私は日本語を勉強しています。(Watashi wa Nihongo wo benkyo shiteiru.)

[I had to get this phrase of the internet, but that’s how self-initiated learning goes, no?  Use every source available.  Though as I haven’t even begun kanji (just got a grasp of Hiragana and beginning to work through Katakana, it felt dishonest to use it for this title without the Romaji too, but I have learned a new phrase now, as well as some essential Kanji!]

I am fascinated by Japan.  I have wanted to start learning for some time now, but only in January did a viable opportunity for learning present itself.  I bought a Nintendo DS for £30 at the end of last year, and found this game in the second-hand electronics shop on Hyde Park corner:

I am really enjoying it.  My boyfriend and anime viewings (and a lesson on Japanese numbers my 11-year-old sister brought home from primary school one time) allowed me to progress beyond ‘Baby’ rank on my first go.  I stumbled on through ‘toddler’, and am now at:

NihongoCoach

I have been making posters to keep myself practising outside the game (my coach, Haruka, keeps scolding me and encouraging me to do so).  They are building slowly (also I rearranged my room to make sure my sleeping nest wasn’t the main focal point, so my desk has more attention – however this new wall is quite damp, and the blue-tac isn’t taking too well…  I’ll have to figure this problem out quite soon):

StudyCorner

NihongoWall

Like I say, I am having lots of fun with this new project.  For Peter’s birthday I was able to create lots of Japanese tags to go with each gift, and independently form this sentence to go along with some character design work for my Live Brief:

Sushi

Peter has promised to send me on some tests and papers from his lessons (he took a course while at Queen’s University in Belfast), and I hope maybe I will be able to do a section of my Pecha Kucha presentation in Japanese.  It would be a fun test and good motivation to learn some common phrases I may not encounter in the DS game.

The internet is treating me with various sites to help supplement my vocabulary.  The real fun comes around with sites that have slang (like the one in the image below).  ‘Kyapi kyapi gyaru’ is one of my favourites so far, but this site is wonderful if only for the not-so-wizz English equivalents.

Just a final larf:

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