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About the Blogmeister

Picture of Nat on the beach

Howdy. I’m Nathaniel Guy, but you can call me Nat, since we’re already so close. I’d prefer if you didn’t call me Nate, but if you do, I’ll try to pretend like I didn’t notice. I’m a video game translator, a computer programmer, and a confessed linguaphile. I’m a Kentuckian, and I’m proud of it.

I used to work at Nintendo of America, and it was the best job I could ever imagine. I ending up leaving it to chase after my girlfriend. (She’s a brilliant cook and a schoolteacher, which I think is a very sexy job. It was a good decision.) These days, I’m translating video games and technical documents for companies like Nintendo and 8-4. My biggest aspiration in life is to help (in some significant way) the human race begin to colonize space, but I have several other aspirations, among which is helping other people learn languages.

I’ve always believed that the resources on the internet available for learning Japanese (or any other language, really) could and should be vastly improved. I’ve toyed with the idea of creating Japanese-learning games (of which there are very few good ones), and I’ve found that attacking the Japanese language from as many angles as possible is what results in the easiest, most natural type of learning.

When I was first learning Japanese (not that I’ve finished learning it or anything), I tried lots of different tactics for learning to speak the language. My high school didn’t offer Japanese, so I had to make due with what I could find myself. I went to my local bookstore and cleaned them out of any books about Japanese they had, ultimately spending about $200 for indiscriminately chosen books that really weren’t all that good for learning the language. I went online and tried to read Japanese websites (most were too hard for me). I bought Japanese video games on eBay and spent the summers playing through them, painstakingly looking up every word I came across. I read manga addictedly, and I watched whatever anime shows I could tolerate.

Eventually, with a lot of hard work, the language stopped being so hard, and started being more and more interesting the more I learned. Now, for reasons that I don’t entirely understand, I feel the mysterious obligation to help others see the Japanese language’s hidden, inner spirit. Its kokoro, if you will. That’s why I’ve made this blog: to share my love of the language with all of you, and to test out interesting new experiments in Japanese learning.

I hope you will help and support me in this effort. If you have any questions, suggestions for cool Japanese-learning tips, shared interests, or any idea how I can go about achieving my biggest aspiration in life (see above), they would be welcomed with open firewalls at nat@beforebreakfast.net.