I can’t seem to get into a good working rhythm this month to get everything done. Fun mini projects keep getting in the way. I think it’s a result of thinking up the million and one projects I am interested in on New Years. The most recent one: Katakana.
Last time I was in Japan, Katakana was the one thing I really wished I would have learned. This time around, even though it was a shorter trip I really wanted to give it a go. I’ve been using this awesome book :
I haven’t managed to learn them all yet and it gets a little more complicated than I thought (of course) towards the end, but overall it’s been a small effort that has yielded great rewards! Katakana is EVERYWHERE (in Japan)!
Now when I’m looking around, instead of seeing a blur of characters that are meaningless, I find pockets of decipherable symbols… it’s like a word search treasure hunt! The best part of katakana for me is that once I read it, it’s most likely a word I am going to know. You just have to get used to listening for the japanized version of a word or phrase. Here are some examples around Tokyo that got me so excited 🙂
to-ma-to! Ok so the picture of tomatoes is also a clue…but still, SQUEEE!
i-be-n-to-su-pe-su … event space!
fu-a-i-na-ru fu-a-n-ta-ji… Final Fantasy!
ha-n-ba-ga … hamburger
do-ri-n-ku … drink
…and on and on. Menus are the best for katakana 🙂
ma-i-ku … MIKE, as in microphone!
Now I just have to squeal a little less when I am able to read something!