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一分間英語学習教材 / 1-Minute English Study Materials

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[February 18 Edit: Special thanks to K-san for editing my mistakes!]

英語を勉強中の皆さん、今日はお勧めの英語の学習教材をご紹介します。
To all English learners, today I’m going to recommend an English study resource.

YouTubeで英語の心理学チャネルがあります。
On YouTube, there is a psychology channel in English.

ビデオはすべて一分です。
All the videos are 1 minute each.

テーマもなかなか興味深いんです。
The topics are pretty interesting.

このビデオは、人の性格や考え方を簡単に簡単に読む方法を教えてくれます。
These videos will teach you how to easily read people’s personalities and their way of thinking.

その方法は、飲み会とか合コンなどで、よく使えます。(笑)
You can use them often at drinking parties or group dates etc. LOL!

さらに、英語の字幕もあるし、言葉もあまり難しくないので、いい教材だと思います。
On top of that, there are English captions and the language is not very difficult, so I think it’s a good study resource.

ぜひお楽しんでください!
Please enjoy!

リンク/Link: In59Seconds

もうすぐ。。。/ Soon

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...友達のおかげで、ネクサス5を手に入れます!<3

…I will get my hands on a Nexus 5, thanks to my friend! <3

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:

初めて字幕なしでアニメを観た / My First Time Watching Anime Without Subtitles

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私は大学の時から、アニメが好きになってきました。
Since my time at university, I’ve started to like anime.

それから、250シーリズと50映画を観たけど、いつも英語の字幕付きで観ています。
I’ve watched 250 anime series and 50 movies so far, but I’ve always watched them with English subtitles.

今日は、字幕なしで、宮崎駿さんの「借りぐらしのアリエッティ」を観てみした。
Today, I tried to watch Hayao Miyazaki’s The Secret World of Arrietty without subtitles.

会話が95パーセントぐらい解って、ビックリして、嬉しかったです。
I was shocked and happy that I understood about 95% of the conversation.

もちろん、この映画は日常生活の会話しかありません。
Of course, the conversation was focused around daily life.

それでも、日本語が少しずつ上達しているような気がしました。
In any case, I felt that my Japanese is improving, little by little.

映画批評: ゼロ・グラビティ / Gravity

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昨日、「ゼロ・グラビティ」という映画を見ました。
Yesterday, I watched a movie called Gravity.

映画のキャストはサンドラ・ブロックとジョージ・クルーニーです。
The cast includes Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

映画の映画撮影術はすばらしいし、テーマも奥深いです。
The movie’s cinematography is astounding, and the movie explores profound themes.

哲学とか心理学とか、色々な説が見られます。
It features various theories, including philosophy and psychology.

「ゼロ・グラビティ」は今年の一番良い映画だと思います。
I think Gravity is the best movie of the year.