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An Authentic Taste of Japan Hidden Away

I usually don’t get into food or restaurant reviews on this blog, but I really wanted to showcase this particular Japanese restaurant. I’m admittedly a huge fan of Japanese food, and this place bills itself as “Japanese home cooking” (日本家庭料理)…. Continue Reading →

[Book Review] Reading and Writing Chinese

Tuttle Publishing graciously supplied this book for me to take a look at and review. Below are my thoughts. Reading and Writing Chinese, 3rd Edition By: William McNaughton, Revised by Jiageng Fan (2013, Tuttle Publishing) I’m a bit of a… Continue Reading →

[Book Review] Chinese For Beginners

Tuttle Publishing graciously supplied this book for me to take a look at and review. Below are my thoughts on the book. Mastering Conversation Chinese: Chinese for Beginners By: Yi Ren and Xiayuan Liang (2012, Tuttle Publishing) There’s quite a large… Continue Reading →

「萌典」Free ChineseChinese Dictionary (iOS/Android)

Since I first wrote this post there have been two updates to the app I’ve updated the post accordingly. (3/6/2013) By chance I came across a new dictionary app for iOS and Android devices called 「萌典」(you can also find it… Continue Reading →

Skrittering Away in Japanese

Quite happy to say that the next installment of Skritter‘s iOS presence is here! The Japanese app is finally available in the app store. You can read more in their official announcement post. Now let’s take a look and see… Continue Reading →

[Review] Chinese Reader for Mac OSX (Beta 0.3.1)

I came across Chinese Reader for Mac OSX over at the forums on Skritter. This is a very promising application, and while it is only in beta, it still feels quite polished and enjoyable to use. I love the connectivity with… Continue Reading →

Skritter for iOS is here!!

You guys may or may not have any clue about how exciting this is for me, but in the past I have shown my love for Skritter. Now, the iOS version is finally available and I’m super excited to share… Continue Reading →

Skritter: My Favorite Chinese Study Buddy

As my free trial runs low, I thought I would introduce Skritter as my new favorite SRS study tool for Chinese! Skritter is a subscription-based SRS service that can be used to study both Japanese and Chinese. It focuses on… Continue Reading →

Recommended Blog: Chinese Through FFIII

I’ve been quite busy prepping for my new semester at school, but in the past few weeks I came across a blog titled “Chinese Through FFIII: it’s more fun than you can imagine“. The blog is just getting started, but… Continue Reading →

Outside Perspectives on Pleco-Update 4/7/2011

I’ve gotten some really interesting and insightful comments from people related to my post about the Pleco Chinese dictionary for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. I think the points they make are very worthwhile to read, and are important for… Continue Reading →

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