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Kanji: Week 31

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here’s info from my haltingly-in-progress (online) japanese degree course. regarding the school itself, “level 1, 2, 3-4″ does NOT mean “years”, this is a bachelor’s degree so you get the whole degree after two and a half or three years. the levels and which courses you can take for the degree are explained here if you’re curious. the class meets twice a week, each lecture is one and a half hours, maybe two, i forgot.

the first semester uses Genki I as a textbook and finishes it, the second semester uses Genki II, after that i don’t know what they use, and the teacher has their own “grammar compendium” alongside to make review easier. with my own method of learning kanji, i just learned 300 in around 2 months, but each week the class learns around 15 kanji + around 100 vocabulary words + 2 or more grammar points. they cover around one and a half chapters in the textbook per week (if i remember) but they can go out of order, like when we’re on chapter 4 the teacher might have us also learn some vocabulary from chapter 7. they took two weeks to learn all the hiragana, and two to learn the katakana.

anonymous asked:

How did you learn to read so fluently?! I've been taking 4 years of japanese too.... And I can hold only very elementary conversation.

Four years and still elementary? Wow, I guess your course must be really slow going. In my experience courses really teach you far slower than private tuiton does. Ahah, I have no secret other than a really scary sensei who’d give me lessons 2-3 times a week XD That, and a lot of kanji memorisation. You just need to focus on grammar first, get that down,then work on increasing your vocab. I mean hey, I still have to look up certain words in the kanji dictionary too, so don’t worry about it love, you’ll get there!

JeanMarco week

July 2nd: Warrior or call my name


And I can feel you breathing
And it’s keeping me awake
Can you feel it beating?
My heart sinking like a weight?


For the theme “call my name” what came to my mind was this rivetra comic in wich Levi asked Petra to call his name while he tried to sleep.


But let’s just suppose that Jean is asleep (note that he is drooling) and he is calling Marco’s name for some reason, and Marco is right there, caressing his back under the bed sheets.
And if you ask me, haven’t you done a picture like this before? Yes, the one I did fo my birthday. Since then, not much has changed besides the fact that it got warmer and they get to sleep naked (but added an extra blanket to the bed) and the fact that at least they are using different bed sheets which gives us a good vibe of “they know what hygiene is”

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anonymous asked:

iorin-san, where did you get the two pink books (the japanese ones) that you took a picture from? does it help in learning kanji/hiragana? i saw it on your snapchat. im half japanese, and i want to pick japanese up again.

it helps a lot with memorizing kanji! the seller was reaaally nice and it only took 1 week to ship it from japan to iceland
im on mobile rn but ill be posting a link when i come home :-)

大沼

一日中雨が降ってしましました。

I just unpacked everything back into my room in Kikyou, waiting to do my laundry for the weekend and study for another week’s worth of kanji.

It started raining Friday night and hasn’t stopped all weekend. Onuma was a big wet Seattle-esque high school trip, but it happened in a Sofia Coppola choreographed lime green walls in the middle of nowhere Japanese Overlook hotel, with orange tatami and futon and laundered yukatas.

First of all we were all picked up by a travel bus at various stops through Hakodate, from the Goryokaku train station to Nanae. My stop was at a nearby video rental store. Host Mother drove me there and waited with me in the car so I didn’t have to stand in the rain, lent me her umbrella, and then walked me, as all the other host mothers did the same, umbrella over my head, to where the bus was parked. As we drove away all of our host mothers stood in a group, talking and waving us goodbye.

It was about a half hour drive up into Onuma, whose signs proudly declared it as a “Quasi-National Park”. Rain slid down the windows. We parked and were shooed off the bus, at the visitor center.

Onuma is supposed to be a lakeside resort town. It has plenty of おみやげ (souvenir) shops, tacky stands, soft cream stalls, ramen, udon, soba, hamburger cafes, and a big walk around the lily-pad covered lake. As we all disembarked the bus, it was totally deserted. All HIF students cowered in the visitor center’s overhang as the wind blew gusts of rain at us. Helpless, and with two hours meant for fun, we watched the travel bus pull away.

There was a Lord of the Flies-esque splitting of groups and then we were off. I ended up in a large group looking for shelter and ramen. But somewhere along the lines I began to dread everything about that, the complaining freezing American students with their sopping paper map, and so set off alone to find a cheeseburger and coffee. The group split and two others joined me. We walked empty, freezing streets. Most shops appeared closed.

As soon as I saw a cheeseburger stand we drew away and ordered there. I got my cheeseburger and coffee. The others in my group got hot soba and a squid burger, respectively. We all sat in a clinical waiting room with magazines and an orange surfboard over our heads. Inscribed in blue: “GORO’S HAMBURGER’S”

It was nice to be warm, and we lingered. Setting off again there was nothing much to do besides look for other places to loiter. Eventually we ended up back at the visitor’s center and read until the bus. (Worst of all were the unlucky students who had signed up earlier in the sunny breezy week for the later bus, who were stuck at the quasi-national park for another two and a half hours.)

Damp and silent, the bus took us up into the forest to the Greenpia Onuma Hotel. A life-size cartoon giraffe greeted us on the front lawn. We all unloaded and gathered in the lobby, which was cavernous, carpeted in a mint green, with matching chairs and coffee tables, spruced everywhere with wedding decorations. We stood in a group as two hotel attendants showed us the yukatas given for our stay, standing on the table and giving a live demonstration how to wear it the right way. (The right side of the yukata is tucked under the left side. If it’s the reverse, you are mourning.) With that, our HIF leaders handed out keys, and we were given free reign of the hotel until 6:00.

I was in a room with three other girls on the third floor. It was a full tatami room with a low table in the middle, rose silk low chairs, and pink futons stacked in the cabinet with yukatas and obis and sheets. We had a bath and toilet room and a view over the front lawn (still raining). All the other girls in my room unanimously agreed to take a nap. I left to try out the hotel’s onsen.

It couldn’t compare to Yachigashira’s volcano driven baths, but it had hot water and complimentary shampoo and a rotenburo outside. I tried a circulation of each tub and went outside this time, which was amazing. Being in a hot bath and watching the steam float away into maple saplings and being rained on all at once was よくできた Japan. The only terrible thing that happened here was being joined but not one or two but at least ten girls in my program, which put the serenity, and my private onsen time, to a rapid end. :(

I dried off and went upstairs, got goodies from the hotel shop (raw Hokkaido milk, chocolate tree shaped cookies), and was finally, finally, finally after a week of futility, able to Skype Nate. That in itself was a strangely dimensional experience. Because all of a sudden you’re home, but then you’re in this green chair, having the run of this hotel with nothing to do in Japan, still hot and soft from the chlorine onsen. But I was so happy to have a little heart of the Malloy back with me in all the obscurity and things that are/are not.

By the time I’d finished it was close to dinner so we all gathered in the hotel’s banquet hall. They served everyone a traditional Japanese feast on china and clay-ware: crab legs and lemon, tuna and salmon sashimi, octopus, red bean, chilled tofu, what we think was a vinegar skin, savory pudding, miso soup with clams in the shell, leeks and mushrooms and meat we cooked in our own dish of oil, a family sized barrel of rice, green tea cakes and honeydew. During all that we had the HIF talent show, which was really just a school-wide performance of Japanese songs that the classes hadn’t wanted to learn and essentially didn’t.

Afterwards the hotel provided the karaoke bar free for HIF and the bowling alley was open and the onsen and everything, but I was happy to buy a cheap bottle of sake with another student and take it up to the stairwell away from all the mess.

This morning there was a breakfast buffet and another trip alone to the onsen. Thankfully it was early enough to not be disturbed, and I was able to sit in the rotenburo and watch the rain still falling. We gathered our things and were out of the room by 9. The buses left at 10, and I walked back in the drizzle to Kikyou, feeling like I had just had an experience.

Honestly it wasn’t much fun at all. It shouldn’t have rained, and the amount of trapped student needs were nightmarish, but then you’re happy anyway and you’re all there in some lodge for the night.

Heisig’s Method Day 1 - 7: So far so Good!

Sorry about not posting these beginning couples days for the Kanji Challenge. I’ve been very busy with work and establishing these recent changes to my Japanese study strategy. So far, I think the Heisig’s Method has been very good in helping me remember how to draw out each individual Kanji. Although it’s a lot, but surprisingly, I am actually remembering them! Lowls.

I have gone through the first 260-ish Kanji in the last week by doing 15 pages of the book each day. Then, I also started to create my own electronic flash card deck in helping me review each of the characters. Below, I have pasted the Kanji that I have learned thus far. 

一 二 三 四 五 六 七 八 九 十 口 日 月 田 目 古 吾 冒 朋 明 唱 晶 品 呂 昌 早 旭 世 胃 旦 胆 亘 凹 凸 旧 自 白 百 中 千 舌 升 昇 丸 寸 肘 専 博 占 上 下 卓 朝 嘲 只 貝 唄 貞 員 貼 見 児 元 頁 頑 凡 負 万 句 肌 旬 勺 的 首 乙 乱 直 具 真 工 左 右 有 賄 貢 項 刀 刃 切 召 昭 則 副 別 丁 町 可 頂 子 孔 了 女 好 如 母 貫 兄 呪 克 小 少 大 多 夕 汐 外 名 石 肖 硝 砕 砂 妬 削 光 太 器 臭 嗅 妙 省 厚 奇 川 州 順 水 氷 永 泉 腺 原 願 泳 沼 沖 汎 江 汰 汁 沙 潮 源 活 消 況 河 泊 湖 測 土 吐 圧 埼 垣 填 圭 封 涯 寺 時 均 火 炎 煩 淡 灯 畑 災 灰 点 照 魚 漁 里 黒 墨 鯉 量 厘 埋 同 洞 胴 向 尚 字 守 完 宣 宵 安 宴 寄 富 貯 木 林 森 桂 柏 枠 梢 棚 杏 桐 植 椅 枯 朴 村 相 机 本 札 暦 案 燥 未 末 昧 沫 味 妹 朱 株 若 草 苦 苛 寛 薄 葉 模 漠 墓 暮 膜 苗 兆 桃 眺 犬 状 黙 然 荻 狩 猫 牛 特 告 先 洗 介 界 茶 脊 合 塔 王 玉 宝 珠 現 玩 狂 旺 皇

Course Review: JAPN 102

JAPN 102 - Beginning Japanese II A

Class Average: 80 (A-)
My Grade: A-
Effort Rating: 4/5
Resources: Syllabus

Content: Japanese 102 is taken after you’ve finished JAPN 100 and 101, or JAPN 150 (intensive Japanese). I took it in my first year because I took up to Japanese 12 in highschool. We used GENKI II as our textbook, and everything is taught out of it. JAPN 102 covers Lesson 13 to Lesson 18, and the rest is covered in JAPN 103.

For my prof, we had 3 quizzes for every “Lesson” in Genki, which meant at least 1-2 quizzes a week.The 3 quizzes were kanji quiz, vocab quiz, and then grammar quiz. The kanji quiz consisted of changing kanji to hiragana and hiragana to kanji. Vocab quiz was writing the Japanese word for the English word that was provided OR you had to know what word to fill in from the context. The grammar quiz consisted of a “particle” section, a “translation” section, and a “dialogue completion” section. Also had to hand in the completed GENKI workbook pages on grammar quiz days. There’s a lot of partner work in class where you have to practice your new knowledge as well.

We also had one writing assignment and one in-class writing assignment. There was also an oral test at the end of the term too, either with the prof or TA.

Instructor: Misuzu Kazama. She’s really nice, although sometimes she gets flustered and starts hesitating and stammering slightly. Although the syllabus says marks are deducted for late assignments, I don’t recall ever having marks deducted (although I rarely handed in assignments late). Also heard that she’s an easy marker (she gives a lot of half marks) compared to other Japanese profs. Highly recommend her.

Textbook: GENKI II textbook and workbook. In 102, we covered the first half of the book, up to and including chapter 18. The rest will be covered in JAPN 103 (which I ended up dropping). GENKI II is a very good textbook as it’s really organized and easy to learn from. So much so that honestly you could self-teach yourself it. It’s a very popular choice in terms of being used to teach Japanese, so it’s very, very easy to find online. The workbook has pages that you can rip out and hand in (or you could just print the pdf workbook).

Midterm/Final: I think the midterm and final are standardized for all JAPN 102 sections. The midterm pretty much looks identical to the final other than content. They basically were all our quizzes combined into one test.

Comments: The course is really straightforwards, however, fair warning for those coming in from highschool: Check out GENKI II beforehand if you didn’t use GENKI I in highschool. My teacher in highschool taught from a completely different book, and she also never actually taught us kanji. As a result, I had to self-teach myself a lot of the material and kanji, but on the other hand, I had already learned some of the content for JAPN 102.