Oh, this is fun.
I know I’m not the first language blogger to stumble across these videos, but I thought I’d share them anyway. 니홍고 감바리마쇼! (만화로 배우는 일본어) is a YouTube web series that aired from 2010-2011 designed to (you guessed it) help you learn Japanese through Korean.
The videos basically run like a podcast, except with cute little comics depicting the scenario around which each lesson is built. It would have been cool if the story in each video built on the previous one like an ongoing drama, but it’s still cute that there’s a cast of recurring characters. There’s the bumbling protagonist Park-san, his girlfriend of sorts Sayaka-san, his younger brother in the army Hyunwoo, and their smart-aleck cat Gongnyangi. I love how the hosts actually spent time developing their characters. Speaking of whom, the hosts, Rin and Sho, have great chemistry with each other. I’m proud to say I can mostly understand both their banter and their explanations!
Each video is centered around one word or phrase but the full dialogue is pretty complicated stuff for a beginner. That being said, it’s not necessary to completely understand the grammar (nor is that the point) because the hosts do a good job of summarizing each line in Korean and only emphasizing the word or phrase that is the focus of the lesson. In the later videos, they annotate the key vocabulary words in the dialogue at the bottom of the video and provide a quiz later at the end. Again, the emphasis is more on learning vocabulary than grammar.
These videos are adorable but I’m not really sure how much Japanese I’m learning… I seem to be absorbing more Korean, haha. Be sure to check out these videos if you’re learning Japanese and Korean. Props to G9 Languages for creating another great service for language learners. If you make it to the credits, you may catch sight of some very familiar names right at the end!