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Douglas Triggs
26 June 2007 @ 12:09 am
Finally caught the "tape" of the Gold Cup final.

It was close to being 4-1, they just kept not quite taking advantage of opportunities (how many times can you hit it off the post, anyway, before something just has to go in?)

Good game. Good tournament for USA.

I guess it makes up a bit for Rice.
 
 
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Douglas Triggs
26 June 2007 @ 06:16 pm
Words are made of, uh, sounds.

発表 「はっぴょう」 - announce, publish
選挙 「せんきょ」 - elect
教育 「きょういく」 - training, education
人口 「じんこう」 - population
服 「ふく」 - clothes
放送 「ほうそう」 - broadcast
急 「きゅう」 - urgent, sudden, steep
全て 「すべて」 - all, entirely
文化 「ぶんか」 - culture, civilization
試合 「しあい」 - match, game
残る 「のこる」 - remain, be left
理由 「りゆう」 - reason, motive
感じる 「かんじる」 - feel, sense
選ぶ 「えらぶ」 - choose, select
増える 「ふえる」 - increase, multiply
説明 「せつめい」 - explanation
料理 「りょうり」 - cooking
重要 「じゅうよう」 - important, essential, principal, major
貿易 「ぼうえき」 - foreign trade
呼ぶ 「よぶ」 - call out, invite


Words are like zombies, only they can't be killed with shotguns. And they don't stick the first time.
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Douglas Triggs
26 June 2007 @ 06:26 pm
Some more sorta complicated and definitely confusing sentence patterns.

V-ません か。 -> Won't you do V?
食事をしませんか。

V-ましょう。 -> Let's do V.
行きましょう。

V-ましょう か。 -> Shall we do V?
行きましょうか。

N は V つもりです。 -> N intends to do V.
日本へ行くつもりです。

N は V-ない つもりです。 -> N intends not to do V.
大阪へ行かないつもりですけど。

N は V-よう/おう と思います。 -> N is thinking of doing V.
中国語を勉強しようと思います。

N は V-たい です。 -> N wants to do V.
中国語を勉強したいです。

N は V-たい と思います。 -> N would like to do V.
中国語を勉強したいと思います。

N は V-たい と思っています。 -> Same as above [must be used if N is not speaker].
友達も勉強したいと思っています。

N は V ことができます。 -> N can do V.
少し漢字を書くことができます。

N1 は N2 が V-potential ようになります。 -> N1 becomes able to V N2.
だんだん日本語が話せるようになりました。

N は V ようにないります。 -> N starts to do V.
スペイン語を勉強するようになりました。

N は V1-ない ように V2-ます。 -> N does V2 in order not to do V1.
デブにならないように運動します。

N は V-た ことがあります。 -> N has had the experience of doing V.
日本へ行ったことがあります。

N は V ことがあります。 -> N sometimes does V.
旅行をすることがあります。

N は V こともあります。 -> Same as above.
旅行をすることもあります。

N は V1-たり V2-たり します。 -> Sometimes N does V1 or V2 or the like.
本を読んだりテレビを見たりします。

N は V-た 方がいいです。 -> You should do V.
僕と一緒に日本へ行った方がいいですよ!

N は V-ない 方がいいです。 -> You shouldn't do V.
夏に日本へ行かない方がいいです。

N は V-て おきます。 -> N does V beforehand.
切符を買っておきます。

Hmm, well.
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Douglas Triggs
26 June 2007 @ 06:59 pm
Well, it's time to work out a tentative schedule, start making reservations and all that. So, let's see:

- Thu 23 Aug - Depart Denver (8:30A).
- Fri 24 Aug - Arrive Narita (2:55P) - spend the night somewhere in Tokyo, cursing the jet lag.
- Sat 25 Aug - Free day in Tokyo. Hang out. Shake fist impotently at jet lag. Night in Tokyo.
- Sun 26 Aug - Make way to Fuji-Yoshida, explore the five lakes, spend night in Fuji-Yoshida.
- Mon 27 Aug - Endless death march -- I mean, climb up Fuji-san, starting bright and early from Fuji-Yoshida. Spend night in hut somewhere around 8th or 9th station or whatever.
- Tue 28 Aug - Watch sunrise on Fuji-san. Descend. Make way to Yokohama, first night in Yokohama; beginning of WorldCon for all intents and purposes.

>>> Insert WorldCon here <<<

- Mon 03 Sep - Last night of WorldCon. Party like it's 2007.

From here, it starts getting a bit fuzzy, but possibly:

- Tue 04 Sep - Exchange JR Pass. Take shinkansen north, spend night in Sendai.
- Wed 05 Sep - Ride boat around Matsushima islands. Shinkansen to Akita. Spend night in Akita.
- Thu 06 Sep - Go to Tazawako, wander around aimlessly. Spend night in Akita.
- Fri 07 Sep - Ride train along northwest coast of Touhoku to Aomori, continue on to Hakodate, spend night.
- Sat 08 Sep - Wander around Hakodate. Wander on to and around Sapporo, spend night.
- Sun 09 Sep - Wander around someplace near Sapporo, possibly Asahikawa. Spend night in Sapporo.
- Mon 10 Sep - Last day on JR Pass, long transit back to Tokyo from Hokkaidou, spend night in Tokyo.
- Tue 11 Sep - Depart Narita (5:00P), arrive over two hours earlier in Denver (2:44P).

Love to squeeze in Dakikaeri Gorge and Lake Towadako, don't think I'll manage it. Or really a full tour of Hokkaidou, but that would take a week and a car rental, most likely, and I don't really want to rent a car this trip. That whole stretch is pretty flexible, though, so hard to say how it will work out.

Update: the wildcard is Fuji-yoshida. I didn't have any trouble finding information on the huts and such up on Fuji-san (although I still need to figure out if a couple days lead time is enough to make reservations during that part of the season), but it looks like I'll be showing up during the 富士吉田の火祭り (the Fuji-Yoshida Fire Festival), which is really cool, but I'm worried about finding rooms then. Considering I haven't found much information on accommodations there yet and all.

More research will be required -- need to see if I'll be bumping into any more seasonal stuff anywhere, too.
 
 
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