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My Journey with Japanese


日本語の練習 第1週 (Japanese Practice Week 1)

Note: I have moved these past posts from a different site today. I will post the next one on Sunday. Enjoy the four posts.

This blog is to practice my writing in Japanese and to help others gain an interest in the language and the culture. These posts will consist of English and Japanese. Will update every Sunday with dialogues and/or things that pertain to the Japanese language, culture, etc.

I will make mistakes.

さるもきからおちる。(猿も木から落ちる) (Even monkeys fall from trees)



(Nice to meet you. I am called Kyuusei. I am studying Japanese. I am still a beginner. My hobbies are Shogi, anime, and books. From now on I will do my best to study Japanese. Best regards.)

Books I am using to learn Japanese:

Genki Series by Yutaka Ohno · Chikako Shinagawa · Yoko Sakane · Eri Banno · Kyoko Tokashiki

I used this series while taking Japanese courses at University of Louisville. They start off with romaji and then ease you into learning hiragana and katakana. Their dialogues tell the tale of ‘Mary’ and her friends that are mentioned throughout the start of each chapter. I like that they have CDs to practice your listening comprehension. They also have workbooks that help you grasp the language’s speaking, grammar, writing, reading, and listening.

Japanese from Zero Series (JFZ Series) by George Trombley · Yukari Takenaka

Stumbled across George’s videos during my time at UofL. At that time, I only wanted to focus only on the Genki series so I only watched videos here and there. Now, I have recently finished his third book and feel as though I would have been better off studying this during my summer breaks and coming back to class more fluent. I understand I could’ve done both but I made an excuse to not overwhelm myself during the semester with another book.

Overall, I like his style of teaching the most. He gradually teaches you the hiragana, katakana, and kanji. It works like a textbook integrated with a workbook that helps you grasp the language’s speaking, grammar, writing, and reading. His YouTube channel is packed with lessons that are covered in the book.

Speak Japanese in 90 Days by Karl Marx

This is a (daily) challenge of learning the language. It gives you some culture notes and necessary foot notes so you don’t use the wrong phrase and/or use it at the wrong time. He has four stages that he uses for each phrase:

  • English translation (This is my kindle.)
  • Romaji (kore wa watahsi no kindoru desu.)
  • Hiragana and katakana (これはわたしのキンドルです。)
  • Then a mixture of the hiragana katakana and kanji in the sentence (これは私のキンドルです。)

Considering I found this book after coming across Genki and JFZ, the romaji is somewhat off putting. However, it is understandable to have it for people who are just starting out learning the language and pronouncing words. Besides, romaji is nowhere in sight in the second volume according to the reviews that I have read about it. I am almost half way through the book. From what I have read, it builds a pretty solid foundation and progressively gets harder.


A: お顧-お顧客様、大ー大丈夫ですか。どんな本を探していますか。

(C-customer, ar-are you okay? What kind of book are you looking for?)

B: はい、大丈夫です。一番好きな本を探しています。

(Yes, I’m fine. I am looking for my most favorite book)

A: 手伝いましょうか。いつでもお手伝いします。

(Shall I help? I am always ready to help.)

B: はい、おねがいします。あ、ごめんなさい。あなたの名前は何ですか。

(Yes, please do. Oh, I’m sorry. What is your name?)

A: 響と申します。よろしくお願いします。

(I am Hibiki. Best regards.)

B: ハルともします。よろしくお願いします。

(I am Haru. Best regards.)

A: じゃ、この本のタイトルは何ですか。

(Well then, What is the title of this book)

B: 夏目漱石の「心」です。

(It’s Natsume Soseki’s Kokoro.)

A: 分かりました。僕は今すぐに探します。

(Understood. I will find it right away)


ヒビキ: お顧-お顧客様、大ー大丈夫ですか。どんな本を探していますか。
彼女: はい、大丈夫です。一番好きな本を探しています。
ヒビキ: 手伝いましょうか。いつでもお手伝いします。
彼女: はい、おねがいします。あ、ごめんなさい。あなたの名前は何ですか。
ヒビキ: ヒビキと申します。よろしくお願いします。
彼女: ハルともします。よろしくお願いします。
ヒビキ: じゃ、この本のタイトルは何ですか。
ハル: 夏目漱石の「心」です。
ヒビキ: かしこまりました。僕は今すぐに探します。


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