Ten years ago I was a jobless student in Osaka. I was almost broke but I still wanted to go to Japanese-Korean BBQ joints and bars, so I had to come up with a solution to give myself personal allowances on a consistent basis. I set up an Excel spreadsheet where I had cells for […]
Author Archives: Eric Nishio
Here’s a list of words I recently came across while flipping through the first few chapters of Teach Yourself Chinese and Chinese Made Easy: pen 筆 Beijing University 北京大學 garage 車庫 curtains 窗簾 duck’s tongue 鴨舌 faucet 水龍頭 bloody nose 流鼻血 school bus 娃娃車 This is a common plague that affects many (if not most) […]
I’ve open-sourced our new WordPress theme so if you’d like to use it on your own site please go over to GitHub to download or fork it. I’ll also submit the theme to WordPress.org once it’s been polished. Please post your bug reports on GitHub or in the comments below. Thanks!
I’ve had a complicated relationship with Chinese languages. I learned my first Mandarin words 15 years ago when I was in junior high school. I managed to remember a number of words and expressions but never really got to any point where I could say I was actually studying the language. Then came Cantonese. I […]
I used to think that packing five novels, a flashlight, two bottles of deodorant, and a pillow would come in handy when I’m on the road. But that’s actually something you should only do when switching apartments. I’ve been using my current travel checklist religiously for the past three years, and I’ve never had the […]