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I feel kind of dumb that I didn't know this existed, but I was wandering around the koohii forums (I think I was looking to see if anyone had done a Kanzen Master grammar deck for the higher levels) and stumbled across a reference to this site.

(I switched into Japanese for good discipline, but you can actually get most of the menus and instructions to display in English by clicking on the thingy in the upper right corner.)

My challenge to myself, lately, has been to really focus on listening practice and see if I can get my comprehension levels up. It's just so frustrating to listen to the news every night (TuneIn on the iPhone, ILU) and have to feel proud of myself when I recognize that they're talking about the Ukraine (because believe me, that is ALL I'm getting).

Anyway, Erin's Challenge was recommended for listening practice. It's a really clever site - you can do all sorts of things to customize how much or how little help you get from subtitles, etc. But what I think I love most is how culturally localized and specific it is, at least judging just from the first "chapter". It's like reading manga, only better. (I now know where to park the bike I don't own next time I'm traveling in Japan. Cool!)

Probably not so fun for those who have actually lived in Japan and can understand all this stuff, but highly recommended for anyone else who is studying Japanese.

Now I have something to do for practice other than listening to old One Piece episodes!

Date: 2014-03-28 12:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kellyj0.livejournal.com
Looks interesting - thanks for the link! :)

Date: 2014-03-28 04:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mangaroo.livejournal.com
And from the first video, I have learned Japanese high schools are horribly threatening places.

I'm loading all subtitles except for the kana. This is going to be great for practice, thanks.

Date: 2014-03-28 01:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wednesday-10-00.livejournal.com
And from the first video, I have learned Japanese high schools are horribly threatening places.

You didn't know that from manga?

The whispering and staring would have made more sense to me if Erin didn't LOOK Japanese. Interesting casting choice. (The people she interacts with in later skits must think she's an idiot. "Why can't this girl find a freaking pencil???")

Date: 2014-03-28 06:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sara-tanaquil.livejournal.com
That is an interesting casting choice. I was just assuming she was an expat (most foreign kids wouldn't be joining a Japanese high school class in progress for six months unless they'd had some sort of special education background, right?). But now that you ask, I wonder if they did it because an actual foreigner might have seemed too threatening (?), or maybe if it allows for learners from any cultural background to identify themselves as the person who is trying to blend in.

Date: 2014-03-29 04:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wednesday-10-00.livejournal.com
I was just assuming she was an expat (most foreign kids wouldn't be joining a Japanese high school class in progress for six months unless they'd had some sort of special education background, right?).

Didn't they say she was an exchange student from England?

I wonder if the choice was a conscious one, or if they just couldn't find a foreign-looking teenager who could speak good enough Japanese for the role.

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