Japanese Quest, or JLVLUP was already made

おっす、何かあった?ブレントでございます。

Welcome back, my brethren in Japanese learning.

So, as I mentioned previously, I was working on an RPG system for learning Japanese. Obviously it would be up to the person playing to keep their stats straight, but of course, like all good things, someone had already made it.

That system is called Japanese Quest.

There is a ton of awesome information on this site, way more than I can cover in a blog post. It is made by a group of people, so you get many different styles of posts, but all in all, it’s some good information. I will be breaking down some of the posts in later updates, simply because I do disagree with a few of the ideas, but every one will have disagreements and in general, it’s a really interesting site.

My biggest thing on this site, as well as most sites that I frequent about language learning seem to have a consensus. You cannot learn a language through grammar. Period. If you’ve forgotten, I actually had a blog post about that here, and it’s still one of my favorites that I wrote.

You can’t try and wade through terribleness to do something fun. Just do fun things in the language, and everything else will fall into place. If you try and cram every Japanese conjugation and think you’ll speak the language fluently, then either you’re crazy, or super intelligent, and I am impressed.

I made a 100% throughout my High School Spanish classes. Guess how much Spanish I can speak now?

Zero. Nada. Zilch.

Same with Japanese. It’s not that I didn’t want to learn. I’ve loved languages since I was little. I just wasn’t able to because I was going about it all wrong. I was killing myself with the process, instead of realizing that I’m totally gonna suck right now. I’m probably gonna suck tomorrow. Hell, I’m probably gonna suck 3 or 4 months from now. But you know what? All the times where I totally could have played that game, or enjoyed that song, I wouldn’t have. Because I would be trying to cram all of this information in, and I would feel like I deserved to get out of my immersion enviornment. Every little win that I could have gotten in my immersion enviornment I would have missed out on, and I would be like every other person you hear in your Spanish/French/Japanese class.

“This is too difficult. I’ll never learn this language!”

And, without knowing those people, I will almost be able to guarentee that they don’t have any friends that speak that language. They aren’t watching any movies or listening to any music in that language. They’ve just given in to whatever everyone else says. Languages that aren’t English are impossible to learn to fluency, and the only way to learn a language is by cramming conjugation tables.

Well, I’m here to say: No. I’m going to learn a language by simply enjoying my time in that language. I’m going to make Japanese my home. I will live it, breathe it, and become it as often as I can. And I’m not alone. Khatz, Benny, and so many other bloggers are doing this as well. I can’t say I’m going to be perfect. I’m sure I’ll fall off at some point. All I know is that I’m going to learn this language.

And nothing is going to stop me.

So, if you want, you can go back to your conjugation tables. You can try and memorize all of the rules. But just remember, you can learn a language by having fun. And there are a lot of people that are doing it. Stop wanting to learn the language, and just learn the damn langauge. You’ll feel so much better about yourself when you do.

Well, this is Brent signing out, and as always:

じゃあ、またな。

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So, now we’re in Colorado.

今、コロラド州にいる。

So, it looks like that I can finally get some settling down done, and actually get back to writing and learning more Japanese.  I’ve been job hunting, and I actually have two very promising leads (One is Netflix!) and it’s actually really awesome here. The view is just breathtaking, and I cannot WAIT to hit North Denver so that I can check out all of the awesome Japanese goodness.

This is really more of an update than a full blown post, so I’m gonna just add an awesome video and call a it a day.

 

Make Learning Japanese Fun

Ossu, nanika atta. Burento de gozaimasu.

Boom. Just like the videos. And yes, I am completely aware that I’m mixing politeness levels. I just like how it sounds.

So, I was at work, and I was wondering how I can learn at work. It’s not like Denny’s where I can have my headphones in the whole time. And then I thought of something.

What if I started learning the names of the products we sell?

So, if I saw some dog food, I would think “ドッグフード”. Got it?

Everyday, we have a chance to learn something in our L2. Just a simple little game (ゲーム).

“But Brent,” you may ask. “AJATT says not to learn words, only learn sentences.”

Well, fictional reader that obviously hasn’t read my blog before, let me let you in on a BIG secret. The secret that will change how you look at learning Japanese. A wondrous secret that will open your eyes to so very much.

AJATT is NOT a Method.

Do we have to go over that everytime? Don’t try to follow AJATT exactly. You won’t do it. You’re a perfectionist. I know I am. So you know how hard it is to do something like that if you’re a perfectionist. You’ll never, EVER finish learning Japanese if you have a perfectionist attitude about it.

Trust me, I know.

It’s been 5 years since I started “learning Japanese”.

5. Years.

And I still barely know Japanese. All the Kanji I learned? Gone. The kana? Well, not gone, but I don’t remember the ones I don’t see very often. And do you know why?

I stopped interacting with Japanese. I started rapping to improve my Japanese, and then I completely forgot that goal.

So, learn Japanese the wrong way. Make mistakes. Break the rules. (That’s what they were meant for, were they not?)

Have fun. That’s the number one rule. Hell, that’s the only rule. Because if you’re having fun, you’ll make yourself play more. Kinda like crack, you always want another hit.

I feel like I strayed a bit, but honestly, I feel that this all goes together. Because by making little games for yourself, like my word game, then you’ll constantly be winning. And that’s good for a healthy psyche.

 

Well, let me end my rant now. I will have a new video up on Friday, so expect some learning to GO DOWN.

 

 

Google+ is Amazing!

Yo, Brent here.

Seriously, finally got my invite, and now I’m using it, and it’s so good. It’s also really good for learning Japanese, in the same way that Facebook is, but slightly easier.

The way you put people in circles really helps you out, because you don’t have to share with everybody. So, you can put some people in your Following Circle, or even make a Practicing Japanese circle, and just send Japanese messages out, and – Unlike Twitter – you can ask for feedback on your Japanese.

So, if you have a Google+ account, follow me for more Japanese on a Dime updates, And check me out for new updates soon. Been pretty busy with everything, but I will be updating more often.

See ya!

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How I Use Facebook for Learning Japanese

Yo, Brent here.

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve updated, been busy. Finally got a job, and standing for 8 hours straight sucks a lot more than I remember…

Anyway, I found a really awesome post by Chris Brogan, and I finally have something new to write about. If you want to have an idea of the next post, I’m going to eventually write most, if not all of those posts.

So, let me tell you ways I use Facebook to learn Japanese. Now, there are a lot of good ways to do it if you don’t mind friending complete strangers lol

First, I use the Find Friends link, and pick a city in Japan (Osaka is pretty gdlk, but I like Osakans lol)

Then, I go through people who’s picture interest me, and I look at the things they like. If we share interests, I’ll send a friend request, and then I can see their wall (Although, a lot of people don’t have their walls protected)

Then I just chat with people. It’s a really good way to make some new friends, and also a way to get some exposure on your (probably English-dominated!) Facebook wall. I mean, if you have to use social media (And you know I do!) then you may as well use it to learn Japanese too.

Another source of easy Japanese immersion is just simply Japanese pages. It’s much better for people who are still wary about friending random people. You still need to search people, but if you see a page they like in Japanese, you can just like that page, and BAM! +1 right there.

Also, in a semi-related aside, I really can’t wait until I get my Google+ invite. It looks amazing.

Anyway, try and get creative, and tell me ways you use Facebook (and other social media) to your advantage to learn Japanese.

P.S. Your Facebook account is in Japanese right?

 

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Yo, Brent here.

I have some plans for some more freebies (A Blazblue bilingual set is in the works for both games!) But I figure I would let you guys in on nonstoptube.

It lets you put in a search term, and then play a nonstop playlist on things based on what you entered. So, definitely check it out, and use the hell out of it.

Anyway, I have to head to bed, cause I got a long day ahead of me tomorrow. Catch ya later!

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Skype Madness!

Yo, Brent here.

So, last night I was chatting with Areckx on skype, and it was a very interesting experience. Made me realize that my spoken Japanese is still not quite what it needs to be, so I’m going back through Tae Kim’s Guide to Japanese, and relearning a lot of basic stuff.

However, despite my downfalls we had a good conversation, just talking about Japanese and games.

So, if anyone wants to chat on Skype, I’m usually free to, just add endplaintwo, and ring me when I’m online. I can’t wait to talk with more people, and just in general learn more Japanese.

Talk to you later!