The Grizzled: Japanese Hard Knocks

Happy New Year! We have been playing a lot of The Grizzled recently. It’s a great game, though hard to recommend unless you’re playing with at least three players. We have been making due with the duo mode included in the expansion, but we suspect that the true sweet spot for this game is three or four players.

Another problem we had was the language barrier. The Hard Knocks in particular were giving us trouble not only because of the English but also the highly stylized font used in the English version. We decided to try our hand at translating the cards into Japanese, and you can download it here. These are for the vanilla Hard Knocks only, though we are working on getting the expansion At Your Orders! cards and possibly manual translated sometime in the future. The manual for the base game is available on BGG.

JLPT N2: question marks galore

Well, so much for trying to update more regularly, eh?

I took the JLPT N2 at the beginning of the month and I am still too shell-shocked to hit the books again. This was my first attempt at N2, and I was warned that the reading sections this time around would be dense and impenetrable. I thought it would be fine if I just reviewed weak grammar points, but NOPE: it was the paper exam equivalent of having a fire hose turned on me. That should teach me not to slack off.

So what have I been doing in the more than two weeks since the exam? Slacking off, naturally. It’s hard to stay motivated to keep studying after the test, you know?

I’ll get the results back in February. I have a feeling that I failed, and even if I managed to squeak by with a lucky pass I’d still want to take the test again because of how badly lost I was during the reading passages. We shall see.

Study Japanese with Anki

It’s been two years since I originally posted about how to study Japanese with Anki. I am still an avid user and continue to add new notes whenever I run into new words or characters, and due to my commute, I spend more time than ever on crowded trains reviewing cards. My old Anki guides were far and away the most visited blog posts I’ve ever had, though it was becoming increasingly outdated. I thought I’d go back and tidy up my old guide to anyone looking to set up their own Anki decks.

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