Archive for October, 2013

MBTI 性格テスト / MBTI Personality Test

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この間、Facebookで、たくさん友達が性格テストのことをシェアーしていました。
Recently, a lot of my friends on Facebook were sharing stuff related to personality tests.

テストの一つはユング先生のMyers-Briggs Type Indicator(MBTI)です.
One of the tests is Carl Jung’s Myers-Briggs Type Indicator(MBTI).

MBTIは、16タイプで性格を分類する診断です。
MBTI classifies personalities into 16 types.

私は、初めてMBTIを受けたとき、ENTJ型でした。その時、まだ16歳でした。
The first time I took the MBTI test, I was an ENTJ. At that time, I was only 16.

昨日、またテストを受けてみて、INTJになりました。
I tried taking the test again yesterday and became INTJ.

理由がよくわからないけど、だんだん内向的になりそうですね。
I’m not sure how that happened but it seems I have slowly become more introverted.

あなたは、どんなタイプですか?
What’s your type?

無料なMBTIテスト / Free MBTI Tests

Ghost: 新しいブログプラットフォーム / A New Blogging Platform

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今日は、新しい「Ghost」というブログプラットフォームをインストールしてみました。
Today, I tried installing a new blogging platform called Ghost.

私は元々Kickstarterで「Ghost」に投資したので、九月までに、もうダウンロードできました。
I was originally a Kickstarter backer for Ghost, so I was able to already receive the source code by September.

けれども、インストールのはちょっとめんどでした。CloudやVPSが必要なんです。
However, the installation process was a bit of hassle. It needed cloud or VPS hosting.

遂に、VPSを借りました。
Finally, I got VPS hosting.

じゃじゃん〜 デモのブログはこちらです。
So here’s my demo blog.

美しいプラットフォームですね!
Isn’t it a beautiful platform?

ghost-demoblog

Song of the Day: 東京事変の「禁じられた遊び」

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最近、この歌が気に入っています。
Recently, I’ve come to like this song.

日本語で、挑戦的なメールを書いたばかりなので、今、「日本語の力」が足りないです。(笑)
I just wrote a challenging email in Japanese, so I don’t have enough “Japanese power” to write this entry. LOL.

だから、今日はここまでで、すみません。
So, that’s it for today. Sorry!

About Speaking Japanese

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I recorded myself speaking Japanese for the first time over the weekend, and got the nice folks at Ask native speakers anything to give me some feedback on my speaking. Thanks to them, I learned some things about myself and also about speaking the Japanese language in general.

  • Japanese uses a pitch accent system, which is similar but not identical to the Chinese tone system. Pitch accent is relative, whereas tones are absolute. This means you have to pay attention where you stress and where you let go in a sentence. I have to admit, I’ve not paid much attention to the  pitch system at all until after I recorded my voice. I just blindly copied what I have heard. I don’t think this is necessarily a bad technique since I seem to be understood by native speakers.
  • Japanese language is tiring to speak. I’m not sure if I’m making any sense but American English is spoken in the throat, so I could get away with eating my words. But Japanese is spoken almost entirely in the mouth, so there is no way to mumble my way out. Every word requires precise enunciation. If you’re lazy, the only way to cheat is to shorten the words. Now I see why Japanese have a penchant of shortening words like ‘sandwich’ to sando or ‘convenience store’ to conbini.
  • I do have an English accent when I speak Japanese. I used to take pride in the fact that I could emulate most accents with very little exposure but I guess these skills have an expiry date. According to some native speakers, my accent was not obvious but still audible. It’s especially obvious when I said ndesu. I guess you can’t ever let your guard down when it comes to learning.
  • I still speak much slower than a native speaker. I don’t think much can be done about this for now. As I spread my attention thin with reading the kanji, producing the right sounds and learning where to stress, I don’t really have the bandwidth left to increase my speed. It’ll probably come once I have some familiarity with the language.

That’s all for today. For those of you who are interested in learning about Japanese pitch system, check out this awesome video below: