Yesterday, I received Sarah‘s postcard in my mailbox and am still extremely happy. She’s really sweet to send me a postcard. ^.^
Got to know Sara after my second giveaway (yes! I had giveaways!) and learned that she has an amazing blog. I love her blog for her contents and the nice pictures she took. It always makes me feel good after reading it. I hope you guys can make time to visit her nice blog.
I love how maintaining this blog has given me the opportunity to make friends from different parts of the world and I find it amazing that someone at the other side of the world is reading my blog and working hard at learning languages as well. Speaking of giveaway, this is a note to all new readers of my blog. I like to send postcards to all those who might be interested in getting one from me! ^^ Of course, a postcard ain’t a big deal but it’s my way of saying thank you to all of you who read my blog. So if you are interested, please write to me at email@example.com and I’ll send you a postcard ;D
Anyway, some stuff I have been up to recently. I’m reading a lot of SLA (Second Language Acquisition) books.
You can sort of guess why certain books are in the stack~some of them are for my personal reading~ I’m reflecting on how I learned my second language and third language The reflection process is very interesting to me as a language learner since I find some of the techniques are used by myself or others. Not only so, I also learn why certain learners are better learners and so on. I really want to share those here but I figured that will take a long time so I will talk about that when my research essay is done.
As for Japanese, I did a Japanese recording and upon listening, I realized several things about myself. I was trying to apply what Mizuu先生 and dimitri2012先生 said to the passage I read and then I realized it’s TOUGH! ~!! I realized I am TERRIBLE at pauses. TERRIBLE. Not only so, I was out of breath quite easily. Honestly after the 3rd paragraph, since I was rather out of breath, I couldn’t focus on pronouncing the words and getting the pauses at appropriate times. I felt my out of breath BIG time when I was focusing on the “high” and “low” while focusing to reading the sentence or part of the sentence in one breath. Focusing on two things at the same time was a strain on my brain and throat and I know this is really all due to myself still not used to how the language is.
And I could hear all my mistakes half way through the passage. And I also realized that my voice was 硬い. >.<” I know the biggest reason for this is because, I got nervous when I was out of focus n breath.
The other thing I realized was my eyes were moving faster than my mouth. Hmm, I think this is also due to the fact that I’m not used to the language though I did realize that when my eyes moved quickly, I had a tendency to read quickly as well. Yet reading quickly and pronouncing the words correctly proved to be a great challenge. Hmm, so many things I need to work on!
On the whole I learned that I can learn by listening to myself. And YES, I’m my worst critic! I need to spend more time to practice and listening to myself. I’m sorry if you guys are expecting that I’ll be posting my recording here cos I really don’t want to kill your ears. (HAHA)
And today, I came across this interesting paragraph:
Of course, I’m not looking at becoming a 声優 but I feel that many things can also be applied to reading Japanese as well. I am going to try the above to prevent my voice from going 硬い.
As you can see, my life is still filled with loads of 声優 stuff and honestly, I’m not looking at changing this at all (LOL) cos there are way too many things on 声優 that I can listen and read. As much as I say that, I’ve stopped listening to audio dramas with 1 voice actor and have switched to those with various voice actors to catch the differences in styles. I have recently started to listening to 神谷浩史さんand 小野大輔さん’s radio programmes, “Dear Girl Stories”. It’s one of those random things that one listen for laughs. If you are interested, you can find quite a lot of these on youtube.
Anyway, 神谷さんand 小野さん were also in another radio programme and they were absolutely hilarious in this though there was some wisdom in their words though they were nonsensical at some points xDDD
The 神谷さんand 小野さん combi is just beyond words funny, these guys are so funny together. Because I enjoy listening to them so much, I’ve converted their radio programmes videos into mp3 so that I can listen to them when I’m on the move.
As for reading, I’m trying to read a variety of things from different sources with the minimal time I have, from Diamond Online to Life Hacker to anything 声優. Speaking of which, I found a site which contains tons of 声優’s interviews and LOL~ I’m going to read them whenever I can from now on! Can’t wait to go back to reading the novels I have but unfortunately, I don’t have so much time to do so many things that I like. But I have a realization that I need a lot more Japanese to improve, so I know I can’t stop this immersion and I intend to go even deeper into this immersion~
Well, so much about everything, shall end with a cute video of 神谷さん playing with his cat in his radio programme. This is 超可愛い～！！