"astarisborn94" wrote:At least that's what I got from Tae Kim's video. I'd recommend everyone learning Japanese watch them carefully. I wish I had.
"astarisborn94" wrote:I will admit, I find it kind of funny, especially the picture where they refer to kanjis as torture methods (if anything, I see it as inviting as I like a challenge).
Kanji has it's good points, but I definitely wouldn't enjoy learning written Chinese since higher grade kanji look intimidating to me. Thankfully Japanese is a bit simpler with having the hiragana and katakana.
"astarisborn94" wrote:I plan on starting up a blog regarding my journey in Japanese and comment on my own progress.
Good luck, and I hope that works well. Yesterday I decided to dig up all my old Wordpress blogs and export them to FC2 as one blog, I hoped it might encourage me to use the blog again.
"astarisborn94" wrote:Where would you say your Japanese skills lies in? Somewhere in upper beginner/lower intermediate level? Are you able to read Japanese mangas and anime?
Hmm, probably upper beginner would be more accurate. I need a dictionary when reading most manga, although not all manga have the same reading level. I don't actually watch anime all that much, and when I do I just read the subtitles if they are available (even Japanese subtitles). I prefer to listen to radio stations with people having real conversations in Japanese when I want to practice my hearing comprehension.
"astarisborn94" wrote:Also, some Tezuka series names in Japan. Helpful if you know Japanese and want to buy some Japanese products.
鉄腕アトム (Tetsuwan Atom)
ブラック・ジャック (Black Jack)
ジャングル大帝 (Jungle Emperor Leo)
リボンの騎士 (Princess Knight)
ロック冒険記も？ この漫画が新しい好きな漫画です。 CDJapanから買った。
手塚治虫 (Osamu Tezuka)
アトムキャット (Atom Cat)
ふしぎなメルモ (Marvellous Melmo)
ジェッターマルス (Jetter Mars)
マグマ大使 (Ambassador Magma)
海のトリトン (Triton of the Sea)
アポロの歌 (Apollo's Song)
三つ目がとおる (The Three-Eyed One)
"astarisborn94" wrote:Japanese Phoenix manga are a lot cheaper overall than their English counter partner and also easier to find. Of course Tezuka is massively popular over there so its no surprise.
True enough. I wish the English translated comics weren't so hard to acquire.