はじめまして!

ミチャミチとよんでください!これはポストがいちばんです。わたしのにほんごがたいへんじょうずじゃない。わかります。だから、にほんごがべんきょうしましょう。みんな、ともだちがいちにちをなります。

I hope I wasn't rude ^

みんな、がんばってください!
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I'm checking in!

I thought I'd post here, since not many others in my life are very interested in how my Japanese studies are coming along. :)

Anyway, I just wanted to tell someone, anyone, that I've just finished Genki I after what feels like an eternity and have moved on to Genki II! :D It was superslow from the start, and I couldn't make myself study very often because of the feeling of it being an uphill struggle. But the last few months, since the turn of the year actually, I've studied almost every single day! So yay for me! LOL

I have also developed a new cool habit: every time I'm bored (which sometimes happens a few times a day), I study some Japanese! I am kind of in love with this new habit to be honest. ;)

Still struggling with some kanji, but weirdly picking other stray kanjis up just because they look easy and are part of compound words I know one other kanji of... so that's nice too.

How are you guys doing? I am genuinely interested to hear about it! :)

Check-in - For Your Reading Pleasure

  Hi guys!  Sorry I'm late yet again for the check-in... orz. Hope you had a productive week, and studied/read/watched/listened to all the things you planned on!

I'm pretty swamped with work now, so I'll keep this as simple as possible!   Last week some of us shared pictures of our Japanese learning library.  This week, I'd like everyone to share, if they are able, pages from at least one title that they are reading right now.  I'd love to see something of what you guys are actually reading or have enjoyed.

Mine are below.  From あたしンち. The main girl's name is みかん.  The manga is a slice of life full-colored manga which I got from Book-Off for $3.
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Check-In: Your Greatest Accomplishment

Hi guys!  Looks like Tuesdays are the least crazy nights, which means I'll be doing the check-in posts every Tuesday instead of Sunday from now on!   How is everyone doing?

Unfortunately since tax season is in full swing and I'm trying my best to use up all my time to study (and play that damn disney tsum tsum game) I don't have anything to share this week other than a snapshot of my Japanese language learning shelf.  Sorry it's so messy!!



If you have a photos of your Japanese library--or photos of just one resource that you're using to study Japanese--please share with everyone in the comments!!  I know I'm very curious to see what everyone is using to study/read.

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Check-In Post (and grammar from A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar)

Hi guys!  Sorry this is grievously late. We had a pretty annoying weekend and I ended up completely forgetting about this.  My bad!

For those of you who tried to translate the passage from last week's check-in post, I've edited that post with the English translation.  Please take a look if you'd like!

How is everyone doing this week?  We're two weeks into March, yay!  Hopefully everyone's learned a lot of useful things.  If you can, please comment with at least one vocabulary word you've learned in the past week that you'd like to share with everyone!


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I recommend A Dictioanry of Beginning/Intermediate Japanese Grammar to a lot of people.  I think these volumes are the best way get a better understanding of random grammar, and for those of you who don't yet have either copy yet, here is an entire entry for the grammar point 風に...

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Check-In - Snippets from Yoshimoto Banana's キッチン

Hi everyone!  How did you do this first week?  Were there any setbacks?  Did you manage to complete--or even surpass--the short-term goals you set for yourself?  How did you progress from day-to-day?  Please let us know in the comments!  If you have something to share, you can also comment to this post or create a new post of your own.  Please don't be shy!

For this week's check-in, I've included the first few passages from Yoshimoto Banana's キッチン in Japanese.  I think her writing is a good medium between easy and challenging to translate.  I'll give you all some time to try at the translations, and will then post the passage again in English, taken directly from the translated English edition of the book.  By the way, the kanji 田辺 is the family name Tanabe.

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2015 Kick-Off!! What are your goals?

Hey everyone!  It's March 1st at least somewhere in the world, and I'm excited to announce that our annual round has officially started!  Weekly check-ins will be every Sunday from now on, but since this is the first week and we've only just begun, I'd like to do something different.

Remember the goals that you (hopefully) wrote down before this whole thing started?  As a kick-off to this week, please take a look at that list of goals, and in the comments below (or on your own journal, or on some other private medium)

  1. List three things you can do everyday to keep yourself on track (this may be easy if you've already listed them as your short-term goals).

  2. Next, write down three excuses you might make to yourself to keep yourself from accomplishing the first three things.

  3. Lastly, write down three reasons you should ignore those excuses and keep studying.

Hopefully, as the weeks roll by, you'll look at this list again and it will keep you focused on your goals.

Please feel free, in the comments below, to share your experiences so far, chat with one another, vent, commiserate, ask for help etc.
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Three (-ish) days till March!

Hi all!  There are about three days to go until the first ever annual round of the community begins!  I'm excited to see that a few more people have joined since last week.  Can't wait to get to know everyone better and to share our triumphs and frustrations with one another during this upcoming year!

I want to remind everyone that this is a support community, which means that if you ever need help with something please don't hesitate to comment/post.

If anyone feels as if they have something to say or share about the process of learning Japanese, or of learning languages in general, please consider signing up to write the check-in post for one of the Sundays after March 1st.  You can learn more about this here.  I don't want to sound like a broken record, but it'd be really nice (but not obligatory!) if everyone could get involved in running the community since I think that would make everything more fun for us all.  =)
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Welcome new members!

We have more than a couple members now, yay!  I think if we all participate in some way or other this year, we're going to get a lot of good use out of this community.  Let's support each other on this journey towards (hopefully!) fluency.  =)

Our official first round begins March 1, 2015.  Since that is less than two weeks away, I'd like to urge any of you who haven't to take a look at the Introductions & Goals post and write an introduction before March 1st.

If you do not want to introduce yourself and plan to just lurk (which is perfectly all right!) please still make a list for yourself of your short-tern and long-term goals for this round of the community (you can see examples of other people's goals in the comments of the Intro & Goals post).  Keep this list for yourself somewhere safe, so you can refer to it throughout the year.

We also have a Resources page, so if you need some study resources (or know of some good ones not already on the list!) please take a look!  For this list of resources, we're looking specifically for things that members have actually tried and found useful.  
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How did/are you studying this week?

I realize we've not officially begun our 2015 round yet, so we may not all have started. If you have though, please tell me what you've done this week (since introductions were posted). I'm so curious to know how you're all progressing and am happy to hear about your successes, struggles, or daily grinding.

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Introductions & Goals

We haven't really begun to advertise yet (I just sent out some feelers on learn_japanese a few minutes ago) but I noticed a couple new members have joined the community already and thought we should all introduce ourselves!

How long have you been studying Japanese?  Why are you studying? What other things are you studying?  Are you in any fandoms on LJ/DW/IJ?  Are you living in Japan right now, or in some other exotic country?  What are your hobbies (outside Japanese XD).  Please tell us anything you'd like about yourself in your introduction post!

However, I'd like to ask that everyone list at least one short-term and one long-term goal for their Japanese language studies for the next year, from March 1, 2015 through February 29, 2016. You can be really specific (ST: Learn 20 new vocab words every day; LT: learn on/kun readings for 1000 kanji by end of year) or really vague (ST: be able to start reading manga; LT: translate an entire manga by end of year).  It can be a long list of goals, or just one of each. It doesn't matter!  Just something that you can work towards, focus on, every day/week/month.

Weekly Claims Post

2015 round starts Sunday, March 1st with our Goals summary post, followed up a follow-up check-in post on Sunday March 8.  Every Sunday after that is open to volunteers.  I will update this post with weeks that are already taken.  Please also let me know if you want a week automatically assigned to you.  If no one volunteers to do the weekly post, Crystal your friendly neighborhood mod will do the check-in post for that week.

Things you can write about:

  • The struggles you're going through/have gone through in your Japanese studies (and how you overcame them)

  • Tips & tricks to make learning a certain part of Japanese easier

  • Questions about how other members tackle a certain aspect of the Japanese language, whether it be kanji, grammar, or vocabulary

  • General studying tips

  • Japanese-related anecdotes