Singing in Japanese is fun and effective. I like to sing than speaking.
The anxiety and stress almost disappear when I sing. I love to sing anime opening songs. my favorite is One Piece and Junjo Romantica. They are both my favorite anime to watch.
Children learn the language effectively by singing. Singing helps memory, re-enforce new vocabulary and pronunciation. It a great way of exercise the mouth muscle too. You gain speed in talking just by singing a lot.
There are so many benefits in singing, as well as health and well-being a benefit too.
I suffer from anxiety daily. Something the anxiety can creep up on me and causes me to feel uncomfortable. Going out can be a stressful situation for me. I use to take a remedy to ease stress and anxiety. But since I began to sing in Japanese I feel so relaxed and anxiety free.
Now sing more in Japanese daily. I sing while I am walking. When I do feel nervous or anxious I just sing any anime song.
Another great benefit fact, Japanese people love to sing. if you sing in Japanese they would want to be your friend! Karaoke is one of Japanese passion, everyone sing karaoke either they are young or old.
Singing in Japanese it very easy. it’s perhaps Japanese sounds are simpler than English sounds. English words sound has complicated sounds and phonics.
I write the lyrics down on paper. I practice and practice until I master a few lyrics.
overall, singing is the best method for learning a new language.
Tips for singing in Japanese:
- Break down the song into small parts on paper.
- Listen to the song first before you practice.
- Take your time singing
- Don’t worry about making a mistake, carry on singing if you are stumbling.
- Sing while standing up, to fill more oxygen into the lungs.
- Find lyric that’s in Romaji or Hiragana.
- Most anime opening has the lyrics display for you to sing along.
- learn most children song too as they are easier to sing along.
My Japanese studies might be on hold after the Christmas festive season. Instead I have been focusing on doing my manga comic on Clip studio.
I downloaded a flash card apps to help me memorise the Japanese phrases and sentences.
I’m using Chegg Flash cards IOS app on my ITouch. you can create a category and create new flashcards decks.
Chegg Flashcard App
It’s really good for practice 2 minutes of Japanese.
There is other good free flashcards apps to use for studying.
Tinycard App is very good for memorising Japanese vocabulary.
Another way i could practice daily is to communicate with native Japanese people on HelloTalk App. But I’m not confident in speaking openly to people online yet (i’m very shy).
I used to write my diary entry on italki.com but I can only write very basic sentences.
I realised I was not speaking as much Japanese daily as i would like to. So the flash is good to read Japanese out loud and get use to training my vocal muscle.
I was getting tired of spending long hours of studying, I just do not have time to foucs, it takes too much mental the energy. I remember hearing that smaller tasks is more efficient than bigger tasks.
i need to develop confidence in speaking daily and developing a habit of speaking in Japanese. It is the same issue I have with dyslexic and speech difficulties on English.
However if I practice daily by reading out the flash daily for 3 minutes, it may become a habit. Most thing is about developing a habit.
For example i have develop a habit with drawing for years. Now is like going for a walk. I want the same habit for Japanese, like going of a walk.
The seound episode of Learn Japanese to Survive, Katakana War. We getting into the k groups. We meet more characters and started to form a party.
Aa fun, RPG style game, to learn Japanese katakana. This is the first episode, the introduction to the game.
I was slowing down on watching Japanese lesson YouTube because I was busy doing my manga projects.
I was struggling to get motivated into studying again.
I reviewed my Japanese notes on my iPad. I thought it be a good idea to practice handwriting in Japanese. So I re written the notes on my small exercise book. This actually helped me, I remember the vocabulary and phrases. My handwriting is getting better in Japanese. I hope to write more often in Japanese by hand than computer.
I also trying to learn to write vertical. Japanese has two ways to write, horizontal and vertical.
Vertical writing is often used in novels, newspaper, letters, restaurants. They say it easier to read Japanese vertically.
I want to be able to read vertically so I can read novels and comics.
Watching Anime on CrunchyRoll
AND THEY HAVE NICHIJOU Available on CrunchyRoll!
I am so happy they have Ninchijou. I can regularly watch it online. It one my favourite anime. It funny and quirky. Mio Chan is really me when I was at school drawing my BL stories.
I learn a lot of new vocabulary from watching anime. I think learning from anime is good to learn from. It is more engaging. if your an anime lover then you are having double the fun!
I still watching Junjo Romantica and World Greatest first love on CrunchyRoll, EVERY-SINGLE DAY!
View my post on learning Japanese through anime.
Learning katakana though A Game
I recently brought a game called “learn Japanese to survive, Katakana War” on Steam.
It an educational game, teaching you Japanese in a RPG style Like Final Fantasy.
You slay the katakana characters by calling the right sounds for each character.
I will upload a video of me on playing “learn Japanese to survive , Katakana War” YouTube soon.
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.
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
SBS Japanese podcast
Learn Japanese Pod
Japanese classical literature audiobook
Other podcast for language learning
I will Teach You a Language
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?