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2014 Updates and New Video Post
おはようございます！Happy 2014! I just wanted to take a moment and talk about some current events and updates. First off, I should mention that the Links page has been revamped. I’ve added a ton of new resources and reformatted it so that everything is organized into categories. I’ll be updating that page more in the coming months. As I mentioned in the previous article, I have decided to apply for the 2015 JET Programme. That article is the beginning of a series that will outline my journey through the application process and (hopefully) after acceptance. I also updated my YouTube channel with a new video, which can be found here. Please subscribe if you like it (as well as the other videos on my channel)! Stay tuned! [Image source]
Podcasts + Text = Podcastle
Part of immersion is listening to audio, such as podcasts. However, most Japanese podcasts do not come with written transcripts. This represents an issue when studying because it can be difficult to correctly understand what you hear. This is where Podcastle comes in. Podcastle is a project funded by the Japanese government for foreign Japanese language learners. It provides a speech recognition system to automagically convert the audio into text. While you play the audio, it tries to keep up but can sometimes become “desynchronized”. It helps if you know enough Japanese to be able to tell when it’s messed up, as it can sometimes be off by a few words. Knowing kana at a minimum may be enough to be able to tell this. While its speech recognition is not all that accurate (let’s face it, though – none […]
ノンストップチューブ：ランダム日本語のビデオ (NonstopTUBE: Random Japanese Video)
NonstopTUBE is a great resource for immersion that I’ve been wanting to share for some time. It’s a site that plays from a collection of Japanese videos, ranging from clips or full length music videos to news clips and more. There are new lists that come out daily, always with fresh content. Occasionally, there is some 英語 (えいご/English) mixed in, but those can easily be skipped over. Check out ノンストップチューブ. Technically, it’s not *really* random, it’s a bunch of playlists. See Also: Overview of Immersion Links Tools I’m currently using Secrets to a Successful Immersion Environment
Why learn Japanese?
It’s a simple question, really. The answer? For some it will be just as simple, whereas other folks may find trouble coming up with an answer. I didn’t initially intend for this article to be very long, but alas it became so. So sit back, crack your knuckles (or whatever it is that you do when reading) and get comfortable. Because I’m going to give you my… Top ten reasons for learning Japanese (or any foreign language). Before I begin, please bear in mind that this list outlines my top 10 reasons. However, it’s likely that yours will be different. Perhaps they will be the same ones, albeit in a different order. That’s okay, as this isn’t meant to be an ‘end-all-be-all’. So, without further ado… #10. You live once for each language you learn. Essentially, the concept here is […]
Audio Source: TBS Radio Podcasts
I found another great resource for audio immersion. TBS Radio 954 has a site chock full of downloadable podcasts. They are mostly talk shows, which is perfect. They feature very clear speech as well, so they could be used for sentence mining. The podcasts are in mp3 format, which means you can load them onto a digital device and carry them with you. There’s dozens of hours of content up there that I’ve grabbed so far, and I haven’t even gotten through half the site yet! It also seems to be somewhat regularly updated, so you can find a few per week on average.
Immersion Tools: TuneIn
Immersion tools can be difficult to find, especially when it comes to anything besides text. When you’re talking audio or video, it can also become very costly as well. However, my goal here is to provide as much material as I can find that’s free, to open it up for more people to learn. With that being said, I’d like to introduce tunein, a free website featuring free radio streams from all over the world.They have countless stations from all over the place. Most importantly, they have many, many Japanese radio stations. One thing I should mention, however, is the fact that not all of them work 100% of the time. Some are links to sites where you must register, and some are down. If you trip over one of these, just move on to another one. I’ve found most […]
Sentences Series 2: Input vs. Output
Almost daily, I run into people asking me “How do you say [insert random phrase] in Japanese?”. Anyone that knows I’m studying Japanese seems to think I can immediately speak it, and seem disappointed when I cannot (yet). This is because of the way I’m learning sentences. You see, right now, I am focused on input vs. output. Before I get into my reasons why, let me first define each. Input is taking anything Japanese in. It’s listening, reading, seeing. Output is speaking and writing. Why Input Should Come First The reasons behind this are simple. Let’s get an example situation to work from. Say you’re lost, and need directions. You find a local, and ask something along the lines of “渋谷はどこですか。” (Where is Shibuya?). Great! He understood your question, and is now giving a response. Problem is, you […]
Writing is Remembering
Ever noticed how you remember something better when you write it down? On the flip side, did you ever notice that not writing something down is pretty much like asking to forget it? I can’t stress how much learning Japanese requires this. Right from the start, you need to be writing down what you learn as you learn it, or consider it gone. A great way to force yourself into this starts at the Kanji phase. Heisig even recommends in his book (RTK) that you write out the Kanji, but I’d like to take that one step further. Writing it once will help, for sure. It’s certainly better than never writing it at all. However, what I started doing is writing the kanji every time I do my reps. This is a major part of engraving something in your memory. […]
まりもえお！(Marimoeo): Podcasts for Your Immersion Environment
So I heard about a podcast that’s done semi-regularly that supposedly has solid content. It’s called Marimoe, and as of the time of writing they’ve published 62 podcasts. The podcasts are done by 3 high school girls from Hokkaido. But before you immediately assume it’s all ditzy rambling, know that it’s just the opposite. In fact, they pick a topic and have well-organized discussions regarding it in a gender-neutral way. It’s good to listen to since it’s just talking, with no distractions such as music to keep your attention away from your current task. Even if you can’t understand it yet, it’s still great to listen to since the speech is so clearly spoken and recorded. Head over to まりもえお and check out their podcasts!