So, my project last night was to immerse myself in Japanese. I decided to watch something in Japanese without subtitles. I picked something I was already familiar with so that I knew I would be be able to follow the story, but not something that I could actually quote, so I couldn’t cheat by already knowing the lines in English.
My choice was My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ), a lovely animated film from 1988. I figured it would have a lot of everyday Japanese, and the characters range from very younger kids to older kids to adults to older adults, so you get a range of voices.
I understood some things but often whole sentences just went in one ear and out the other. That got me wondering…so I did a search for “totoro vocabulary” and, what do you know, memrise to the rescue again!
I found a course labeled with this picture:
And this description: