Today in Japanese (new blog)

I have started a new blog called "What did you do today? in Japanese", where everyday (or as often as I can) I will write a short sentence in japanese saying what I did - This is to improve my Japanese, learn hiragana and katakana completely and to hear comments…

When to put things in your calendar

When you put a date on something, it gets scheduled into your calendar. This is a hard reminder not a soft one, it is a 'It must happen on this day/time, or not at all' requirement. There should be no exceptions to this rule, your calendar is sacred. Take…

Japanese update

I haven't done any audio training as such but I did start doing some Japanese immersion, listening to Japanese radio and doing some talking with my wife and mum in law. I have definitely improved a little bit and will continue to keep on with immersion techniques rather than specific…

New project: Learn enough Japanese to be able to hold down conversations about topics I like with a native Japanese speaker within 6 months.

How am I going to achieve this? Not completely known at the moment - Michel Thomas method will get me started, also interested in trying to get some understanding of Japanese TV shows and films (suggestions welcome). Everytime I go to Japan, I can kind of get by, but I…

BDD for BizTalk Maps

There are a variety of ways to test BizTalk maps from xml strings, file comparisons, xpath queries, excel based tests etc but my preferred method is with typestrong c# classes, just like this:- Use a prebuild event to run xsd.exe /classes against source and target schema xsd. Turn…

Bang Photo is on the app store

Ok it's not revolutionary, but it serves a simple purpose - take a photo and it auto attaches to your saved email address. This might sound silly considering you can already do this on your phone, but time and again I find myself going through the 8 click process to…