Japanese Studying 08/05/2015


I finally finished reading  the first volume of 砂時計 with my tutor. We are going to watch a video next time to work on listening. After that, we will either continue with the next volume OR start the first volume of オレンジ by 高野苺, if I can get my hands on it. Kinokuniya only had volumes 2-4 last time I went. I did snatch up some “easy readers” as I call them, though. They’re 10分で読めるお話. I got grades 1-6, of course. I cannot NOT buy language study materials when I see them.

I also bought a Ghibli DVD collection. It has the Japanese and English versions (plus Mandarin and Cantonese, too.) Even though I went to the Ghibli Museum in 2008, I am no expert. I have only seen Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky, Totoro (my fave, of course!), Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Princess Mononoke, and only in English. I’ve been meaning to watch them in the original Japanese, and I want to see the other movies. What’s your favorite Ghibli movie?

Finally, I have been working on my 漢字. They are, by far, my weakest point in my Japanese studies. I’m starting from the basics, and working my way up. Why do the ones that native speakers write look so pretty, and mine all look like hideous potatoes??????

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5 thoughts on “Japanese Studying 08/05/2015

  1. You can totally master those first hundred kanji! If you’re just starting out, can I suggest you simply learn one word for each kanji? Yes they have many readings, but write a list of words, one for each kanji in that book, and then just learn the words and remember your kanji that way. You can memorise 100 words in one week and simply continue to review them after that. Write them out like spelling lists of 100 words. You might find you remember the kanji so much quicker this way, and you’ve got a practical use for them – if they’re useful you will remember them. I love kanji so much, they are so interesting and beautiful. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks for the tip! I don’t know if you can see it in the tiny photo, but I have been writing words for each kanji to help me remember them. I’ve been doing one for each reading. But, maybe I will speed up the process and just do the vocab.
      I also find kanji to be interesting and beautiful. Thanks again!

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  2. At some point I also dedicated a notebook to kanji writing practice just to be able to write them out in a more pretty way. As beautiful as they look when written well, it looks super awkward when they look like the language versions of the tower in Pisa…

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