It seems like I’m taking a different tack in studying Japanese compared to Korean. I can’t remember the exact details, but I think I didn’t bother looking at ‘authentic materials’ in Korean until a year later. I believed that I should cover the textbooks to perhaps an intermediate level before I was ‘qualified’ to study from ‘harder’ authentic materials. But this time, I’m learning to balance the use of textbooks, online learning sites, authentic materials etc right from the start. Okay, maybe not RIGHT from the start, but this is my 4th month into self studying Japanese (depends on how you calculate..)
I’ve just found a great podcast which deals with not too difficult topics and partial scripts of the recordings are provided! It’s difficult for beginners like me to listen to a podcast and catch everything, so the scripts helped! Of course I don’t understand everything (especially the non-scripted parts) but it’s helping me learn bit by bit.
I’m listening to the episode on the differences between the genders on sitting arrangement. 同性同士での座り方に気をつけてみよう
It seems that girls like to sit opposite each other and guys prefer to be beside each other. I write down the dialogue in my notebook and I’ll look up the new words and kanji on Naver Japanese dictionary.
This is better than learning from textbook CDs as you really get to hear how Japanese sounds like in real life and more natural situations.
What is your favorite Japanese podcast? Recommendations will be much appreciated~! For beginners like me.
My goal is to read this book soon (: I finished a few pages so far. Not too difficult if I put in some effort.
p.s. Feels like I’ll be blogging a lot more about Japanese for the remaining of April or so. Might turn to blogging Korean in May. We shall see.
p.s.1. I’m creating more subcategories for my ‘Japanese learning journey’ category. A good sign.
I guess most people come to my blog because they are learning Korean. Is it okay if I write more on Japanese too? ^^