differences between English /l/ and /r/.

It may seem strange that a language would have no difficulty pronouncing a sound in one position in the syllable but extreme difficulty pronouncing the sound elsewhere. However, in English, we have similarly restricted consonants. For example, the consonant /ŋ/ (the “ng” sound in “hanger” — yes it is only one sound, unlike “finger” which has the sequence [ŋɡ]) is only produced syllable-finally in English. But, in many other languages, words commonly begin with /ŋ/ (e.g. Swahili). So the difficulty you would have pronouncing “ngapi” (/ŋapi/) is the same type of difficulty Chinese and Korean speakers run into with /r/ and /l/ in certain places.

In Japanese, there is only one sound that appears in all positions within the syllable. Their /r/ sound is something between /l/ and /r/, and so every English /l/ sound comes out sounding like something “r”-ish. — english stack exchange

CBlocks Color Speed Match Game

CBlocks Color Speed Match Game-1

CBlocks Color Speed Match Game-1

We have just released CBlocks version 1.1.1.   (CBlocks Color Speed Match Game)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cblocks-color-speed-match/id883372356?mt=8

For the iPhone iOS 6 or later

Cblocks Color Speed Match game to music! Cblocks is a new addictive, free, speed color matching game for all ages.


Each match is one note to a song. Compete the song to get high scores.

If the left color and the right color on the block are the same, tap block. But if the left color and the right color are different, skip the block. You get a point for each correct answer and negative points for the one you miss. But if you tap the wrong block, game over.

Sounds easy, right?! 

See how fast you can go, get a high score, challenge your friends, conquer the world one block at a time!

for issues with cblocks contact us at info@thunderstated.com

Japanese Learning Games

hiragana-moji-master-gameThere are a few Japanese learning games out there including Hiragana Pixel Party, Mind Snacks/learn Japanese, and Koe (to mention a few).  We are also designing a couple of Japanese learning games, but our approach is different.

What we hope to do is focus on the “game” aspect of our learning game.  We are making it something addictive and fun with stunning visuals.

There are plenty of learning methods and apps out there.. like Rossetta and Pimsleur.  Those are great, but we are making something that will draw you into a routine, games are the best at doing this.

 

Japanese Slang

There is a such things as Japanese Slang. Like English, Japanese has many borrowed words that become popular slang, but there are also colloquial words and phrases that are unique to Japan.

japanese slang

image : ringoame.notcliche.com

Some Japanese words:

うp [uppu]‘アップロード (appuroudo) – Upload
名無しさん – (nanashi-san), which means ‘Mr./Ms. Anonymous’
インターネット(intaanetto)
‘sankyuu’, which sounds like the English ‘thank you’.
ウケる – (ukeru) verb expressing something funny
ヤバい  – (yabai) exclaimation of something amazing or very shocking

i love japan

I Love Japan

I Love Japan

Why do I love Japan?  I think my love for Japan started with the artist, writers and cartoonists.  In particular the guys who created the Macross series: writer – Hiroshi Ōnogi (大野木 寛), designer/writer/artist – Shōji Kawamori (河森 正治) and artist – Haruhiko Mikimoto (美樹本 晴彦).  Macross is a science fiction, Japanese Anime.  The series is about humanity fighting off an alien attack with alien technology called Robotech.  I saw the series as a kid and it had an impact on me.  Because the characterization and story line had a depth that I had not seen in a children’s show before.  All the American kid’s shows were watered down by comparison.  Macross introduced me to lots of other works of art from Japan.

河森 正治 Shoji Kawamori

co creator of Macross
河森 正治 Shoji Kawamori

As with many other western “Otaku”, my obsession with Japanese pop culture led me to want to know more about who Japanese people are, what they are all about and much more about the culture as a whole.  I started to read a little about the history of Japan, the religious beliefs and eventually got to visit Tokyo!

I have been all over the world.  I have seen many cultures, but Japanese is definitely one of my favorites.  Many people there are polite to a fault.  Many of the things that I feel are most important in life are the foundations of Japanese culture.  Things like the importance of working very hard, honor, respect, and loyalty.

Anime is not the only reason I love Japan.  I love the culture as a whole.  The history shows a very intelligent people who are stoic warriors, artists, engineers and visionaries who have offered humanity so much.  Learning Japanese is my way of showing respect to a great people.

Japanese peruvian food

above11 peruvian japanese dimetravel

above11 peruvian japanese dimetravel

We had Japanese Peruvian food in Thailand.  At a fancy restaurant called Above 11.  The food was incredible.  Unlike traditional Japanese food, it left me very full.

The food got me curious about the culture.  While I had heard of Peru having a president with a Japanese ancestry, Alberto Fujimori, I did not know about how Japanese culture could have any kind of influence on Peru.

Even though Japanese Peruvians are only about .3% of the population, they have risen to highly respectable positions within Peru and have had a significant influence on the culture.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_Peruvian

above11_peruvian_japanese_dimetravel_2

 

Hiragana Practice Game

Welcome to Moji Master Hiragana Practice Game

hiragana-moji-master-gameFight evil, save the world, and kick butts of all kinds while learning Japanese kana! Master hiragana and katakana while you remain happy and sexy!

Become a master of language by accident!

Are you an auditory, visual or tactile learner? The answer is ALL, but you probably learn best in only one of these three ways. So why not use all methods?

Japanese Moji Master uses visual, audio, and kinesthetics to help you pick up hiragana and katakana syllabary as quick as possible.

Moji Master puts this learning method into a stylized fighting game to make learning Japanese hiragana and katakana a fun and addictive habit.

Our objective is to make a game where you practice hiragana/katakana as an afterthought.

anime smile hiragana happy time

anime smile hiragana happy time

The student becomes the master by memorizing the kana with the repetition of the game.

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