My Japanese studies so far


I have learnt so much grammar from Misa sensei on YouTube. Taking notes on Notebook app IOS.

Recently I been focusing on other creative projects. This has slow down my study progress. I get tired of doing a lot of activity. Especially mental work such as studying, writing or drawing.

I want to re think my learning #strategy.

I decided to take a break from studying Japanese till next month. But that does not mean I will do some passive learning. Also I should review my notes and practice speaking Japanese more daily. I can read out loud the Japanese notes Or writing from my dairy.

Italki.com

I have joined Italki.com, not to find a teacher yet. But to write my notebook on Italki. I submit my journal entry on italki for people to make correction. This encourages me to write in Japanese and to get some grammar tips from native Japanese people.

Italki.com is good to find a penpal / language exchange partner. My language level is not a good level enough to speak confidently to native speaker. I get really nervous speaking to people online. I would like to take my time first before going to the next level.

I listen to Japanese radio on podcast. There are good podcast to listen about news, interviews and music. I have a good few podcast I have subscribed to. These podcast station regular update daily. It’s relaxing listening to podcast. I listen to Japanese podcast on the bus or when I am working. They are better to use than other radio apps.

I add links to the Japanese podcast:

News in slow Japanese

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/news-in-slow-japanese-the-podcast/id673108764?mt=2

SBS Japanese podcast

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/sbs-japanese-sbs%E3%81%AE%E6%97%A5%E6%9C%AC%E8%AA%9E%E6%94%BE%E9%80%81/id161305551?mt=2

Learn Japanese Pod

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/learn-japanese-pod/id82550696?mt=2

Japanese classical literature audiobook

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/japanese-classical-literature-audiobooks/id291493280?mt=2

Other podcast for language learning

I will Teach You a Language

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/i-will-teach-you-language-weekly-motivation-language/id983068456?mt=2

Japanese journal writing

I continue to write my one journal entry daily in Japanese. It is easier to use app such as OneDay app. Plus you can add Japanese keyboard on your iPad, phone or computer.

I brought recently Japanese English Bilingual Visual Dictionary (DK Bilingual Dictionaries. Seriously recommend to buy for your your writing. Combine this visual dictionary with the grammar , adjectives and verbs then you are good to go.

Plus you can download the app to this dictionary once you one. Just simply follow the instructions on from the book.

They have the dictionary in other languages too.

Other books I brought recently are Travel Journal log book called Hokkaido Highway Blues: Hitchhiking Japan. I wanted to read about Japanese culture and learn more about the history and the people. I actually really enjoy reading Hokkaido Highway Blues: Hitchhiking Japan, It is witty, funny and insightful! (The print is tiny So it can be hard to read, which can hurt the eyes) It was really interesting to get an outside point of view of the Japan.

I want to look for more Japanese travel logs books. I never thought reading travel journal books are interesting. It like traveling in the comfort in your own home. I am fantastic to read other travel log book from different countries.

What travel writing books would you recommend for me to read?