日本語の練習 第11週 Japanese Practice Week 11
Hello everyone! Kyuusei here to teach you Japanese and show what I find interesting about Japan. With that being said, let’s continue.
Audiobooks I have used to learn Japanese
Audiobooks can help you with your listening comprehension. So, when I find an interesting summary of an audiobook, I pick it up and listen to it. I usually use Genki for listening comprehension but there is other relatively good material out there as well.
For instance, Dr. Blairs Japanese in no time. It has some basic vocabulary expressions, and grammar, so it is easy to follow. However, since I am at higher level than this, the learning process only became review for me. In other words, the learning process became rather tedious. I did enjoy the story though.
It takes the listener to an amusement park where fans of a tv show has taken the park over. A police officer has chosen the listener of this book to stop this situation from going bad to worse. It is up to the listener to learn some Japanese from a pocket watch provided by the police officer. With these lessons you can get by somewhat with the dialogue provided in the audiobook.
I have a few more audiobooks I am trying out. However, there not as interactive as Dr. Blairs book. It’s just “repeat after me” phrases and vocabulary. Perhaps listening to these are not the right way for me to learn Japanese. These books may help with review. They are called VocabuLearn Japanese Level One and Learn in Your Car Japanese.
I should try out the JA Sensei audiobook. The app does have a few listening comprehension modules, but I have learned that I am not at a level to understand what is going on just yet in later modules.
I have taken a few JLPT N5 practice tests and I am doing very well. Almost perfect scores. I could do better on the listening comprehension, but I still pass those just fine as well. I am thinking about studying for the N4 instead. The only thing that is holding me back is more advanced vocabulary grammar and Kanji.
I attempted to play Pokémon Moon in Japanese. In the very beginning, I was already looking up words. So, I went to the internet and found out that at my level (where I can understand most N5 material), these games are difficult for me. While I was also searching these words on japandict.com, some of these words were N2 level (yikes!). I must be at least at N3 level to understand most of this game.
I’m doing a Nuzlocke challenge on this game, so I didn’t feel too bad about restarting a new game to test out my Japanese (I wish that these games came with multiple save files). Thankfully, they do have a kana option so I could read it just fine. It was just comprehending the words that was the problem. It is funny how these games are geared towards children, but they are so advanced compared to where I am in my Japanese.
With that in mind, I began to wonder “what is the JLPT level equivalent to a native speaker”. I would think that N5 would be at least 1st grade considering you have to know about 80 kanji from the 1st year jouyou kanji. I will look further into this as I progress. In the meantime, I will keep my games on the English captions/subtitles for now.
Grammar notes with examples
株式会社＝かぶしきがいしゃ＝Stock Company or incorporated company
This vocabulary word talks about a big company such as a big media company or a company like Google. The company name can go before or after this word.
Ex: 株式会社インフェルノブールで働きます。= I work at Inferno Blue Co.
Ex: モンスターズ株式会社へよこそう。＝Welcome to Monster’s Inc.
に／へ電話をかける＝To make a phone call
Ex: あした、母に電話をかけます。＝ I will call my mom tomorrow.
電話に出る＝ To answer the phone
Ex: 僕は家にいない時、電話に出ないでください。＝When I am not home, do not answer the phone.
べき＝should, must, or you ought to.
This grammar point refers something you or someone else should or ought to do have done.
For the most part, you must keep verbs in the dictionary form. For るand うverbs, you keep it as you see the verb. However, this is not the case with するverbs. You’ll see an example of this exception in the dialogues for this week.
Ex: 彼女たちにあやまるべきだと思います。＝I think you should apologize to the girls.
Be Properly Prepared
A: Did you study for the JLPT N3?
B: Yes, I just need to know the difference between tsu and shi.
A: What? Um… those characters are necessary, aren’t they?
B: That’s right. I also need to know 54 more kanji. I will study the day after tomorrow.
A: That exam is today.
B: What?! O_O
A: Are you going to be all right?
A: I must stop time.
B: Huh?! What the heck are you talking about? That’s impossible. You should have studied.
A: The World!!
B: Hey! Face reality!
Gloomy weather? No problem.
A: Yesterday’s weather sure was bad, huh?
B: Because it is the rainy season, today’s weather is also bad.
A: The weather is gloomy.
B: Isn’t that so.
A: And I was going to go shopping. I think I’ll watch a movie at home.
B: What kind of movie will you watch?
A: I’ll watch a Detective Conan Movie Marathon.
B: Wow, I want to watch, I want to watch.
A: Well, let’s watch it together.
A: I have a digital collection. I have this collection on my OneDrive.
B: Then let’s watch it together.
In conclusion, I hope that this series is helpful with your journey to learning Japanese and/or taking an interest in the country’s culture. Until then… また来週！