Tag Archives: Japanese

Review: Future Diary, Volume 2

8 Apr

Future Diary, Volume 2Future Diary, Volume 2 by Sakae Esuno
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Still not in love with this story, but am interested enough to continue reading to see what is going to happen to the #1.

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Japanese Mini-Break & Counters

7 Apr

So I’ve pretty much taken a break from my Japanese studies due to my excitement for the Read-a-thon this weekend and also because of the crazy new sheep breeding feature in Farmville (guilty pleasure).  But… I will get back to it next week full force.  In the meantime, I’m just working with my Pimsleur MP3s in the car on the way to and from work.  That way I don’t forget EVERYTHING!  🙂

In the meantime, I’ ve currently been working on learning the different pronunciations of the numbers with their counters and all.  Here is a fun video for the counter for people…


And here is a cute little song for learning how to count objects:

Mango (no, not the fruit)

31 Mar

I admit it, I’m addicted to my Droid phone and getting more so every day.  My latest find, and possibly my favorite app ever, is Mango.  This app is for reading manga on your phone.  It is connected to multiple sites that contain insane amounts of manga.  You can find out more information and get the download here.  They are planning to have a pay version of the app next month for only $3.99 and I think it’ll be well worth it with the added features.  If you’re a fan of manga and have an android, this app is a must have.

My first read with the application is a horror series titled Mirai Nikki (aka Future Diary).  More about this in a future blog post once I’ve finished the series…

Japanese 101: Days of the Week

30 Mar

Realized in my previous post I should’ve inserted the days of the week in Japanese rather than just posting them as normal, so…. here’s a quick mini-lesson.  I’d type one out myself, but I need to get back to studying so I’ll cheat with a YouTube video.  🙂


30 Mar

So in my last post I talked about all of the things I’m using to learn Japanese.  My problem is, though I think I have picked a good group of “tools” to work with… some days I just feel completely overwhelmed and don’t know what to work on first.  This would be one of those days.  So… I’m taking a moment to type up a blog post and try to sort my thoughts.  At the end I’ll have questions for any other people out there currently learning Japanese.

The current list of stuff I’d LIKE to accomplish this week that is still outstanding:

  • Genki – Re-read chapters 4-6, Redo workbook sections 4-6, as well as Katakana and Kanji sections 2-6
  • Basic Kanji – Work through lessons 3-5
  • Japanese In Mangaland – Complete Workbook Block 2
  • Japanese Demystified – Complete chapter 5 and take Part 1 Test
  • Yes Japan – Work through lessons 2 & 3
  • And of course, continue on with my Pimsleur in the car with my iPod & study Kanji & Vocabulary.

Unfortunately, it’s already Wednesday and tonight I’m feeling so overwhelmed I’m thinking of just giving myself a break.  However, I don’t want to do that so I’m trying to talk things out here to see if I can’t work out some kind of tentative schedule for all of the stuff listed above.

Wednesday – Genki chapter 4, Katakana lesson 2 & Kanji section 3

Thursday – Genki Chapter 5 & Kanji sections 4 & 5

Friday – Genki Chapter 6 & Japanese Demystified

Saturday – YesJapan 2 & 3, Japanese In Mangaland, & Kanji section 6

Sunday – Basic Kanji 3-5

Okay… so that’s a goal!  If I fall behind I won’t get mad at myself since I don’t really have any kind of deadline, but it’s best if I keep pushing forward!  I’m trying to not go any days without SOME kind of homework involved as I’m afraid I’ll get off track completely and stop the process altogether.  So, a little a day will go a long way.  However, I don’t want to leave it at just the Pimsleur stuff as I want to be able to read and write it as well so back to the homework I go!

My question to anyone out there reading my blog is… how are you studying?  What kind of agenda do you give yourself?  And what kind of “tools” are you using?