일본어 공부하자! (Let’s Study Japanese!)

My first semester for this academic year started a week ago and I realized that this is indeed a hell semester! It’s always a hell semester in our university but with my load this semester, it is like HELL raised to the NTH power. Anyways, I am still happy that I was able to get the subjects that I need this semester. I got 18 units with PE so, huzzaaahhh!

After four years of spending my college days studying Korean, I finally got reunited with Japanese! I took my Basic Japanese 1 on 2009 and I just continued Basic Japanese 2 this semester! Just imagine the amount of headache that I had while reviewing my Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. It was really difficult to review my old notes because I can’t really recall my basic Japanese! But thanks to my sensei (who was my sensei 4 years ago), I was able to catch up with our current lessons.

일본어? 日本語!

We are using Genki Textbooks in class. These Genki textbooks Updated version are quite different from the Genki books that we used 4 years ago. The funny think is that Mary and Takeshi are still the characters of the stories. After dealing with Rie-ssi and James-ssi in Yonsei textbooks, I am now back with Mary-san and Takeshi-san! I am still having weird feelings that I am now studying Japanese instead of Korean but I need to get over with those because I need Japanese courses for me to graduate!

Genki Textbooks

The only reason that makes me excited in studying Japanese are our Kanji lessons. I wanted to learned Kanji and Chinese characters for me to have a deeper understanding of Korean. I still have to finish my Japanese Intermediate courses so good luck to my Korean skills. I am planning to take the TOPIK Level 4 on October and JLPT N5/N4 on December but I am not sure if my brain can still handle both languages at the same time! HAHA!

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3 thoughts on “일본어 공부하자! (Let’s Study Japanese!)

  1. Balancing the languages is a challenge I learned about the hard way. XD One language would steal attention from the other so long story short, I’m not reviewing or learning more Japanese until July to give Korean a chance. I’m REALLY itching to study some Japanese though… >.> Like, I had my dictionary of Japanese grammar in my bag two days ago and had to resist opening it. Once I opened it, I might have pushed Korean to the side again. XD

    Learning both at the same time has its benefits though. If it wasn’t for Japanese, I’d still be @.@ about some stuff in Korean. It’s like learning the grammar in one language compliments learning it another since they’re like sister languages.

    I didn’t know Genki had a spiral binding version. Is that from the Japan Times or a custom edition from your college? I’m using the 2nd edition and it doesn’t look like that. o.o

    • I agree with you! It’s hard to study both languages at the same time. I need to stop studying Korean so that I can focus on studying Japanese. I’m just worried that my Korean language skills will be much affected if I put too much focus on Japanese. Recently, I was checking my Korean vocabs and I find it quite difficult to recall some simple words. Whew. I really need to know how should I handle this situation. I often make doodles on my notes saying “I want to study Korean, not Japanese” but I have no choice 😦

      Oh, my Genki is a copy from our university. This is just a photocopy of the original book provided by my sensei. 😀

      • The same thing is happening with me and Japanese. XD I’m forgetting some words and how to write some kanji. The good thing is, when I resume Japanese again I can see how much I really retained. Hopefully it’ll be a lot. If I ever find a foolproof (or near foolproof) way to alternate the studying, I’ll be sure to make a post about it.

        Ah, okay. So it WAS a university copy. I was looking at it for the longest like “…Wait. What the heck have I been studying from for the past year?” XD I do like this layout better than the 1st edition, but I would’ve really preferred if there was more reading practice in the back. The book would be bigger, but the practice is definitely needed. Tobira (an intermediate book) DEFINITELY gives you lots of reading practice though. There’s barely any English and it makes me go 😀 and ;A; at the same time.

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