sorry-again-orz

Sorry for being inactive again orz
since the Liechtenstein I drew I started working on art trades(( *bows* I’m really sorry orz##
Anyway, this was an art trade I did with my hetalian friends in Hong Kong XD I cherish them so much lel
And recently I started to watch Persona 5, I love Yusuke.

Based of the Thief class in Bravely Default

Happy seriously late b-day to @hensa was also thinking of a valentines thing, but that’s pretty damn late < A <;;

Sorry this is pretty plain = A = I was on the fence on uploading this, but what the hell. My coloring and shading could definitely use some work. sorry again orz

cinnamonizedcherry  asked:

Hi! I read your post on learning Japanese language. Is there any book you would reccomend as guidance for learning? Like any books you used for learning would be great help too! Thanks!

Hello again! I personally have used the Learn Japanese: New College Text by John Young & Kimiko Nakajima-Okano (Vol. 1~2 in class, 3~4 in self-study), and I found it to be extremely helpful. However, I’ve also tried a few other textbooks before so I’ll elaborate on the ones I liked here too!

(I wrote the series name in the 1st sentence, and described its pros/cons afterwards (i.e. you can skip everything after the 1st sentence if I’m boring www). Every new paragraph should be a new series, hope that’s not too confusing b/c this ended up being long! ><;;;)

Japanese Textbook Recommendations

The Learn Japanese: A New College Text series has sample dialogues, grammar break-downs, speech exercises, and homework problems for every chapter, which gives the reader plenty of opportunities to practice in any area (ex. speech, reading, translating) they want to. They also provide long descriptions on both the grammar and culture, so you cover all the details and more on each topic. However, with the details that they provide, the books can be considered dense, especially as it is all text with no illustrations, and have a bit of outdated material due to its old age. I recall the grammar breakdown diagrams were a bit difficult to understand by myself and the list of exercises may seem intimidating without forced teacher instruction, so I don’t know how useful it’d be for self-studying.

Besides that, my classes provided worksheets from the Genki workbook series by Eri Banno (mainly for beginners), which is one of the most reputable books in Japanese education. The workbooks consists of only exercises, with fun drawings and examples suitable for students, and though I’ve never used the textbook, my friend does in her university Japanese class and she’s progressing fairly well.

Since I was obsessed with loitering around the Kinokuniya textbook aisle in high school, I recall Tobira: Gateway to Advanced Japanese by Mayumi Oka seemed extremely good for the intermediate/advanced levels (I had a textbook crush on it in my 1st 2 years of learning www). The book contained sample news articles (i.e actual essay format Japanese), clear grammar explanations & distinctions, exercises, and cultural knowledge, and apparently matches up with formats and contents that may appear in JLPT exams. The design and spacing of the textbook also felt a lot more stylish. Tobira has a kanji-specific book in addition to its main textbook.

Another interesting textbook I found while loitering around was Japanese for Busy People by AJALT (beginner level). I don’t remember the exact contents while skimming, but here’s an online review. An Intergrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese by Akira Miura also seems popular (intermediate~advanced level), so here are some user comments.

Lastly, a variety of textbooks centered solely on one topic (ex. grammar, kanji, vocabulary, reading, listening) for specific JLPT levels exist. These include Kanzan Master, Sou Matome, the Official JLPT Practice Books, etc etc – there are a bajillion of these. Since JLPT is strict with its exam guidelines, you’re bound to progress quickly if you try studying under their level system. However, I would recommend being at least in intermediate Japanese before trying this out. You don’t have to take the exams to understand the book content, but it does feel standardized if you are not a fan of exam preparation. 

This ended up being so long-winded, so sorry again orz 

Hope some of it helped!

chocobird  asked:

Sorry for the random question Haru but i'm really curious. If you were to choose only one on this list who/what would you pick between water, mackerel, dolphins, or Makoto? Again sorry orz

Makoto. You can find water and mackerel and dolphins in lots of places, but there will only ever be one Makoto.