にほんごのれんしゅう(日本語の練習) 第6週 Japanese Practice Week 6

2020年01月05日「日」第6週

Hello everyone! Kyuusei here. And happy new year. With that being said, let’s continue with a couple of things about Japan.

人生はチェスの対局みたいですが、僕は将棋をします。

Life is like playing a game of chess… but I play shogi.

Shogi

Sho -> General’s

Gi -> Board Game

Shogi is Japanese chess. A 9×9 grid with 20 pieces each for both players. With chess, once your pieces are gone, they are out of the game for good. However, with shogi, the pieces you capture can be dropped back on to the board as your allies. That is also the main reason why I think shogi is harder than chess.

Shogi even have ranks. For amateur players, they start out with 15th kyu and work their way up to 1st kyu. After that promotion you are ranked in the dan territory which starts from 1st dan to 8th dan. With professionals however, have their own ranking scale, from 6th kyu to 3rd dan then 4th dan to 9th dan. Supposedly, amateur and professional ranks are only a few ranks away from each other. For instance, if you are an amateur player ranked at 1 dan that is the equivalent of being a 4th kyu in the professional shogi world.

Today I joined 81dojo.com, a site where you can play shogi online with other people. I must say that I’m a total beginner compared to majority of the people on there. However, that will not deter me from improvement. Instead it only puts fire on the coals. I got into shogi because of an anime called March Comes in Like a Lion or 3-gatsu no lion (Kind of weird how they translate that to English. The literal translation is something akin to “March’s Lion”). From there I bought a shogi game app from Microsoft Store and a Shogi Puzzle Book by T. Gene Davis. I started watching shogi tutorial videos on YouTube by HIDETCHI.

This website starts you off at 9th kyu. That’s a beginner for this website. So hopefully I can get past this rank before the year is over. Funny thing is the site is made by HIDETCHI. Go figure!

On another note, here is a grammar note and examples.

I’ve had that experience ➔た-form + ことがある

This grammar is usually used when saying that you have had an experience doing something. So of course, we must use the past tense for this. But wait how can we conjugated with “to have an experience doing ___”?

Ladies and gentlemen, the て-form is back again. Except this time, you must change it to past tense た-form. So, in the past post, you used the て-form just simply switch the てout with た.

自分で髪を切ったことがあります。

日本に行ったことがないけど、ドイツに行ったことがありました。

腕時計を買ったことがあります。

日記を書いたことがあります。

アニメのキャラクターを描いたことがありました。

骨を折ったことがありません。良かった!

(I have had the experience of cutting my hair myself.)

(I haven’t had the experience going to Japan but, I have had the experience of going to Germany.)

(I have had the experience of buying a wrist watch)

(I have had the experience of writing a diary)

(I have had the experience of sketching an anime character)

(I haven’t had the experience of breaking my bones. Thank goodness!)

DIALOGUE

Previously: A young boy named Takeshi has gotten into trouble. His mother told him to sit at the kitchen table until she returns. His friend comes over and wants to play. After Takeshi is convinced to go play by his friend, the phone rings. It’s his mother. Now how did she know he got off his seat and was about to leave.

Now, we start back to where we left off last week. Sounds like Takeshi and his friend are in trouble.

たけし:母さん!どこ?!

お母さん:屋根にいるよ。そして、二人見えるよ。

たけし:家の屋根?!

たけしの友達:え?!わあ、凄い。

お母さん:私の命令は絶対的なんです。私の命令はずっと守られてきたし、これからもいつも守られていくですよ。

たけしの友達: じゃ、あまたね。

たけし: おい!お前!行かないでよ!

お母さん: あなたはもトラブルに巻き込まれるよ。

たけしの友達とたけし: きゃ~!来た!

Takeshi: Mom?! Where are you?!

Mom: I’m on the roof. And, I can see both of you.

Takeshi: Our roof?!

Takeshi’s friend: What?! Wow that’s amazing. Is she a ninja?

Takeshi: Shut up!

Mom: My orders are absolute. My orders have been and will always be.

Takeshi’s friend: Well, see ya.

Takeshi: Hey! You! Don’t you leave!

Mom: You are also in trouble.

Takeshi’s friend and Takeshi: Ahh! She’s here!

ヒビキとレイII

レイ: ね、ヒビキ。今晩、パーティーがあるよ。一緒に行こうか?

ヒビキ: ううん。ちょっと疲れた。

レイ: ハルはパーティーに行きますよ。

ヒビキ: え?!ハ。。。ハルさん?!

レイ: うん。ハルの親友の誕生日のパーティーだよ。彼女の名前はエマだ。エマはイギリス人だよ。

ヒビキ: 何人来るのか?

レイ: 10人ぐらいだ。

ヒビキ: どこか?

レイ: エマのアパトだ。それに、僕たち四人だけはカラオケばーに行く。

ヒビキ: じゃ、行くと思う。

レイ: え、セカンドウインドか?

ヒビキ: ほとけよ。行こうよ。

レイ: はい、はい。

ヒビき: そして、レイ。

レイ: なんだ?

ヒビキ: ありがとう。

レイ: ノー問題。

つづく?

Hibiki and Rei Part II

Rei: Hey, Hibiki. There’s going to be a party tonight. Shall we go together?

Hibiki: Nah. I’m a bit tired.    

Rei: Haru is going the party.

Hibiki: Huh?! M-Ms. Haru?!

Rei: Yeah, it’s her best friend’s birthday party. Her name is Emma. She’s British.

Hibiki: How many people are coming?

Rei: About 10 people.

Hibiki: Where is it?

Rei: At Emma’s apartment. Then just the four of us we’ll go to a karaoke bar.

Hibiki: Well then, I guess I’ll go.

Rei: Eh, getting your second wind?

Hibiki: Leave it be. Let’s go.

Rei: Yeah Yeah.

Hibiki: And Rei.

Rei: Yeah.

Hibiki: Thank you.

Rei: No problem.

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。

日本語の練習 第5週 (Japanese Practice Week 5)

にほんごのれんしゅう(日本語の練習) 第5週 Japanese Practice Week 5

2019年12月29日「日」第5週

Hello everyone! Kyuusei here. This will be my last post of the year. With that being said, let’s continue with a few things that I found interesting about Japan this week.

Gift Giving

Now that Christmas is over, I would like to share Japan’s culture on gift giving a bit. In many movies and television and my home during the holidays, I see people tearing away at the Christmas wrapping to get see what they have received. Sometimes, we even use the same wrapping from last year (just using what we have left on the rolls, not picking up the shreds and pasting them back together).

In Japan, things are a bit different. Wrapping is very important in Japan. This dates back to many centuries ago (sometime around the medieval period I believe), where they explained the art of gift giving and how to wrap it. In general, a Japanese person would not reuse the same wrapping.

Furthermore, they usually don’t open gifts in front of the giver until the giver leaves. This may have more to do with how formal their mindset is compared to America. Yes, they are happy that you have given them a gift but, it mostly has to do with being considerate of the giver’s gift and that you (or someone else) worked hard on the gift wrapping.

Aizuchi

はい、そうですね、マジ 、なるほど。

These are words or phrases used to show that you are actively listening to the conversation that is going on. They may even nod their head to show body language that they are listening. Furthermore, rephrasing a question to what was already discussed is also apart of this cultural expression of active listening.

For instance:

A: きょう、このかのじょに話していました。

B: かのじょですか?

A: そして、彼女は本当にきれいでした。

B: そうか。

A: So, I was talking to this girl today?

B: A girl you say?

A: And she was really pretty.

B: I see.

This may seem like they aren’t listening to you. However, without aizuchi, the speaker may assume that you aren’t interested in hearing them out or disengaged in the conversation. Without aizuchi, there may even be pauses of awkward silence. Perhaps this was put in place to keep the conversation flowing.

What I learned this week:

から と ので ➔ because

から

This is used when you want to give a specific reason for something. It is inflexible and is more direct. Politeness is a major key in the Japanese language, so let’s show you another way of giving reasons.

新しいワンピースの映画を見たいから、パーティーに行きません。

I won’t go to the party because I want to see the new One-Piece movie.

ので

This is usually used if you want to be vaguer when giving a reason. In most cases, there may be more than one reason to give.

For instance, “I don’t want to go outside, because it is hot, it is muggy, I dislike going outside in the heat, and there is nothing to do outside today.”

Instead of saying all of that, we can just give one reason which will indicate that this might not be the only reason we don’t want to go outside.

あしたはテストがあるので、勉強しています。

I am studying because I have a test tomorrow. (may also mean “I want to get a good score or I don’t want to fail this test or this is my worst subject so I have to put more time in studying for this test”)

Using ので with だor です are replaced with な

今日は寒いです。外に出かけません。

今日は寒いなので、外に出かけません。

I will not go outside, because it is cold.

静かだ。読めます。

静かなので、読めます。

I can read, because it is quiet.

How to (do something/ the way of doing something) Verb + かた

With this new grammar you have to do something special to the verb. You must change the stem to what is called the い-form. The い-form is basically where you replace end of the verb (such as つくる- to cook) to the い-form (つくり). Here are the conjugations for this form:

う→ い

つ→ ち

る→ り

む→ み

ぶ→ び

ぬ→ に

ぐ→ ぎ

く→ き

する→ し

Now let’s see some examples:

ドライブしかたが分かりません。

I don’t know how to drive.

この漢字を書きかたが分かります。

I know how to write this kanji.

Difficult to do – Verb (-form) + にくい

Now that we know how to use the い-form, let’s take a look at how to say something is difficult to do.

この本は読みにくいから、あの本はよみます。

I’ll read that book, because this book is difficult to read.

You could probably use the negative form of にくい to say it is not difficult. However, it would be better to learn how to say something is easy to do instead. That is where we  shall go from here.

Easy to do – Verb (-form) + やすい

ひらがなとカタカナは読みやすいです。しかし、漢字は読みにくいです。

Hiragana and katakana are easy to read. However, Kanji is hard to read.

Too much – Verb (-form) + すぎる

This is used to say that you do something too much.

毎日かなを書きますから、かなは書きやすいです。

It is easy to write kana (Hiragana and Katakana), because I write kana every day.

DIALOGUES

たけしとかれの友達VSたけしのお母さん

A young boy named Takeshi has gotten into trouble. His mother told him to sit at the kitchen table until she returns. His friend comes over and wants to play. However,…

A:ねえ、たけし。おかあさんが家にもういないよ。遊ぼう。

B:ダメだ。母さんが「ここに座ってなさい」と言いました。

A:いいから。お母さんの言うことが忘れてよ。それに、おまえは退屈そうだった。

B:(”このバカは僕を殺そうとしています。だけど...”)行こう。

A:やったー!お、電話は鳴っている。

B:もしもし。たけしです。

C:どこにいくのよ?!

B: ごめんなさい。間違った番号です。失礼します。

A:誰かでした?

B:母さん。

A:マジで?!わあ、また鳴っている。

つづく

A: Hey, Takeshi. Your mother isn’t home anymore. Let’s play.

B: No way. My mother said, “Sit here.”.

A: Forget what your mother says. Besides you look bored.

B: (“This idiot is trying to get me killed but… [he is right that I am bored]”) Let’s go.

A: Alright! Oh, the phone is ringing.

B: Hello. This is Takeshi.

C: Where are you going?

B: Sorry. Wrong number. Excuse me.

A: Who was it?

B: Mom.

A: Seriously?! Wow, it’s ringing again.

To be continued…

ワンパンマンは誰?!

A young girl runs into the house asking her mother for water. What has made her look so exhausted?

花ちゃん: た。。。ただいま。見...水をいいぱいちょうだい。

お母さん:おかえりなさ。。。うわ。。。はい、どうぞ。どうして汗しているんの?

花ちゃん: (水を早く飲んでいます)公園で運動していましたんです。

お母さん:どんな運動したの?

花ちゃん: まず、プロテインシェイクを飲みました。そのあと、腕立て伏せ100回やりて、上体起こし100回やりて、スクワットを100やりました。そして、ランニング10キロをしました。

お母さん: え?!100回?!プロテインシェイク?!!なぜ?!

花ちゃん: 私はワンパンマンのようになりたい。

お母さん:ワンパンマンは誰の?!

Who is One Punch Man?!

Hana-chan: I-I’m home. G-give me a bunch of water.

Mother: Welcome bac- Wow… sure, here you go. Why are you sweating?

Hana-chan: (Drinks water quickly) It’s because I was exercising in the park.

Mother: What kind?

Hana-chan: I drank a protein shake, did 100 push-ups, did 100 sit-ups, and did 100 squats. After that, I ran 10 kilometers.

Mother: What?! 100?! Protein shake?!! Why?!

Hana-chan: I want to be like One Punch Man!

Mother: Who is One Punch Man?!

Since the new year is coming soon, I would like to address goals. Like Hana-chan in this story, we must strive towards a goal and maybe even aim to be like someone we idolize. If you have new year’s resolutions, I think it would be great to start doing them now. We don’t need a new year to change something about ourselves. Even if it is a long-term goal, set small achievable goals to complete it next year. So, don’t wait – start now. Even if it is hard, pace yourself, try meeting your goals, and do your best.

For myself, I have a few goals:

Learning goals:

  • Learn how to use more than 500 kanji. (I’ve been learning how to use grade school kanji – about 200 kanji)
  • Get a green belt in JA Sensei. (I’m on Orange belt 1st kyu)
  • Keep writing this weekly blog.
  • Complete a shogi puzzle book (I have done all the 1 move shogi puzzles. I am now doing 3 move shogi puzzles. This book goes up to more than 7 moves. Good luck future me!)

Physical goals:

Been working on this since October of this year. At first it was tough. Especially the running. I just had to learn to pace myself and get the right shoes.

  • Did this every day:
  • 100 push ups
  • 100 sit ups
  • 100 squats
  • I am jogging three days out of the week:
  • 5 km jog (Had to start somewhere since my stamina is poor. I will work my way up to 10 km. Then I will consider doing this every day. See, pacing. Remember not to push yourself too hard. Learn your current limits. Building upon yourself is all that matters. So, once again pace yourself.)

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。。。また来年!

日本語の練習 第4週 (Japanese Practice Week 4)

2019年12月22日「日」第4週

日本語の練習へよこそう❢

Welcome to week 4. To start us off here is a poem:

雪が降った。

寒いですけど、

ゆきがっせん

始めよう!

(The snow has fell

It’s cold but,

let’s start,

The Snow Battle!)

雪 ゆき→ Snow

合戦 がっせん→ Battle

雪合戦/ゆきがっせん→ Snow Battle

Yukigassen. This is a snowball fight competition first held in 1989 in Sobetsu, Hokkaido. It is now played in many cities worldwide. It is akin to capture-the-flag with the mixture of a snowball fight between two teams. Here is a video showcasing one of their competitions:

雪合戦はおもしろいと思います。

USING て-FORM TO CONJUGATE U-VERBS AND IRREGULAR VERBS

The te-form is put in use to conjugate u-verbs and irregular verbs. They are conjugated:

·        To add an “ing” at the end of a verb

読んでいます 

(Reading)

·        To connect verbs

足で図書館に行って、きさてんでお茶を飲んで、日本語を勉強しました。 

(I went to the library by foot, drank tea at a café, and studied Japanese.)

·        To add please to a verb (usually a request).

聞いて下さい

(Please listen)

How to conjugate:

It depends on the ending of the verb. For instance iku (the irregular verb “to go”) changes to itte and sagasu (the u-verb “to search”) changes to sagashite.

Here are the conjugations:

·        U-Verbs

うつるー>って、むぶぬー>んで、くー>いて、ぐー>いで すー>して

·        Irregular Verbs

すろー>して、くる-> きて

Another example sentence:

バイクでクラスに行って、日本語の試験があった。あやうく遅くだ。

 (I went to class on a motorbike and had a Japanese exam. I was almost late.)

Here is the te-form song video that helped me remember these conjugations:

僕のはじめてのてーフォルムビデオを見ました。

Now, about the ru-verbs. Fortunately, these are less complex than the other kinds of verbs regarding the te-form. All you must do is drop the ru from the end of the verb and add te. 

DIALOGUES

Their actions will be in parenthesis [ex.(he is eating a hamburger)]. Their thoughts will be in quotations within parenthesis [ex. (“This is not an interesting movie”)]. From now on, I will be doing the dialogues like this. Furthermore, all translations will be at the end of each dialogue.

意地悪なクラスメイトMean Classmate (Mixed)

A girl sees a familiar face at a café. It’s her classmate. Since they are both in Japanese class together, she wanted to chat and practice her Japanese. However,…

A:ここにすわってもいいですか?

B:あなたはだれ?

A:(“ひどいですよ。”) 私を忘れますか?

B:どこかであなたにお会いした覚えがあります。ゆきこ先生のクラスがありますか?

A:はい。先週、私たちは教室で会いました。

B:ごめん。私は今すぐいそがしいだから、すわってはダメです。また今度ね。

A:分かった。じゃ、またね。(”かのじょはちょっと意地悪な人だよ。”)

Translation:

A: May I sit here?

B: Who the heck are you?

A: (“Jeez that’s harsh.”) Did you forget me?

B: I remember seeing you somewhere. Do you have Ms. Yukiko’s class?

A: Yes. We met last week.

B: Sorry. Since I’m busy right now, you can’t sit down. Maybe next time, okay?

A: Understood. Well then, see you. (“She’s a bit of a mean person”)

日本語をもっと勉強しなければいけません

A: あの,けんーくん。

B: はい、ジョン。

A: この映画のキャストは日本語で話しますが、あまり分かりませんでした。あなたは?

B: ぜんぜん分かりませんでした。会話が早すぎるから、映画は分からなかった。

AとB: はあ~

Translation:

A: Hey, Ken.

B: Yes, John.

A: The cast in this movie were speaking in Japanese but, I couldn’t understand it much. How about you?

B: I didn’t understand anything at all. I couldn’t understand the movie, because the conversations were too fast.

A and B: Sigh~

Continuation of the dialogue from Week 3

ヒビキトレイ

This is Hibiki’s friend named Rei. They live in an apartment together. Hibiki has just arrived home from the bookstore.

A: ただいま。

B: おかえり。こんばんわ、ヒビキ。

A: あ、レイ、こんばんわ。いつここに帰りましたか?

B: 一分前だけ。 お前は嬉しそうだ。

A: ええ、本当か。

B: うん、本当。しごとはどうでしたか。

A: 別に。

B: あの少女はまた見ましたか。

A: あの。。。

B: 当たり?ピンポン?

A: ウザイ。

B: じゃ、どうだった。今度はあの少女と話していましたか。

A:ええ、僕はハルさんに本を探してくれた。

B: ハルちゃん、ね?いい名前。あの本はどこにあったか?

A: 一番高いのシェルフの上でした。

B: わ~一番高いのシェルーおい!なぜそれをしましたか?お前は高所恐怖症がないのか。

A: ええ、とってもこわかったよ。

B: なれば、なぜ。

A: 僕の仕事なんだ。それに、ハルさんと話したかったから。(彼はコラを飲んでいます。)

B: お。じゃ、結婚式はいつ?

A: (ゴホゴホ)

B:とにかく、彼女とデートするつもりか?(ヒビキにハンカチをあげました。)

A: いくつか?小学生か? ほっといてくれよ。

B: はい~辞めるよ。辞める。

つづく?

A: I’m home.

B: Welcome back. Good evening, Hibiki.

A: Ah, Rei. Good evening. When did you get back here?

B: Just a minute ago. You look happy.

A: Eh? Really?

B: Yep, really. How was work?

A: Nothing in particular.

B: Did you see that girl again.

A: Uhh…

B: Am I right? Bingo?

A: You’re being annoying.

B: So, how was it? Did you talk to her this time?

A: Yeah, I helped Ms. Haru find a book.

B: Haru, huh? Nice name. Where was that book?

A: It was on the highest shelf.

B: Wow it was on the highest shel- Hey! Why did you do that? Don’t you have acrophobia?

A: Yeah, it was very scary.

B: Then why?

A: It’s my job. And, I wanted to talk to Ms. Haru. (He’s drinking cola.)

B: Oh. So, when’s the wedding?

A: (Strong cough)

B: Anyway, do you plan on dating her? (Gave Hibiki a handkerchief.)

A: How old are you? Are you in grade school? Leave me be.

B: Okay~ I’ll stop. I’ll stop.

To be continued?

I hope that this may help others in their reading comprehension. I’ll be back next Sunday with more.

With that being said, happy holidays.

日本語の練習 第3週 (Japanese Practice Week 3)

2019年12月15日「日」第3週

I have recently come back to learning Japanese on the JA Sensei app. I want to get an unlimited account as soon as possible. This app has tons of content available compared to when I was using it at U of L. I decided to start from the beginning. Here are my results so far:

It is fun to see progress

There are some categories that I should work on such as the kanji and kana drawing category. Fortunately, the reading comprehension category is not an issue. Each lesson comes with interesting culture topics (healthcare, variations of politeness, etc.). So, that will increase as I complete each lesson. Overall, I still have much to learn about the language and the culture of Japan.

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On another note, George has published Japanese from Zero 5. (ジョージ先生, おめでとうございます!絶対に買っています。[Congratulations, George sensei]) Many people have waited for this book for years. Since I started the fourth book a few weeks ago, I, fortunately, will not have to suffer the wait. The kanji is getting hard but…

「僕はまだ練習しなければいけません。」

(I still must practice.)

With this book out, I hope that he will continue working on the Japanese from Zero videos.

Speaking of the Japanese from Zero video series, I found another YouTube channel that will help review Japanese concepts called JapanSocietyNYC. I will get into their main lesson playlist soon. As for now, I am enjoying their Uki Uki Nihongo series. I recently watched their idiom video:

「弱肉強食」は一番好きのイディオムです。

Finally, here are a few dialogues. I thought I should revisit that one dialogue from the first week. There might be another part to it for next week. I have been thinking about adding titles and more context to these dialogues (whether the speech is polite, casual or mixture of the two). From now on, I will be adding this content. Furthermore, I have went back and translated majority of what I write into English. These translations will be added for now on as well.

Continuation of the dialogue from Week 1

ヒビキとハル II (Polite) (Hibiki and Haru Part II)

ヒビキは本屋で働きます。ヒビキはハルの一番の好きの小説に探しています。だが...

(Hibiki works at a bookstore. Hibiki is looking for Haru’s most favorite novel. But…)

A:見つけましたけど...なぜあの小説は...

(I found it but… why is that novel…)

8分後

A: お...お待たせいたしました。 その小説を見...見つけました。

(So- sorry for the wait. I fou- found that novel.)

B: 本当にありがとうございます。どこに見つけましたか?

(Thank you very much. Where did you find it?)

A: 一番高...高いのシェ...シェルフの上でした。

(On top of the hig- highest sh- shelf.)

B: わあ~ 凄い。すみません。

(Wow, amazing. Sorry.)

A: いいえ。ノ...ノー問題です。

(Not at all. N- no problem.)

B: え、大丈夫ですか?あなたは揺れってますよ。

(Uh, are you okay? You’re shaking.)

A: はい、大...大丈夫です。

(Yes, I- I’m fine.)

つづく?

(To be continued?)

イェイ ケーキ!(Casual) (Yay cake!)

お父さんと彼の娘さんはケーキバイキングで多いケーキを食べます。

(A father and his daughter eat at a cake buffet.)

A:そのケーキをたべてもいい?

(May eat that cake?)

B:どんなケーキ?

(What kind of cake?)

A:レッドベルベットのです。

(The red velvet one)

B:はい、もいいよ。たべすぎないだね。

(Yeah, go ahead. Don’t eat too much, okay?)

A:はい~!

(Okay!)

昼ごはんの時間 (Mix) (Lunchtime)

彼女たちは食堂で昼ごはんを食べています。(The girls are eating lunch in the cafeteria.)

Ⓐこの味はおいしい。これを食べなけらばなりません。

(This flavor is good. You have to eat this.)

Ⓑ何ですか?

(What is it?)

Ⓐラメン。

(Ramen.)

Ⓑわあ~ おいしいそう。じゃ、いただきます。

(Wow. It looks good. Well, thanks for the food.)

Ⓐどうですか?

(How is it?)

Ⓑあ~本当においしいよ。

(Ah. It’s really good.)

Ⓐでしょう?

(Right?)

Ⓑ作ったの?

(Did you make this?)

Ⓐええ、作った。

(Yeah, I made it.)

Ⓑどう作ったの?

(How did you make it?)

Ⓐ教えて上げるけれど、誰にもこのレシピの秘訣を言ってはだめよ。

(I’ll tell you but, you can’t tell anyone about this recipe.)

That is it for this week. また来週。(See you next week.)

日本語の練習 第2週 (Japanese Practice Week 2)

2019年12月8日 「日」

幸せのためには多いお金がもってなくてもいいです。

(You don’t have to have a lot of money to be happy.)

日本語の練習へよこそう!僕は救世です。

Today I will be starting off with some apps I use to learn Japanese. Perhaps these will help you as well.

Apps I use to learn Japanese:

JA Sensei

Heard about this app from a classmate in my Japanese class. Really helped me when I was learning how to write out the kana. This app has flashcards and you can also practice writing the correct stroke order for each. Not only does it have the basics such as kana, this app has grammar lessons, kanji, radicals, and much more to offer to the more experienced students. This app also has a ranking system symbolized through belts (white belt, yellow, belt, etc.). When you do many of the activities they have to offer, you will rise in rank.

Lingodeer

A new one that I found this year. It’s a progressive learning system that allows you to learn the language mostly through 2 or 3 grammar topics or subjects at a time. It is set up somewhat a kin to Duolingo (points and goal setting XP per day). I like that this app has a bonus topic after each lesson to enforce the material that you learn through listening comprehension and speaking.

将来のために

A: ねえ アレクス、あそこに立ちなくてもいいよ。こち向いて。

B: あ、あすこ。久しぶり。何を読んでいるのか?

A: えと~ この本を読めない。

B: え。なんで?

A: この本は多い難しい漢字がありますから。

B: この本を読みなくてもいいだよ。なぜまだ読むのか?

A: 訳者になりたいよ。私の将来のために、この本を読みなければいきません。

B: わ~ 凄い。じゃ、頑張って。応援するよ。

A: ありがとう。

(For my future)

(Hey Alex, don’t stand over there. Come here.)

(Ah, Asuko. It’s been a while. What are you reading?)

(Um, I can’t read it.)

(What. Why not?)

(Because there are many difficult kanji in this book.)

(You don’t have to read this book. Why still read it?)

(I want to be a translator. For my future, I must read this book)

Wow, amazing. Well then, best of luck. I’m rooting for you.

(Thanks)

幸せのためには多いお金がもってなくてもいいです。

僕の将来のためには大学にいきました。日本語を上手になりたいから、日本語を勉強しなければいきません。

かれの怖く彼女 (His scary girlfriend)

A:どこ行くのか?

(Where are you going?)

B:彼女の家にいく。

(I’m going to my girlfriend’s house.)

A: 彼女はまだ怒っているの?

(Isn’t she still mad?)

B: ええ。

(Yeah.)

A: どうして行くのか?

(Why are you going?)

B: 行かないと。

(I have to go.)

A: 分かった。気を付けて。あの彼女が怖いだよね。

(Understood. Be careful. That girl is scary, isn’t she?)

B: そうだね。あの...お前と一緒に行かないのか?

(That’s right. Um… Will you come with me?)

A: だめ。怖いすぎる。頑張る。

(No way. Too scary. Do you best.)

B: ...行ってきます。

(I’m heading out.)

A: いってらっしゃい。(ドアが閉まる)

(Return safely. (the door closes))

A: 可哀想な。

(Poor thing.)

日本語の練習 第1週 (Japanese Practice Week 1)

2019年12月1日「日」第1週

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)

Introduction

はじめまして。救世と申します。日本語を勉強しています。僕はまだビギナーです。趣味は将棋とアニメと本です。これから日本語を一所懸命勉強したいと思います。よろしくお願いいたします。

(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.

Dialogue

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)

END

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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