Mr. Nietzche in the Convenience Store ep. 3

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Yay, on schedule this time *pats self on the back*.  Happy Memorial day to those in the states, to everyone else I hope your enjoying your Monday. Like the other reviews this review will have spoilers for the episode, so watch it and come back. This episode starts of with Matsukoma  admitting that he still likes plush toys and figures (who doesn’t?). Nii says that he didn’t think he would be the type to collect, but rather the type to not have a real job, which hits Matsukoma right in the gut. We also learn that Nii’s hobby is music and he plays the wooden fish, I have no idea what that is. Apparently in the manga they actually show his band, I hope that they show it in the show as well that would be funny. Continue reading

Mr. Nietzche in the Convenience Store ep. 2

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Okay so its not quiet Monday it’s Tuesday, but onto  episode 2 of Mr. Nietzche in the Convenience Store anyway! In this episode it seems everyone has some kind of scheme, except for Matsukoma and Nii who are just poor innocent bystanders haha. Once again this review will have some spoilers so you can skip to the bottom for the vocab list, if you don’t want to know anything about the episode. Continue reading

Talking to strangers?!

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As anyone would tell you when learning a language, whether its Japanese or something else, it is important to not only learn vocabulary and grammar, but to put it into use. I may not be the best person to give advice on this, since I have been lax in this part of learning myself. I get so caught up wanting to memorize everything and learn more that I forget how important it is to actually speak to someone. Now talking to strangers can seem intimidating especially in the beginning, when your just starting to learn, but don’t let that hold you back. When I first started learning Japanese, I didn’t want to talk to anyone because I didn’t think that I knew enough Japanese to have a conversation. Which, looking back now doesn’t make sense. Of course you can’t have a conversation if you never talk to anyone right? And if you never try how will you learn to? Continue reading

Mr. Nietzsche in the convenience store! ep.1

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After being sick for a whole week and making sure my mom had an awesome mothers day, I finally had the time to watch Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store! Yay me *claps for self* This TV drama is an adaptation of a popular shojo manga comedy series of the same name, I’ve never read it before so this series is completely new to me. The show centers around two convenience store employees, Matsukoma and Nii, who work the night shift. Matsukoma is a college graduate who has been looking for work for 2 years, and Nii is a Buddism major still in school.

The way that I decided to watch the series is first without any subtitles on, then again with the subtitles in order to catch everything that I missed. I do this to see how much I can understand on my own, and increase my listening comprehension. I also make notes of new words in a notebook as I watch. I am watching the series on crunchyroll which allows you to turn off the subtitles by right-clicking and selecting no subtitles. At the end of this post I will place the list of vocab words that I made from the show.

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Busuu Success!

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I was selected to complete the Busuu study! I have to say I didn’t think I was gonna make it, since the last few weeks were tough time wise, but I did! and I’m happy! I went back up to the Mcgraw hill office in Manhattan, to take the same placement test that we had to take in the beginning. This time I definitely did a whole lot better then last time, but I was still under level one (hey I tried), it also took me a lot longer to get through the whole test. Now that I have completed the study, Continue reading

Learning while gaming!

 

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My old sticker filled DS Lite!

Who says that you can’t learn while playing video games! There sadly aren’t a whole lot of video games out there made specifically for people learning Japanese, but there are some games out there targeted to Japanese learners. The system I’ll be talking about today is the DS Lite which is an older system I know, but if you have a 3DS these games will also work on it even though the new 3DS is region locked. If you don’t have a DS Lite and  want one you can get a used one on eBay for about 20$, now with that out of the way on to the games! Continue reading

Japanese Textbooks

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I haven’t bought a ton of Japanese textbooks, aside from some workbooks and study aides that I’ve purchased. The majority of my textbooks come from Japanese courses that I was taking and kept using. The textbooks that I mainly use are the Minna no Nihongo series, I took a Japanese language course some time ago and these where the books that we used in class. So I’m pretty use to them and I like the way that they increase in difficulty.I found these books to be Continue reading

Learning the Basics : Kana

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When you start your Japanese language learning journey, I highly suggest that you learn their writing system right away and do not use romanji. The Japanese writing system may seem complicated at first, but it really isn’t. The writing system is a combination of kanji and kana. Kana consists of  two syllabaries, called hiragana and katakana.  Hiragana is used for native Japanese words, and Katakana is used for foreign words, names, as well as loan words. Kanji isn’t something Continue reading

Why I Self Study

ToykoBentoBlog_FocusedWhen I first started studying Japanese in high school me and a few friends would go online to sites like Japanese-online.com and try to study different phrases, sentences and structures etc. needless to say we didn’t get very far. Not because of the website but because we were impatient, plus we had a ton of other school related things to do.

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My Language level

TokyoBentoBlog_N5I’ve been learning Japanese for what seems like forever but haven’t truly taken it seriously until  last year when I decided that I wanted  to take the Japanese language proficiency tests and pass them. I’ve always enjoyed learning Japanese and saw it as a fun hobby, but I’ve decided that I really want to make it my second language and maybe one day even become a translator. Continue reading