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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My Dream Trip to Japan

I need some motivation to remind me why I’m doing all this Japanese studying, so I am going to write this blog post. These are the places I really want to visit, but if I win the lottery, I’ll be happy to go to lots more. Tokyo. 2-3 days. I think I would be able to enjoy it for this amount of time, but then what looks to be a very hectic pace would wear me out. Kyoto. 4-5 days. I want to see some temples and older buildings, in a quieter city. Also some kabuki and noh theatre, if I can find some. Locals could marvel at my complete… Read More

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Why Study? There’s An App For That!

I don’t know how I feel about this. http://eli-talk.com/en/ ELI is a small wearable microphone device worn on the collar. Connected to a smartphone app, it records and analyzes your daily conversation and generates personalized foreign language lessons for you. On the one hand, great! It could probably be a very good study aid! A good self-testing aid! A helper to your learning. On the other hand, you could get a lot of morons like this traveling around the world. (This video does not show the Eli, but the Logbar, but the end result could easily be the same.) (Trigger warning: smug MRA/creeper.) “Respect for culture? Respect for other peoples’… Read More

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