About This Club

A Japanese interest club is for people wanting to learn or teach about Japanese language and culture. This club will grow based on feedback and participation, the sun is the limit!

  1. What's new in this club
  2. Yeah kimochii is a feeling of physical pleasure, like it "feels good". Soaking in a hot tub after a hard day's work, getting a foot massage, scratching a bad itch etc. I've heard any gender say a lot though. The opposite of kimochii would be "itai" meaning, OUCH, pain!, it hurts!, etc. Tanoshii is like you have having fun and excited, an enjoyable experience.
  3. Maybe in some cases, but mostly no. Kimochi literally just means "emotion" or "feeling", like how you might hear "kimochi warui" (feeling sick/bad/disgusted) a lot in shows, which literally means "bad feeling". However, you might here it with a stretch on the last i, usually said by females. This one isn't the same word, since a the end there is the "ii" which means good. This word means feeling good, or to describe oneself feeling good. Therefore, if you were to type this word in Romaji it'd be Kimochiii, hence the stretch.
  4. TANOSHII When a person is having fun or is about to have fun or enjoying themselves, I often hear them exclaiming "TANOSHII!". It's important to sound out both of those I's! So now you know how to understand the meaning of HAVING FUN / ENJOYMENT in Japanese! Tanoshii~ Tanoshii~ (Of course there is various ways to say it in speech, but this is just a basic discussion. Feel free to get more detailed!)
  5. Those are some great resources. Yotsubato seems to always be the top recommended manga for learners. Anki is great, but I still prefer Memrise because of the interface and easy access to other people's courses. Also an advice: If you ever get discouraged, or feel like you're not making any progress, try to remember at what level you were about half a year ago. As in how was your reading speed and comprehension were. I feel like this mentality helped me a lot in picturing how much I've advanced, and served as means to stay motivated.
  6. I have learned kana and some kanji some time ago, but then life got into way and I had to stop my language pursuits. I have started learning again a couple months ago when I got Minna no Nihongo as a gift. I have been using that and Tae kim's guide for learning grammar, anki decks for vocab and kanji. I am currently trying to play metroid zero mission and reading yotsubato in japanese and it is going slow... but it is going, so I am excited!
  7. This is my favorite site to test my kana knowledge : http://www.csus.edu/indiv/s/sheaa/projects/genki/hiragana-timer.html I mainly used the Drag N Drop ones for hiragana (haven't touched much katakana YET). It doesn't have han/dakuten, but it's a great start if you learn quickly by drag and drop. I memorize things very fast this way. I made my own game similar to this because it inspired me so much. Sample pic of what I'm talking about: There's also other useful learning material on this site like flash cards and stroke order help if you are looking to write (but seriously, who even writes that much anymore?).
  8. Why do you want to learn Japanese?

    Every little bit counts! Who knows maybe in the future we can just wear glasses to (ACCURATELY) auto translate a language of our choice, haha! Probably not too far off, hopefully in my lifetime! I still want to learn though, I like to keep my mind active and challenged so I don't get lazy.
  9. I've wanted to learn Japanese since I was a little kid and watched my first episode of Pokemon. In recent months, a dream turned into reality and I started. But there is so much to learn and so little time...
  10. Why do you want to learn Japanese?

    Glad to see we've gotten a few responses here. I figured it would be best to keep trying to open up new topics in the club's discussion board to keep it thriving. Could help keep people interested in the club as well as entice more and more people to join up. I understand the sentiment regarding Spanish. I took three years of it in high school and learned jack. Seriously, I cannot tell you how many times we learned about verb tenses. I wanted to jump off a cliff with how much repetition there was and how little learning was going on. Aside from that, I never particularly found Spanish culture interesting to me. That might just be on me. Constructive criticism seems to be scarce in recent years. Everyone has an opinion and they will do everything in their power to make it heard, but I'll be damned if they can't offer any criticism to help you improve something. Seems to be relegated to educators. Sorta fits into the whole idea of people liking the idea of creating something, but not having the ability (or drive) to do so (i.e. games, books, movies, music, etc.). I get the sentiment there, too. Trying to develop anything is very difficult. Just ask my billions of failed attempts at making games. I've relegated myself to game modifications. Hope we start seeing more and more people interested in this club. Would be nice to get a little community going.
  11. I have always been interested in Japanese culture (wish to see Japan one day). Another reason is that I want to watch anime before subs come out (I can't wait lol). I have put this in my to-do-list. There are some things that need to be done before learning Japanese so I guess it will take some time.
  12. Mirai probably has one of the most absolutely cutest and memorable melodic recitation of the hiragana table that I've seen in the 100s of hiragana vids that I've watched. When she sways side to side while reciting, it's so hypnotic! I learned pronunciation very good from this video.
  13. Why do you want to learn Japanese?

    Everyone always tried to press me to learn Spanish, but I have zero interest in Spanish. If I'm gonna learn something, I want it to help me live a more fulfilling life somehow. The first game that made me want to learn Japanese was Fire Emblem 5 on an emulator. I tried so hard to learn everything like hacking the game files. I was so overwhelmed by Japanese AND trying to rom hack, that I had given up for a while. I'd say every year I try again to pick up where I left off. Since I keep a lot of notes, I can easily do so. Some kind of catastrophic event in my life seems to occur that puts me off track though. Still, I'm not giving up! Last year I had the most progress in my life, since I actually manged to learn the Hiragana table (didn't try to write though, no point). I know people can do that in 2 hours or so, for me though, it was a grand achievement since I managed to retain it. I really should jump onto katakana. Finding a new job seems to have killed my learning interests for now though. Either way, I know I can learn and have a path ready to go, I just need to get back on it to play those Japanese games! Anime is translated almost instantly, and manga isn't really enjoyable for me since it's monochrome, so it's all about the games! I do want to be a fan translator at least as a helper, I don't think I'd ever have the time or patience to go it full time though. Another dream of mine is to make Japanese learning games, to help people learn it faster. Trouble is getting enough people to actually let me know their learning styles, create something, and then have them tell me if it helped them learn quickly. Most people seem to focus on criticism that doesn't improve something's core purpose, and simply give negative feedback. I tried with a couple people before, and I got feedback like "the music is too loud, make a volume slider" and avoided answering when I ask, well, did you learn anything? I made the volume slider, got back to them to ask if they learned anything again, but zero response. So yea, I guess that's a another dream on hiatus. Nice to see a new topic! The more people post, the more I'll put time into growing the club because I can get an idea of what people like.
  14. Probably most people will come out with the same answer (not all of course) but like you I would love to play games and read manga without the need to wait for a fanstralation or localization that may never come due to one reason or other (mostly its because XXX manga/game is not that popular). However never have really put that much effort into it, but would love to some day eventually .
  15. I got hit with this question earlier while just reading some things earlier and figured it could start up a nifty conversation. It can be any number of reasons ranging from simple to complex, but any reason is plenty! In some way, you want to learn a language to make your life better, and that is a pretty big thing! Gotta be proud of it! So, why do you want to learn Japanese? I'll go first: I started out wanting to learn Japanese simply because I'm a big old weeb who wanted to be able to play games and read manga that were never translated into English (or are not easily available i.e. Urusei Yatsura). Now I've gotten to the point where I've read a good bit about Japanese culture and I am genuinely interested in studying the language so I can understand more and more about the country and its history. I also plan on trying to teach English at a university in Japan, so communication is a must. Of course, I still want to play Japanese games, but a strong understanding of Japanese will also allow me to work on fan translations for those in the gaming community who are unable to learn the language themselves. These are the kinds of goals I've set for myself! So, how bout all of you?
  16. My Path for Studying Japanese

    There is nothing wrong with being a fan translator. I plan on doing that on the side for two reasons: it helps keep my Japanese sharp, and I can make more and more games accessible to the community who are unable to read or speak Japanese. I agree that critics are tough on translators, and I've seen criticisms for Atlus games and older SquareSoft games (Ted Woolsey you magnificent bastard). These issues people have with translation tend to fall under some kind of censorship or, as you said, the extreme localization since lots of Japanese puns and jokes would be lost on non-Japanese speakers. It is rough without a doubt, but I think we are getting to a point where there is less and less meddling in translation and localization, so hopefully we can start seeing a bit more praise for the hard work translators do!
  17. @Okonomiyaki-Chan That's quite the splendid goal. My purpose seems kind of cynical, it's just to be good at something that other people aren't. I take pride in knowing more Kanji than anybody in a 200 mile radius. No need to worry, you should learn to care less about these things. But I agree, fan-translation would be more forgiving. You wouldn't care about any mistypes or about how to deal with honorifics and dialects.
  18. Those are some nice sources @Okonomiyaki-Chan. I've been trying out this app lately - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/yomiwa-japanese-dictionary/id670931120?mt=8 Yeah it's good to dream! I always dreamt of being of Japanese game translator, but I know it's tough because the critics can get very tough on translators if they make a mistake or attempt to have it make more sense for American culture. So, I just want to be a fan translator to avoid all that.
  19. My Path for Studying Japanese

    I only used this YouTube channel for learning the kana, but Evan's Easy Japanese was quite helpful in that regard: https://www.youtube.com/c/evanseasyjapanese He also has a website where you can find exercises to solidify your understanding of the kana: https://www.evanseasyjapanese.com/ Outside of that, I've been getting ready to get into the Genki textbooks and workbooks. My university uses these, but they are also widely recommended as one of if not the best ways to learn Japanese. I think in terms of JLPT, you hit about N4-level comprehension by the end, which isn't amazing, but for two books that isn't so bad. Links: Genki I Text - https://www.amazon.com/GENKI-Integrated-Elementary-Japanese-English/dp/4789014401 Genki I Work - https://www.amazon.com/Genki-Integrated-Elementary-Japanese-Workbook/dp/478901441X Genki II Text - https://www.amazon.com/Genki-Integrated-Elementary-Japanese-English/dp/4789014436 Genki II Work - https://www.amazon.com/Genki-Integrated-Elementary-Japanese-Workbook/dp/4789014444 I also snagged the Kodansha Kanji Learner's Course and accompanying workbook for when I get into kanji more. Links: KKLC Text - https://www.amazon.com/Kodansha-Kanji-Learners-Course-Step/dp/1568365268 KKLC Work - https://www.amazon.com/Kanji-Learners-Course-Green-Book/dp/069272799X That's pretty much my plan for now. I actually just recently switched majors from Asian Studies to English Literature, but that is because the scheduling for my previous major would absolutely devastate me. I'd be stuck in university for many more years. Current goal is to get my bachelors and study Japanese so I can teach English abroad and hopefully get a decent university position over there. A weeb can dream, right?
  20. What type of learner are you?

    I do read a lot of stuff aloud. Hearing my own voice helps sort of cement things. And I hum whatever song of the month is stuck in my head (currently something off Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers). I wonder if this sort of categorization has any relation to the forms of art I find easiest to digest or produce. I write in my own time and read out my lines to get a feel for the flow, and I used to play bass guitar (before mine broke). I feel that this is universal. I can't help but look into anything that hits me as interesting. Go down this rabbit hole. Oh look! Another one! And there goes my day.
  21. I have a problem with having to find a "perfect song" before I can get into studying mood, sometimes. But then I spend almost an hour on Youtube trying to find it and by then I have to do something else..! Then I'm like, well, I'm studying, maybe I should download something to have my computer do something else while I'm studying since I'm not using it for anything but studying. I blame the internet!
  22. Personally whenever im studying or want to focus into doing something, inmediatly anything can distract me and is very powerful that I drop whatever I was doing just for a silly thing. Like for example: out of nowhere I sundely remeber this tune and expend more than a hour looking for it, once I found it, didnt even bother to download it, mark it, or even writte it down, and didnt do shit, and this do happend very often when I want to get something done (like today, was suppost to dig more about german language but im watching Erased), Im not sure if it has anything to do with being a visual leaner or im just f- lazy.
  23. "Avoid distraction during study time". I don't get why that's an issue for only a specific type of learner.
  24. That's nice, i've trying to get into japanese but to be honest my interest is in other's languages, however will keep those apps/links/info you provide because I remember doing something similar when I was teaching myself hiragana, and is always nice to have diferent kind of resourses. I pick these books somewhere a while ago ( I can't provide the website since I don't remember it). They are short 6-10 pageschildren books in hiragana, I hope they can be useful for you or anyone that may be interest in them. いっすんぼうし Mega-Folder with 10 PDF Books Cheers and carry on, wish you the best on your learning.