Everyday NhanSense – Day 62

Everyday NhanSense: Each day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 62’s Topic: Change.
I have become different over the years. Well, I guess I should be more specific. After all, most people undergo some kind of personal transformation as they get older. It’s only natural.

For me, I think some aspects of my character and skill-set are becoming something else entirely. For instance, I used to be VERY GOOD at finding typos.

It sounds silly, but I was more or less a walking F7. I could see errors from all kinds of spots, from subtle things like seeing lack of extra spaces in typing or even inconsistencies in how things were written. There is more to being a competent editor (which I was at my school newspaper in college) than just spotting a spelling mistake or two, an incorrect use of a comma … etc.

You have to utilize a certain mindset to spot and recognize such errors, especially ones that look correct on the surface.

This type of editing was what I was great at, at least at one point in my life. That was five years ago when I was a budding, aspiring journalist. Those skills were fresh on my mind. But fast-forward to present day … Well, I am not going to say I have lost it, but it’s not quite the same anymore.

I still possess above-average editing in my book. It’s not as great as it was a few years ago, but rightfully so – I have shifted gears over the years. I still get annoyed as heck at typos when I spot them, but my own judgment isn’t as keen. It’s like I have become a bit of a dull blade in this regard – still sharp, but not as sharp as it could be.
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Daily NhanSense – Day 33

Daily NhanSense: Every day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 33’s Topic: Writing.

I want to think that writing is my knack, as in it’s something God wants me to do with my life. There are times with this blog I really do believe I can blast out a good read, and then there are some other days where I do not get the creative juices flowing enough to muster anything worthwhile.

I have a particular fondness for using simple, but easy-to-understand writing because I opt for clarity rather than the fancy stuff. Journalism school taught me well, don’t you think?
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Random Kanji Knowledge: Eigo

Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is 英語, which is ready as eigo (eh-go).

英語 means “English.”

英 is the symbol for “England/English.”

語 refers to things like “words” and “speech.”

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Pet Peeve: Incorrect, “English Class” Interpretations

True story: a long time ago, I actually considered being an English teacher. Like, I really put a lot of thought into it.

However, I was more interested in teaching English grammar and writing, as opposed to lecturing about literature. I do in fact like reading, but only with niche things (comic books, manga and all that jazz.)

I gave up on the notion of being an English teacher because I deemed myself too shy to stand in front of students all day to teach them about stuff, but that is beside the point.

I bring up “English class” interpretations because, quite frankly, there is no other way to describe what some people do to “sound smart.” It’s annoying to come across something that is written in such a manner that misses the mark.

Don’t get me wrong: I do in fact like hearing the opinions of others, even if it’s strictly out of curiosity. I have a lot of varied views on multiple topics. Of course, I believe context is always important.

Case in point: “Kill la Kill” is an extreme anime title for this fall season. I say extreme because it is an over-the-top, probably offensive, yet stylish show.

I came across a random post on Tumblr the other day that has this to say about the anime. Continue reading

Pet Peeve: Using the Wrong “Everyday”

A lot of people don’t realize that “everyday” and “every day” are two different things. This misunderstanding is very common, unfortunately. Basically, “everyday” is the adjective form, whereas “every day” refers to “each day.”

1. These are my everyday shoes.

2. Every day, I drink a glass of milk.

Now you know.