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New Language Project

Hi all, if you’ve been following the blog for a while, you know about my language addiction. Every year I’m committing to breaking into a new language with daily study, while trying not to let the others backslide too much.

I speak and read great Spanish, serviceable French, and now I’m in the midst of adding Japanese to the mix. I’m much farther into spoken Japanese than I am into learning the Kanji characters, but am committed to a couple of years of studying both.

If you’re into this, the best source for spoken Japanese that I’ve found is the Michele Thomas Japanese CDs.

For Kanji, so far I’m doing well (I think) with the Sticky Study Kanji app on my phone, and a book called Remembering The Kanji.

Any Japanese speakers here? Any tips would be appreciated. Join me! There are few things I enjoy more than learning languages.


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  • Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf May 29, 2014, 11:53 pm

    I love Japanese! 🙂 I studied it via my roommate in college (she was from Hiroshima, we had many late hours of language exchange) and then practiced it both times I went to Tokyo. Got to where I could write fairly well, but like a little kid (all in hiragana and katakana haha). Took a formal course my last year of college… and now, I remember very little. *sob* Maybe one day I’ll pick it back up again! Have fun!

  • Jack M June 3, 2014, 10:42 am

    Did you know that Spanish and Japanese have a lot in common? They are the only two languages where all letters are pronounced.

  • World's skinniest lib'an June 29, 2014, 4:37 pm

    Well, something useful they do share is the brevity of their five essentially identical key vowel sounds. The undoubtedly great pronunciation you learned at the MTC and your time in D.C. will serve you well. Mother-tongue speakers of Japanese or Spanish who take up the other language start with such enviably native-like accents.

    For advancing your 日本語 literacy, one huge help can be (ironically?) your TV. If you can get a cable or satellite channel with original Japanese programming, you might be amazed at how generously, even antically, almost everything is sub- or even supratitled. Really nice with song lyrics.

  • Anita July 5, 2014, 6:24 pm

    You might like this site for kanji, furigana and interesting insights: http://dorianwacquez.wordpress.com/2010/01/03/happy-kanji-positive-vs-negative-japanese. In case that doesn’t get you there, it’s Dorian Waquez’s site. Languages, thoughtfulness, kanji, meditation, art- I’ve spent hours there!

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