Wednesday, January 7, 2009

I love hiraganas

En français
I know, I know I still don't know all my Kanji and I didn't finish Heisig yet... I know I'm supposed to learn the Kanji first... Am I acting like a bad girl ? Maybe yes but maybe I got really good reason for that !!!

So what happened with my learning of the Japanese writing system is that I started to get confused.
I felt very confused about being able to say things I can't write and understand written things I can't say.
Basically in front of a Japanese text I could understand the kanji (At least the ones I know so far) but couldn't read it aloud, and I'm also able to make complete sentences without being able to actually write them.
That's probably due to the fact that I'm still taking classes (without kanji).
I know that's not good at all, boring most of the time especially the first 1 hour 30 out of 2, very very slow and not real Japanese. The problem is that the teacher is happy to see me when I got there, cause lots of people gave up and I really care about the happiness of the people around. And eventually I would like to have the certificate that you get only if you go there... I'm a bit stuck here.

Anyway, what so great about knowing the hiraganas ?
First you can write everything, it's not real Japanese but Japanese kids start by learning that anyway.
And it's really easy... even after learning only about one third of my kanji what is 46 characters to learn compare to that. When I really started and stopped playing around it took me three days.
I used the Heisig method Remembering the Kana. It was even faster than the method said.
It allows me write every words we learn in class, and also to read the Karaoke of Dragonball Z songs when I watch the anime. Seriously it's great, when I see a Japanese text I can read a bit and have some sound as well.
Of course I still learn the kanji, can't do without kanji !!!

The first picure is a bit blurred but I couldn't resist putting it there as chibis are so cute. Click on it to see it clearly !!!


  1. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  2. Aww... that hiragana chart is so cute ^^ I understand what you mean. That situation happens to me when people teach me Chinese >_< Thanks again for the bunny~!

  3. I really hate being illiterate, so I need to do someting about it. That's gonna take time but that's OK. It's the same for Chinese, you need to learn all the Hanzi. The good news is that Heisig's book for them has been publish now. I'll probably have a look at it later to compare with the Japanese version.