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对不起 – I’m Sorry

4 Nov

I am dreadfully sorry. Been hectic in college. Hectic times should be time I’m posting, but it’s really hard to remember everything. Never was good with important stuff.

Everythings going well, Chinese is simple, it’s helping with other languages too. I am also planning to going to China in June with College friends for a year. June 2012. Going to go all over China! Working/Holiday VISA.

Need to find out more information though. If anyone has any, on Chinese Holiday Visa’s, let me know. It’s very confusing so far.
Anyways, I’ll sort out a good lot of Blogs soon. Brought my Laptop to Starbucks for the first time the other day. Was amazing. Thinking of doing it again soon, but on my own and for Blogs!

Please don’t be angry. Talk to you all soon!

Go to my new blog here: http://theasianpersuasions.wordpress.com

Status

Warning!

17 Sep

Words of the week will have to wait until next week.
I have lots to do for college, and hopefully I’ll get into the swing of things by next week.I’m loving college, made friends, everythings going smoothly, think its because I have changed as a person too, since the first time in college. Lots more friends poppin’ up each day, ones that I know from the “outside”.

First night out with everyone Tuesday, so I’ll have photo’s from then an’ all.

Have a good week!

Becks.

It’s Been Awhile – No Internet, No Dorama.

23 Aug

You will become a house hatcher until the end of the series and then you'll probably watch You're beautiful, like I did, even though it came out first. Heartstrings looked more appealing.

I know I haven’t written anything in a while, and I apologise. But I have been
busy, but busy not doing a lot of the important things I should have been
doing, like learning my Japanese, and sorting out Student Grant Forms and
Registering for college.

But don’t worry, I have registered, I got my forms, and now I just got a kick
in the face to keep up my Japanese, I need to keep things in mind. Keeping
things in mind was never my strong point, I think I’m just a bit ahead of
myself than the normal person, like a few years to many. I don’t know why it
is, but I seem to always have been this way. I need constant reminders of
everything. But even that doesn’t work sometimes. I ignore them on my phone, I
don’t notice them on my Laptop and if I do notice them or not ignore them, I
wiggle my way around them somehow and then I realise sometime after and the
circle begins again.

Starting college soon, will put me in the academic mind-set thank god, but I
was hoping to have some Kanji down so I could write my notes in some Japanese,
and it’d probably help me learn both subjects at the same time. I am thinking
of writing everything in Katakana, to learn them off by heart so I can progress
to Kanji a bit quicker. Well, to more Kanji, I do have some down but I’ve
forgotten a lot. I will also find the Japanese for my business vocab and use
them then in notes so not everything is in katakana, some things will be in
Kanji and Hiragana, like it should be. Then you see, I’ll be learning quicker.
Mind-set helps.

I’m looking forward to getting back to college, I just hope the Induction Day isn’t
one of those cheesy days where your forced to play games that are supposed to
help you get to know your friends. I don’t really care, I’ll make friends, the
games make it worse for the shy people and make them go into themselves more. I’m
20, they should have a get-to-know-eachother with a few vodka and 7up’s down
the pub, there’s enough of them around. Or have a chat in the smoking area at
college. That’s how you make friends at this ages, otherwise, you already have
friends from Secondary School and Primary School.

Sorry about that minor rant, I really dislike them games.

Either way though, I’m dying to begin the course, keep me and my mind off
stupid things, this summer, even though everything went wrong, I have realised
who my true friends are, what I want to do with my life and what and who to
leave behind. It hasn’t been the best of years so far but I can feel it’s
leading up to the beginning of a great new year. Three more New Years and
hopefully I’ll be planning my move to Japan. 😀

So, anyways, not writing posts for so long was annoying, I was in my friend’s house
for a week and a half, for a little holiday. Helping her sort out college and
putting in her hair extensions. So that was another reason I didn’t post in
awhile, I also couldn’t watch my Dorama’s. My Dorama’s (Japanese and now
Korean) were also another distraction, I’m addicted, but today I said enough
was enough, get some work done. But Id recommend watching them they are
amazing. Seriously. But warning, highly addictive, you wont want to leave your
house. I didn’t.

I hope the end of Summer is good to everyone, I think I’m going up to Belfast
with Orange before College officially starts, which is the 13th
September. It’s not long away and I don’t know if I can come up with college
money then. But we’ll see. I’ll let you know how that goes then anyway. Today
though, going over Kana for whatever amount of time, shouldn’t have a time
limit, makes it monotonous and then I’m going to read some all Kana articles
and then find out what the words mean and then maybe the various Kanji for
them. NO ROMAJI! BOLD ROMAJI!

Have a good one 😀

26 Jul

Chilled out Japanese music does the job. No more UK/US Charts for me.. Seriously

So in new light of all things Japanese, I’m having fun, enjoying learning Japanese, how to pronounce words, translating, sentence picking, movies/anime with NO subs.. I’m quite proud of where I’ve got to today, it wont much but, it is different from yesterday, or the day before. Japanese has taken itself and put itself in my stride, I didn’t even have to d it. It gets inside you like a tape worm and grows slowly but surely, but this isn’t something I want to get rid of, I want to stay infected. (I don’t have tape worm, I’m infected with all things Japanese!)

So without further ado, that’s all I had to say about that matter. I’m off for Lunch today with my friend Orange (to a Japanese Cafe) and I thought I’d throw in my morning thoughts before I got ready and left. I was turning into a Hatcher. Which isn’t good with my friends, they’ll get angry bum over it. :S So, I leave you with this lovely tune. Check it out! Japanese Tapeworm Egg.This is how I feel, happy and scared of my J-Worm.. All at the same time. 😀

Talk cha’ all laterz 😉

The “J” Word

25 Jul

Sorry to mention the “J” word, every five seconds, but I have to, if not. Well, I’ll forget I’m on my J-mission.
Part of today’s mini-mission of the J-mission is that the only English thing I’ll do today is this. Writing my post. My Facebook and Twitter are in Japanese and now I have some new Japanese acquaintances to talk to in…yes, you guess it JAPANESE. So, I’m excited I can have some more exposure to Japanese, and I’ve got my head around certain things since finding these Japanese. Which is god. (Yes, you could say I am a stalker, finding these people I do not know on the web, but I’m not. Blame Khatz for being such a good influence on all of us AJATTer’s, he started it all)

So today’s plan is quite simple. I will be doing…:

  1. Hiragana and Katakana
    I just need to check my Hiragana. Katakana I must learn all today. I will not fail.
  2. Kanji Reviewing
    I have the website I found for that. Linkishere.
  3. Drop some Anime
    I’ve run out of Anime I think, but I think I need to work more on my basics until I watch another Anime, because I want to try without Subtitles so bad, and the Anime I love, I’ve only ever watched with subs/dubs. So now it’s time to understand them properly. Then I can go find new Anime. I’d say there would be new ones out by the time I’m finished re-watching the others RAW. Oh and I watched a real person Japanese movie today, it’s the real version of Kimi no Todoke. It was great. Must go find names of Producers and Actors etc. I’m hooked. Officially.
  4. Search some Manga.. (Newbie)
    So, yes. I am a complete Noob when it comes to Manga, it never interested me, but it will if it’s in Kanji. So making inquires to ALL the comic book stores in Dublin if they have them or not. ONLY IN KANJI. Waste of time, effort, and money to buy them in English you must enjoy them in their true form, to get the jokes, not the lame jokes put in in English.
  5. Some online Japanese reading after No.1
  6. Definitely, not even some, LOADS. Lots of sentence picking too. If I’m stuck I can help one of my new Japanese acquaintances to help.
  7. Japanese talking time. 😀
    With new friends, well soon to be friends on SKYPE, still dont like the whole call/camera call thing. Freaks me out. If only Murz was Japanese, I could talk to her for days on end.. Or if Kirsty was Japanese, I could slag her for days on end. OR if Orange was Japanese, we could conceive our evil and strange ideas together in Japanese. My arm just cracked like the bone decided to snap…. Weird
  8. And perhaps find some more music artists. The Japanese kind. (Obsessed already)
    It’s quite catchy soft rock, feel good music. Even the overly cute “choir” idols group AKB48 is addictive. Brainwashing me I should say. Few other bands whose names I keep forgetting to take down, but they’re  in the Favourites thing. But didn’t put any names beside them. I’ll put them up on Twitter later when everything is done.

So, I think that’s it. It’s time to start another beautiful day in my make-shift Japan. 😀
I’m looking forward to it.
Oh… and if your also studying Japanese, and reading this. Get up off your arse and study now.. THIS IS IN ENGLISH…Dude

 

I love tea I do.

23 Jul

Lyons tea, 2 sugars, good bit of milk, leave the teabag in (that’s the new thing).
I love my tea, like any other Irish person, so it’s weird to find those who don’t like it or don’t drink it. Especially when they’re not lactose intolerant or anything similar. My friend Natasha simply just never had tea up until I offered her one on day, which I think is extremely strange and I think she is the only person in Ireland who happened to “never have tea”. Since any where you go, any house you go to, even the Garda station.Somebody offers you tea. When certain friends of mine come over I always offer a cuppa, but if they’re the type that don’t drink tea, I still ask anyways, because it’s a natural thing to assume they want tea. Not coffee.
I like coffee, don’t get me wrong (black coffee, no sugar) but I really only drink it in the mornings, or in café’s. I love my cafe’s. Coffee, fags and convo’s. Bes combination going. I am yet to find a cafe that make’s a decent cup of tea. They need a kettle, not a water tank thingy. Herbal tea I love too, but I only drink them in phases of trying to be healthy, weight loss for a big night out, and to fix my skin. Oh, and for hangovers, that are extreme, I’ll drink a herbal tea of some sort. One that’s gentle on the stomach and won’t leave me in bed for days after.

The whole point of this post, was no point, I have nothing much to write about. But now that I say that, I actually do. Which I will do…. Now.

I’ve been religiously following my favourite blogs, ones which have loads to read, and the ones which update everyday, or most days. Which are two. The Japan Guy and AJATT. The Japan Guy is entertaining and is about what I like and what I wanna know. AJATT is about what I like and what I have to know to experience what I like in the flesh. Which is JAPAN!

Anyway, AJATT has got me thinking about the “Immersion Process” and how to become a hermit. Which lately, even pre-AJATT, I have started to become. It happens a lot. Not all the time, but now and then, I don’t answer my phone, I have no free texts, so I’m not replying, not bothering with WebTexting anyone back. Not going out (which is a huge one for me), and locking myself in my room away from family and the outside world. I think my “immersion” is starting well, because I am doing a lot of Japanesey things, not as much as I’d like and not in the way I want to do it. Like not watching my Anime without subtitles, etc. I am listening to the Anime and understanding the few words I know, but I am now in the process of taking down the words I know to find tha Kanji or Kana. But now learning them is hard. So, my plan is, to watch over old Anime series, for the next week, take all the words I know, find the translations, also keep up the random 15 words and 10 sentences a day translations I’ve done, and next week start from there, because if I get a few basic words and sentences down I can probably understand that bit more. Which I think is what he’s on about in AJATT, while doing it my own way, not exactly his way.

I still am trying to find Manga websites with the Manga in Japanese. Preferably with Manga from the Anime I have watched, because, well, I’ve never been into Manga, I don’t own any Manga. But I definitely think it’ll help, especially when I’ve already enjoyed the Anime so much. Tomorrow I’m going down to Dublin City Comics to check it out, since my friend works there, I’ll have help, they might have some Anime in Japanese already there. Let’s hope so. I reaaaally wanna get this show on the road. ASAP.. Getting “Remembering the Kanji” today or next Saturday. So I can start that. But for now, I must use what I already have access to and some inititive and creativity. Time and Japanese wont wait for me, and Japanese won’t miraculously plant itself into my brain. I have to chase it down till its stuck with me for life.

So, wish me luck. I’m off to continue becoming “Japanese”!

Bye Bye!

QUICK QUICK QUICK, STOP THE PRESS

20 Jul

IMERSE YOURSELF INTO THE LANGUAGE. DONT LEARN THE LEARN JAPANESE, BECOME JAPANESE!
Found these wise words at: AJATT Very inspiring and clever little site. Makes complete sense too. I recommend it, especially if your the mental type and really love Japan and all things Japanese. Hope my Hiragana Chart helps aswell!

Becky

P.S. Posts up later will be longer. If you read articles on that site^. You will understand my hastiness in this one.