‘My Language my Identity’ Published

This updated version of an article I wrote last year was recently published by the University of Wolverhampton Student’s Union on their site. Since writing the original, my experiences have developed even more, and the little skill I have in Japanese given me amazing opportunities. After years of working and dreaming, I have now visited Japan not…

A Pen-Palling Adventure

The information age. Brilliant. Fast. Freeing. Captivating. (On one of its faces at least) It is thanks to the information age with all its advancements in technologies of communication that we are able to communicate in real-time, with virtually anyone (see what I did there?) in the world, providing they have access to the necessary…

My Language, My Identity

It’s been 8 years. 8 years since I first started learning Japanese. 8 years that I’ve spent obsessing over a country I’ve never been to nor come within sight of. …They say that when you learn a language, that language becomes a part of your identity. That to speak another language is to know another world,…

Practice Hiragana #2

TASK 1 Hand-write the following in Hiragana: a) pi, bo, ya, chi, mo, sa, ji, ge, bo, be, na, nu. b) tsu, ki, ne, to, ru, da, te, no, wa, yu, yo, so. c) cha, shu, kka, ppi, sho, tto, ke, ni, ri. *Try without help, then check if you made any mistakes using a…

Where to begin with Japanese?! 10 Golden Steps

When you’re setting out to learn a language it can be very daunting knowing how much don’t know… and the more you learn the more you realise how much you have to learn, so by learning a language it can seem like you’re even further from learning it, though that probably makes no sense. SO,…

Greetings: Back to Basics!

(English)        –         (Romaji)       –       (Hiragana) Hello/Good Day  –  Konnichiwa  –  こんにちは Good Morning  –  Ohayou Gozaimasu  –  おはよう ございます Good Evening  –  Kombanwa  –  こんばんは Good Night  –  Oyasumi Nasai  –  おやすみなさい Are you alright?  –  Genki desu ka?  –  げんきですか? Yes, I’m fine  –  Hai, genki desu  –  げんきです Thank you  –  Arigatou  –  ありがとう Goodbye  – …

YOUKOSO! ようこそ!

Welcome to my new blog. I plan on posting tips for learning Japanese, occasional information regarding grammar and vocabulary, and also my own experiences learning Japanese. A little bit about me: I’ve been learning Japanese for 3 years, love the language, love the people, and that’s about all you need to know for now. If…