Inspiration

So, it’s not easy to be inspired during a global pandemic. Even less so when you’re watching fools prance around with no masks on, breathing wherever they feel like it. But, of course, the secret to life is not just inspiration. It is effort after inspiration. And it’s not easy to put effort into anything but the basic survival skills during a global pandemic. However, what is the alternative? Working, eating, sleeping and nothing else? It’s like one goes through a set of stages of experience with the facts of the world around them. Like the stages of accepting death is coming, but a bit different. My stage now is… Read More

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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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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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Travelling to Japan — my Dream Trip

Photo via Good Free Photos Well, I need to remind myself why I am studying Japanese, so let’s go through my dream vacation: Tokyo. 2-3 days. Enough time to see some of the sites, and then say after that I have seen Tokyo. It looks like a very busy city, but I also want to visit some quieter places. Kyoto. 5-7 days. I would love to see some kabuki  歌舞伎 and noh 能 theatre while I am here, as well as some temples. Also, to be able to visit 天橋立。 I would also like to meet people I’ve gotten to know online through HelloTalk.

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Maintaining

Wow, been making a lot of basic grammar errors on HelloTalk. You’d think these are things I would have learned by now, but no. Either I’m regressing, or this is normal in language learning, or I’m just too darn tired from things outside of studying Japanese. Still. They say if you don’t make mistakes, you’re not learning anything.

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vs Japan

I’ve already mentioned Matt vs Japan, but now he has a video up where he is interviewing a guy with the YouTube handle BritVsJapan. I wasn’t aware language studying meant you had to face off against the country of that language. EdVsChina. KateVsThailand. Sounds kind of silly, doesn’t it? Maybe it’s an AJATT clan title. Even if you think it means Matt/Brit vs the Japanese language, that’s still a weird way to approach learning a language. “I hate this language, but after I punch and kick it enough, it will surrender and I will be triumphant! TRI-UM-PHANT!” Or maybe it’s just awkward marketing. Me, I’m studying Japanese because I like… Read More

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Monetizing Japan: The Mysteries of YouTube

So, there are a lot of YouTubers living in Japan and making videos. Some of them are even Japanese. Japan is perceived as a really cool country by a lot of people who don’t live there. YouTubers find the coolest parts of the country, and display them to us, the Western audience, so many kilometers away from there. We go ooh, aah, and then the cycle repeats. A lot of these videos are about Japanese food. I understand as well as anyone that Japan is a gourmet’s paradise. And, sure, it’s interesting to see a video now and then about food, but EVERY video? There’s a lot more to Japan… Read More

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