I don’t usually blog about music, but if you’ve seen me on Twitter, you’ll know I’ve started to get into more Japanese music over the last couple of years. Specifically music from animated music projects or franchises.
So what does that mean?
By an animated music project or franchise, I mean a piece of media where a fictional singer or group releases music but only with animated music videos. Unless you go to a specific concert with voice actors, even live content will feature these animated characters. So, like the Gorillaz. But there’s more of them and usually a lot of story to these series. I’ll admit I’m not sure if all of these are considered animated music projects. Some have games or anime.
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So it’s been a while since I posted about studying Japanese, and the reason for that is…I haven’t been doing much.
I haven’t stopped or given up. So that’s a positive. In the past, I’d have stopped completely.
But I’ve still been using Duolingo and WaniKani. I’ve still been trying to read Japanese, listening to Japanese music and watching Japanese videos. I’m starting to recognise more kanji, which is excellent, but my vocab hasn’t really been growing by that much. I’ve learnt phrases from Duolingo, but I want my vocabulary to grow.
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2022 was the year that I finally decided to sit down and start learning Japanese properly. I’d tried before, multiple times and I had things I could use because of it, but I was fed up with always giving up. I’ve been writing about my experience to encourage me to keep going and I have!
I’ve been learning Japanese for a few months now and that’s a success.
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This post does feel kind of pointless as it doesn’t feel like much has changed since my last post. But I said I’d do this to hold myself accountable, and it’s kind of working. I’ve been keeping up with my Japanese for weeks now when usually I’d have given up by now.
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I’ve made it very clear in the past that I’m British and still in the early stages of learning Japanese. But thanks to translation apps, I decided that I just had to read this middle-grade novel, despite being Japanese. Obviously, a translation app won’t translate perfectly, but despite that, I was still able to really lose myself in this story. I had the opportunity to read this book as an e-arc from NetGalley.
This book follows Michito and his father as they travel across the world for a series of paranormal incidents. All these incidents have been talked about in real life, so it could really strike something in the kids who read this. They’ll have plenty to look into if they want to.
Continue reading “Book Review: Thousand Mysteries of the World by Rima Kitaki and Morinobu Ota” →
I know it’s not been that long since my first post went up. But honestly, the learning has been going on for about a month at this point. So I just wanted to catch you up on how I’m doing.
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