I have written about the importance of creating links with the language before, so now I’m just gonna share my own links with Japanese.
I first started learning Japanese with the attitude that it should be easier for me since I’m also learning Korean and I had to fill up my modules quota in school. Not the best attitude ever, but that was how I started.
I always have a bad (?) habit of comparing Japanese with Korean and that sometimes helped but sometimes it just made me frustrated when Japanese is just different. To me, Korean will be the ‘logical model’ and I didn’t like it when Japanese didn’t follow a similar pattern. Again, not the best attitude ever.
That attitude was strongest during Japanese classes in school and the not so optimal learning environment didn’t help too. But when I started to self study Japanese, I begin to see the beauty of the language and slowly, start to appreciate it on its own. Sure, I still like to compare both languages, but it’s on a linguistic level and purely for knowledge’s sake. Instead of thinking that one is ‘better’ than the other.
Finding the right learning resources helped and I feel that I’m now engaged. Both with the language and also with the culture. It’s like a whole new world is slowly opening up to me, which was how I felt with Korean. Learning a second foreign language is a lot of fun, both in itself and also how it reminded you of your learning journey for the 1st language.
After all that ramblings, I still haven’t tell you what my links with Japanese are right? As of now, it’s mainly Korean artistes who are fluent in Japanese. And also their songs.
DBSK are my role models. Seriously, I get so inspired by them learning Japanese and seeing their progress in the language. And it’s awesome to see how they are able to participate in variety shows etc without interpreters and even being able to joke around etc. And their Japanese stuff are awesome. Like really awesome.
To be honest, I’m always more of a YG (big bang) fan but I admit that I love DBSK’s Japanese content a lot more. (: They are both awesome groups in their own ways.
It’s interesting to watch Big Bang in Japanese shows though. Especially seeing V.I trying his best in Japanese and almost always dominating the whole interview 😛 I feel like I’m learning with them when I watch those videos. Loved it when they show off new Japanese phrases that they have picked up.
I learnt バッチリ from T.O.P! LOL.
I should create more links with Japanese stuff (: I like Osamu Mukai. I like Japanese food. I like to read about the Japanese school culture and life. But I think I need to find a stronger link to the language.
For now, DBSK will suffice (:
p.s. Have been posting quite a lot of photos on TUMBLR. ^^ Hope you guys like it!