Argh, so sorry everyone! This should have been finished ages ago :( I don't know if it's because the movie is a little more heavy but it's less fun to sub than past projects. Bear with me guys!
Progress update: 75%
Now that 5 ji Kara 9 ji Made has finished, I've still got plenty of spare time so I've tentatively decided to pick up Poisonberry in my Brain (with Yoko Maki and Yuki Furukawa) and the 2 part drama special Kurosaki no Iinari ni Nante Naranai (starring Kento Nakajima and Nana Komatsu).
This is still tentative- I've managed to get a hold of Japanese subs for Poisonberry so I'll start on that. The Kurosaki drama special hasn't aired yet so I can't make any promises yet, but if I can get a hold of some Japanese subtitles then I will continue with it.
Hopefully I'll get the movie done in around 2 weeks :) It doesn't look like anyone else is working on it right now so I'll go for it.
I'll post sub progress updates on this page for everyone that's interested! Stay tuned :)
I've been exposed to several languages from a very young age, both at home and at school. Overtime, I started to get interested in learning specific languages that suited my interests at the time. For example, when I first got into anime I became obsessed with learning Japanese. When I got into K-dramas, I started to pick up a little Korean.
I've had formal classes for French, Spanish and Japanese (although I've definitely lost my French and Spanish was only at a beginners level). Having been exposed to all sorts of languages in different settings, I've come up a few tips to really help anyone pick up a language better and faster.
1. Get your grammar down first. Grammar is critical, especially if your native tongue is in a different language class i.e. European languages have a very different sentence structure to Asian languages. Learn your grammar first, because that will form the basis of your ability to understand and speak. In formal classes, they usually expose you to grammar structures starting with the simpler things, and then moving up to the more difficult to apply structures. If you are teaching yourself, that's a pretty good way of going about it. For Japanese, use the JLPT guidelines to learn your grammar sequentially.
One more thing: try and learn both formal and informal grammar styles. The type of grammar they use in formal textbooks is very different to what is spoken in Japan. It's not too tricky to learn both, so when you read or watch something you can correlate it with the formal version from the textbook.
2. Always keep learning vocabulary. From the very beginning you should be learning at least a few words at a time. The good thing about learning a lot of vocab is that once you get grammar down, it's super easy to switch vocab in and out of those structures giving you hundreds of possibilities for sentences. Your comprehensive abilities expand exponentially. It's not too hard to learn compared to grammar as well.
3. Immerse yourself. If you know someone who is a native, or even someone that's learning the same language- speak to them, no matter how mundane the topic. Don't feel embarrassed about making mistakes, that's how you will improve the best. If you don't have access to a native speaker, get a penpal. Watch movies and shows with subtitles, but try to wean yourself off them after you can start to understand bits and pieces that you have learned already. Try and listen to some music (start slow) and break the lyrics down as you go. Actively engage with the language. Memorizing is a very passive process- use what you've learned to excel.
4. Have fun with it. The second you start becoming bored with language, your ability to keep learning will be limited. It might even get to the point where you lose interest completely and stop learning. When this starts to happen, try and think about why you picked it up in the first place. There is no such thing as useless knowledge. If you are getting bored, I highly suggest doing the things I mentioned in the above point i.e. actively engaging with the language again to remind you how far you've come. I lost my French and I regret it a lot because I had invested so much time into it, and now it's all gone. Language is a treasure that you have to maintain throughout your life. Take care of your abilities.
5. Be goal-oriented. This is the best way to do it. Language cannot be learned overnight. It takes time, effort and motivation over a long period of time. To sustain yourself, it's best to break things down into daily or weekly goals. Don't be discouraged if you can't speak super fluently or don't understand a TV show- those abilities come after some time. Start small and work your way up. My teachers in school used to bring us kindergarten books because we could apply what we knew and understood at that level. Over time, you'll be able to do more and more. Start with simple sentences, then move up and try simple manga or anime. When you get better, try a drama or a movie.
What I've said might seem really obvious, but its reality. Being able to apply what you have learned is honestly one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. Communication is a very powerful thing, and it connects people on a level that nothing else can. We wouldn't be where we are today if people from different backgrounds didn't interact with eachother through language.
Either way, I hope this was helpful even in the slightest. :)
I. Literally. Can't. Wait. I missed the opportunity to watch a local screening of the movie because of exams. The manga is kind of weird, but there's something really magnetic about the story and characters. There's something so relatable about Hatori- she isn't necessarily likeable but all for the better. I'm looking forward to Kentaro Sakaguchi's performance the most, even though I know his fate T.T.
Here's to hoping that Hirunaka no Ryuusei gets an adaptation too! Although, the teacher plotline might be a problem...