shorui – documents

March 5, 2008 at 7:29 am | Posted in Nouns | Leave a comment

書類 しょるい

sounds like “show louie”

hey, can you SHOW LOUIE these documents? k, thx.  that one was easy huh?


mnemonic info page

February 22, 2008 at 12:40 am | Posted in Websites | 1 Comment

some interesting information, i don’t know how useful it would be if your bored you can read it. haha, after saying that i doubt anyone will go, but here it is for archives sake.

Idoine Mnemonics

good link

February 5, 2008 at 10:36 pm | Posted in Notes, Websites | Leave a comment

here is a good link with alot of japanese newspapers and news sites that you can read online. they have a children’s websites section also.

ni ki – diary, journal

February 1, 2008 at 8:53 pm | Posted in Notes, Nouns | Leave a comment

日記 にっき


sounds like “need key”


just think of your diary padlocked shut, so you NEED a KEY to open it right? remember, the “sounds like” is supposed to remind you of the key sounds of the word, NEED KEY will bring you to NI KI. if you expect to have perfect mnemonic sound key words then you will really cut yourself down on usable mnemonics. you want to try and make mnemonics that will serve to remind you of the word, not a exact sound for sound match (though when it does happen, don’t complain…). if it sounds like this won’t work at it will be confusing, trust me, it won’t. try it with this word, if you say it aloud a few times, even though its NEED KEY, you’ll know that that is just reminding you of the real word, NI KI.


btw, ni ki is used in blog entries, like “diary/journal entry”.

ishi – rock

February 1, 2008 at 8:43 pm | Posted in Nouns | Leave a comment

石 (いし)

sounds like “easy”

i’m telling ya, to memorize how to say rock is soooo EASY.  seriously.

gouyou – autumn colors

February 1, 2008 at 8:36 pm | Posted in Nouns | Leave a comment


紅葉 (こうよう)

sounds like “go yo”

i thought this would be a nice word to learn since it would be nice to see some color outside. it means “autumn colors“, or basically the color of the changing leaves.

you have a friend, and he keeps complaining about everything, school, work, how much he hates music, how much he hates having to wake up early every morning and collect chicken eggs, etc. but one thing he always complains about that really gets on your nerves is how much he loves the RED AUTUMN LEAVES, but how he never has time to go see them in the park.

one day you are just completely sick of him talking about going to see the leaves in the park, and all the reasons why he can’t go, that you yell “ENOUGH ALREADY, JUST GO YO!” Continue Reading gouyou – autumn colors…

quick link

December 25, 2007 at 8:07 am | Posted in other | 2 Comments

here is a link to a list of some mnemonics key words by Quaal. it was posted as a comment but I thought i would put it up as a post in case anyone missed it. even without the mnemonic info its a nice list of common words with kanji and furigana.

Quaal’s vocab list

odayaka – calm

December 25, 2007 at 7:58 am | Posted in Adjectives | Leave a comment

穏やか (おだやか)

sounds like “old yak”

boy, this old yak is awfully calm, as he sits there, chewing his cud and smoking his tobacco pipe. i’d like to be more like this calm, old yak.

hairu – to enter

December 22, 2007 at 12:25 am | Posted in Verbs | Leave a comment


sounds like – “hi lou”

you have a friend named lou right? if you don’t, then make one up. and then make up a corner store that he owns. now ENTER that store, raise your hand, and say “hi lou“.

ki – tree

December 15, 2007 at 6:12 am | Posted in Nouns | 1 Comment


sounds like “key”

imagine a big tree in the woods. it looks like a normal tree, but if you have the secret bark KEY you can open up a secret compartment! its true! you can put anything you want in there, mongoose eggs, cat foot, pokeballs. as long as you have the KEY to the TREE no one will every find what you put inside.

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