Reading Out Loud Really Helps get me to Speak in Japanese

I’m starting to spend time reading out my Japanese note I been taking from lesson and my journal writing. I use Notebook app to recorded my speaking which is very easy to use and can be download onto MP3 player. Or you can just use your  any device with a microphone.

I can feel the muscle in my mouth engaging like a work out. i have to understand the  grammar and Pronunciations first before i can start  practice speaking.

I still continuing writing Japanese daily on my journal,

I found a few videos on tip to help  speaking the language

How to write in Japanese tips:

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Japanese YouTubers: My Favourites

YouTube has a lot of Japanese content to watch. I was really surprised there are very good, entertaining Japanese videos to watch. I subscribe to a few YouTube who are very popular in Japan and over the world. I normally watch games videos, vlogs and travel. It also helps with recognise some vocabulary. I can listen to how Japanese natives speak naturally which really help me pay attention to the sounds.

I’ll share some of my favourite for Japanese YouTubers:

Hikahin TV and Game channel

One of the most famous Japanese YouTuber, over 6 millions subscribers. Hikahin San is extremely fun to watch. He posted top quality content everyday. I really enjoy watch Hikahin San, he my most favourite YouTuber. He was the first I discovered and subscribe to for Japanese.

Hikahin San also plays Minecraft and does series on Minecraft his game channel. It is really fun to watch, I play Minecraft too. also Hikahin plays well know Nintendo games Such as Super Mario Odyssey on Nintendo Switch. If you are interested in watch Mario Odyssey on Nintendo Switch in Japanese, then visit his game channel.

https://www.youtube.com/user/HikakinGames

Seikin TV and Game

Another famous YouTuber with over 3 millions subscribers and is a partner of Hikahin San . They did a music video and videos together. Seikin San mainly play games and review interesting products.

https://www.youtube.com/user/SeikinTV

Hajime

Extremely funny to watch, Hajime San dose comedy. He talks very fast which is hard to understand but still entertaining.

https://www.youtube.com/user/0214mex

えむずちゃんねる

Fun, quirky and super cute. えむずちゃんねる is really good to watch. えむずちゃんねる (sorry I dot know how to write the name in English) create funny creative stories with children toys. She also reviews toy children’s toys and does live stream chats. Here are my favourite videos.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClKxxIgMp158CAe-g0HdfLA

The Red Pen for Practicing Writing Japanese

I do a lot of note taking on my iPad. But I still want to practice hand writing on paper. I just copy the Japanese sentences from the Notebook or One Day app by hand. It actually helped me remember sentences. I do this one a week when I have time. I am also practicing writing kanji on this exercise book I brought. Learning Japanese Kanji Practice Book Volume 1: The Quick and Easy Way to Learn the Basic Japanese Kanji

World Greatest first Love Manga

What has helped me through my Japanese studies so far

I learnt a lot from Japanese Ammo by Misa Sensei on YouTube. She is one of the best teacher for Japanese and really break down the grammar and the vocabulary. Misa sensei teaches verbs in a simplicity method which really helps to fully understand how to conjugate verbs in Japanese.

I used to rely on books and other YouTube but watching Japanese Ammo got me much more further in Japanese.

Screenshot Japanese Ammon Youtube

Notebook App

The Notebook app by Zoho is really good for taking note. It simple, easy and able to add in voice recoding, pictures or drawings. There are many more features like extension on the google chrome to easily clip text or photos. You can access Notebook app on computer or IPad which gets sync to all devices. You just need a account to back up your notes. The app is absolutely free with no subscription!My notebooksColour colour cardsAdd Notebook by tapping the plus signNight mode

I am not very good at taking note by hand. My hand writing is very messy, I can not read my hand writing and there were a lot of speeding mistakes. When I did my university studies, I mainly used Microsoft word to write my reflection journal for the assignment. My all class mate hand wrote their journal. I was allowed to submit my assignment by type. I had to print a lot but documents but it was far more professional than hand written.The Japanese note taking needs be clear and easy to read. I did not feel comfortable being at my desk with a pen and exercise book. Using my iPad allow me to be flexible and edit notes. It also more easier to type in Japanese. You can add in Japanese keyboard on the iPad or phone.Go to setting > general > keyboardAdd new keyboard > add both Japanese Kana and romajiI practice writing sentences on my iPad then copy my sentence by hand for hand-writing practicing.I love using Notebook app for my Japanese Studies. I use it while I take notes from watching Japanese lesson. I can create my own learning resource. I can choose colour background to help me read notes in Japanese.If i had know this app, I would of used it for my university studies.

WaniKani.com

I like learning kanji. I want to learn more kanji characters. I already recognised kanji while watching Japanese lesson and looking it up on Jisho.org. There an online course site called WaniKani.com it very good to learn the meaning of kanji and learn new daily vocabulary in kanji. It really important as will be more easier to read important Japanese writing. I want to be able to read Japanese so I can read genres like romance or art books.JishouJishou mean dictionary in Japanese, very important for checking correct words. I go on Jisho.org daily to check spelling and meaning.

One day journal app

One day journal app is good for having a daily journal of your life. I use one day everyday to write about anything that gone in with my daily life. Now I can write simple sentences in Japanese. It feel really good to be able to write in another language. I can express feelings and action in Japanese. The more I learn the mor I can write in more Japanese sentences.

One Day app journal entry

Japanese media

Watching Japanese YouTuber, anime on CrunchyRoll and listen to Japanese radio on Podcast. I also follow Japanese YouTuber on Twitter where I can read out their tweets.

Square Fox Family

Cheeky, cute and soft. The family is growing. I enjoy making my own foxes out of felting. I surprised how easy is to do needle felting. I been needle felting for a year. I like to do craft such as knitting and needle felting when I no artwork to do.

Learning Japanese through Anime

While I continue to study Japanese daily. I also watch anime daily on CrunchyRoll. Which is like Netfilx for Anime. www.crunchyroll.com

CrunchyRoll have lots of Anime and drama to watch such as Dragon Ball Z, Naruto, Sakura Card Captures and many more. You can also watch Crunchy Roll on the iPad or on Smart TV too. (it is annoying  that CrunchyRoll app is not available for Samsung TV)

I wish they had One Piece or Nichijou.

However i am starting the pick up new vocabulary from watching Anime, especially Slice of Life Anime genres because it mainly common words or phrase. I pay attention to commons word and add them to my vocabulary list. I use a NoteBook App for the IPad or Mac to add in new Japanese vocabulary words. I also look up the word on a Japanese  Dictionary site Jishou.org

Junjo Romantica 純情ロマンチカ

I was supired that they have Junjo Romanicta on Crunchy Roll. i have read the manga and love it since. it really about male relationships and how they cope with their feeling towards each other. The anime is the mild version of the manga but very good, they capture the characters very well. The manga book has lots of graphical detail of love-making, not for young readers.

I took a lot of useful  common vocabulary / phrase words from this Anime which really helped me in my Japanese studies.

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Greatest First Love 世界一初恋

From the same author as Junjo Romantica, this continue the Junjo Romantica sage with new lovers. it about a Ritsu Onodera who stared work at a Shoujo Manga editing department but there was a twist. Ritsu boss Takano San was his first lover from school. Takano San would not  give up on Ritsu until he fall in love with him again. It is an insight to being a manga editor in the publishing industry . I heared mostly common everyday words / phrase from this anime.

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Nichijou 日常

Nichijou is not Available on Crunchyroll but you can watch some clips on YouTube. it about of normal life but done it a wired, funny way. I really relate to Mio Chan who is my favourite character because she like me when i was young.  quiet, well-behaved,  does her homework on time but is a secret Yaoi Manga Artist.

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Background story of Anton aka Pink Boy

Pink boy drawn on Clip Studio 2018

I think Anton aka Pink Boy it is because he an altar ego of myself. He is a recently new character I created.

I made Anton to be an inspire to become DJ. His ambition is to become famous DJ. In his private time he like to do watercolour painting.

Anton has two jobs, he works at a video renting store and owns a food vegan truck selling vegan fast food. Anton lives and rents in a small bungalow house in southern America.

The neighbourhood is very suburban, Anton shops at a local store and use his van to travel everywhere.

Anton is very confident, self assured, he know what he wants to achieve in life. He does like his own company. He is very street hood behaviour. most of his teens he was in the street with gangs until he broke away from them. He gets a lot into trouble with the police. So he uses watercolour painting and DJ mixing to avoid the gangs and the police.

Anton is very intelligent and talented but does not know how intelligently he is. He is very out of the box character does things that not the normal which fascinates a lot of people.

Anton sexual preference is men, he was in love with his best friend but there was nothing happen. Anton does feel conflicted with his sexuality because of his background. However there be one person that he be instantly attracted to.

Anton eats a very strict vegan diet, he was traumatised when he was young seeing raw cut meat from the butcher shop and him family would eat pigs heads whole. So pink Boy will not touch anything that is any creature or animal products. So he has to eat a very healthy diet. Which be a problem for his cousin Felix who still eats meat.

Anton’s cousin lives with him. His cousin is in college student. His cousin is younger than than Anton. More fatter than him. His name is Felix, a character I create years ago to be cousin with Anton (pink Boy). They are very different from each other, complete contrast.

Both Felix and Anton are Latin America descendants, Mexico and Argentina. They both live in America.

Writing in Japanese

11時に起きて、水を飲みました。純情ロマンチカのアニメを見ている。絵を描いています。ペンで漫画を描いています。漫画が楽しみです。朝ごはんは卵とヨーグルトとナッツを食べる。晩ごはんはカレーをつくります。

いまお茶を飲んでいます。

I really want to get my Japanese writing corrected. I was scared of the feedback. I took the courage, really wanted to expand and improve my Japanese.

I got two feedback corrections. It did not feel bad. They just corrected my paragraph with no problem. It actually was not that bad. In fact I want to submit more sentences and paragraph on Hello talk to get them corrected and prof read. I have to accept mistake as part of learning and to grow.

I had such a bad experience with English that I thought I won’t do well with any language but that is myth. It actually improved my English.

Once I get over the fear of sharing Japanese publicity, I’ll make progress even more.