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Archive for September, 2008

ひらがな (Hiragana) 2

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

In the last ひらがな post I covered the 1st 2 lines,

a    i  u  e  o

か き く  け こ
ka ki ku ke ko

If you did any research on your own (like I did) you’ll notice that sometimes the characters look different.

That’s due to 2 things:
1) Over time the “official” way to write has changed over the years. Sometimes they’re changed to be easier to write, etc.
2) Different fonts are used. Just like in English (and pretty much any language), there are a bunch of fonts that change the look of the letters.
Some main variations look like this:

This shouldn’t be too much of an issue, just something to keep an eye out for!

On to the new stuff!

1-300 Inscription Herbalism guide

Monday, September 29th, 2008

With the 3.0.1 patch on the horizon I, like many others, have opted to take up herbalism to help up-and-coming inscribers (and to make a bit of coin ourselves :D)

There’s plenty of guides out there describing what you need. This will be another one.

The word on the street is that you’ll need lots of herbs to complete this task, that much is obvious. At this point you’ll only need old world herbs because until the Wrath of the Lich King, this skill only goes to 300.

Everything in inscription requires ink, which you acquire from pigments that are milled from the different levels of herbs. Milling is a lot like prospecting in Jewelcrafting. Milling takes a stack of 5 herbs, from which it can get up to 5 pigments (but is usually closer to 2-3.) The pigments are then used to make ink to make scrolls & glyphs.

To get from 1-300 you’ll need many stacks or each pigment level of herb, beacuse milling uses so many.

As an herbalist that’s not taking up Inscription, we’ve got lots of old-school zones to revisit. Keep in mind the numbers of stacks are for 1 inscriber. There’s lots of herbs needed, and therefore lots of gold to be made!

ひらがな (Hiragana) 1

Monday, September 29th, 2008

ひらが な (hiragana) is a set of characters used is Japanese (日本語) for everyday things. Unlike the roman based alphabet, each character is a sound not just a letter. Using hiragana as an example-

ひ   ら   が   な
hi   ra   ga    na

There are 46 basic hiragana, & they are organized for  easy memorization. The Vowels go across the top setting the columns. Each row adds a consonant sound. If this is confusing, don’t worry, it’ll work out. :)

First, we’ll cover the 1st 2 rows- also known as the “a” line, & “ka” line.

The 1st 5 are straight vowels- a i u e o
[Pronounced AH IE OO EH OH]

あ い う  え  お
a    i    u    e   o

Then comes the “ka” line: ka ki ku ke ko
[Pronounced KA KEE KOO KEH KO]

か き く け こ
ka ki ku ke ko

Some words using these kana:
あおい — blue
あかい — red

That’s it for today… to practice these kana, try this:
1) On the Hiragana tab, click the check box for the 1st 2 columns
2) On the Katakana tab, uncheck the 1st column
3) Click Practice!

Can’t see the Japanese text? Click here.
Want a little bit more background on Japanese? Click here.

Japanese Basics

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Like I said in an earlier post, I’m taking my first Japanese class this semester… and I’M LOVING IT! I figured I could post here what I’ve learned so far. I’m no expert by any means, but I’m really interested in what I’m learning & want to share it. :D

(If you happen to be an experienced speaker & I’m incorrect or you have a better way of explaining it PLEASE let me know!)

First things first, you need to be able to see what I’m talking about. Generally most computers from English-speaking countries don’t come with these features equipped.

So, if 日本語 doesn’t look like then you’re have problems seeing the kana (Japanese characters.)

Check out this page to enable your computer the read them:
So If you’re interested too… read on!


Hello World

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Release date is for 10/8, but you can download it from iTunes 9/30

WalMart will be carrying it for around $12.80

Hello Kitty - Hello World


Come On, Come On - Keke Palmer

Getaway - Cheryl Yie

Hello Kitty - Mandy Ventrice

Hey Yeah - Gen

Hello World - Ainjel Emme

To All The Girls - Jennifer Marks

Get This Party Started - Cheryl Yie

I Smile - Lindsay Dennis

Take It Easy (Chococat’s Jam) - The Seventeens

Sweeter Than Sweet - Emma Hunton

Do You Really Wanna - Cori Yarckin

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日本語 (Japanese) 101

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Yesterday in my 日本語 class, せんせい was teaching us numbers. She brought in a Kitty-Chan さいふ that her sister got in 日本. We got to see what real えん looks like.

I’m totally pumped, I’ve wanted to learn Japanese for a long time. Yay!

So far we’ve only done greetings & other easy stuff. We’ve finished Hiragana & started Katakana.

Hajimemashite- How do you do?

WoW Public Test Realm: SW Harbor

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

I was a bit bored, so I made a video of Stormwind Harbor on the PVE PTR.
Alt links in case the embed dies: Youtube | Sanriotown