The Conversational book I have is great, but a bit dry. Even though it’s exactly what I need to learn, It’s hard to make grammar exciting. So don’t tell the author, but I’ve had to turn elsewhere to stay motivated about conjugation.
First I tried watching an Anime that I saw long ago, but remembered liking: Grave of the Fireflies. It is all in Japanese and I can put on either English and/ or Japanese subtitles. It was great, but clearly above my level… oh yeah and totally depressing ( beautifully depressing, but still ). I would recommend anyone to watch it, just keep tissues handy 🙂 It was cool to be able to listen and hear the breaks between words, even when I didn’t understand the words themselves. It doesn’t sound like a sea of sounds anymore, just distinct words I don’t know 🙂
So after that sad-fest I went on a search to find upbeat, children’s entertainment… preferably something for babies since we are about at the same level. And then I found it… possibly the only thing that could have lifted me out of my post-Grave of the fireflies- depression…
I now fully understand the meaning of kawaii (“lovable”, “cute”, or “adorable”)!!!
Now whenever I am glazing over from conjugating or just starting to panic about how I will ever keep everything straight.. I have a secret weapon against the boredom 🙂
I’m cruising along with the book, next step is to start translation on the script and probably find someone to help with that!
(Mata-ne… See you!)