Posts Tagged ‘video’

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

in Study Resources

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

To all English learners, today I’m going to recommend an English study resource.

On YouTube, there is a psychology channel in English.

All the videos are 1 minute each.

The topics are pretty interesting.

These videos will teach you how to easily read people’s personalities and their way of thinking.

You can use them often at drinking parties or group dates etc. LOL!

On top of that, there are English captions and the language is not very difficult, so I think it’s a good study resource.

Please enjoy!

リンク/Link: In59Seconds

もうすぐ。。。/ Soon

in Daily Life


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

About Speaking Japanese

in My Learning Progress

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

in Daily Life

Since my time at university, I’ve started to like anime.

I’ve watched 250 anime series and 50 movies so far, but I’ve always watched them with English subtitles.

Today, I tried to watch Hayao Miyazaki’s The Secret World of Arrietty without subtitles.

I was shocked and happy that I understood about 95% of the conversation.

Of course, the conversation was focused around daily life.

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

in Daily Life

Yesterday, I watched a movie called Gravity.

The cast includes Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

The movie’s cinematography is astounding, and the movie explores profound themes.

It features various theories, including philosophy and psychology.

I think Gravity is the best movie of the year.

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