LIST JAPANESE LEARNING 1: HIRAGANA (IF YOU KNOW PRONUNCIATION) [CP]

originally posted: July 5, 2015

It is suggested that you learn Hiragana as fast as possible and step away from romajii.

There is many different romajii systems. And they don’t all write words in the same way.

Tokyo <—As we know in U.S

Can be written as: Tokyo, Tookyoo, Toukyou, Tōkyō.

The lines above: Tōkyō indicate that it’s a long vowel sound. 

Toukyou and Tookyoo: Already show that it’s a long vowel sound.

And Tokyo just doesn’t show it.

It’s written in Japanese like:

東京(とうきょう)toukyou. *

In Japanese class and Japanese natives they learn: Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. In that exact order.

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http://realkana.com/hiragana/

Learn Higrana but no Romajii

http://www.yosida.com/en/hiragana.html
Hiragana learning with romajii. Along with the stroke order

The order of the syllbary** is a, i, u, e, o

From top to bottom then left to right

a, i, u, e, o.

Ka, ki, ku, ke, ko

sa, shi, su, se, so

ta, chi, tsu, te, to

na, ni, nu, ne, no

ha, hi, hu, he ho

etc, etc.

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It is best that as you learn Hiragana to try to learn some grammar and words. BASIC grammar and words.

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/lesson/english/learn/list/1.html
Has greetings and some grammar. Plus audio clips

http://www.nihongomaster.com

Broken up into lessons and quizzes. It teaches Kana (Hiragana and Katakana) along with grammar and vocabulary.

japaneseclass.jp

Is like nihongomaster except it turns learning more into a game since you earn EXP with every correct answer.

http://www.nihongo-pro.com/quiz/abce85b5d0/introductory-japanese-learn-more-japanese-vocabularyQuizzes

To be quizzed on words and such.

*Why the “u”? A “u” after a vowel indicated the sound is LONGER. So “a” becomes more like “aa”.

o becomes “oo”. Hence the purpose of Toukyou being written as Tookyoo. Tookyoo helps with pronouncing it that way. Toukyou is actually how it is written/typed in Japanese.

**Syllbary its like an alphabet but since most of it is ka, ki, ku, ke, ko instead of a, b,c, d its called a syllabary. The romanized characters match the pronunciation sound.

One last note: PLEASE PLEASE PLLLEEEASSSEE

Refrain from learning Japanese from anime. There are a lot of words used that may not be used in everyday life. OR the words used can make you come of as a jerk…

Just think of learning Japanese from anime as learning English from The Simpsons (or South Park or Family Guy). You won’t see people going around saying “doh” like Homer from The Simpsons or people cursing out each other in a work place like South Park.

Japanese has a lot of different forms and you’d most likely find informal than formal forms in anime. It is NOT a good idea to be referring yourself as “ore” when introducing yourself to strangers. (Makes you come off as a narcisstic arrogant person)

Response: REOL “Σ” (Sigma) XFDMovie

 

(Edited: I highly apologize for the wall of text. For some reason I can not put line breaks between tracks. I am doing my best to fix this format issue.

I don’t follow REOL closely-well not as closely as I see other people doing. I feel like many fans that do follow her closely are very very happy that her face appears in the music video for “Gimme a Break” Anyways, overall I really like the album preview of “Sigma” which is going to be REOL’S first album. (To the point where I wished I had money to buy it.)

I definitely had trouble writing my opinion on the overall SOUNDS of certain songs. (I’m going to blame my limited music knowledge) Due to my low Japanese level, I will not be analyzing any Japanese lyrics. Additionally, even if I did had the level I definitely am not knowledge when it comes to Japanese songwriting. I think it would be quite important for me to know about Japanese songwriting since it’s quite different from how U.S writes music due to traditions, languages and music trends.

Responding: track by track

Due to my limited knowledge of Japanese, I did not write all the track titles down. Once I learn the names of the track titles I will write them. 

I really like the intro part 0:12 – 0:20
How it goes:
OH! (oh) OH! (oh)
AAAHHHHHH
Track 1: VIP KID
“I’m Lonely
Donna ni (whoa whoa)”
It’s a good track overall. I don’t really have much to say because the impact of just the sound didn’t really hit me. However, I am totally open to feeling a whole different way once I learn the meaning of the song.
Track 2: Gimme a Break
“Gimme a Break stop now!
(oh) (oh) (oh)
Gimme a break stop now!”
The music video, REOL actually shows her face but don’t expect any complicated choreography
Track 3:
“SOHE SOHE SOHE SOHE!”
I like how it’s a mix of traditional and modern Japanese music.
Track 4: Konoyo Loading  
I like the old 32 or 64 bit video game sound this song has. The title I have written for this track may be wrong.
Track 5: RE:
The bass. ❤ I wish I could write more but this is one of the songs that I just can’t put my thoughts into words for it. I’m sure there will come a day when I can actually put my thoughts about this song into feelings. Once I get that ability to do so, I’ll come back to this blog post and edit it. Let’s hope I’ll still feel the same way about this song as I do now. Though feelings for songs tend not to change for me.
Track 6: Lunatic
I like how it’s like a kind of dreamy song and the sound of the bass.
The picture shown during the album preview matches the picture I get when I hear this song, starry skies. The effect done on her voice was very nice.
Track 7:
It’s a nice song that’s more, mellower? Than the other songs. XD I’m not sure if “mellower” would be the right word to describe it but it’s definitely one of the few that has a different feeling to than the others in terms of energy.  (Like Track 6, 11 and 12.) I think that it’s very nice that REOL’s album has songs like this so they’re not all very similar to each other.
Track 8: Chiru Chiru
It’s a nice energetic song. It has quite an uplifting feel to it.
Track 9: -Final Sigma-
I like the electronic instrument that was used in this. Has a very clubby feel to it. Not in the sense of dancing, but in the sense that its one of the songs where everyone just jumps around to the beat.
Track 10: DetaramE KiddinG
This song is kinda hard. XD Like a hardcore remix of a video game’s theme.
Track 11: Samuuhoraa partii
It has a nice feeling to it. I can’t put into words the kind of feeling it is. It’s on the more mellower side for sure, but I wouldn’t call it dreamy or relaxing-just nice.
Track 12: 404 not found
It’s like a electronic slow jam! If that makes sense. It’s another song that’s more mellow than the other songs. I like how REOL’s vocals sounds kinda distant in the beginning of the preview than coming to the foreground.
Track 13: VIORA
The bass~ ❤ This song goes kinda hard too. I can totally imagine someone doing a hip-hop dance to it.

Results of Rarely Speaking Japanese

This content was originally posted on another site, but I decided to move it here. It was posted Feb 12, 2016.

私の歌詞が間違いを作りました。(つ﹏<。)

私:”シシクしちゃおうのイヤよイヤよ....”でも歌は:”シクシクしちゃおうのイヤよイヤよ...” What happens when you don’t use a language enough. D:

[My lyrics mistake that I made. Me:”Shishiku shichaou no iya yo iya yo…” but the song is: “shiku shiku shichaou no iya yo iya yo.”]

When New Music Meets Old Music

I absolutely love music like this!

And I was very very happy to find this channel:

Postmodern Jukebox

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCORIeT1hk6tYBuntEXsguLg

Which is filled with covers of new songs (And songs from the 90s and back) that are done in various older styles. Older styles among the lines of swing, blues, jazz, etc.

Like this cover:

I couldn’t help but subscribe to this channel! Thus adding another subscription to my long list of subscriptions on YouTube. D: Oh my it’s going to be a pain during those moments where seemingly everyone uploads everything on the same day.

Other examples of what this are:

Golden Bomber “My Generation”

With the whole 1980s thing and yet still remaining true to their style. I mean just look at their drummer who I’ve only seen without make-up once and that’s cause a friend of mine somehow managed to find a picture of him without make-up! I would like to note that this Japanese band Golden Bomber is a Visual kei AIR band.

EXO-M “Mama”

The gregorian chants at the beginning though. And yes, EXO-M. Instead of just EXO. I’m just a fan of Exo-M. Gregorian chants was one of the earliest forms of music. There was no background music/harmony though just one single line, the melody line. And this music video was choreographed by Lyle Benign

Wonder Girls “I feel You”

After years of Wonder Girls being away they come back with this 1980s concept. They trained hard to play instruments while dancing. And now there’s BAND versions of their old songs. Which…does prove to be a bit of an issue when they appeared on Random Dance Play not only that but I imagine the many member changes this group went through also proved to be a bit of an issue. Hyuna who was with them in Irony is now in 4minute. I’m just going to point out that one member change and I’ll let this chart do the rest of the work:

Kat Graham “1991”

I feel this song stays true to it’s title. (Though I wasn’t born yet in 1991) One of her hairstyles in this reminds me of a certain TLC member….

Ringo Sheena (椎名林檎) Marathon

I seem to be going on a marathron over here I keep listening to Ringo Sheena songs.

This is one of her English songs~  She also produced and written this very song for another singer, Chiaki Kuriyama. Ringo Sheena and Chiaki Kuriyama have worked before. This song is used in the drama “Himitsu Chouhouin Erika” where Kuriyama acts as the main character, Erika. Anyways~ I really like how there’s a whole Bossa Nova thing going on in this song.

I think she may end up being a singer that ends up on my favorites list because I am really loving the music I’ve heard of her so far.

Other songs I’ve heard by her:

I have no idea what genre of music this song will fit into. Iroha ni hoheto is an interesting songs. It has elements to it that I really like. Sheena’s voice is quite high pitched in this and contrasting to this is her sexiness. I really like it when sexy and high pitches (cute) comes together. This song also gives hope for me to sing songs in my high pitched voice but still have an element of sexiness to my performance.

I love the tone of her voice in this. Plus there’s Aya and Bambi in here. There’s also this element of sexy to it that I notice is a pattern in her performances. But on top of that a lot of her performances make me think of a jazz singer in an nightclub within the olden days. You know the kind you mostly see in movies these days, like Jessica Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit.