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Alright, I had a post on Instagram displaying my treasure trove of Japanese language learning books. I wanted to show off a few of them and talk about all of them. The first photo displays them all (tumblr limited me to 10 photos only, so I’ll discuss some of them without photos, sorry!). Starting from the bottom of the pile:
1. Kanji Power by Tuttle. It’s what you think it is, a kanji workbook. It has a kanji, a mnemonic, some space to practice writing, on'yomi, kun'yomi, stroke order, and some vocabulary/phrases. It has some kanji not covered in my other kanji books.
2. If You Teach Me Japanese, I’ll Teach You English. It’s a strange little book and it’s taking me a while to get the hang of it, but this book was written specifically for language exchanges. Each lesson is done first in Japanese, then again in English. You and your partner serve as the “teacher” in your native language, while you practice that language. So I would read through as the instructor in the English lesson and guide my partner with the scripted dialogues, helping them along the way so that they learn English. They would do vice versa for me with the Japanese. I got this one specifically to aid me in exchanging my language with my partners. They do great with the Japanese and I needed guidance on how to help them with English. So this one isn’t really to learn Japanese, it’s to help me exchange with my Japanese friends.
3. Japanese Step by Step. This is one of the few books that focuses on teaching you SPEAKING Japanese. Most of my books help in reading, writing and I’m having to supplement with Memrise and YouTube for listening and speaking. This book has very easy to understand lessons, starting with syllables not syllabaries. Shows you in English what they’re trying to teach you in Japanese. So it’s almost like learning in parallel, I’m not explaining it well. It’s a really good book, you should just check it out.
4. Beginning Japanese by Yale University Press. This was originally my Dad’s book that he used to teach himself Japanese since he was being stationed there (way back in ye olden days). He very kindly gave it to me. This book also focuses on SPEAKING Japanese, not reading or writing in it. As such, it’s entirely in romaji! Not ideal, but if you just want to focus on speaking the language, this is a good place to start. Very thorough.
5. Reading Japanese by Yale University Press. Same authors as book #4, but not originally my Dad’s. Since this one is focused on READING (hence the title of the book), it is not in entirely in romaji. Whew! What a relief. I just got it today, so I have no feedback other than, I wanted both of these books together. It’s kind of like an entire course at your fingertips.
6. Japanese Kanji for Beginners by Tuttle. Covers JLPT N5 & N4. This is my primary Kanji workbook. I LOVE it. It’s set up pretty much the same as Kanji Power, it has exercises after each lesson so you can practice what you learned. The Kanji Power has the same things, but after a certain number of kanji have been introduced, instead of after each individual lesson. So they differ that way and in that they have different kanji. This book is specifically for JLPT N5/4 whereas Kanji Power is about expanding your kanji.
7. A Japanese Reader by Tuttle (notice the theme?). Pictures 2-4 are about this book. I cannot say enough nice things about this book! The book is split in two; open it like we open all books in the Western Hemisphere and it’s lessons starting with hiragana, open the book the other way and it’s all the reading lessons: from top to bottom and right to left! It’s so cool! The first few elementary readings aren’t actual sentences. They’re just to get you accustomed to the style of reading and the syllabaries (this is where I’m at). The readings get way more advanced though and are excerpts from Japanese literature, some fictional and some non-fictional.
8. A History of Japan. This is another one of Dad’s book that he is lending to me (sadly I don’t get to keep it). I haven’t read it yet but I’m looking forward to it. Granted, it has nothing to do with the language itself, but who here has learned a language without learning anything about the culture, history, and society of the country that speaks the language? Half the point of learning a language is to learn the history and culture of the target language’s country. So I have a book on Japan’s history to supplement the language learning.
9. A Dictionary of Japanese Food by Tuttle. Pictures 5 & 6 are of this book. Just as I stated in the above book, it’s important to know the culture and history of the place whose language you are learning. The “Japanese Kanji for Beginners” book had an exercise in the first lesson involving food. One of the dishes stood out to me because I had no clue what it was “shabu-shabu.” I still don’t know what it is, but now I have a dictionary so I can look it up! If ever I learn how to cook Japanese food, shabu-shabu will be very near the top of the list of things to make and try. The back of the book has some appendices on chopsticks, some ingredients of Japanese food, and food etiquette.
10. The Handbook of Japanese Verbs (picture 7). Verbs seem to be the guts of a sentence in Japanese so I figured it’d be important to learn them a little more in depth than my grammar book goes into. Besides explaining verbs, it has exercises to practice!
11. All About Particles (picture 8). Much like the verb book above, this is all about particles (another very important part of the Japanese language) and also has exercises to help you grasp the concepts. Goes in depth about the particles and actually has sentences in Japanese, literal translations, and English translations. It’s very thorough.
12. Japanese Coursebook by Living Language. Akin to the Yale University Press books that I covered earlier, this book is a complete course for learning how to SPEAK Japanese. As such, it is entirely in romaji but is set up different than the Yale books and has different vocabulary. I use them in conjunction with each other, so that I get the most vocabulary overall.
13. Japanese Grammar by Barron. Pictures 9 & 10 are of this book. This is my absolute favorite book out of them all. Besides being pocket-sized so I can take it just about anywhere with me, it’s a grammar book. I’m not a Grammar Nazi, I’m a Grammarian (one who studies grammar [on purpose]). I read grammar books for my native English and I greatly enjoy grammar for Ancient Greek too (my first foreign language and first true love). All the other books focus on a particular portion of grammar, or the writing system, or speaking. I wanted a book that focused entirely on grammar since I’ve heard it’s so vastly different from English (it’s not THAT different guys). As you can see in the very last picture, the book is printed in two colors. I cannot begin to express how wonderful this is for me. I have Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome (SSS or 3S) and basically what that means is, my eyes don’t work right (duh). They don’t pick up all the wavelengths of light that they’re supposed to. So some colors (and light sources) are harder for me to see and make me very sick trying to look at them. It seems like I have dyslexia but it’s not my brain, it’s just my eyes suck. The added color is much easier on my eyes than all black print on white pages (college was nightmare, in case you wondered).
14. Kanji Starter 1. Not a lesson book at all! It has 200 kanji and is essentially a book of mnemonics for them. I use it as a catalog and mark the kanji I’ve mastered from other sources in this book. I also use it as a quick reference when I get suddenly forget a kanji I’ve already learned. That way I don’t have to find the right lesson book and track it down. I got this kanji book before any of the others and it served as the introduction to what i was getting myself into. It made the kanji seem so not scary that by the time I picked up a workbook, kanji was beautiful, logical, and fun. No fear!
Sorry this was so long. I’m on a mobile device so I can’t do the nice “keep reading” breaks or formatting. So it’s just a really long, darn post. But now you know of 14 books you can use for Japanese learning! Also, quick note, all of the books with bar code stickers on them were all purchased form the same site.
ThriftBooks.com has so many books, including rare ones, old, ones, and textbooks, for a fraction of the price. I looked up some of my Tuttle books, one of them was like $19.95 normally (without shipping and tax). On ThriftBooks I got it for $3.50! If your total purchase is over $10 shipping is entirely free too. So if you’re looking for language resources, a new novel, or you’re in college and need textbooks, check the site out because it might save you a boat-load of money.
but let’s talk about the huge contrast going from harry in a soft pink bath with flowers all around him to a fucking warzone where people have to sacrifice themselves and get off a boat to save lives wOW THE DIVERSITY OF HARRY FUCKING STYLES IS SO FUCKING GLORIOUS
I bet Jason’s part of Gotham is tough and full of poverty. Unlike the other sides of Gotham there’s less crime because this isn’t the bat, so no ones gonna take the chance of getting killed for a couple of bucks. Jason gives to the poor often so that they don’t need to either way. The people there love him, whenever he comes by they don’t scream, no, because Jason’s not threatening them and that kid on 4th street said he saw the big bad red hood helping a grandma cross the street. The kids there like him enough to snitch, he’s one of them in their eyes. The amount of gang members caught because of Reggie’s big mouth was enough for Jason to steal him a police badge! Jason goes home with lots of stuff, people can’t help but want to feed him after he saves their bakery or give him a little toy boat after he saved their grandfather’s boat shop from being destroyed!
Speaking of home, everyone at his hotel loves him too. There is 0 crime there because they know the red hood lives there, they’ve seen guys go in looking to kill him in his sleep and never come out (except for in a body bag), the woman that lives next to him lets her kids come by to check out his gear (the guns are on safety and knives are on high shelves), and play his games (they can’t afford a PS4, let alone a TV). He’s the babysitting master and Claire honestly couldn’t thank him enough, she has to work practically 12 hours a day, 6 days a week with 4 jobs and only has enough time to say bye and make lunches (no, Jason, she’s not going to accept that ridiculously large tip you keep trying to give her.)
Claire is very grateful for his generosity, for one of her jobs she works as a waitress downtown, she’ll always sneak him the last piece of cherry pie that would’ve been snatched up if she hadn’t hidden it, it’s his favorite. She doesn’t usually serve it to him though. No, it’s his could-be girlfriend Gabrielle Christensen, (Gabby to him) that she shoves his way. It’s not like she’s not into him either, she jumps at the chance to serve him, he’s the best part of her day, anytime he doesn’t come over it’s like clouds at the beach. Unfortunately, Jason’s not that committed to dating non-vigilantes. There’s too big of a risk, he’s just not willing to take is no matter how cute and adorable and is that a new shirt? It looks good. He should give her a compliment about it.
Everyone at Red Hood Central loves the Red Hood and the Red Hood loves everyone at Red Hood Central.
everyone’s commentating on that gold chain that linked edgeworth and phoenix together in the opening but I’m not quite over the fact that edgeworth was something out of a freaking gay butt romantic comedy television show
my name is miles edgeworth and i love long, romantic walks on the beach
I am a lone wolf, but I’m looking for an ideal partner who shares this interest
Could it be you? Are you the one? Are we the same?
“Remus wouldn’t want to kill another student, Sirius nearly getting Snape killed by him would’ve turned Remus into an unwilling murderer, he should be upset by that!”
Okay yes that’s legit but have you considered “HOLY SHIT SIRIUS IF I’D KILLED HIM THE MINISTRY WOULD’VE KILLED ME. SIRIUS. SIRIUS I KNOW YOUR FAMILY ISN’T USED TO CONSEQUENCE BUT I’M A WEREWOLF SIRIUS I’M LEGALLY CLASSIFIED AS A CREATURE THEY WOULDN’T EVEN GIVE ME A TRIAL I COULD BE DEAD RIGHT NOW, SIRIUS, STONE COLD DEAD, WHAT THE FUCK DUDE.”
Give me a mermaid universe where the mermaids are terrifying but one falls in love and is trying to get the attention of a sailor but the sailor thinks she’s trying to kill him.
Like give me a mermaid universe where the girl is serenading a young male sailor and he’s peering into the water with a harpoon gun on his back trying to spot her, crying at the top of his lungs, “Careful lads, there are sirens in these waters.”
Give me a mermaid universe where she sits on a rock and she’s got the best of the ocean’s makeup, she’s exfoliated with the creme de la creme of the ocean sand, she’s got shells adorning her body and she even applied some sea salt shimmer and he just averts his eyes and blindly stumbles onto shore.
Give me a mermaid universe where she brings food to him, buckets of fish and a couple of sharks, hell even some whale blubber and he refuses to take any of it because he thinks it’ll be poisoned or enchanted.
Give me a mermaid universe where he makes her cry and her sobbing is beautiful, like little whale calls, and he just finds a cave to hide in until she’s done.
Give me a mermaid universe where something goes wrong with the ship, like a hole in the side or the engine failing and this mermaid bears the boat on her back, the wood tearing into her skin, her tail being burned from the friction, but she won’t let it sink. She docks it for them and she goes up to this nice young sailor.
She’s been learning English for months and in her best human accent, with a bright smile (sure she’s got sharp canines and blue gums but what’s she supposed to do about appearances) says, “I saved your boat, I hope your crew is okay.”
And the sailor just narrows his eyes and huffs, “Are you expecting me to believe you had nothing to do with the failure?”
Give me a mermaid universe where a female sailor has to come up and bat the man on the head and turn him around and scold him. “Can’t you just see she’s got a thing for you, sir.”
And then the sailor finally gives in and gives her a chance because… well maybe the female sailor has a point. Maybe the girl just has a crush on him and not a thirst for a very specific murder
The arrogance on this sailor. To think she’d have a preference for the men she kills.
dunkirk AU where harry’s being saved by liam’s boat and louis and liam pull harry along with a few other soldiers out of the water and it couldn’t have happened at a worse place than this and harry knows its such bad timing but he falls in love with louis as soon as their eyes meet. he needs to focus on survival he can’t think about forming new bonds when he doesn’t even know if he’ll live to see tomorrow but he can’t help but think he now has more of a reason to survive because he needs to take louis home to mum and make him his.
World War I Folklore — The Legend of the UB-85 Seamonster
On April 30th, 1918 British patrols in the North Atlantic came upon the German U-Boat UB-85 in the open ocean, manned by a visibly terrified crew. Rather than dive, the crew of the U-Boat immediately surrendered, offering no resistance. It was noticed that the submarine had sustained damage which prevented it from submerging, however there were no reports of combat actions by Allied forces in the area. Immediately, the U-Boat’s commander, Captain Gunther Krech was interrogated. His explanation was one that the British officers certainly did not expect.
According to Krech the submarine had surfaced the night before in order to recharge its batteries when a large monster crawled out of the dark waters and climbed aboard the deck of the sub. Krech described the creature as thus,
“This beast had large eyes, set in a sort of skull. It had a small head, but with teeth that could be seen glistening in the moonlight. Every man on watch began firing a sidearm at the beast, but the animal had hold of the forward gun mount and refused to let go.”
Immediately the creature began to shake the sub back and forth, attempting to capsize the boat. The battle continued as the men fired upon the monster while it continued to rattle the boat. Eventually the monster gave up and let go, disappearing into the dark abyss. The U-Boat was saved, but damage to the U-Boat resulting from the battle with the creature made it impossible for the boat to submerge.
UB-85 was scuttled by the British, her crew taken as prisoners of war.
an imagine where reader is a huge pop star and bill’s long term girlfriend? and she write a song about Bill (maybe catch me by demi lovato that song is so beautiful) and they are so in love and idk & Hey darling, hope you’re having a wonderful day/night. Can I ask for a bill punk/rock musician!au? Where the reader is his s/o and bill’s going on tour and his partner can’t go with him because college. +One of them is worried about their relationship (maybe some rumours going around, but i'ts up to you tho). Kind of angsty with a happy ending
Note: These two were so similar I couldn’t really separate them without them being the same. The only thing is the reader is still the singer so hopefully it’s still satisfactory. Okay thanx! Read on! :3!
You huffed as you got a singers version of writing block.
You had crumpled balls of paper all over your rented hotel room. You erased your previous writing leaving behind black smudge marks from how low your eraser was becoming.
You were also sure your mechanical pencil was running out of lead from the lead constantly breaking from how hard you were pressing down or how long you have been trying to write.
You knocked me down but I’m stronger now
Out of no where I’m back…
You growled since it sounded too cheesy and tried to erase it but then the paper ripped and you crumpled it up into a ball and threw it across the room to the ware basket. Unlike the others it went right in.
You would’ve cheered if you weren’t so agitated at the moment.
You threw your boulder across the bed and dramatically filled back onto your bed slinging your arm over your eyes.
You heard your phone buzz and you sighed reaching over and pulling it off the charger and to your face. You smiled noticing it was Bill.
“Hey.” You answered.
“Hey I’ve been trying to call you all day.” Bill said his voice holding a slight tinge of aggravation at the end.
“Sorry love, I was a bit busy. I’ll be back home in a week though.” You said apologetically.
This was very common for Bill to be mad at you because you never picked up your phone since you were so busy either at the concert, greeting fans, or many other things. You had warned him that your relationship would be stretched during tour but apparently he underestimated it.
“You know magazines are actually talking about us. They are saying that we’re going to break up. It’s all over the media.”
“Bill, they’ve been saying that for months now.” You sighed before a realization hit you, “You aren’t…thinking of making those rumors true….right?”
“Just freaken say it yes or no?!” You demanded.
“….I don’t know.”
“Y-You don’t know? What do you mean you don’t know?! How dare you say you don’t know! You know what I’ll make up my mind for you. We’re done. Goodbye.”
With that you ended his ass and threw your phone on the bed. You sat there for a few seconds like an angry child until you realized what you had just done. Despite your anger tears prickled at your eyes and you sobbed realizing what you’d just done out of anger.