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March 05, 2006

Happy Birthday to Me

I must be getting old: a disturbingly large proportion of my birthday cards came from insurance people and credit companies. Once upon a time 39 sounded ancient. Now it just sounds unfair.

Last night we went out to one of the local Japanese restaurants, and today I got a nice pile of loot:

a small set of computer tools from the boys;
Romancing Saga strategy guide (now I just need time to play it);
Alien and Aliens;
Futurama Season 3 (now I have the whole set, finally);
Japanese The Manga Way, which looks to be a lot more useful and coherent than Japanese in Mangaland;
Breaking Into Japanese Literature, which looks really cool;
and finally,
the Japanese Dreamcast game Atelier Marie & Elie. I fired it up for a little while and was able to understand a disturbingly large amount of it...yet an unfortunately large amount was still incomprehensible. I think it'll make a fun project.

Update for Heather

Thanks Heather. Is your boyfriend into Japanese as well? If so, here are a few other ideas from my birthday wish list:

A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar by Seiichi Makino, Michio Tsutsui

Japanese Verbs at a Glance (Paperback) by Naoko Chino

The Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary (Paperback)
by Jack Halpern (Editor)

Remembering the Kanji II: A Systematic Guide to Reading Japanese

Basic Connections: Making Your Japanese Flow (Paperback) by Kakuko Shoji

Amazon has some really good prices on those nice Kodansha books, so I put a bunch of them on my list this year. Now I need to start reading and reviewing them!

Permalink | Posted by Joe at March 5, 2006 12:11 PM


happy birthday!

oo, i was purusing your list for some ideas on what to get my boyfriend for his upcoming b-day~!

Posted by: heather james at March 8, 2006 09:44 AM

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