Chapter 1: Starting TextFugu

Well alright! Good news, I did my lesson today! Off to a good start.

The first chapter of Textfugu is pretty basic, but it was good. That being said I’m not really sure how long 1 lesson for a day is meant to be. Right now I’ve decided that it’s 1 chapter. Is that too much? Too little? I guess we’ll figure out the pacing as we move along. This chapter though touched upon the 4 different “alphabets” that Japanese utilizes and went over which ones and in what order I’d be learning them.

Brief Summary:

Romaji:
The Romanized version of the Japanese language. Examples are “sushi”, “bento”, “unagi.” It’s pretty much useless to me and apparently can hinder my learning down the line.

Hiragana:
This is the first “alphabet” that I’ll be learning. It is probably the most essential to being able to understand Japanese. It is generally used in case there isn’t a Kanji symbol or even to replace the Kanji symbol if it is crazy detailed in writing. It has particles (and, or, etc) as well as the use of suffixes to names. Hiragana is also important to giving the context to verbs and adjectives.

Katakana:
Katakana is a more angular looking “alphabet.” It is used a lot for writing out foreign and scientific words. It is also very useful for onomatopoeias, and giving certain words emphasis (). Another big use of this is for food names. It’s very important to know what food you are buying.

Kanji:
Finally there is Kanji. It was the “alphabet” I am most familiar with just because that’s a word I have always heard in association with Japanese (granted I knew the other 3 as well but this is the one I heard the most). Kanji is going to be hard. It’s just a huge glossary of vocabulary words pretty much. They’re all super detailed and even have multiple pronunciations for each symbol (which I didn’t know). Each symbol can be made up of nouns, adjectives, and verbs.

Overall Feelings:

This chapter was, as I stated before, basic. That is not bad though! It was a great intro into starting to learn Japanese and I feel encouraged to continue. Even though I know starting right into learning Hiragana (the first alphabet and second chapter of the textbook) I know it is going to give me a firm foundation for learning!

Where I excelled:
Being generally simple in concept, I feel I got a good grasp on what the author was trying to get across along with each main idea of the “alphabets.” (Feel free to check and correct me on my earlier examination of each)

Where I struggled:
I honestly don’t think I did struggle anywhere here. I got all the answers correct tot he practice section on the last page. I understood all the concepts going in. I may have felt a little worried about moving straight into learning Hiragana next but I think I am now mentally prepared to do it. I’m really excited!
Just as reference I have also been taking notes in a small spiral notebook that I had on hand. I am really challenging myself to do this right the first time. I was never good at taking notes back in school but even though it’s difficult for me (and kind of boring) I am going to give this the effort it deserves!

Side note:
In this chapter they gave me a video to look at to help and understand the different “alphabets” and it was hilarious (and educational). So I’m going to go ahead and post it below.

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