Posts Tagged ‘language

17
Dec
07

Immersion

So much to do… So much to do… So I’ve been thinking about how I’m going to immerse myself in all things Japanese. In some ways I’m already there.

  • Music – I’ve been listening to Japanese music at work for months already.
  • TV/Movies – I really don’t watch TV much, and when I do, it’s usually because my wife left Judge Judy on and I’ve just heard somebody on the show utter something amazingly stupid and I’m checking to see if they have a straight face. (They always do…) So anyway, when I do sit down to watch something, it’s usually anime (Although House sucks me in too sometimes). I always watch it in Japanese, though I usually keep the subtitles on. That will have to stop, although if I’m watching with my wife(an anime fan in her own right…) I’ll have to keep them on. For now. (She’s going to start “The System” after she graduates with her nursing degree.) I’ll have to work a little on the TV/Movie thing, but that shouldn’t be much of a problem.
  • Radio – I don’t listen to much radio, and any streaming media is disallowed where I work, so I have to bring what I want to listen to. I occasionally stream Japanese radio at home. That will have to suffice. I haven’t found a Japanese radio station in the Vancouver, WA/Portland, OR area.
  • Computer – I’m a gamer. As long as my games run on Japanese Windows XP, I’ll take the plunge. I have an MSDN license, so I don’t have to pay for it. If my games won’t run on it, then I’ll convert my computer to use as much Japanese as possible. (I know you can get the menus and dialogs in Japanese at the very least.)
  • Websites – I’ll start on this once I’m through the Kanji/Kana phase. With Rikaichan I can sometimes make out the gist of what I’m reading. After 10 minutes. At this point I think it is more wise to read the news in English, and spend the time I saved to learn a couple more Kanji. Once I’m through that phase, things will change. My home page? I don’t have one. I activate the address bar on the start bar and choose the site I want to go to from there. I never open my browser and THEN choose where to go. Why do two steps when I can do it with one step?
  • Friends – I have a few. None of them speak Japanese. I’ll have to work on this one. In the meantime, I’ll take Khatzumoto-san’s advice and listen to podcasts pretending they’re my bestest buddies.
  • Environment – My house is somewhat sparse in terms of pictures/furniture as we’re trying to sell it. What IS there is either Japanese, or Disney inspired. I will make sure the area that I frequent most (My computer desk) is sufficiently Japanese. I’ll even see about getting a Kanji poster up.
  • Floor/Furniture – I’ve been wanting to by a zataku for some time now. Everywhere I have found them they have been expensive as hell. If anybody knows a place that sells these inexpensively, please let me know. I’ll keep looking. As for the futon, that’s not likely. My wife isn’t ready to give up the bed, and I’m not ready to give up the wife. Maybe I’ll buy one to nap on or something and see how it goes.
  • Brain/Thoughts – Going to get my Japanese-Japanese dictionary and prepare to try to think in Japanese per Khatzumoto-san’s admonishments.

Incidentally, this list came from here. The more I read of Khatzumoto-san’s site, the more I see I have to do to get where I’m going. No matter. Keep making sure I’m on the right course and then STAY ON IT. GATTSU!