I shall tame the beast called the Japanese Language

Yes I think of the Japanese language as a huge beast, but not an impossible task. It’s not like I think I am incapable of properly grasping and using the language properly, it’s just that process…a very long one and I have been incapable of sticking to that process and seeing it all the way through, I keep stopping it for various reasons and then having to start most of it over again.

I have found inspiration from a…., of all things, a comedic video about the “secret to learning Japanese” which pokes fun at persons who are primarily using anime to study Japanese. I don’t use anime as my primary studying resource, I have tonnes of books, ebooks, dictionaries and notes but I think anime is a great supplementary source to hear Japanese being spoken…albeit sometimes unnatural, filled will slangs and overly dramatic. The video’s underlying lesson is clear to me and renewed by drive to study because i now know the “secret”…perseverance!

My last update in the class logs and practice section of my blog was in October 2007, thats unforgivable! I started a little series which I used to practice, some of which were the hiragana chart, the katakana chart, the explanation of hiragana and katakana and Japanese “u” verb practice. I want to be held accountable by my readers for at least 2 posts per month in that category. I’ve been stuck at one level too long and my already limited Japanese is slowly being lost.

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21 thoughts on “I shall tame the beast called the Japanese Language

  1. Glad to hear you’re studying hard but I amgoing to disagree with one thing – I wouldn’t say anime is a good source for listening. Nobody really sounds like that in Japan. Phrases like もえ are common in anime but if you said that to a Japanese person they wouldn’t be impressed.

    I’m not saying "never use anime" but you can do fine without it. Seperate it from learning and it’ll do you well. :)

  2. You might have misunderstood. I said that anime is a good source to "hear Japanese being spoken" although it might have it’s flaws i believe that certain things like pronunciation can be helped by anime, but it shouldn’t be your primary source for learning.

  3. Indeed. Glad you know what you’re doing with it – WAY too many people I know use Anime speech and the Japanese students here at uni visably cringe when they hear it!

    Japanese Youtube blogs might have a lot of worth in them though. I’ve never had a look at them but I’m definitly going to. :) I’m going to post about the method I use to remember Kanji, so you may find that useful.

  4. I will try to keep you accountable :)

    I’ll probably bug you on IM about it from time to time.

    I need to be more serious too, about keeping up my Japanese

  5. @ Tori…feel free to do that :D

    @ Grant…so true, I’ll be actively browsing japanese related forums, trying to read more japanese as well as more conversation with my teacher

  6. Good luck, i find it difficult enough and i am immersed in it living in Japan. Have you tried the Pimsler Japanese lessons?? They are fantastic audio tapes.

  7. Stick with it. I find if you concentrate on the listening and speaking, it isn’t that hard a language. The grammar is basic as well. Once you’ve mastered the major sounds, it becomes a time thing.

  8. Lol! I like that video, nice find.

    I don’t personally use anime, but sometimes when I’m bored I’ll watch jdramas on aznv.tv – I get a show to keep me entertained and I get to hear Japanese over and over, and it *might* be a little more accurate than anime since it’s based in the real world.

    I actually don’t think Japanese is that hard so far – it’s just REMEMBERING it is hard. When I was in class and was learning the grammar, it was easy for me to understand the idea but I just can’t remember it.

    And I’ve been completely slack in my Japanese too. I haven’t done anything in about a year. I never studied through school so I have no study skills. I get bored just by the THOUGHT of studying.

  9. @ Justin…I know most Kana but Kanji are evil!

    @ David….more like 200 years :P

    @ Neil…I have the Pimsleur set, started using but stopped, time to start again.

    @ Mike, I’ll take up that offer!

    @ Tokio…lol bored by the thought eh?

    @ Expat….I shall be sticking with it or I will punish myself

    @ Lina….cooking show?!?!?! thats an interesting twist..I need to start watching more Japanese TV

  10. I used the cooking show like Dosanko cooking for hearing practiced LOL. Watching Anime is a way for me to get used to listening too.

  11. I agree with Mr. Panda. I can’t believe people think they can learn Japanese by watching anime. Japanese has far too many rules to be learnt that easily.

  12. It been easier to start learning Japanese than it has been German I will tell you that. Once you know Kana you are set as long as you have the mentality of the fact you will have to memorize over a thousand Kanji.

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