iKnow!

6 Dec

Do you study 日本語 (Japanese)?
Have you ever seen the website called ” iKnow! “?

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It’s a excellent site for language study drills. English speakers can study Japanese, and Japanese people can use it to study English.

You can customize it to your level of ability and it drills new words different ways: 漢字 (kanji) → English, ひらがな → English, and English → Japanese (both 漢字 (kanji) and ひらがな), and also shows the 漢字 (kanji characters) and has you type in the reading for them.

(I believe you can also study Japanese using only alphabet characters instead of 漢字 (kanji) or ひらがな if you can’t read Japanese characters…but I haven’t tried it that way, so I’m not positive)

It’s a quite good program. And the best part is…the beta version is free! (Click here to visit the iKnow! page.)

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Yesterday, the weather wasn’t so cold in Tokyo…but it rained hard. So, although today’s a nice clear day,  it’s colder. In fact, the 天気予報 (weather forecast) for today says it will snow on the other coast of Japan!

Here’s today’s 天気予報 (weather forecast) for all of Japan (東京 (Tokyo) is sunny):

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And this week’s 天気予報 (weather forecast) for Tokyo:

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It’s forecast to rain again on 火曜日 (Tuesday) and 水曜日 (Wednesday)! 😦

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All of last week, my second daughter had 職場体験 (work experience). Most Japanese junior-high school students work at a local business for a week to an idea of what it’s like to have a job (and maybe help them decide on a future career).

Last year, my oldest did her 職場体験 (work experience) at a local 幼稚園 (kindergarten). And last week, my second daughter just finished her’s at a nearby 動物園 (zoo).

Both of them really enjoyed the experience.

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Speaking of the 動物園 (zoo)…yesterday, my youngest daughter’s class at school took a field trip to 上野動物園 (Ueno Zoo) and the 博物館 (museums) near the zoo.

Luckily it didn’t rain until later in the day, so they were able to enjoy the 動物園 (zoo).

She took all of these photographs (she took alot more photos…but I’m not posting any of them that show her or her classmates):

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And tomorrow, we’re going to watch my youngest daughter’s Koto concert. (Koto is a traditional Japanese musical instrument that my daughter plays).

10 Responses to “iKnow!”

  1. Saorcha July 14, 2011 at 7:49 am #

    Such a wonderful post. Love the photographs. I adore tigers, they are my favourite animal but the polar bear is super cute too.

    I understand this was almost three years ago but….how did your daughter’s koto concert go? 🙂

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    • tokyo5 July 15, 2011 at 2:19 am #

      >Such a wonderful post. Love the photographs.

      Thank you.

      > tigers (and) polar bear…super cute

      I love animals too.

      >how did your daughter’s koto concert go?

      That was a while ago. But she did great…of course. 😉

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  2. tokyo5 December 10, 2008 at 10:24 pm #

    Yes, I hope the economy gets better too!

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  3. umepontarou December 10, 2008 at 4:42 pm #

    Really??
    Well, I haven’t heard any bad news from him so far, it should be ok :p
    In Aus, many banks are cutting off the staff too…

    I hope economy gets better soon! It’s not a good time for me to go back to Japan (><) A$ is very bad :_(

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  4. tokyo5 December 9, 2008 at 10:03 pm #

    Mitsubishi!? Nice job!

    But, actually, with the bad world economy, many car companies are “laying off” workers! I’ve heard that Toyota, Suzuki, and Honda are. Is Mitsubishi OK?

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  5. umepontarou December 9, 2008 at 7:47 am #

    Well,
    he is 24 years old, and he works at Mitsubishi.
    … nothing related to supermarkets or restaurants :p
    but I’m sure some kids appreciate this experience 🙂

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  6. tokyo5 December 8, 2008 at 10:35 pm #

    >my brother worked in a supermarket and restaurant

    How old is he now? Where does he work now?

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  7. umepontarou December 8, 2008 at 1:33 pm #

    >Is it strange to put more than one subject in one post?
    No, it’s fine 🙂

    Ummm,,, it was quite a long ago, but I remember my brother worked in a supermarket and restaurant??

    Yes I think it’s a very good idea! Kids can know how it is like to work in places, and maybe it can help them decide what job they want to take in the future 🙂

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  8. tokyo5 December 6, 2008 at 11:47 pm #

    umepontarou…

    久しぶり!;)

    >so many information on one post!

    Is it strange to put more than one subject in one post?

    > 職場体験 (work experience) started after I graduated school

    Really? It’s good for kids, I think.

    >My brother, on the other hand, did the 職場体験 (work experience) few times.

    Where did he work?

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  9. umepontarou December 6, 2008 at 10:03 pm #

    Wow, so many information on one post! 🙂

    It had been raining here every day this week, but today was fine.

    You know, the 職場体験 (work experience) started after I graduated school, so I didn’t have chance to do it :p My brother, on the other hand, did the 職場体験 (work experience) few times. I think it’s very educational and a good experience!

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