Hi again! I know what you’re thinking, “My goodness, so soon?!” Well, I wanted to share a movie that 永次 and I watched the other day. (It’s a lot happier than the movie I watched today, that’s for sure!) ホッタラケの島 〜遥と魔法の鏡〜 is a 2009 release which won several film festival awards, and I can see [...]
You may or may not have heard before that it’s a good idea when learning through immersion to regard yourself as a child once and a while. Look for children’s stories, cartoons, books, and so forth to really start learning in the way that native speakers teach their native children. This is really good advice. [...]
About eight months ago 永次 and I had a huge shift in our diet and the transition definitely put a damper on our Japanese immersion meals, simply because we were too busy learning our new foods. But as you know, we picked up some fuel for the Immersion Train (yes, I’m still using that [...]
Last week we went to an Asian mall and market to “refuel” and picked up a batch of immersion goodies, including an overload of 赤みそ and お好みソース! Right now (and not pictured) ピーチガール is playing in the background and keeping me company while I work. I’ve been trying to think of ways to post more [...]
菜 (greens, vegetable, side dish) popped up in my kanji practice last week, and then it showed up again when I went out to dinner and saw it on the menu! It becomes a part of 野菜 (vegetable) but strangely enough disappears in 精進揚げ (vegetable tempura). Probably one of the most exciting things about learning [...]
永次 and I opt not to have cable television in the home. Most of our news on the disasters in Japan come from YouTube, streaming Japanese news, or Gakuranman’s live updates. I’m not even sure what to blog about or how to blog about normal things. I feel like it’s wrong to talk about [...]
I mentioned that I wanted to share something exciting with you about some immersion related Christmas gifts that 永次 and I gifted each other to help motivate and encourage us on our language learning.
And that’s an older American TV show that I absolutely love dubbed in Japanese with Japanese subtitles, from Japan with [...]
永次 and I rang in the New Year by dining at Zen Gardens, a restaurant specializing in hot pots and and vegetarian Asian cuisine. I’ve been a little bummed lately that 永次 seems to be remembering the kanji faster than me. He could pick out several kanji in [...]
Sometimes immersion will bog you down. (At least that’s what I’ve found.) The most common response to that will be, “That’s because you’re not keeping it fun.”
While I understand what that means, I think it’s important to remember that what’s fun for some may not be fun for others. Watching a [...]
Accessibility has a lot to do with learning Japanese on your own, I find. If it’s accessible, we’re more likely to do it. If it’s easy, we’re more likely to try. Well, if you have a smartphone that allows you to use apps, then you’re in luck, because studying just became that much easier.
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