Japanese in the times of Novel Coronavirus

So Shakespeare wrote King Lear during the plague, did he? Who did the cooking and dishwashing and cleaning while this mighty man was dipping his quill in the ink? I’m not going to lie. My studying stopped a month ago. Mentally, I couldn’t handle work, and isolation, and general life, and studying Japanese. The most I’ve done is write some moments on HelloTalk. But last night, I had a thought. “If you don’t care, why are you bothering?” This seems like a stupid thought, but it reminded me: I began studying Japanese because I loved its culture I began studying Japanese because I wanted to travel around and not starve… Read More

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The Long Path

The Slowly Dying Language Blog

I’ve seen it. You’ve all seen it. Someone starts a Japanese language blog. They share grammar tips. They go strong for a while, and then, アッチョンブリケ!ブログじゃない! I don’t want this blog to become a slowly dying blog, of any type. So I have to figure out what I want to blog about. To figure out what I want to blog about, I need to engage in more experiences with Japanese — writing, speaking, thinking. Ok, one post is one lifetime.

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Shadowing

I have an Android app I have had installed for the longest time. So long, I forgot about it. But then, you see a moment from someone you’re following on HelloTalk, and your memory gets jogged. To be honest, I forgot about it because my Japanese skill when I installed it was pretty low. But now, I think it’s improved to the point where I can get some benefit from using it regularly. It’s an app created by the International University of Japan for their students, but non-students can use it too. Called Ganbatte Shadowing, it explains all the concepts of shadowing, and then has “tasks” for you to complete.… Read More

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A Really Nice WaniKani Community App

It’s no secret I’m a fan of WaniKani. I’ve tried other systems, but this one just clicks for me. But using it away from a large keyboard has always been a pain. I find no problem with doing 25 reviews in one session in front of my computer. With my phone, I can do maybe 10 and then put it down. The keyboard is too small, the text is too hard to read. Japanese is not made for people with poor eyesight. But then. on the WaniKani community site, I saw the announcement of a new Android app: Flaming Durtles. Intrigued. I thought I’d check it out. I had a… Read More

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Dogen

あなた氏

全部の先生は「あなたをあまり使いません。」と言った。 日本人は私に「あなた」を書いた、どうする?「おおい、あなた、なぜあなたと言った?O47rashomonsさんだぞ!」 ま、これは日本人より失礼ですね。この事態はアニメの「HunterHunter]を思い浮かぶんでいる。「レオリオサン!」 とにかく、もっと重要なことがありますね?

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Some new Japanese Learning Resources

You know how it is, you find things on the web, and things find you. So I’ve added two more resources to the Japanese Learning Resources page. I’ve rejoined WaniKani. Out of a host of kanji self-study resources, it’s the one that works best for my mind. The problem is that it only works online, so when I’m traveling the subway tunnels, I use the Android Japanese Kanji Study app to reinforce knowledge. There is some overlap in the way they present kanji, but everyone seems to think there is some perfect order to learn these in. I’m happy to be a bit confused while studying, because that means my… Read More

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お久しぶりですね?(2/?)

これは日常のブログ投稿だね?(笑) 人生はいつも忙しいからこのサイトを聞捨ている。悪い考えだと思う。 今年は日本語を学ぶのは本気な気持ちを集める。秋は日本へ行きたい。楽しい時と願う! それから今日の私の聞く事と話す事は将来より良くなければなりません。 よいいちにちを。

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自分で

自分で日本語を学ぶことは時を解き放すのでもう怖いです。先生は自分自身だからテストを失敗さればこれから ミラーで見らなければいけませんね。 このごろ日本語を話すことがほしいです。それから、学校のAITASは面白くてになりました。あの学校で没入をします。 次回入ると思います。

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A Tale of Two 文法

So I’ve been using Bunpro on my computer, and today I saw the app for it on Google Play, so I decided to add it to my collection of Japanese language apps. Except when I tried to log in with my ID and password, I couldn’t. After a few tries, I took a closer look, and saw that the app was called Bunpo, not Bunpro. Intrigued, I went on a bit of a detective hunt. If you go to the Bunpo home page, you will find that there is a Contact Us heading, but there is no hyperlink on it. After digging a bit on Twitter, I found this tweet:… Read More

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The Language as She is Spoke

So, I use HelloTalk, and sometimes I use it to actually talk with people. Last night I tried a conversation with a long time language partner. We were both equally clumsy in our studied languages, although I think I was a bit more clumsy. But it was interesting. I figured out something from context and responded, and some of my sentences were spoken without me thinking in English first. What I found lacking from most formal Japanese classes was speaking and listening training. Sure, you did the exercises in the book and played around with the questions and answers a bit, but it wasn’t like a normal everyday, lengthy, conversation.… Read More

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