Lesson #0 – Introduction/plan

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Ladies and Gents, an announcement. I am currently reeeally busy with studies, due to having slacked off a bit too much and because I simply CANNOT get myself motivated when studying alone. So in an effort to further motivate myself into really sticking to it, I’m gonna make these little posts on my blog to teach other people Japanese. This has two purposes really:

a) I get back to basics, find the motivation I need, and will be able to prepare myself for the upcoming JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) I’m taking in three weeks.
b) I will be able to update my blog regularly even while studying. Otherwise, I’d have to desert this place until like… February.

Don’t expect to get earth-shattering Japanese speaking skillz from this though, the things I’ll cover are essentially stuff you’d learn during preparatory year of a university, which roughly equals the first three years of elementary school in Japan (not even…). Some of the stuff will only be covered briefly, but if you have any questions about something in any given lesson, write a question in the comment and I’ll try to answer if I can.

It should be noted that I used the “Genki I” and “Genki II” books while studying in my prepatory year, so odds are that the stuff I talk about will have the same terminology and be quite similar to the books. I can strongly recommend the Genki books for self-study, since I found them quite useful myself. However, if you are a complete rookie at Japanese or you only want to learn specific phrases or whatnot, I would probably recommend “Japanese for Busy People” or even Lonely Planet’s phrasebook titled simply “Japanese“. The latter is excellent for travels, as it includes commonly used phrases, cultural tips/pointers, and a culinary dictionary.

If I find the time, I will use visual aids such as .gifs, flash animations, or other stuff, to make things easier for either me (reduce the amount of writing) or you (improve understanding). Also, I will frequently be using kana and kanji (if you don’t know what these things are, don’t worry, they’ll be explained in the next lesson) in my examples, so make sure your browser can view them. If you can see the following properly: これは日本語のフォントです, then you’re safe. If all you saw was a bunch of ‘????’, you’re screwed. Okay, not really, you just have to change the font setting in your browser, which is an easy fix. In your browser’s top menu, go to “show“, “font” and change it to “Unicode” (I think it is), that should fix most problems. If it doesn’t, you could be missing the Asian language pack, which can be downloaded for free on the Internet, so google it ^_^

Anywho, looking forward to trying this out, so keep your eyes peeled for more stuff soon. またね! (n_n)/

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