I started off the learning project this semester with a basic understanding of Japanese. I have had instruction in it in the past, but for the past three years I haven’t learned any so I figured it would be a really good way to get refreshed and learn some new stuff!
I started off with learning random words with the help of Rosetta Stone and gradually learning more Katakana! I had forgotten pretty much everything I learned except some Hiragana characters, so I had to also relearn those! Rosetta Stone really helped with that.
Gradually I kept learning more and more words, until I felt confident enough with my Hiragana once again to move onto learning Katakana. This is where the real work began, however, I created a Katakana Chart later in the semester that helped me out big time. Before I created that though, I was using similar, yet less helpful charts to help my learning.
I then moved into some sentence structure and grammar things. For example I learned present and past tense words! I talked about it a lot in my third blog post.
Later I took a break from learning new Katakana and instead tried to find a really good online source to learn from. In my fourth blog post I talked a lot about different YouTube channels. I think I decided my favorite is Puni Puni Japan.
Over the rest of the semester it was on and off with learning words, katakana and sentence structure. Last week I asked a buddy of mine who knows Japanese to help me write a short speech about my family! As my family knows I’ve tried to pick up Japanese through this class once again, they wanted me to write something for them! This is what my friend and I came up with in the end (all my friend did was help translate words I did not know). I apologize if there are any mistakes! There are probably many, but I still had a lot of fun creating this!
Here is the speech in English:
My family is made of four family members.
I have one brother.
He is an older brother.
My older brother is 25 and is very cool.
My older brother and father can understand French.
My mother is a nurse, she works at a hospital.
My mother is kind and admirable.
As well, my mom is short but my dad is tall.
My father’s eyes are blue. His hair is brown and short.
My father often reads books, he’s smart!
My mother and father used to live in Nova Scotia.
Here it is in Romaji Japanese:
Watashi no kazoku ha yonnin kazoku desu.
Kyoudai ga hitori imasu.
Niisan ha ichibanue desu.
Niisan ha nijugo de, totemo kakoiidesuyo.
Niisan to chichi ha furansugo wakarimasu.
Watashi no haha ha kankoshide, byouin ni tsutometeimasu.
Haha ha shinsetsude, rippadesu.
Soshite, haha ha sega hikukuikedo, chichi ha sega takai desu.
Chichi ha me ga aokute, kamiga chairoi to mijikaidesu.
Chichi ha yoku hon wo yomukara, atama ga idesu.
Chichi to haha ha Nova Scotia ni sunde imashita.
Here it is in Hiragana/Katakana:
Here is a video of me delivering the speech!
As always thank you for reading and keeping up with my educational journey!