Considering my next review…

November 30, 2009

Tonight I just ended up reviewing yesterday’s lesson. I did manage to pass the test today, but I’m still a little slow. Still, I think I’ll move on and hopefully as I continue to work my way through the older tests I’ll get smoother with it.

Well, I’ve been trying to decide which of my various language learning tools to review next. I’m leaning towards writing up a review for Let’s Learn Japanese basic 1:Yan and the Japanese People. Now that I’m most of the way through the first series, I feel I have a good enough grip with how it’s all handled to write a proper review of it.

I’ve gone over my original review and I think it came across a little stiff. Now, I know it was my first attempt at writing one, but I’ve always been better when I explain things to people, rather than trying to do a detailed list format. So, I think when I start up this next review, I’ll likely structure it closer to a discussion rather than trying to cover each of the potentially relevant features of the product as some sort of list.

I guess I’ll save worrying about that for tomorrow. Oyasumi nasai! =D

P.S. On a side note, I think I should come up with a different term for when I review the lesson I just did. It kinda conflicts with that fact that I’m writing reviews for my page. Another thing to worry about tomorrow I guess. =P



Almost passed my new test…

November 29, 2009

I got only one question wrong. Today I learned how to say that I think something will happen, several new verbs, and (sadly =P) a ton of negative plain forms of both the old and new verbs. =P

Ah well, it’s fun. I noticed during my video that they referred to Mount Fuji as Fujisan, which I find rather odd. When I watch Ninja Warrior (love that show) they refer to it as Midori yama (green mountain) not Midorisan. I guess there are just some questions you’ll never get answered in home studying (at least not for a while).

Oyasumi nasai! =D


Late night Japanese… check, review… check.

November 28, 2009

Yep, I’m terrible. I always wait. I think I could have moved on to the next lesson today, but I still think it’s better to spend at least two days with something before trying to move on. These were designed to be weekly classes, so they don’t really work out as well for my nightly efforts.

I know, I should use Rosetta Stone more, since it doesn’t have those problems. Unfortunately the people at that fine company have not created a Linux version of it so it’s a little bit of a pain to get running when I need it (and I still haven’t figured out how to get my mic working with it). I’m working on getting it running fully but programs like Wine can only do so much (for now).

Ah well, I’ll worry about that later. I still have plenty of Yan “episodes” left and I do really enjoy them. Oyasumi nasai! =D


Another new lesson started.

November 27, 2009

Well, I did pretty well on the test. I managed to pass it, but it’s was a little slow going for my taste. I’m sure I’ll end up reviewing it tomorrow before I move on. The lesson was focused on asking people what they like, whether they liked something, the various responses to those questions, and how to ask or tell someone that meeting at a certain place or doing something on a specific day is convenient (although they didn’t teach me how to say it was not convenient).

It seems I like doing these just before bed. I really should start doing them sooner in the day, I imagine I’d have an easier time remembering this stuff if I wasn’t half asleep during the lessons. =P Ah well, something to consider tomorrow I guess. Oyasumi nasai! =D


Let the lesson reviewing begin! =P

November 26, 2009

For anyone who hasn’t been following, I like to review a lesson before I move on, even when I ace the test the first day. Today was pretty simple and I had an easy time with it. Tomorrow I shall move on and hopefully have an easy time with that lesson too. =P

I think I got about 5 hours of sleep last night (with nobody to blame but myself), but that didn’t stop me from doing my Japanese lesson. I’m actually surprised at how quickly I’m progressing through. At this rate I’ll be done with the first set of lessons from the japan foundation in another 15 or so days. It’s a little slower than I’d like to be comfortable enough for Final Fantasy XIII, but that may be a little far out yet. Besides, I never really expected to be comfortable with the language at a quick rate.

I know I kinda promised to review FFXIII quickly (ish), but with the surprisingly large price tag and the impossibility to ship anything around Christmas at a decent rate it may be a bit longer until I get it. I guess we’ll just have to see how that turns out.

Must… sleep… now…. Oyasumi nasai! =D


Another lesson started.

November 25, 2009

Well, I’ve moved on to my next lesson. I’m happy to announce that they’re teaching me sentence structures again. Today I learned how to state that I want something and how to tell someone what someone else said.

I’d like to make this little post longer, maybe even go completely off topic and rant about how nobody seems to have appreciated the movie Run (from 1991) and that it’s pretty much impossible to find on DVD. Unfortunately I’ve got stuff to do tomorrow and it looks like I’m only gonna get 6 hours of sleep if I were to fall asleep around now…

Oyasumi nasai! =D


A quick post before bed.

November 24, 2009

I did my Japanese almost an hour ago. Normally I type these up just after I finish my lesson, but it just sorta slipped my mind. These things happen. I spent the lesson reviewing (just in case) and I passed all of my tests.

Well, off to be with me. Oyasumi nasai! =D