Month: August 2012

さよならポニーテール

This might be one of the cutest songs I’ve ever heard.  *squeals* From what I can gather, Sayonara Ponytail is a three-member acoustic pop group that seems to exist only in drawings.  Yep.  Members Miina, Nacchan, and Ayumin, along with their cat Kuroneko, are the black-and-white creations of illustrator Yuritan.  It’s not too clear to me how much of this group is real and how much of it is fiction or what exactly is the role of the illustrator in the production of the music.  Regardless, the group manages to remain firmly rooted in Sayo-Pony World, a fantasy that’s easy to uphold because the group doesn’t give live performances and prefers to connect with their fans only via MySpace and Twitter. Most of Sayo-Pony’s MVs are adorably animated (see above) and feature the three “singers” (though apparently the members can be “erased” for bad behavior) – and this is one of my favorite songs by them.  I remember looking up ~たり… ~たりする after listening to this song because it was repeated over and over again in the …

Audio Post #3

In which I record myself speaking in Japanese for the first time ever.  The audio starts with a brief intro and then I read aloud a journal entry I wrote on Lang-8 about one of my favorite J-dramas, Kimi wa Petto. I stumble quite a bit and my intonation/pronunciation is all weird but here’s to hoping  I improve. -___-

5 Tips on taking on another foreign language

As I forge onward in my Japanese studies and toy with the idea of dabbling in Italian again (I studied Italian for a couple months long before getting into Korean), unsurprisingly, I find myself faced with road blocks.  It’s not an easy task self-studying one language and it seems counterproductive to study seven or eight at the same time, but I’m sure I’m not the only language learner out there to indulge in the occasional new-language sabbatical.  I don’t know about you, but I really miss that “Everything is New and Shiny and Exciting!!!” phase of language learning. That being said, these are a couple of things I’m trying to keep in mind as I start to study Japanese in earnest. 1)  Kill two birds with one stone.  If you’re comfortable enough in the first foreign language (FL1) you started out with, try to incorporate it into the new one you’ve decided to tackle.  Again, be logical with this, because it’s probably not a great idea to learn Japanese through Spanish, if Spanish is your FL1.  It might make more …

韓国語で日本語の勉強

I don’t know if it’s because of how crushingly disappointed I was in Big or how much I’m loving Rich Man, Poor Woman, or how mind-blown I was with 告白 (Confessions) – but somehow or another I’ve gotten back into the swing of studying Japanese. I had a revelation a few days ago, when I suddenly realized I could understand more than four consecutive lines of drama dialogue at a time, that I should give Japanese a second (third? fourth? nth?) try.  After all, it was sort of my 첫사랑 of languages! My interest was rejuvenated not only because my listening skills are (finally) starting to improve, but also because of Korean.  A couple months ago, I started rewatching Nobuta wo Produce with Korean subtitles and since then I’ve moved on to rewatching Hana Yori Dango, Ouran High School Host Club (the anime’s better), Lucky 7, and Fruits Basket with Korean subs as well.  And it’s working wonders. First of all, since I’m getting better and understanding grammar nuances in Korean, the subs help me pick up on those …