Published 1/04/2012 by

Japanese language immersion: Day 2 ~

Welcome to the second day of my immersion project!

Let's dive into Day 2!

 I reviewed the following Katakanabasic (ア、エ、イ、オ、ウ), k-series (カ、ケ、キ、コ、ク) s-series (サ、セ、シ、ソ、ス) and  t-series (タ、テ、チ、ト、ツ). 
I learned the n-series (ナ、ネ、ニ、ノ、ヌ) and h-series (ハ、ヘ、ヒ、ホ、フ).  ガンバ━o(・`ω´・)○))━ ル!!!
Furthermore I prepared flash cards with the syllables to practice the Kana in random order. (Right now I can write them only in the a-e-i-o-u order and since I made special aide-mémoire for nearly each character it takes me some time to make the link in my head.) BTW... I'm practicing to write them, not just 'reading' them.

② Time for my flash cards! I practiced the Kanji of Lession 3 and Lession 4. I noticed that I planned to few time for this study part... as I finished writing these Kanji time was already over... but I should have reviewed the Kanji of Lession 1 and Lesson 2... (tomorrow I'll take more time for the Kanji!)
This is the list: 山、川、海、酒、毎、良、悪、聞、話、鳥、時、計、寺、天、気、一、二、三、四、五、六、七、八,九、十、月、火、水、木、金、土、曜、旅、行、夕、方、朝、昼、夜、国、王、森、林、雨、電、南、北、車、東、西、口.

  I decided to split the Workbook time (1h appointed) in 2 parts. Firstly, because I'm much more motivated to study grammar in 30min chunks than 1h...(sound SOOO long *lazy*) And I prefer variation or will get bored soon. So I study 30min grammar, then proceed to the grammar flash cards (~30-40min), then another 30min of grammar!

I envy my cat's life... 

So... first I studied the Adjective-Verbs, namely: suki, kirai, hoshii, jôzu, heta, tokui, nigate
The lesson is all about expressing what you like/dislike or are good/bad at.

(Watashi wa) sushi ga hoshii desu. I want Sushi (let's forget about the -tai Form (tabetai) for now.
Nihongo ga mada tokui de wa arimasen. I'm not good at Japanese yet.
Nihongo ga mada jôzu de ari masen desu. He's not good at Japanese yet.

There are two forms to express being good/bad at something. One is for oneself: tokui (good) and nigate (bad), the politer one is when you're speaking of another person: jôzu (good) and heta.
The ga is important! (Normally you could use wa but) combined with suki, kirai jôzu etc it has to be ga.
Further explanation @ thejapanesetutor.com

Nihongo to Kankokugo to dochira mo nigate desu. I suck (~being bad at) at both Japanese and Korean. XD
Chugokugo wa motto tokui ni nari mashita. (In contrast) I've become more good (better) at Chinese. 
Here the wa is used to contrast this sentence with the previous ones.
Gaikokugo wa nandemo suki nari mashita. (I've) gotten (like+ become+past tense) to like all foreign languages.

useful words:
nani (what), dochira (which one (of the two)), dochira mo (both), nandemo (all / everything)

Some useful constructions: 
A to B to dochira ga suki desu ka. Which one (A or B) do you like better?
A wa B yori (adj) desu.   A is (adj) than B.
Saa, yoku wakari mason. (If asked for a decision) I'm not sure...

Enough for the first part! *tired* I hope you can understand what I wrote... if you find any error PLEASE let me know! I'd be really grateful!

Nothing special... just practiced the adjectives cards from yesterday and learned some more... I'm still not through with this 90+ cards!! _| ̄|○''

 Back to the Workbook!


In the second part I just practiced more Adjectives... like the characteristics of people/animals.

Indo no zô wa kiba ga ôkii desu. Indian elephants' tusks are big.
Mimi wa ichiban ôkii-kunai desu. (Their) ears aren't the biggest ones.
Afurika no zô wa mimi ga motto ôkii desu.  African elephant's ears are the biggest ones.
Sensei wa ki ga naga-ku ari masen.  The teacher isn't patient (patient-not). impatient = ki ga mijikai

useful expresson when discussing something: ... wa waru-ku nai desk ga, ... (...istn't bad but...)

Enough Japanese for today! Let's take a break and get some food! *hungry* (〃⌒ー⌒〃)ノ~~~~バイバァ〜イ

♪~♪ d(⌒o⌒)b♪~♪ランラン

at least Coco was supporting me, trying to stay awake... XD