Yes, it’s been a bit quiet in the land of the blog lately, but studying continues apace. (Yes, I know that’s a weird sentence. It’s early.)
I’m still loving the new book. Each chapter is taking two weeks, in part because of the amount of homework and in part because I’m deliberately going slow to make sure that I retain stuff.
One thing I don’t want to hear from my tutor is “You already studied that and have forgotten it” or some extremely polite Japanese variant thereof!
For Minna no Nihongo, the “topic” of each chapter was the grammar you were trying to learn. For Chuuyuu e Ikou, you learn the grammar and the vocabulary in the context of discussing some topic. InCchapter 1 it was ファストフード (fast food). In Chapter 2 it is 地震 (earthquakes).
For me, this makes the grammar and vocabulary more interesting since you aren’t just using it in random exercises but are reading (and writing!) essays on a particular topic.
Which is, by the way, hard but a whole lot of fun.
I stumbled across an interesting and possibly useful YouTube channel in which a bilingual Japanese native speaker helps Japanese people learn English. This could be helpful for English speakers learning Japanese. Some of the videos are subbed in English and Japanese.
Well, this week I have to brush up on Transitive and Intransitive verbs because it popped up as a topic in Chapter 2, and I am already supposed to know it (instead of only “more or less” knowing it, which is kind of where I’m at, and some parts it is definitely less rather than more) so I’d better get to work.