Q: Hello Richard:
I found your “10 Little Samauri” especially helpful. One thing I’ve noticed is you keep referring to what many people might term “natural language acquisition.” Where a person learns a language much like they do as a child — immersion with lots and lots of listening. However, I find your references rather obliques. You say, “go to You Tube, listen to Japanese, watch Japanese t.v.” etc. Can you be a bit more specific?
First off, what did *you* find specifically useful when learning Japanese. Maybe you lived there and watched t.v. a lot. One option for us non-Japan residents is KeyHoleTV. Another option for us Anime fans is the plethora of Anime available v that’s in Japanese with English (pick your language of choice) subtitles.
Is there something else you personally found particularly useful? As I listen to Anime, I find I can pick out more and more individual words, but it’s still difficult. I’m wondering if I’m doing the right thing or if I’m missing something.
A: Hi Dan,
It’s difficult to give specific examples because it seems the key is to listen to stuff you enjoy the most. For anime fans it’s obviously anime, if you’re into fashion then figure out what the keyword in Japanese is (use google translate) and then search for interesting videos with that keyword in Youtube. I wouldn’t really want to give specific recommendations as we’re all so different.
But seeing as you did ask what I specifically liked…. it was totally Star Wars! After growing up memorising the entire script, the first time I saw the videos dubbed in Japanese I knew exactly the meanings and found it a cool way to pick up new words.
Just be careful that movie language isn’t always the language you should use in real life! I spent ages going round saying 俺 (ore) – hey Yoda uses it so it must be polite I thought, before I was quietly assured that 私 watashi or 僕 boku are better for work!
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