Let's learn through tankas,
or Japanese poetry
a bit like haikus.
Different syllable count, though,
and they have five lines, not three.
The first part is tan,
which meant "short" in Japanese,
and then ka comes next,
definition of "ditty".
So, together, it's "brief song".
Adam Aleksic is a sophomore studying linguistics and government at Harvard University. He also has disturbing interests in politics, vexillology, geography, board games, conlanging, and law.