Archive for November, 2012

Why do you want to learn Japanese? Is it because you like reading anime, watching dorama, and listening to J-Pop? Is it related to your current or future job or education? Or is it just because you love Japan and its culture? Maybe we would have different answers of those questions. The same thing is that we are willing to learn Japanese language and of course its culture. Because each country has different way or method of using language, we will learn about what are common and proper expressions or sayings among Japan society.

Like learning other languages, learning Japanese will need our commitment and passion. Because we are not native, of course it would be difficult for us to learn, pronoun, and understand it for the first time. But don’t make it as a burden. We just have to learn it slowly, consistently, but surely. And there are so many ways to make it more enjoyable. Read my article How To Learn Foreign Languages With Fun.

This Japanese lesson will contain 50 lessons that I will post under “Learning Japanese” category. Firstly, I will introduce basic syllables in Japanese. There are 46 syllables. Actually, those are unit of sounds, so each of its elements represent a sound. It’s not so difficult to pronoun. Except for the exceptions, we just have to read what is already written on it. It would be easy for us to remember it as long as we obey the standard pattern and rhythm.

There are 2 kinds of Japanese syllables, Hiragana and Katakana. Hiragana is mostly used to make Japanese words. Katakana is used to make loanwords or foreign names, so that Japanese person would not confuse with what we’re trying to say. They have the same amount and kind of syllables but with differences in writing kanji. We can see it below..

Hiragana

Katakana

Click here to know how to pronounce the syllables

Credit: NHK World Radio Japan

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I just found out recently that this Joey is Joey from the phenomenal group, New Kids On The Block. Wow~ Even though I was not rooting for NKOTB (I only knew Step By Step), I knew that they were so well-known and leading the boys group trend in 90s and 2000s. Because of that, I decided to review Joey’s only song that I knew, Stay The Same.

This song was out in 1999. Yes, it is an old song but still relevance to be heard till now. I still can hear this song through radio recently. It is slow pop song, has such a 2000s pop song feels. Instead of having some ‘too romantic’ lyric like many others pop songs in that era, it is giving us some encourage meaning. It tells us to be and learn to love ourselves. Wishing to be someone else is like not accepting us as the way we are. Believe in ourselves then we’ll make it through.

Here is the lyric..

[Chorus]
Don’t you ever wish
You were someone else
You were meant to be
The way you are exactly

Don’t you ever say
You don’t like the way you are
When you learn to love yourself
You’re better off by far

And I hope you always stay the same
‘Cause there’s nothing ’bout you I would change

I think that you could be
Whatever you wanted to be
If you could realize
All the dreams you have inside

Don’t be afraid
If you got something to say
Just open up your heart
And let it show you the way

[Chorus]

Believe in yourself
Reach down inside
The love you find will set you free
Believe in yourself
You will come alive
Have faith in what you do
You’ll make it through

Oh,

[Chorus]

Don’t change