February 2019 Articles

Love month! The shortest month of the year just came in a whirlwind and for all we know, there are only 10 months before 2020. I better stop here, lol. Here are the articles I found sooooo informative this month: Hideaki Akaiwa Jumps Headfirst Into Tsunami Water To Save Family and Neighbors And that’s love….

MAY 2018 Articles

Have you ever read your old articles and remembered how exactly you wrote them? Do they evoke happy or sad memories? Same time last year, I was in a different environment. As I am writing this in an office full of busy people, their work stations separated by low green dividers, I can’t help but…

MARCH Articles

I’ve been wanting to do this project for a long time. My Goodreads READ-shelf shows I’ve been too into Japanese comic books recently (so far 58 books out of 60 are comic books lol) so I thought reading articles in my spare time will even things out. How am I planning to execute this?  I had considered…

Another Achievement: N5試験に合格しました。

My father received a sealed document from Japan Foundation a couple of weeks ago and he asked me what it was for. Thinking that certificates would be distributed much later, I told him they had probably sent me invitations to study. When I got home last weekend,  I found this instead. ^_^

Nihongo 101: AがBたがっている (thinking/talking about wanting to do something)

Ex: 妹はいえを出て一人で生活したがっています。(My sister is thinking about living independently) シン君はたくさん甘いものを食べたがっています。(Shin is thinking about wanting to eat sweets) タクヤ君がドラマを見たがっています。(Takuya is talking about wanting to see a drama) サンミン君が今踊りたがっています。(Right now, Sangmin is thinking about wanting to dance) セヨン君とヨンソク君は食事を用意をしたがっています。(Seyoung and Yongseok are thinking about preparing meals). カースパさんは次のアルバムのために運動したがっています。(Casper, preparing for the next album, is thinking about exercising).

A はBほどCない 

日本語は英語ほどうまくはなせないんです。 (I speak English better than Japanese) 韓国語は日本語ほどうまく読めません。 (I can read Japanese better than Korean) 日本料理はフィリピン料理ほど上手に作れません。(I can cook Filipino food better than Japanese food) 日本のドラマはアニメほど好きじゃない。(I like Japanese anime more than drama) 私は友達ほど美しくない。(I am not as beautiful as my friend)

Nihongo101: ためる (tameru)

ためる- ru verb, to save (money) 私は兄弟にお金をためてほしいです。- I want my brothers to save money. 来年に結婚式のためにお金をためています。- I am saving for next year’s wedding. 新しい車を買うために、お金をためていればよかったのに。- I should have saved money to buy a new car. – Note: I would like to express my profound gratitude for those who corrected my sentences in Lang-8.

Self-Studying Japanese

After all, if language learning can be considered one’s hobby then how hard will that be? I would not consider myself an expert in languages but here are some ‘strategies’ I have used to study Nihongo.

Lang-8| 02 一番好きな映画 / My Favorite Movie

Original Post: 私の一番好きな英語の映画と小説はハーリポータです。高校生の時、ハーリポータ本を読んで始めました。英雄たちはすごくて楽しいです。ハーリが若すぎてとてもかっこいくて強いです。まほうはでかけるから。ハーリは二人友達がいます、ローンとHermione。ローンは笑うな人そしてHermioneは頭が良いです。ハーリは強くて怖いてきがいます。てきの名前はVoldemort です。でもハーリはたくさんなかまがいますから、大丈夫。 学生の時はホグワツに行きたかった。そして、まほうワンド使いたかった。まほうの世界に住んでいたらどこでも出来たと思った。電車の駅 9 ¾ も見たかった.まほうの世界を見られないことがわかるけどこのは私のバーカな夢です。 今もイギリス国に行きたいから、一週間に一回ハーリポ-タの映画を見ます。 どう思いますか。あなたの一番好きな映画は何ですか。 English Translation: My favorite movie My favorite English movie and novel is Harry Potter. (Please check the Katakana for Harry Potter.) I first read Harry Potter when I was in high school. The main character is cool and interesting. Harry Potter is young but he…

Lang-8日本語Self Introduction

It is not a secret that I have been self-studying Japanese for about a year now. I am quite aware of my progress as I can read blog posts, answer reading articles and even exchange tweets with Japanese netizens. Considering that my main objective in studying is to be able to read manga – Japanese…