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A repost.
Today November 11th, 2017 marks the day Bulma Briefs Va, Hiromi Tsuru was confirmed deceased. A horrible tragedy: Hiromi was found dead in her car at the age of 57. The second Dragonball character to be ever introduced, one of the biggest side characters..
I can’t even begin to imagine the amount of pain Nozawa and the other voice actors are going through right now. Thirty years together in the studio..gone like that..I’ve watched Dragonball many times in different dubs and I first watched it in Japanese. This hit me hard..hard enough for me to break into tears. Thank you for playing a gargantuan role in my childhood Hiromi, you’ll be missed by me and every other Dragonball loving fan. Rest in peace old friend..may Shenlong watch over your soul.

the japanese language sure can paint a picture with words but u have to absorb so much onomatopoeia to grasp a sentence that simplifies an entire concept down to just a few words

for instance, take the sentence 「宇宙の彼方でフワフワゴロン」(from my rilakkuma pencil case lmao)

i feel like it’d be easier for a non native speaker to understand the expanded concept of “tumbling weightlessly beyond the cosmos”, than the simplified “fuwafuwa goron beyond the cosmos” (fuwafuwa being ‘fluffy’/‘airy’/‘light’/‘floating’, and goron being ‘rolling’/’tumbling’ in a particularly rounded out/lazy/careless sense)

like, words that have set meanings and tenses and can be searched in a dictionary are a lot easier and faster to learn than are words that capture the essence of a feeling, with no set singular definition, but somehow still having a ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ way to use it. you have to just hear and see those words used in countless scenarios to get an understanding of what each one feels like, what it’s capturing, and theres an ENDLESS LIST of words like this for endless unique concepts and properties. i even remember my japanese teacher going over this in class and trying to teach us how certain sounds can convey “sharp” or “round” or “full” or “hollow”. like with the change of a syllable a japanese speaker could verbally imply the difference between a “knock” on a wood table (konkon), or a “knock” on a metal baking pan (kankan). god it just fucks me up and i love it

How To Create a Self-Study Schedule Part II: Casual Studying

Hello polyglots! I apologize for the lateness of this post! As you know I posted about how to create a study schedule if you are studying a language(s) intensively. Now I’m going to talk about how to study one language or multiple languages casually.

First, I need to define what casual studying even means. Studying casually means that you are foregoing certain aspects of language study in order to maintain a slow and low commitment pace. For example, say you’re learning French casually. Instead of psycho crazy grammar schedules filled with practicing grammar and vocab over and over, and quizzing yourself every day until your brain turns to pulp, you opt for a simple audio lesson every day for 15 minutes after you come home from work or school. Easy right? Yes! That’s the goal. With casual studying your schedule is freed up for other things. In addition, casual studying gives you the leisure to take your time to learn things deeply and thoroughly. Casual studying, however, implies that you are not studying so much for full fluency but for practical, everyday usage. So casual learners care a little less about learning the specifics about complicated grammar but instead want to learn how to use it in conversation by learning dialogues and repeating phrases. So how do you create a casual study schedule? Here’s what you’ll need to get started.

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14 Days to Go: JLPT Study Plan

There are two weeks to go until the world takes the JLPT exam on December 3rd. If, like me, you’ve avoided the subject until you glanced at your calendar, horrified by the lack of time remaining, then it’s time to get an intense study plan into action! Here are some tips on how to make the most of the next 2 weeks.

① Highlight key study areas for the JLPT

  1. Kanji
  2. Vocabulary
  3. Grammar points
  4. Reading
  5. Listening

Since the sections on your exam are Vocabulary, Reading and Listening, I have pinpointed 5 key areas where study is required. Fortunately, there is no writing aspect in the exam, so learning to write those pesky Kanji is not as important as learning to recognise them (and give their readings!). For a list of useful resources based on the study areas, wait for my next post!

② Set yourself (realistic) goals

By now you are probably aware of how much information you can study in a day and retain long-term - you only have 2 weeks, so you should be realistic about what you can learn in that time. Don’t overdo it because you’ll forget it all!

③ Create a Habit Tracker

This can be done on pen and paper, or in an excel spreadsheet like the one above. According to my layout, I have set my Tasks, Goals (in brackets), and then I fill in the actual number of items completed for that task. If it’s over the goal - it turns green - Yay! This way I can motivate myself to get ‘all greens’, as well as picking up on days where I have not performed to the necessary standard. This will also show whether your goals have been realistic, or if you have to adjust them slightly.

Lauren Tsai ローレン・サイ