Monthly Archives: January 2013

Show Us Your Crack! (Reading, Listening)

Several posts ago, I tried to get you hooked on CRACK (Crevice Reading Acquiring Cool Knowledge).   This basically involves pulling out the most interesting little volume (evolume or paper) in little moments of time to up your skills or just … Continue reading

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Honey in the Crack: Find It!

Sometimes I am as optimistic as a Russian novel set in gulags of Siberia.  However, I am finding that optimism is not necessarily something that just magically happens but something you can develop as a habit.  I don’t know if … Continue reading

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Notebooks and Podcasts, Oh My: No Music for The Samurai

If you read this blog on a regular basis, you may know that I dropped my iPhone into the toilet.  I now have a replacement but being the iGenius that I am I still haven’t figured out how to load … Continue reading

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Samurai Immersing: An Ode to an iPhone

I’ve brought language immersion to a great new heights (lows).  I dropped my iPhone into the toilet while listening to Japanese music.  I’m relying on Facebook, email, Skype, and landlines to communicate.   Is this how our ancestors survived? 🙂  They … Continue reading

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Hybridize Your CRACK! Samurai Mind Reading

“Man reading should be intensely  alive.   The book should be like a ball of light in one’s hand.”  Ezra “Could I Getta” Pound Let’s warp this already awesome quote and make it more politically correct:  “Samurai reading should be intensely … Continue reading

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Never Be Caught Without CRACK in Your Bag!

Extensive reading is known as 多読, or tadoku in Japanese. To try it, start with very easy books (ones with no more than two or three unknown words per page), and follow these principles: 1. Don’t look up words in … Continue reading

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Content Samurai: Know More, Do More, Play More

I’m not a New Year’s Eve guy.  I have nothing against other people’s celebrations.   For me, I like to start the new year well rested and not hung over.  I went to bed at 9:30.   I celebrated New Year’s day … Continue reading

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