4 Interesting Things about the Japanese Counting Systems

It is a good experience to learn different ways of counting. For the past one and a half years that I was in Japan, and I have learned some small nuances between their counting systems and ours. Here are some interesting things about the Japanese counting systems.

1. They have their own symbols for numbers.

The Japanese uses the Arabic numerals, but they also have their own way of writing numbers: Kanji. Kanji is one of the writing system used in Japan. They also use Roman letters, Hiragana, and Katakana, but these writing systems are not used for writing numbers.

Some of the Kanji characters used as numbers are the following:  » Read more

Happy with the Amazon Kindle Voyage

Recently, I hurt my eyes by spending too much time in front of a computer, so I decided to buy an alternative gadget which I can use for reading that will lessen my exposure to LED monitors. I bought a Kindle Voyage and for the past three days that I have been using it, I am very happy about it. I was able to read for a long time without taking a rest in between reads which I now do if I am using computer monitors.

If you are not familiar with this product, Amazon has produced a series of e-readers called Kindle and the three of them are Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, and Kindle Voyage. What I like about these three readers is that their screens resembles paper (yes, they are black and white) which means that they will not hurt your eyes which usually happens in ordinary screens. They are also very handy and easy to use.  » Read more

Youngest Math Teacher? 4-Year Old Explains Area of a Pentagon

Who is the youngest math teacher you know? Well, there’s a 99% probability that the teacher in the video below is younger. His name is Miguel Secillano III and he is 4. The way he explains solutions to math problems is way too amazing for his age.

Watch the video below as he explains how to get the area of a pentagon and see for yourself.

Miguel, according to his father, started counting from 1-100 when he was 2 and became interested in mathematics when he was turning four.  He will turn 5 this December.

You can watch more of Miguel’s video in his Youtube channel. 

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