I rewatched some old Naruto episodes and I was happy to notice that I can recognise quite a lot of characters in Hiragana and a few in Katakana. Though, naturally I had to pause to be able to read them. Nevertheless, it made me happy for the day XD.
Other than that, I also installed Google Japanese IME on my PC while writing this. Just figured that I would need it as I’ll be writing my logs in a text file anyways. There was an error while installing the Windows IME for Japanese (some sort of Windows Update issue) and I didn’t feel like debugging so I decided to just use Google’s. After all, I did have a good experience with Google Pinyin previously.
As for my daily goals, I have practiced up to the katakana タ series. Tofugu’s mnemonics have been very helpful in committing them to memory. Hiragana still quite fresh with Memrise revision while I have learned a few vocabs for Japanese 1:
|こんにちわ||Hello / Good afternoon|
|ようこそ||Welcome as in Selamat Datang, not You’re welcome|
: Should only be used when you won’t be meeting the person for a long time.
: e.g. You are moving to a new neighbourhood
: In most situations, phrases like またね or じゃね are more commonly used.
|ありがとう||Thank you (casual)|
|ごめんなさい||I’m sorry (formal)|
|またな||See you later (casual))|
|おやうみ||Good night (casual)|
|おはよう||Good morning (casual)|
: I believe it should be attached after a verb.
: e.g. たすけて ください。
|乾杯！||Cheers! (First kanji - haven’t looked up the mnemonics - shall await WaniKani)|
|行こう！||Let’s go! (行 seems to be kanji as well)|
This was up to Level 5. Level 6 seems to start with grammar particles. I’ve decided to hold on from rote memorisation of particles until I get a good understanding of the grammar. Therefore, I’ve begun to use the app Human Japanese to replace this Memrise course temporatily.
As for TextFugu, today’s lesson was on the four types of Japanese alphabets: romaji (roman characters), hiragana, katakana and kanji. Speaking of which, there was an interesting fact that I learned from Human Japanese about the origin of hiragana.
Apparently, when chinese characters were first introduced in Japan around 400 AD, the society deemed them to be too complex for women and thus even women born in noble families were not educated deeply in using them. Therefore, the women folk decided to come up with a system based on characters that represent sound rather than words. Over time, this system has evolved into the modern hiragana and katakana whereby katakana is used primary to represent foreign words with japanese sounds. Nonetheless, kanji was still deemed very important as it represented wealth and power, thereby keeping it from being replaced entirely by the hiragana and katakana systems. In modern Japan, an approximate of 2000 characters are considered daily use (used in newspapers).
Well, back to TextFugu. The review on the alphabet types are approximately as follows:
At the end of the chapter, there was this funny video about Ando-san the Penguin of the Forest :D
Not a bad first day I think. Learned lots and definitely not discouraged yet (かんぱい！). I’m hoping to continue this momentum tomorrow!
Penned at 03.50 p.m. 23/04/2017