Miscellany

Amazon Now Allowing Kindle Account Merging Across International Stores

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Amazon.co.jp launched its Kindle store last month. When I logged into my US account today to see if the next Dresden Files book had come out yet, I saw a message telling me that I can consolidate my Japanese and US Kindle libraries.

Great news! You can now shop for Kindle titles at Amazon.co.jp. Consolidate your libraries and manage them from Amazon.co.jp. Change your preferred shopping site to the Amazon.co.jp Kindle Store to shop for Japanese titles in Yen.
Great news! You can now shop for Kindle titles at Amazon.co.jp. Consolidate your libraries and manage them from Amazon.co.jp. Change your preferred shopping site to the Amazon.co.jp Kindle Store to shop for Japanese titles in Yen.

Great news, indeed. However, it looked like I couldn’t have it attached to both accounts at once. I clicked the “Learn more” link, which led me to a page with only a little more detail, and ended up chatting with a customer service agent to get more details.

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Studying Japanese

Japanese First-Grader Textbook Story Translations

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One of my professors in the Japanese department here at UAF gave me the opportunity to take a JLPT N2 practice test. I did rather poorly on it. As I suspected would be the case, my lacking vocabulary was at the heart of all the problems I had with the test.

I have too heavy a class load to make it worthwhile to study heavily and try to take the JLPT this year; even if I were willing to sacrifice my grades in the attempt, the air fare to Seattle is too expensive to be worth it if I fail. Just because I’m unwilling to cram, however, that doesn’t mean that I have no intention of stepping up my studies a bit. I have several resources at my disposal which have barely been tapped, including several books.

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Reviews

Smart.fm Rocks, With Two Exceptions

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April 18, 2019 edit: Now rebranded as iKnow, the service is no longer completely free.

In a nutshell: Smart.fm is a free, web-based flash card service. If you crack the nutshell open to get a look at the details of how it works, though, it’s far better than that. Here, let the official Smart.fm video introduction explain what I mean.

Note: The video was taken down after the rebrand. They don’t seem to have a video anymore, but the company has a features page.

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Smart.fm is not the only software based on spaced repetition. It does, however, have a few advantages over the other ones I’ve tried.

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