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Japanese Learning: ななみちゃん

by - February 19, 2017

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In the beginning, when you first start learning Japanese, there are a plethora of resources to use. Textbooks, Youtube videos, interactive games to learn Kana, etc.
However, as time goes on, it might prove difficult to find a fun medium in which to study Japanese. I know I have come across this problem a few times as I got stuck in a learning rut, and found myself searching for hours for 'fun ways' to revitalize my learning routine.
A common piece of advice is to 'watch anime' or 'read manga' but I felt that wouldn't prove effective to me, as there are a lot of components in anime's that may confuse me rather than educate me; factors like dialects, male/female slang kind of speech, complex monologues that include vocabulary not often used in day to day life, etc.
A lot of Japanese TV variety shows may prove too fast or too difficult for Intermediate level learners, which is where using children's shows to learn everyday grammar and vocabulary comes in.
It's sort of the middle ground between regular anime and a show for babies, which means it already assumes that the viewer can form sentences and understand conversational vocabulary. It's relatable, casual, and an easy way to pick up a few words here and there that you've never heard before.
A show that I personally recommend is Nanami-chan. You can find most, if not all, of the episodes on Youtube (like here, which combines about 10 episodes into one video). Try your best not to look at the English subtitles (I put a small piece of paper on my laptop screen to block the words) and keep a notebook handy to jot down words you didn't get.

I used an online notebook to keep track of new words as they were being said.
The show runs in 5 minute segments, so it's not as intimidating as 30 minute to an hour episodes.
Here is the show's description (from MAL):
'Michi and her family have just moved into the Happiness House, a huge tree with all sorts of little buildings and houses built on and inside of it. Upon exploring what is to be her new bedroom, Michi finds an odd nut-like object. Before long, a strange creature, Nanami-chan, hatches out of it. The two become fast friends. Together, Michi and Nanami-chan learn all kind of new things, and everyday they meet more eccentric residents of the Happiness House.'
Since Michi is a child, she uses casual language, except for when she's speaking with elders. If you're looking to learn ultra polite language, Nanami-chan isn't the show for you.
This is an excellent way to pick up vocabulary, work on listening comprehension, and watch a cute casual show for kids. As you watch more and more, eventually one could work themselves up to mainstream animes!

Happy Watching~!

Michi... why is the jam... on the outside of the bread....?

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