December 3|12月3日

今日、ちょっと短いブログをします。今日、大阪城に行こうと思っていますから。

最近、私の将来を考えます。休みの予定のことや、日本で留学した後や、大学院生のことや、仕事のことを考えています。

1。休みのと予定、

このクリスマス休み、友達とUSJに行きます。2月前に、ハロウィンの時、行きたかったですが、ちょっと予定変わりました。でも、今、クリスマスのことあるから、行ってみたいです!

春休み:多分この春休み、私は他の国に行くつもりです。例えば、韓国とタイとラオスに行きたいです。後で、沖縄に行きます。まだ考えています、まだ決めていませんが、すぐ決めます。

2。日本で留学した後

もちろん、アメリカに帰ります。でも、前に、他の学級、留学したいです。でも、日本か韓国かスペインで、まだ決めていません。今朝、韓国と日本のこと考えました。今、韓国の授業を撮りますから、もちろん韓国に行きたいです。でも、休み?留学?住んでいる?もっと考えます。

3。大学院生

私は友達と話しました。私たちは同じ夢がありますから、いつも一緒にいりたいです。でも、多分できません。違う人から、夢だけはダメです。しかし、日本で大学院生とアパートと日本で働くのことを話し合いました。

それに、私の両親は変な人です。ノースカロライナで多分、すぐ他の家を買います。妹は大学生ですが、妹に家をくれるつもりです。何??本当にクレジー。両親は「あなたはUNC-Wの大学院生になったら、あなたもその家使えます」と言いました。でも、多分できません。アメリカに住みたくないですよ。とても複雑な気持ちがあります。

4。仕事

教師になりたいです。でも、

すぐ?大学院生の後?大学院生の前?いつの方がいい?

どこ?日本?韓国?タイ?色々な国?

英語だけは大丈夫?歴史も?科学?

多分たくさん暇な時ありますから、このことを考えれます。

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Today I am going to write a short blog post because I am planning to go to Osaka Castle.

Recently, I have been thinking about my future… Such as my plans for different breaks from school, what I will do after studying abroad, graduate school plans, and what my future job will be.

1。Break/Holiday plans

My friends and I will go to USJ around Christmas time. We were supposed to go two months ago, but our plans changed. Now, USJ has Christmas decorations and Christmas shows and such things, so I really want to try to go.

“spring break”: If I am able to, I plan to go to other countries during this time. For example, South Korea, Thailand, and Laos (don’t ask me how that one got in the mix). After that I would like to also visit Okinawa. However, I haven’t quite decided yet, but I have to decide soon.

2. After studying abroad

Of course, I will return to America (even if just temporarily). But, before I return, maybe I will study abroad for another semester. I still want to study abroad. Should I study in Japan, South Korea, Spain? I have also not yet decided. This morning, I was thinking a lot between South Korea and Japan. Currently, I am taking Korean classes, so of course I want to go to South Korea. But, is a vacation enough? Do I need to study abroad? Maybe I will live there… I need to think about this more.

3. Graduate School

I talked to my friend who has the same goal and dream as me to teach English. We always talk about wanting to live together, to teach near each other, study with each other. Yet, I know that we are different people, even if we have the same dream, it’s not enough… However, we cannot help, but to discuss things like living together in an apartment in Japan, pursuing graduate school here and working here.

Another issue, my parents are strange people. They intend to buy another home in North Carolina soon. My sister is a university student, but they plan to buy her a house. WHAT? That’s crazy I thought. My parents said though, if you also plan to study at UNCW (grad school), then you can also use the house. So now, I have very complicated feelings…

4. Work

I want to be a teacher. But…

Soon? After graduate school? Before? When is the best time?

Where? Japan? Korea? Thailand? Different countries?

Is English only enough? History too? Science?

 

Recently, I have had a lot of free time, so this is probably why I am having such thoughts…

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Study Habits/Strategies/Failing

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I miss WCU’s library (and falling asleep on the couch)

Since joining Western Carolina University August 2015, I have learned a lot about the best ways to acquire a new language. Through books, TESOL classes, and interacting with language learners. I will often ask people how they learn kanji, or how they are able to remember vocabulary, how they practice grammar.

However, do I do what other people suggest to me? No! I am a bad language learner. Honestly. Grammar connects fairly easily in my head, but of course I make lots of mistakes. However, that point is that I learn a new grammar point in class, and then I am able to try to use it, whether I succeed or fail, I use them… But vocabulary and kanji are a bit different.

I am going to be 100% honest, I hate studying. I love learning a language, I love being able to talk to people, I love finding linguistic patterns, I love analyzing sentences and trying to figure out the meaning (on TV shows, in books, in songs, etc.). However, just sitting down with flashcards, or just staring at the words on a page is so boring for me, and I think many other people out there.

For example, recently, we had a Kanji test that covered Kanji from the first lesson until lesson 30. I don’t know how many kanji it was, but my flashcards that I had been collecting since the first kanji quiz were too many to get through. We started studying at 7:00, and by 12:30 I still had not gone through all of them. That’s not to say I studied straight through the night, I definitely got distracted, but regardless, that is clearly not a good method for truly learning. That is only cramming, and honestly the studying probably only reinforced the kanji that I did know, but did nothing for the kanji that has yet to be ingrained into my brain. The kanji that I easily remember are the ones I see daily, or at least often. Such as illness ones because when you’re in a new country I guess you’re more susceptible to getting sick (I’ve caught a cold 3 times now)!

So, I have figured out what I need to try to do~

Contextualize everything. Writing sentences with the kanji in them and trying to associate their “picture” to something that means something to me. I have read about that in books about learning vocabulary as well, but did I ever listen and try to do that as I studied? Nope~ Anyhow, you all will be finding that I am planning to do a post once a week when I am studying new Vocabulary and Kanji and I will just create sentences. Hopefully, I can find a way to relate them all together, but we will see how that turns out.

One thing that I’ve noticed that Troi does when learning vocabulary, is that she will record herself reading all of the vocabulary words and then play them back to herself. This is a great way to associate the words with their pronunciation, listening practice as well as acquiring vocabulary. That cannot be the only thing that I do to learn vocabulary, but it is a very smart idea, I think, as long as I can pronounce things properly!

Now as for watching TV shows, my advice for other Japanese language learners!
Try to watch them without English subtitles, but go ahead and turn on the Japanese subtitles, this makes taking notes easier about unfamiliar things they say. The best shows I think are comedies (like comedians), and reality TV shows, for me these are easier to follow and use “real” Japanese, more authentic and less scripted, but of course not 100% non-scripted. Also with songs.. I cannot memorize the words for the life of me, but that is definitely one way to do that.

M.