Learning Japanese #4 Katakana conquered! Still struggling with phrases and Japanese media!

Hey WordPress! Thanks for checking out my blog, I’ve been getting some great comments that have really been encouraging me to continue writing, which is great. Anyway as the title might suggest I managed to conquer the Katakana! Although having spent some time reading Japanese text I now know it isn’t used as much as Kanji so I still need to use the Romanji to learn certain phrases. I have now found a whole different kind of problem however since I finished with Kana a few days ago and that is what do I do next; do I focus learning solely on Kanji so I can read, do I focus on phrases so I can talk or do I do a mixture of the two. I have been trying to fit in both of them making very little progress I can’t help but think that there might be no easier way to learn the language and maybe this is where it gets truly hard but any help is more than welcome. I got a comment on one of my posts a few days ago about a learning method to help retain information in an easier way, I will leave the link to the article down below I think number 4 would be the most effective and I will let you know as soon as I have properly tested it out.

I have had the time this week to indulge myself in Japanese media, having spent most of the week listening to J-pop and watching Japanese anime and films. I think it is helping with learning the language as it is getting me used to hearing it which helps not only with hearing individual words but it also helps with pronunciation to a degree. It might also help understand Japanese culture a little better. Maybe I’m wrong and it doesn’t help at all but that doesn’t bother me as I genuinely enjoy everything I have watched and I’m thinking about writing a review of one of legendary director Akira Kurosawa’s films. If you have never watched one and are interested in pretty much everything Japan then I would strongly recommend watching one. As far as J-pop I have only really found two artists that I truly enjoy and they are the wonderfully weird Kyari Pamyu-Pamyu and the magnificent Miwa, it took me about 10 minutes to come up with the alliteration don’t judge me, if you haven’t ever listened to them then please do they’re great!

Anyway thanks for reading!  Please leave any comments you may have down below and I will reply to them all! Make sure to share my blog and invite others into this journey!

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Good Japanese Learning Site: http://japanese.about.com/

Article about retaining information: http://www.cracked.com/article_20166_5-brain-hacks-that-give-you-mind-blowing-powers.html


Japanese blog #2 Hiragana and free language websites!

Hey WordPress! This is my second blog about learning Japanese, as if the title wasn’t enough. This past week I have been hard at work learning as much of the Hiragana as I possibly can, thankfully it wasn’t that hard. Although I maybe could have done it in a more stimulating way, all I did was write down all the characters in English then next to it in Japanese I did realise in the last few days is match up all the characters to a picture to help it stick in my brain easier. This method way coined by James Heisig I would recommend looking into this as most people I have spoken to agrees this makes language learning easier. For those of you who don’t know what it is, basically I look as a symbol and recall it with an image. For example, when I see とI think ‘toe’ because it looks a little bit like a toe with a splinter, ‘to’ is the pronunciation, admittedly some of these involve a little bit of imagination and some are downright ridiculous but if it works, it works.

Aside from learning the Hiragana I have also been looking into some free online language learning services and so far I am less than impressed, I found Busuu.com which claim to be great and free when really it is neither. To get the only content on the site that is useful after your week free premium you have to pay, I am not sure how much. However it offers a wide array of different languages and one plus I like about the site is it offers you the chance to talk to native speakers of whatever language it is you’re learning, although the site makes little to no attempt to get you to the point where this is possible it might be worth a look if you want to learn the language and I shall link below. I also found Cooori.com which is, to put it bluntly, one of the worse sites I have ever used. This spurred me to do something I wouldn’t normally do and in my enraged sense I did something terribly British and I wrote them a letter, or Email it’s your choice. All this site does is spit out random words in Japanese and once you have had 30 different words thrown up at you, your trial expires and you can’t progress which  in this case ‘progress’ might not be the appropriate word. This site doesn’t explain anything about Japanese and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.

Anyway rant over, thanks for reading! Make sure to share with everyone you know. Also follow me on Twitter; I need more followers’ https://twitter.com/LayedBackMitch Bye bye. 🙂

Busuu: http://www.busuu.com/enc/

Cooori: http://www.cooori.com/

Hiragana mnemonics:  http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~if2n-szk/mnemonics.html