Japanese Lesson Update Week 4

I just finished my 4th week’s lesson and all the sudden I feel like the learning is about to get serious. Why is this? Well. we started to talk about Hiragana with Diacritical Marks, Transcribing Contracted Sounds, double consonants, and finally long vowels.

My instructor directed me to new course materials.

Genki -An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Book

Personally, I found the Diacritical Marks the ga,gi,gu,ge,go… the hardest to pronounce. That is because it doesn’t pronounce like a G, but another sound that I can’t quite describe.

Japanese Lessons Update Week 3

I feel like I am at a plateau. Since I asked my instructor to start me from the begining. My progress is faster because I’ve been self studying with lots of different apps. However, I do not feel like I am making huge progress right now. This week we are close to finishing the original sounds for the Japanese phonics. It was easy for me since I’ve already know most from studying from the different apps.

I am hoping that this is a build up week and I have to keep myself motivated so I don’t slow down my learning momentum.

Japanese Lessons Update Week 2

So I’ve been working on learning Japanese. I had my second Amazing Talker lesson this past Sunday and it was great my 50 minutes lesson just flew by. Even though I am just going over the basic phonics with my instructor, I’ve learned that I’ve been pronouncing a lot of different Hiragana characters incorrectly. My instructor was extremely patient and encouraging. We spend a lot of time working on my writing and pronunciation of the characters, we also worked on a few new vocabularies based on the characters that we learned.

Overall this is a baby step week.

First online lesson

Few years ago, I decided I want to take some Japanese classes, so I decided to sign up for an intro Japanese class at the local community college. I thought that would be a great idea and was hopeful to jump start my language learning. Unfortunately, that was not the case. The problem with learning from CC instructor, was that she was teaching the language to Americans and she was teaching the language using romaji only. With works sound like Chinese, it really was very difficult. So when I am ready to try again, I want to find an instructor that can speak Chinese (from Taiwan), English, and Japanese. The reason for the three language requirement is because I think this will be the best to help me find the short cut to pick up the new language. So the question is how do I do that?

Enters Amazing Talker !!!

So there are couple of online language learning sites, but I decided to go with Amazing Talker because of my research based on youtube. Also because of the number of Taiwanese Chinese speakers that are instructors on Amazing Talker. So with that said, I signed up for a trial and gave it a shot. So yesterday was my first lesson.

The first lesson was only 25 minutes instead of 50, but it get you an introduction to the instructor. As I stated in my previous post, I’ve been self studying the Japanese phonics for a while and I thought with my flash cards and APPs I was doing well. However, when I was working with the instructor, I realized that I don’t know anything. I guess it is the pressure of speaking in front of another person, I would panic and stress trying to identify the characters and sounds.

All in all the first lesson ended pretty quickly, mostly cover the basic sounds and also did some basic writing. The instructor provide homework to work on my writing skill and understanding skills. As for the effectivensess of Amazing Talker? I don’t know yet. I will keep you guys updated.

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