Fun ways to study Japanese (Part One)
We all know that using text books and listening to speaking can help us study a new language, but the best way to learn is sometimes the fun way! Sure, a text book will help you gain knowledge, but sometimes it’s easier to retain information if you have fun with it!
Here’s part one of our ‘Fun Ways to Study in Japanese’ post!
Our favourite game to play in the car (yes, more than ‘I Spy’) is a game called ‘Shiritori’ しりとり which literally means ‘taking the end’. It;s a fun word game that will help you practice your knowledge and memory of words in Japanese. Get a friend (or friends) who is also studying Japanese, or someone who knows Japanese fluently, and play this game together!
How to play ‘Shiritori’:
1. The person who decides to go first says ‘shiritori’.
2. The second person will say a word beginning with ‘ri’ (eg. Ringo りんご- Apple).
3. The first (or next) player will say something beginning with go (eg. Gorira ゴリラ- Gorilla).
Each person will take turns saying a word beginning with the last character. If a word like ‘jitensha’ (bicycle) is used, always use the last character of the word, which in this case is ya （や）．
The main rule of Shiritori is to make sure you don’t say words ending with ‘n’ （ん).
Another fun way of studying Japanese is by watching children’s shows! Although watching anime can help a bit with learning phrases and words, you’ll be surprised by how much more you can pick up by watching a show designed for children! It helps you practice your listening skills, as well as hear simple phrases and words.
Here are a few shows that we both recommend:
Juppon Anime じゅっぽん あにめ
This show is a silly short show about 10 sticks (yes, sticks) who go on adventures. Although that may sound a little boring at first, this show has funny little skits that will make you giggle. It’s a fun show to watch when you have a little bit of spare time.
Hotch Potch Station ハッチポッチステーション
This show is a very similar to Sesame Street. It’s a show with lots of songs and music. You’ll be surprised at how much you’ll learn, and how you’ll end up getting the catchy theme song stuck in your head!
Yatter Man やったーまん
Although this show did get a revamp in 2008, the 1977 original anime is amazing and has simple Japanese to help with your studies. It’s a crime fighting anime so it’s always exciting!
Chi’s Sweet Home チーズスイートホーム
I’m sure most of you know about this adorable anime! Chi’s Sweet Home is all about the adventures of a little kitten named Chi. Prepare for many ‘aww’ moments and cuteness!
(All pictures from Google).
You can also find episodes of The Simpsons, Spongebob Squarepants and other shows dubbed in Japanese! You know the shows well, and if you know an episode off by heart, watch it in Japanese and see how well you remember it! You may even pick up a few phrases and handy words.
That’s it for this blog post! Stay tuned for part two next week!
As usual, we’re here to answer any questions you have. Happy studying!
Clare and Yu.