Letting Life Lead
Konichiwa! Genki desu ka?
I spent four hours putting together a video just for you! I can’t begin to explain how much of a pain it is to have to record 2 minute snippets, upload them on my old laptop (it needs a walker), and use the YouTube editor. It take so long. I thought my biggest problem was going to be my camera shyness (just how many times can I say “umm”).
I am continuing with my plan to learn Japanese the way a baby would by focusing on the sound (musicality) of the language, learning the individual sounds (through Hiragana since I don’t have a Japanese speaking mother to repeat the sounds to me a thousand times throughout the day). My next step is some question words (what, where, why, how, who) and basic nouns (animals and their sounds, everyday objects). I am hoping that being able to say “What is that?” and “That is a ball” and “Doggie goes woof-woof” will help me to create more imagery for those words and sounds. I’ve already picked up a few new words accidentally by just seeing them over and over even when concentrating on something totally different: hito (person), haha (mother), chichi (father), momo (peach), obaasan (grandmother), obasan (aunt), ojiisan (grandfather), ojisan (uncle), usagi (rabbit), donguri (acorn), koneko (kitten), kobuta (piglet), shika (deer), and a few others.
So, just how terrible is my pronunciation? Hah!
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