Another Day, Another Journey.

おっす、何かあった?ブレントでございます。

So, I’ve been working on some cool stuff. Still working on getting there, but it’s coming together.

However, that got me thinking, especially the kanji stuff. I REALLY hate 漢字. Well, I guess it’s more of a love/hate relationship. They’re so useful. Like, unnaturally so. But there’s so many of them. Just…Just so many of them.

So, I started looking into other means of learning them. RTK is way to dry, and even with Kanji Koohii, I’m just not a fan. Kanjidamage is fantastic, but I don’t want to learn Kanji with it (Jukugo on the other hand…). So, I’m back to square one again. Lazy Kanji isn’t working for me, and in general I’m kind of down. However, I think I found my new plan for kanji.

Radicals.

Yuuup. I was reading TextFugu (I get around boi.), and I saw him mention learning via Radicals. And while RTK uses the concept, I don’t like the layout. I knocked Kana out in a day by writing and using it. While infiniately less useful with radicals, I do think it’s an area I want to approach. Therefore, along with the stuff I’m making with the Kanji (Still top secret. However, it’ll start as a poster. :P) I’ll be making some posts breaking down radicals. I will also be “borrowing” (Five-finger discount son!) the grapheme-radicals that Schultzz uses. And, as an added bonus, I will probably be adding some sick rhymez (That’s hip-hop right?).

So, be tuned in for some cool stuff coming up, and also, stay on the path.

-じゃあ、またな!

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おっす、何かあった。ブレントでございます。

So, you’ve messed up. You went and listened to Rap God, and then went on an L1 binge, right? Can’t blame you, that’s a great song.

Now you just don’t wanna go back to your L2, right? You just love the comfort of your L1. It’s so nice. It’s so predictable. Nothing can hurt you in your L1.

Do me a favor, right now. Before reading this next sentence.

Do an SRS rep. Listen to a song in your L2 you love. Read one sentence.

#Boom. Now you’re back in.

It’s such a small step. But do you know how you learned your L1? Small steps. Baby steps if you will. The big difference between why it seemed so easy as a child and why it seems so hard now are two-fold.

1. You don’t remember much from when you were a baby. Simple.
2. You had to learn your L1. Or you would be totally useless. And with no friends. Or significant others. Or really anything. Because you can’t communicate.

So, if you fall off the horse so to speak, then just bring your L2 in slowly. Totally what I’m having to do now, because of some issues. This is totally from first-hand experience. Just do something in  your L2. You’ll thank yourself later.

 

 

5 Awesome Tools for Learning Japanese

Yo, Brent here.
おっす、ブレントだ。

I don’t use enough Japanese in my posts. So, I’m gonna try to use it more now on my main blog.
However, still not good enough, so it’ll just be the intro and the outro for now lol

Anyway, back on topic. I’ve been looking around, and I found a few really cool sites and tools for learning Japanese.

5. Rikaichan/Rikaikun

Well, if you’ve been learning Japanese for a bit, you probably already know about this, but I thought I’d add it anyway. It’s ridiculously useful. It lets you hover over Japanese text and it’ll tell you what it means. Basic tool, but invaluable when you’re doing active learning.

Here’s the links: Rikaichan for Firefox and Rikaikun for Google Chrome

4. Furigana Injector

This one is very useful, but you need to download HTML Ruby for the full effect. If you don’t, the furigana will end up beside the kanji in parentheses. But, it turns that wall of kanji into readable kana, and that’s always good to me.

And…BAM. Here’s the links for Firefox and Chrome.

3. Kanji Koohii

This is one of my favorite sites ever. Now, there is a bit of AJATT hate, but at the same time, there’s a lot of people on there working on it, so it just depends on who to talk to. However, everyone is amazingly helpful and nice. Now, there are two sites I’m gonna link here. Kanji Koohii is an online SRS basically, but it only works for Kanji. It keeps up with a lot of your stats too, so it’s really fun to use. There’s also a script that is RTK Lite. Instead of learning all 2000-something, you learn the 1100 Kanji from JLPT 2 down, and 92 supporting kanji. That’s what I’m doing, but seeing as I haven’t worked on it in a while, it’s hard for me to remember. It’s a Greasemonkey script, and I’ll link it here.

Greasemonkey Script, and RTK Lite thread.

Kanji Koohii

Koohii Forum

3. Kanji Damage

Now, I know I’ve mentioned this one before, but I really like his style. Shultzz in general wins the internets. Now, If you want to learn Kanji with Yo momma jokes, then he’s the guy to look to. The system is very similar to RTK, however, his stories are much more interesting, and he has a section under each of the kanji with compounds, and he ranks both the kanji and compunds on how useful they actually are. He also takes out some of the Jouyou Kanji, but if you’re not studying for JLPT, then it’s not a big deal, cause he gets rid of the one’s that aren’t seen a lot at all.
I really recommend him if you’re stuck on RTK, because it’s just more interesting. And if you combine Kanji Koohii and Kanji Damage, I think it would work really well. Just put his stories in the section that you have the option for in Kanji Koohii.

Kanji Damage

2. Sabotenweb

This is an older site, and I don’t see it recommended a lot, but it does have a lot of useful sites on it. Some of the sites may be down now, because it is rather old, but it has links to a lot of popular sites (Like Tae Kim’s Guide) and some ones that typically go under the radar (Like The Japanes Page). Definitely check this one out when you have a chance.

Sabotenweb

1. Lang-8

You knew I was gonna make this my number one, didn’t you you sly dog? I love Lang-8, and I tell everyone about it when I can. You can write a blog in Japanese, and people will correct you. Then you can just drop those sentences in an SRS and you’re good. Make sure you correct other peoples blogs though! It gets kind of addictive in all honesty. Also, PRO TIP: Write you blog in both English and Japanese, so they understand what you’re trying to say. It helps both of you out.

Lang-8

Well, that’s all I have for now, but stay tuned, because I’m gonna have more updates soon.

じゃあまたな!
Talk to you later!

 

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Off-Topic Rant: Blazblue Online and Japanese Projects

It makes me sad…

I mean, I love Blazblue. The Drive Mechanic, the air-combos, just the whole game makes me happy.

Except for the players online…

When you have to wade through 20 Jins and Ragnas, maybe play a clap-trap Carl, or even Taokaka at this point, it’s just no fun. At all.

And I know, me bitching doesn’t do anything. But it makes me feel better. That it does. So, I’ve been trying to get better at Tekken 6. It’s actually pretty fun, albeit much, much slower. I’ve been trying to learn Lili and Dragunov. Both are really fun to play as.

And in general the people online seem to just be more fun. I mean, I got an asshole Paul who just started jabbing me after he realized I wasn’t really good, but other than that, no Ragequits, and the connection’s really nice and lag-free for the most part.

Anyway, I want you to know that I am almost done with the Japanese Phrases document, and it should be finished by Thursday. If not…It’ll be done eventually. It’s free. :P

Also, I’ve been working on the Kanjidamage Anki deck, but I think I know why it hasn’t been finished yet. That’s a LOT of stuff…

But I’m definitely working on it too. It’s just gonna be done a little later than I had hoped. I think I can do it much more efficiently if I timebox it. Maybe I can finish it if I do that…

Anyway, that’s all that’s been going on in my life for now.

So…yeah. Talk to you later! Next post’s gonna have slang in it! Woot.

Muzie & Orb

‘Kay. Quick update, seeing as I haven’t posted in a day. I have two awesome things to tell you about, and I’ll be making a video about one of them

First, if you haven’t heard of Muzie, you really should check it out. It’s got really cool music, and it’s all legal and free. They have sections for pretty much everything, and they also have Vocaloid songs, which I thought was pretty cool.

I will have a much more indepth post later today about it, but I’m downloading from it right now, trying to figure some stuff out.

The other thing is more useful to those with…well, iPhones and Wiis. (Anything with a webrowser can access it, though.)

It’s Orb.com, and you can use the music & videos on your computer anywhere you’re in Internet range. Which means no burning those videos to DVDs ^^

It’s a really good site, and it’s free. I’ve been testing it out on my Wii, and I really like it. So, I’ll be posting a step-by-step video of it, and also to show how awesome it is.

Anyway, that’s all for now! Check back in for the new posts!

People setting off Spam filter…

Alright, I figure I would make a post about this, because it seems pertinent.

For some reason, some people are setting off the spam filter, even if the post is not spam.

Or maybe it is, and I think it isn’t…whatevs.

But, yeah. So, if your comment isn’t appearing, I’m not trying to be a bad guy by not posting it, It just gets deleted before I have a chance to approve it.

Anyway, I think that’s all for now, and I’ll be back in a little bit.

P.S. Check out the Youtube channel for a new video! There’s books this time

Today there’ll be two posts…

Yeah.

Holy crap! Have you seen chokochoko? A new commenter on the site has the coolest site evar! I feel a little ashamed…So, I have to make Japanese on a Dime a force to be reckoned with!

So, first things first, check out chokochoko! You won’t be dissapointed.

And…second things second? I suppose…Be on the lookout for cool new things I’ll have up. Be it how I study, awesome books/movies/niconico clips, etc.

Anyway, I know this post is short, but the next one will have some more meat. Like…150 words :P

Just kidding, y’all. I’ll talk to you again soon.