Apologies, apologies - I have fallen prey to the Tokyo lifestyle and neglected my blog. A nagging voice in the back of my mind reminded me every so often but I had no problem ignoring it. It wasn't until people started posting comments saying "Update!" that my conscience, and sense of shame, kicked in. I was exhausted this evening, and contemplating a nice, concerted act of procrastination, but I received an email telling me to "update!", so here I go.
Today I am introducing the Japanese language learning blog Naruhodo! (Disclosure - Chris, one of the guys behind the site is a friend of mine and tried to influence this review by bribing me with an exotic cheese, which unfortunately for him, smelt like a turd.) Described as "Info about learning Japanese and testing your skills", Naruhodo! focuses on real-life Japanese, specifically as found in books, on TV and the Nintendo DS. Yep - if you are considering buying any language learning DS software you should check out the reviews on Naruhodo - the guys provide detailed, well written reviews, with lots of examples and good analysis. But not just learning-through-learning, these guys are into games too, championing the learning-through-gaming approach. There is plenty of non-DS stuff two - reviews of books, general commentary and study tips. Sprinkled liberally with kanji examples, those whose reading is not up to speed may need rikaichan or Moji to read everything, but the effort is worth it. The guys have their finger on the pulse and consequently have lots of topical material (Way ahead of me.....sniff.... ). I heartily recommend a visit, tell them that Nihongojouzu sent you, and watch out for the cheese.