woah, that’s a long title.
Part of me goes meh at the main title and yet my interest is piqued by the second line. I’m not a fan of those ‘vocabulary books’ and I deem it a waste of money. But things you can’t find in a dictionary?? That sure grabbed my attention.
Approached the book feeling hopeful yet scared that I’ll be disappointed. But I’m happy to say that this book is awesome.
This book is actually very simple. It has 2 parts:
1. こそあど words
2. idiomatic expressions
The first part has all the set phrases (?) starting with each of the 4 characters. For example あれ, これどもand それはそうと. Very useful words and to quote the book “even though they lie at the core of the language, forever elude the student’s grasp”. I’m one such student.
I haven’t progress so far into Part 2, but I love it.
All words / expressions in the book are explained in detail, followed by a few sample sentences. I love how you can learn from the sentences themselves, which are really interesting and not boring and awkward sentences.
The Japanese line is then followed by the romanization and then the translation. Although I’m not a fan of romanization, in this case it works really well for me, cos I can easily see how to pronounce new kanji and then search it up on the dictionary easily, without having to draw it out with the mouse. I am using the jpdic.naver.com dictionary by the way!
I only use the romanization for kanji checking purposes. Please learn to read the hiragana and katakana!
Although the book is like at list of some sort, it doesn’t feel that way. I’m treating it as a bedtime story of some sorts and will try to read a few entries before I sleep.
I won’t lie and say that I do that everyday (I’ve been trying to refrain from listening to too much Japanese before the speech contest LOL) but I do read it sometimes!!
Author: Kakuko Shoji
Price: 1800 Yen
By the way, Kang Dong Won is out from the army and I’m an absolutely happy fangirl now!! He’s likely to play a villain in a sageuk movie next and I’m already looking forward to loving him. 😀 Who cares if he’s the villain? He’s going to make me root for him somehow. ^^
I shall go cry my heart out over his old movie (Maundy Thursday) again. I think that’s the most I cried in a movie.
p.s I hope you guys noticed the new changes on the site!
hahaha it’s hard not to notice right, with the new radio widget playing. ㅎㅎ
No worries, I deliberately put it on auto play to make you notice it. Will switch to non auto play after a few days~!