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本訳者なります。

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I started this blog  because I read somewhere that it may help in my self-study sessions. I wonder when I started to love the Japanese language? Maybe because of all the animes and mangas I’ve been watching/reading? Perhaps. I’ve been watching anime since I was a child, ironically, I just started to really love watching it when I grew up and had no extra time whatsoever to watch it. One Piece, Fushigi Yuugi, Yu Yu Hakusho, Flame of Recca, etc. These are some animes I watched back in gradeschool. So I got to highschool and college and stopped right?(not because I wanted to but simply because I had other things in my mind). Weirdly though, when I started my 3rd job,,, I got hooked again. Not because of any anime but because of a Japanese movie called “Crows”. I watched the movie and loved every second of it. So, I googled everything about the story and the artists and found out that it was based on a manga called Crows. Ofcourse I searched for the manga and read it(that’s the first time i heard of manga btw). After that, I got addicted into reading all kinds of mangas(english translated). But then I got to the point where I’ve been searching for different kinds of mangas already, and most of my searches end up being frustrating since most good mangas are not yet translated to english. That’s when I realized that I wanted to become a manga translator! Petty it may seem, because I only wanted to be a translator for self benefited reasons, but it grew to an even larger goal. After starting reading shoujo mangas, I got into Otome games(japanese dating game), same process happened and most games I wanted to play are once again not yet translated to English! (sheesh! How small are the fraction of english translators out there?) So, now I’m decided that I want to be a translator, not only for the mangas but also for the games!!! As time goes by, my goals get bigger and bigger. Now I want to be able to translate any form of media, any form of documents or books. I want to be able to read and write Japanese. I want to know the Japanese language by heart. And this is what’s pushing me to achieve my goals. I may be slow at it, but step by step, little by little, I want to reach this dream. post

Lang-8

So I started using Lang-8. It’s a sort of language exchange website where people can interact with natives. You can use it as a diary of some sort where you put entries and people will correct it. I’m kind of enjoying it, but at the same time it’s really frustrating since a LOT of people correct your notes, from advanced to basic and vice versa. It’s just a little confusing since I’m only a beginner and even if they correct my sentences, I don’t understand their corrections!haha But I guess, it’s motivating as well, since I want to understand them more now. It’s kinda like “hello talk”, but this time, you’re not required to chat with people. All you have to do is post your sentences whether you think it’s correct or not. And just wait a few minutes and surely people will correct your mistakes.

this is my first entry and I this is the corrected version.

こんにちは皆さん。日本語は難しいので助けてください…げんざい私は話せないし、書けないし、日本語をりかいもしていない。私は本当は日本語のかいわをれんしょうしたい、だからどうか私におしえてください。

I copied this off different corrections so I hope I am making sense. well looking forward to more of these coz really, my problem is composing sentences.. I am seriously in need of a conversation partner.

WANIKANI

こんばんは皆さん!久しぶりてすね。waah.. it has really been a long time.. Everything was put on hold because of work… Agh I wish I can have a long break…. 2 years I think..lol.. anyways, I was so busy with work that i haven’t had any time to study… On top of that I took the JLPT test this December for N5, and I don’t think I passed it.. well, 2 more months of crucial waiting for the results ahead… (more on that later) Anyways, for the mean time, I think I’m taking a rest from studying this December and start anew on January. I’m just reviewing everything I learned little by little and trying to learn more Kanji. Speaking of Kanji, I just got to share this kanji learning website because it has helped me a lot!!! does anyone know of Wanikani?

screen-shot-2016-12-25-at-7-02-45-pmWell, if I must… Wanikani is a great website to learn kanji. it’s similar to Remembering the Kanji by Heisig, except this site is more fun. It is like a flashcard game. you have 3 free levels which I might say is really helpful for remembering basic kanji. They don’t charge you right on spot, instead, they let you experience how great they are until you no longer take no for an answer and purchase the bugger whether they like it or not. Anyways, first of, they give you lessons on how to remember the kanji by teaching you radicals and how to distinguish it from other radicals.

 

Then after the lesson, you get quizzes to know if you can remember them. After a few hours, you’ll get to review everything you’ve learned. I might say, this has been the most helpful out of all the resources I’ve tried. The repetition is really effective. oh and the most fun is that you have levels, from apprentice to guru to master, etc. And I am a very competitive person so of course I want to get the top. It’s a bit challenging because as you all know, kanji characters different as they may seem, there are a lot of them with the same fucking reading!!! (why!!! why!!!) so even if you do know know what it means, you tend to confuse them with each others reading… ah well it is still fun and challenging to learn them. I just hope this is a little helpful to those self study people like me…

Te/Ta Forms

今日は日本語のクラスでTa-Formがべんきょうしました。Waaah I’m not really sure if this is correct, so if someone reads this please correct me if I’m wrong, and tell me if it’s correct. I plan to insert a few Japanese words that I know here and there so I can practice. Anyways,  I decided that I will make this blog help me with my studies right? So I plan to make this my notebook, or my diary for studying Japanese. hopefully, I can learn more from this. “Ta-forms”. We’re in Chapter 9 in Genki 1, we tackled casual forms today. Agh,  I feel like my head is going to explode so I have to write this down so I can read how hard it was later. Casual forms or plain forms are used to talk to someone who is of equal age or someone who is of lower rank at work or in short, “not-polite” way of talking. So, たーforms is one of those. た is the plain form of ました which is the past form of ます。(atleast that’s my understanding) So you use these words to tell people that you have already done something or that something was this or that in the past.

たとえば

The most famous example 食べ —eat (tabe)

plain form – 食べる

ます form – 食べます

past affirmative – 食べました

past plain form – 食べた

Q: あさごはんは食べましたか?

A: はい!食べました.

Q: あさごはんはたべた?

A: うん、たべた。

Well this is only for the verb part. Basically, all you have to do is replace ました  with た to state that something has already been done. What I learned is you can apply the same conjugation with how you do it with the て-form.

あう あって まつ まって とる とって  よむ よんで あそぶ あそんで しぬ しんで

かく かいて けす けして いそぐ いそいで みんな u-verb te-form

うつる って むぶぬ んで く いて ぐ いで (3x) す して u-verb te-form

(hahaha I like singing this song.. helped me a lot:))

Anywho, all you have to do is replace the てform with た-form.

So what about adjectives and nouns? well almost and i mean almost the same rules apply. But with adjectives,there are  2, かった and だった。

we use かった for i-adjectives. I think it’s quite easy until some words fuck you up. All you have to do is replace the last い at the end of the word with かった.

おいしい ‐ おいしかった

かわいい ‐ かわいかった

たかい ‐ たかかった

for na-adjectives we just replace な with だった。

げんき(な)‐ げんきだった

きれい(な)‐ きれいだった

しずか(な)‐ しずかだった

instead of using た、 we will use だった which is the casual form of でした。

Ofcourse, there’s this fucked up words that will make you suffer through out your study.

行く ‐ いった

する ‐ した

いい ‐ よかった

Well, that’s all for now, I think I’ve reached my brains capacity for the day. Good Night to all.

日本語 Materials

These are some of the materials I acquired the moment I got interested in learning Japanese. unnamed.jpgI didn’t buy all of them, most of these are gifts from my very supportive niece. I’ve bought Genki 1 and 2 in Japan, I just had too. Japanese kanji, 600 basic japanese verbs, survival Japanese, Say it right in Japanese, and basic Japanese are books I bought here on a whim(not all at the same time). The rest were the ones my niece gave me. So yeah, out of all of these books, the only source that worked for me were Genki and Japanese Kanji Flash cards(although I’m not yet even halfway my beginners Kanji yet). Aside from these, I’ve gotten hold on a Minna no Nihongo textbook via pdf download just recently and I’ll tell you about that later. First, let me tell you about genki.

Genki 1

This book is simply the best for beginners who know nothing about the Japanese language. It is easy to understand and although I haven’t finished reading the whole book yet, I can say that it helped me understand how to construct a sentence, the use of each and every effin particles, verbs, adjectives and gotten close to 山下先生とメアリーさん。The book includes a CD which you can listen to for the vocabulary words (たんご)and for you to always listen to Robert and Mary’s lovelife(just kidding). Ofcourse, you have to start by learning the 2 writing systems of Japanese which is the Hiragana and Katakana. The book will introduce you to these 2 on the introduction portion. After that, you will be greeted by Robert and Mary.

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A dialogue between characters always starts every chapter. The audio will guide you on the pronunciation and will even ask you to repeat each phrase. Of course, there’s an English translation after that. What I do is read everything over an over until I can read it as fast as the audio.

The next part would be the vocabulary, again the audio will guide you through this. I listen to this part over and over even as I commute to and from work, so that I can remember more vocabs (until I discovered memrise! more on this later).

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それからThe grammar explanation. This is the first part so it’s really easy to understand. But don’t be fooled, nothing lasts forever. Of course as you progress everything gets more and more complicated. You’ll know what I mean when you get in the middle of the book. Don’t worry, if there’s a will, there’s a way!( Other helpful sources like online and mobile apps)

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and the best part is you get to practice constructing your verbs and sentences. There is a れんしょう portion where the book gives you exercises where you can test your understanding.

unnamed-3Well there is also a Genki Workbook for that sole purpose, but I didn’t know that until I came back from Japan and didn’t get the chance to buy. The good thing is the school I went to gave us a copy of the old Genki textbook and workbook so I can use those. (luckily we use the same textbook)

This is only the first chapter of the book, I’m only at chapter 10(page 228) and I tell you, I feel like shit since it’s taking me too long to understand this chapter. But it’s fun when I get it too, so がんばります!

The book also contains a dictionary at the back and the basic Kanjis you will be needing for N5. What I like in this book is that as you progress, the english translations get lesser. It means that you should be able to understand without the english and just by reading Hiragana, I’m at the part where most of the sentences now have kanji. It is really hard but the reward is worth it.

Since I’m self-studying, I don’t focus on 1 source alone, specially for Kanji and vocabs, I use other means necessary to help me improve more.

Memrise

For me, memrise is the best application for people on the go who wants to remember vocabs and kanji. The interface is easy to use and you can choose different courses like genki, minna no nihongo, tae kims guide or heisigs guide. Anki is good too, but I don’t use it that much coz I think memrise works better for me. The app offers free usage but you have to be connected to the internet, if you purchase the premium subscription though, you’ll be able to download the whole course and use it offline. The app gives you a learn new words feature then a review words you’ve learned feature and a listening practice feature. What I love about the app is the speedtest. It gives you a game-like memorization technique under time pressure. it also includes audio for some courses.

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For Kanji study, I can’t say much since I’m still struggling with it, but some sources helped me memorize a few characters. One is memrise, the other one is the Kanji flashcards my niece gave me. Some people, are very very creative(I envy you) that they can make their own flash cards, but as for me, I’m very lazy for that kind of thing that’s why I thank my beloved niece for giving this to me.

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as you can see it has 2 sides, the front would be the Kanji character and some example words with more kanji characters with it(gaaah), and at the back would be the meaning and romaji readings for each words. What I do is read this all the time so even if I can’t memorize the readings, I can remember what it looks like.

Well, these are what I use everyday that helps me. I hope this will be of help to some.

Self-study むずかしい!

I started self-studying Japanese a year ago, before I went to Japan for a 1 week vacation. At first, it was fun and exciting, learning how to read hiragana and katakana was all good, and learning words you always hear watching anime was heartwarming. Unfortunately, after 1 year, I got no progress at all. I bought textbooks and other learning materials because I got so excited and ended up not using all of them. I realized that self-studying was not that easy! I started with the Genki textbooks the first quarter of the year, and up till now, I haven’t finished book 1 yet! I got to the “te” forms and got stucked! That’s when I decided that I needed help. So I enrolled myself to a Japanese Language class. It’s fun and productive but I feel I still am not making any progress. I can only attend classes during the weekends and was not able to study during weekdays even by myself. I can make excuses as to why, like work has been dragging me down and all, but I realized that, if there’s a way some people can do it, why can’t I? Going to classes really helped me understand most of the chapters in the book, but because I don’t live in Japann, I can’t practice anything I’m learning without talking to some Japanese people. Fortunately there are apps that will help with that like “hello talk” (more on this later). But, doing so made me think more that I am not yet close to my goals. So this time, I decided to be more engaged in studying. Every day, after work, when I go home, I would study until I can’t study no more. I searched all the available sources on how to learn and study Japanese, I signed up for the Jlpt N5 exam this November just so I can test myself If I can. Now, I’m gonna write everything down, all the things I can’t understand and understand. I’m gonna write my progress(since I’ve read somewhere that it will help) so that I know which are the sources that helps me learn more. If I can be of help to other learners out there, I would be happy to share. I maybe just a beginner and know close to nothing but I hope I can achieve more by doing this.