Is it even fair to expect perfection from a burden so difficult to often bear, so much so that even many of society’s so-called superheroes can’t even add the word “father” to their resume? A task that it would drive a man to commit crime (ala Denzel Washington in John Q) or to risk his life (like Dwayne Johnson in Snitch)?
Villains in tokusatsu shows really should attack while the heroes are posing and calling out their names. To be fair, the heroes can attack the villains while they’re giving a dramatic speech describing how evil they are and how insignificant the heroes are compared to them.
The second book contains the most common Kanji used in Japan, A Guide to Reading and Writing Japanese, by Florence Sakade. The original is out of print, and that is the version I have, although there is a third edition available on Amazon. It contains the 1,945 Joyo Kanji prescribed by the Japanese government as essential learning. If you learn all of the Kanji in this book, you would be literate enough to read most newspapers and books. The list price is $22.95 but Amazon has it right now for $16.29.
These designs mix mischief with youthful vivacity. You might see some for even less than half off like #6357. It’s a long, iridescent, metallic blue gown with beaded accents.
With these three things you can learn to speak Japanese. You don’t need anything else, unless you just want to dish out money on unnecessary books. Vocabulearn has thousands of words. If you can learn all of the words that they teach and study the grammar book to learn how to construct sentences, you will be well on your way to fluency.
Some series are worse than others. You will watch a single episode, and then the episodes that follows has 10 minutes of what happened the episode before it. I know this is a good way to keep everyone informed whether they watch often or not, but it really can get annoying. Some anime series DVDs have a nice feature where you can actually cut out all the recapping and even the intro and credits. You can go from one episode to the next and get straight to the good stuff.
N: Internal speakers, headphone jack, microphone jack (no built-in mic). Speakers are tiny and tinny; I recorded with two microphones. The first was part of a quality Telex headset, fwith which the recording of my voice was tinny and soft. I used an older dynamic microphone for tape recordings; it provided a quality, rich sound to my voice. There was noticeable background hiss on files recorded with this computer. Other audio files, such as videos and mp3s sounded fine.
I’m not a perfect father-and I know I never will be-But like my dad before me, I hope someday my kids can say that despite my imperfections, that I damn sure tried.