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Former Lotte, Hanshin and MLB Pitcher Hideki Irabu Commits Suicide

Here is the latest on the former Chiba Lotte Marines and Hanshin Tigers pitcher Hideki Irabu suicide: [Via Hardball Takl] Former Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu was found dead at his California home yesterday.  The initial reports came from the Japanese paper, Asahi Shimbum, and his death has since been confirmed by the New York Yankees. Suicide… Keep Reading


Learn Japanese! Kansai Dialect

I had the pleasure to meet Ikue Shingu (Lecturer in Japanese, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Junko Hatanaka (Lecturer in Japanese, The University of Texas at Austin) at the American Council of Teacher’s of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) a few months ago. We discussed their website for learning the Kansai dialect of Japanese. As a linguist,… Keep Reading

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