Saturday, 13 January 2018


Say what you like about Dunedin, but where else can you pick up banana boxes full of great paperbacks for a couple of bucks, and all manner of pickings in the free basket?

I scored 10 Taiwanese children’s books there. I ranked them in order of difficulty, gleaning an understanding of the approach taken to Mandarin Chinese in that country. Bopomofo, anyone? They’ve a set of 37 symbols that they use as furigana. These look like a mutant form of katakana, hiragana and kanji—cute.

And that’s how I spent an hour’s worth of enjoyable exposure on a new language.

Today: J4 M4        

Total: J339 D160 G60 P37 F29 Sp22 A8 M4 Da1 R1

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