zero escape vlr spoilers

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some moments I thought were notable enough to take pics of, never got around to posting em anywhere yet bc I don’t want to spoil anyone who doesn’t wanna see..

but I thought of where I could post pics under a cut on my phone and remembered wordpress :v so! giving this a shot to see how it turns out

anyway yeah, definitely spoilers ahead, end-route ones too

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先週英語のツイッター垢を少し休むことにした。何だかTLを見るとイライラしてしまう。しばらく見たくない。これで、日本語の垢をもっと使っている。すごく楽しくて毎日勉強になる。

輸入した本が8日に届いた!全部もうとびとびに読んだ。最初に夏目友人帳を真面目に読みたいと思った。すごくいい。2巻もう読んだ。漫画には笹田がそんなに早く引っ越したのがびっくりした。アニメにずっといたから意外だった。

PS4もWiiUも持ってないからE3を見なかった。でも..スタフォ大好きだから新しいスタフォが発売されたらWiiUを買うかも…

先週末はフルーツレザーを作ってみた。最初失敗した。焼いたらクッキングシートから外せなかった。シリコンベーキングマットを買ってもう一度作ってみた。成功した!でも変だった!味は確かに苺。味はよかった。食感は..テープか紙を食べるみたい。それなのに、全部食べた。他の作りたい!みかん、りんご、ラズベリー、などなど。

料理やっぱり楽しい!失敗しても成功しても、新しいレシピを作るのが楽しい。

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昨日、初めて私のアパートに両親と兄夫婦が一緒に遊びに来ました。兄夫婦はテリちゃんに出会いたかったですがテリちゃんはすごくビビって身を隠しました。突然に4人が来るなんて怖いですね。皆が居なくなった時、テリちゃんはやっと落ち着けました、今は大丈夫です。

家族と一緒にいるのが楽しかったですがやっぱり一人(と一匹)でいるのが一番好きです。

今日は金曜日に輸入した本が届くかもしれない。アマゾンいつも早いです…でも配送料も相変わらず高い..海外だからね。夏目友人帳とかダンジョン飯..楽しみにしている。ステラグロウも買ってプレイ中です。楽しいです。アルトもラスティもアーチボルドもクラウス、皆可愛いです。

夏目友人帳ってさ..本当に大好きです..今まであまり描かなくても喋らないのに、すごく好きです。田夏最高、癒し天使..本が届いたら読みながら描きたい。

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毎週ここで書きたいと思います。最近色々なアニメを観ている..銀魂、ジョジョ、ワールドトリガー、山田くんと7人の魔女、俺物語!!、SB69、血界戦線、とその他。本当にどれもすごく良いです..!

今一番ハマったのは血界です。3話しか観てないが、キャラ全員は魅力的で可愛いです.. クラウスさんとレオナルドくんとの身長差も体格差は素晴らしすぎて描くのが楽しいです。やまじょも意外に面白い!友達は身体を入れ替わるネタが好きので一緒に観ている。キス、キス、キスだらけだ!素晴らしい!男女、男同士、女同士のキス..楽しいアニメです。

あ、キスといえばキスの日もあったね。ツイッターで「#5月23日はキスの日らしいのでリプをくれたcpでキスする」のタグに参加した。3つのリクエストをもらった、嬉しかった。日本のツイッタータグは英語圏のタグより面白いですよね。英語圏でこんなタグがないんです。

日記をつけたい

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I may try to force myself to write some journal entries in Japanese, but I’m not sure how long this is going to last. Hopefully this will be a nice way to kill boredom and maybe gradually learn how to write better by talking more than I do on twitter.

If anyone ends up reading this, please bear with me that I know I sound like an idiot.

まだ勉強中ですので分かりづらければすみません。

日本語で日記をつけたいと思います。ツイッターだけを使うせいであまり書かないのです。それに、ツイッターでタメ口を使いますがここで敬語を使いたいです。…そうは言っても、私には敬語よりタメ口の方が簡単だから時々混ぜるかも。

何を話せばいいか分からないが、テリちゃんならいいかもしれませんね。先月、テリちゃんを獣医に連れて行って、検診の結果は心雑音があると言われました。気になって心配しました..心臓病か分かりませんでした。でも先週また獣医と会ってテリちゃんの心を調べました。2時間半後、心雑音がなくなって心の様子が普通だと言われました!ただ引っ越しをするのストレスのせいであったかもしれない、と。とても安心しました..テリちゃんは健康な子です、もう8歳なのにね!

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最近プレイ中のゲームはペルソナ4と幕末Rock超魂です。どっちも楽しい..龍馬すごくかわいい。

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今日はステラ グロウの体験版をクリアしました。ヒルダの歌はすごく綺麗です!ダンテはイケメンです!発売を楽しみにしています。

もう午後11時ですのでそろそろベッドでゲームする寝ます。_(:3」∠)_

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Haven’t posted about my progress in learning Japanese in a while (apparently for more than a year..), figured I’d do so since that’s the main point of this blog, not just SB69 tutorials..!

It’s been about two years since I started learning Japanese. I’ve been really bad sticking to Anki flashcards lately, or doing any kind of studying-for-the-sake-of-studying. Most of what I do these days is read raw manga, watch anime without subtitles, play video games in Japanese (whether it’s just little app games or actual console/portable games), read a lot of Japanese tweets, fanfics, etc.

A few of the games I can think off the top of my head that I played entirely in Japanese were Persona Q, Drag-on Dragoon 3, and Bravely Second. Persona Q was absolutely wonderful and I ended up spending about 150 hours on it, lots of fun, enjoyed every moment of it. I loved DOD3 very much.. All the characters were so very suited for my interests (a game with badass ladies, dragons, and dudes based on sexual kinks? hell fucking yeah), gorgeous music as always with the DOD series, and it was very fun to play despite some frustrating moments and bad camera angles.

Bravely Second…was honestly barely enjoyable and full of cringeworthy moments. The battle system is great, I enjoy the graphics and character design, the music wasn’t that bad either (though I do prefer Bravely Default’s soundtrack), but what really killed it was the writing. I could go on for ages about how /bad/ it was, but considering it’s not out here yet I’ll try to keep my mouth shut. All of the romance and all of the “emotional” scenes were really forced, there was no meaningful character development at all, and the last 10-15 minutes of the game really put the nail in the coffin. My painfully honest opinion is that this game is not worth playing. I’m having a lot more fun going back to Bravely Default, though I do miss some of B2nd’s improvements to the combat system.

My reading comprehension has improved quite a bit since last time I posted, though I often still need a dictionary on-hand to translate some uncommon words. My listening comprehension is okay in regards to watching anime/drama or listening to radio shows, but I don’t get the whole picture sometimes. My listening comprehension in person is quite bad and I have a very hard time following along to actual conversations. But worst of all is my speaking ability.. I try to go to weekly/monthly Japanese study groups in my area, but a couple hours a week can only help so much. It’s pretty slow-going, and my lack of improvement is a bit discouraging. Since the entirety of my studying and interests deal with either reading or listening (anime/manga/games) and absolutely 0% speaking, it’s definitely my worst area.

I try to tweet in Japanese occasionally, but even then, it still takes me a while to think of what to say and how to say it right (or at least in a way that gets my point across), and it’s always very light conversation. Doesn’t often go much further than “I LIKE THING.” “THING IS COOL.” “HOW SAY THING IN JAPANESE.” so it’s a little embarrassing trying to converse with people when I can’t even really talk at a child’s level. I read quite a lot, so I can understand what my conversation partner says pretty quickly/easily at this point, but my responses are still very slow and low-level.

I wanted to get to a point where I could write entire journal entries in Japanese, but that goal still seems rather far away. Maybe it would be better for me to just go ahead and try, broken as it may be, rather than sticking strictly to twitter where all I end up saying is very simple, individual sentences that are barely connected if at all.

Japanese learning resource post

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Gonna compile together a lot of the resources I used (am still using) while learning Japanese.

Anki – I love this so much. It is my primary learning tool and #1 recommendation. I have it on my home computer, my work computer, my laptop, my phone… I try to use it every single day even if it’s only a few cards here and there.

Anki decks:

Heisig’s Remember the Kanji (Edit: deck has been removed, here are alternatives) – Best used with Reviewing the Kanji and/or Remembering the Kanji.

Japanese corePLUS (Edit: deck has been removed, not sure of an alternative but here) – DOWNLOAD THE SOUND FILES. Read the description for information about sound files for this deck. I test myself with this deck by gauging whether I know the word immediately by sight and sound (easy), whether I have to think about it for a while based on the kanji meanings (normal), or if I only figure out the meaning by closing my eyes and flipping the card to listen to them say the sentence with the word in context (hard). It was harder for me to go through this deck before I added the sound files.

Tae Kim’s Guide to Japanese Grammar (Edit: deck has been removed, not sure of an alternative but here) – Best used with A Guide to Japanese Grammar.

Japanese Core 2000 (Edit: deck has been removed, not sure of an alternative but here) – This link is only for step 1, but there are multiple decks and multiple steps. Great listening practice. I use this for easy review or taking a break, but it may be helpful for learning too.

Websites:

Japaneseclass.jp – Feels more like I’m playing a game. Get enough points, level up, stuff like that. Information, quizzes, flashcards, reading exercises, etc.

Guide to Japanese (web) – Very helpful, easy to understand grammar tips.

Reviewing the Kanji – Much more helpful (IMO) kanji stories than the ones provided in the RTK textbook. MUCH more helpful, really, considering how the RTK textbook literally stops providing stories halfway through the book anyway.

Books:

A Guide to Japanese Grammar (book) – The book form of the “Guide to Japanese” website. I love this book. It’s been a LOT of help to me, especially when paired with the Anki deck that lets you type in the answer and check if you’re right or not.

Remembering the Kanji – Looking back on it now, I probably would not actually buy this book. It’s helpful for learning the stroke order of the kanji, but otherwise, the stories provided in this book are not as helpful (to me) as the user-submitted stories here.

Genki – Just a link to the first book, but I have Genki I and II. These books are what would have been required if I’d taken actual Japanese classes at my college (which I did not do). As such, they are confusing as SHIT at first if you don’t have an instructor, and they mainly teach polite language. They’ve still helped me, and were a nice change of pace if I ever got tired of my other study regimen, but they were not my main study tool. A Guide to Japanese Grammar by Tae Kim was a LOT easier for me to understand and much more enjoyable, given that I’m learning by myself and not with a class/instructor.

Dictionaries/translators:

Denshi Jisho – I use the bookmarklet for this site all the time.

Rikaisama (Firefox)/Rikaikun (Chrome) – I use this when I have a lot of text I want to read but am too lazy to look up the words I don’t know individually, like when I’m reading fanfics. Otherwise I’ll use the Denshi Jisho bookmarklet to highlight one word and check its meaning.

weblio – Still by no means perfect, but a good translator tool that gives you multiple suggestions, example sentences, lets you choose whether you want to translate with polite or casual Japanese.

goo – A great Japanese-only dictionary, when you’re at the point you can use this sort of thing.

Google translate(?) – I don’t.. really… recommend google…… But it does know some slang that other sites may not recognize. It’s pretty shitty unless you know what you’re looking for… Do not rely on this site.

Other resource lists:

http://forum.koohii.com/viewtopic.php?id=5322

https://kelaruj.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/1101/ Some other resources I did not list in this post.

 

I’ll add to this post as I remember more stuff.

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I haven’t.. posted here in a while…

I haven’t had altogether much time to sit down and /study/ Japanese lately in general. I’ve been too preoccupied with school this semester, since it is my last semester before I graduate. I’ll pick up my studies again once the semester is over with in May, most likely. I’ve been going to japaneseclass.jp every so often but that’s also been fairly uncommon. http://japaneseclass.jp/user/statistics/37283

I have been making more of an effort to read tweets on my Japanese twitter list though, especially now that I’ve gotten into Bravely Default and followed a lot of BDFF fans. It’s so nice.. being in a fandom again… Ys is so dead and barren even with the release of Celceta, people just don’t care…

It’s been a shock to draw a BD-related doodle and post it on my JP tl and get like 7 favorites on it //// from really great artists too..!! I can’t believe so many really great artists followed me back on twitter…!!! And seem to like my art too..!!!!!

Speaking of Bravely Default in general, I’ve started playing it entirely in Japanese and it’s really, really nice. Since I know the basic story in English already, thanks to my girlfriend playing it and talking about it and showing me scenes here and there in English, I can follow along pretty well. Sometimes I switch it to English temporarily if I want to be sure about what’s being talked about, but each time I do that, it’s shocking how different the translations are from the original script, and how much content is really lost in translation. I’m so, so glad they included the Japanese text in the English release so I could follow along the story as it was originally intended…

On the other hand though.. I kinda wish I’d had to buy the Japanese version so I could actually redeem these codes!! I bought the Pocketbook of R books, the official complete guide, and the art book, and I didn’t realize it but I got costume codes in each one, so I could theoretically have all the special costumes. But I am pretty sure I can’t redeem them if I only buy the eshop version of the game..

Ah! I started up dmmd the other day and I was so happy!! I haven’t played it for months and months and I was so shocked at how much I actually understood. The last time I played it, I could only pick out a word here and there and didn’t even bother reading the text that wasn’t voiced. But this time..! This time…!! I was able to read the MAJORITY of it without looking anything up, the unvoiced text included! It’s so, so nice to see that all my studying is paying off!

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I will still be using this blog to keep track of my studies though. I have been remiss lately in posting about what I’ve been learning and I would like to focus on it again. I would also like to begin using this blog as a diary as well, but of course, I want to try to write entries in Japanese since I already have an English diary. Ideally, I want to transition this blog from being almost entirely written in English to being written entirely in Japanese.

I have been studying a lot lately, actually, and feeling pretty good about it. I talked to someone on skype in Japanese for the first time in the past week and it was pretty fun. I’ve been really happy being able to have a few simple conversations on twitter and IM.

I also joined a couple of local Japanese study groups. Neither of them have had a meeting since December last year but I’m hoping they’ll meet sometime soon and I can go and try to speak a bit in Japanese.

One of the study groups I joined had a loooot of nice resources! I’ll post a few of them here too.

Japanese short stories

Children’s stories

Genki self-study help

Listening practice I have not used this yet but it seems cool.

Audiobooks with transcripts

NHK Japanese lessons

ALC Apparently a dictionary made by translators. I haven’t used it yet.

Read/buy manga: Jコミ and eBookJapan

I added this deck to my Anki and will be adding the other steps as I complete them.

I’ve also been adding a lot of kanji compounds to a custom deck of mine and I have to write out the kana to answer it. I have so many Anki decks but they all help me practice different things.

[weekly progress]

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I decided once year-end hits, I’m going to stop doing weekly posts like this and do monthly updates instead. Basically I’ve been thinking and these flashcards are getting more stressful than fun. My reviews have backed up so much to where I have 541 in my RTK deck and 742 in my corePLUS deck. Let’s just say every 100 reviews takes me a full hour to do. I used to be perfectly fine doing 30-50 reviews per deck per day, but as time went on, and I didn’t study during weekends, I’d come back on Monday with a full 100 reviews to do per each deck.. wouldn’t feel like doing that.. and it’d pile up further and further…. I need to reduce the amount of cards I learn per day and I need to spend a good full couple of days knocking out all these piled up reviews, and then I can get back on track on a slower pace.

#1842. I have 158 kanji to learn in two weeks. Will I succeed? Probably not at this point haha. I’d have to study for 11 of the next 13 days. I don’t really care anymore I guess. At this point, my goal has gone more towards “learn these kanji as quickly as possible so I can have 2k by the 31st” and less about “learn these kanji thoroughly so I don’t forget them,” which is a terrible thing to compromise.

So, because of that, I’m going to say here and now that I give up and I did not reach my goal. But it’s okay, because I’m giving up speed in order to try to learn my kanji more thoroughly. I’ll probably try to do 5 a day per deck now rather than 15, and I’ll probably reduce all my reviews in each deck to.. 15 or 30 or something per day, because seeing 500+, 700+ is really intimidating.

It was fun though, working towards that goal. :) Hell, ending up with ~1900 at the end of the year is still gonna be impressive huh? I’ll have only been studying for about 9 months. Apparently it takes other people /years/ to learn that many. So, I’m still pretty happy.

I’ve been watching more Doraemon and some Japanese variety shows, food/cooking shows, etc. It’s a lot more fun than flashcards haha.