Archive for the ‘Learning’ Category

In a much newer attempt to actually developing my Korean typing skills, I’ve purchased some Korean keyboard stickers from 4keyboard through  They have them for other languages including Japanese and Chinese.  Check them out. Advertisements

Autodidactic means self-learning or self-education; an autodidact is someone who is self-educated (on a subject or in schooling).  This blog is becoming more about the process of discovering and uncovering languages and cultures— hence the title “The Pursuit of Language and Culture”.  I’m trying to teach myself about the languages and cultures that interest me. […]

BYKI (Before you Know It) is a nifty little program that allows you to create, upload, and download lists for 64 different languages. The free version (which I am using) is excellent. You can’t create lists but you can download lists that others have created. For example, the Japanese and Korean lists, which I am […]


I found these awesome destination charm necklaces at Urban Outfitters, and right now the Venice and Tokyo ones in my shopping cart.  I have a long history and love of Italy, and at one point in my many language adventures tried to actually take up Italian. I have vivid memories of meeting Italian nuns, eating […]


I have finally enrolled myself into the Japanese classes offered at my college. I realized I needed the discipline that classes would give me so that I can get over my hump of not feeling like I’m getting anywhere. I will be entering my FIFTH and final year of college, hopefully taking a year of […]


So, I’ve been “busy” reading Sujata Massey mystery novels which I highly recommend!!! They are sooo good. I’m waiting for the third book to get here. The tenth and final book, “Shimura Troubles” hits the States in May. I don’t know if I’ll be up to that number by then (with classes getting in the […]

I have finished Vibrator by Mari Akasaka which was a relatively short read but very good nonetheless.  It is one of those books you have to read twice because there is a lot of stream-of-conscious type of writing (the POV is first person, and the main character is a little crazy!) and sometimes I found […]