I thought it might be a good idea to explain to you in a bit more detail why I fell in love with the Japanese language and take such a great interest in it.
First of all, I came into contact with Japanese at a young age. I must have been around 8 or 9 when I stumbled unto Animes (thankfully just subbed) and was immediately hooked. It was around the time when I began reading books about Buddhism and especially Zen practices. Now, given my young age, I obviously did not understand most of it, and was soon drawn to the martial arts side of Shaolin monks, samurais and especially ninjas (to a young boy, all these looked like super heroes anyways). And so, over the years, the Japanese culture (and the Shaolin) had me. It was always an up and down, at times I had lesser interest and other times it was all I read about. Continue reading
There is something missing from my learning experience, and it is completely my own fault. Sure I am practicing daily, reading, writing, listening and talking (to myself that is) but all this is somewhat separated from my daily life. I still do my groceries, work on projects, do the dishes, cook some food, clean up in German or English.
What if I did all this in a Japanese mindset? Now now, I don’t mean that I act like someone born in Japan. This is not about deluding myself. Rather, why not make the effort to immerse me as much as possible into the Japanese language. What exactly does that mean though? Continue reading
Today I was told by a random person that I am learning an overrated language. I took no offence or anything, just laughed and told them that no matter how “overrated” it may be, I still love learning it. The statement was probably not meant offensive anyways, and even if, my happy nature won’t let such negativity into my life :D
The funny thing is though, in a way I would agree to that statement. Let me explain. Continue reading
Still working my way through the Remembering the Kana book. The last days were kinda busy though, so I couldn’t find time to post anything here.
However, I had this idea of what do to with the Lessons from the book once I am finished. As it is right now, I am more or less taking inspirations from Heisig’s given images, but I am also constructing my own. Not only do I find this to be more helpful in my overall learning process, but it sure is fun! Continue reading
So it is like 1AM right now and I am drinking German Beer while practicing Hiragana Symbols.
It was a very busy day, and I just could not find time earlier. Also, I trained a whole lot today which means tomorrow I’ll be sore like hell (now, how to say this in Japanese?) Continue reading
And so it begins.
It is an easy start, learning at least 5-10 kana symbols a day. The practice is simple enough: see them, trace them, write them down a couple of times, and then cluster them randomly together and write out the related kana.
Here are pictures of my practice papers:
もしもし – moshi moshi – Hello and welcome to my amazing Blog.
What is this all about then?
Well, after putting off learning Japanese for ages, I finally made up my mind and put some action behind my words. The Japanese language has long been of interest to me – having a fascination for the culture, Shinto, Zen Buddhism, anime, music, movies, and simply liking the sound of it – it’s a wonder I did not start earlier.* Continue reading