And the coolest thing first:
For all fan of Studio Ghibli in the U.S., there is a company called Fathom Events that does special shows in movie theaters nationwide. They show classic movies, plays, concerts, opera etc. On Sunday, Dec 4th they will be showing Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し) in glorious Japanese with subtitles. So, if you want the chance to it on the big screen again, or for the first time, check out the website to see if a theater near you will be showing it. There are a couple of theaters about an hour away from me showing it, and I will definitely be there for that! If you haven’t seen Spirited Away, it’s a great movie and a such a feast for the eyes that seeing it on the big screen again will be amazing.
And the other thing:
One of the best things you can do to help you learn Japanese is to immerse yourself in it as far as possible. I recently downloaded a free (ただ!) game called Swamp Attack. It looks like this:
The game is a pretty typical “things come at you and you shoot them” sort of thing, but, if you go into the settings, you can do this:
And that’s the point. (Yeah, I know it’s blurry. My hand shook just as I clicked the camera. Oh, well.) I’m sure there are lots of games where you have this as an option. Take advantage of it whenever possible.
This is one of those games where, after every level, you watch ads. Well, after I changed the settings to Japanese, even the ads came out in Japanese. Well, more practice, right? Even watching an ad can help you out.
So, whatever game you’re playing, see if you can switch it to Japanese and immerse yourself in the language learning goodness. Then you have an excuse to play games.