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Learn Korean Through Sims 4

February 9, 2019

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By now, I am sure most people has heard of Sims. If you haven’t, it is a simluation game where you control characters and their lives in the game. You can be as creative as you want, whether it is creating story lines, building mansions, or running a restaraunt.

One of the positive outcomes of the release of Sims 4 is the ability to easily download the game in virtually any language (if downloaded from Origin rather than CD). I remember wanting to play Sims 3 in Korean so bad, but it was so complicated to download language packs. This means that you can practice/learn almost any language! However, I recommend downloading the game in the language you want to play it in. It is still a little confusing to change the language.

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In order to play Sims, you click on objects/sims and choose from a list of basic options such as “call family for breakfast”, or “make funny joke”. It is a great way to expose yourself to a foreign language, especially if your a beginner.

One of the main features I like about the game is ability to download luxurious houses or your “dream sim” from other players easily from the online library with just a few clicks.

Cool Kitchen Stuff Expansion Packs

I reccomend purchasing the base game and expansion packs during the semi-anual sales where the games are listed up to 50% off.

You can view the official Sims 4 purchasing page here. At the time of this post, the game is only $10!

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[TEXTBOOK REVIEW] 경희 한국어 읽기 Kyunghee Korean Reading

January 25, 2019

Kyunghee University offers a series of books for Korean learners including: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar from levels 1~6. That makes a total of 30 books to choose from!

As much as it is great to read material for native speakers, I find that textbooks for foreigners are usually more engaging and give tools to communicate on everyday subjects. Being so, I really wanted to purchase textbooks that cover fun and interesting topics.

I decided to purchase levels 4 and 5 since I did not want to end the series fast in case I enjoyed reading the material. I am writing this review is after reading level 4, However, level 5 is very similar.

Pros:

  • More updated content than Yonsei Readers (Reading about instant messaging is cute, but we ain’t really about that no more)
  • Each section has two short passages, followed by a long one
  • Practical sentence patterns and expressions.
  • Everyday topics
  • Concise post-passage questions that resemble TOPIK
  • Not big and easy to carry around

Cons:

  • Not very challenging sentence structures
  • Feels short
  • Passages are not long enough

Overall, I highly reccomend these books if you find reading news articles or novels too difficult. They are fun to read and are an easy way to fill up your free time. Think of it as a supplement to your regular reading books.

Title: 경희 한국어 읽기 (Levels 1-6)

Publisher: Hawoo Publishing Inc.

Kiki and My Foreign Language Journey (Japanese and Korean)

July 30, 2018

Post written in 2018 summer

After watching Mary and the Witch’s Flower on TV with my family in the summer summer, I really got in the mood to continue reading the Kiki Delivery Service series. I am more of a Kiki boy than a Mary one, if you will.

I decided to order the second installment “Kiki and the Sneezing Medicine Magic” (not sure what the exact English translation is).

After looking at my bookshelf, I remembered I had read the first version in Japanese. After putting the two books side by side, it painted a picture of my accomplishments and my journey in studying Japanese and Korean. I didn’t really occur to me what a long journey and process it was for me to learn these languages until I saw them in a tangible manner. I remembered starting my Korean journey in my sophmore year of high school, studying basic kanji in my junior year of high school… wow time flies!

I wanted to make this post in hopes to inspire any readers, including myself, to never give up on your goals. It may take a while, it may be rigorous, but you”ll make it in the end.

However, there is another message behind these two books. Sometimes it is ok to stop a journey and start another one. Taking a break, or quitting altogether is a part of life and is how we find out what we truly want. Languages, your major in college, or your love life. These are the journeys that are never wasted… becuase they make us who we are today!

Autographed Aga Naomi Book!

February 22, 2016

It certainly has been a while since I last updated this blog, hasn’t it. I received many kind comments regarding me updating my blog, so thank you to all of you contacted me. Maybe you’ll know why I was gone so long… if I decide to reveal anything in the future.

Anyway, on to the actual blog post!

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For February 2016, I read a new book my favorite author 阿賀直己 (Aga Naomi), called ぼくのうさぎちゃん.

But this book is very special to me. Do you know why?

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☆She signed it!☆

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I will always treasure this!

I put a fake last name for some odd reason. I didn’t know she would sign my name on it, wow!

The book was about a rabbit that turns into a boy, and Rikuto ends up trying to distance himself and well… its a BL so you can imagine the rest. The characters had such unique personalities and the plot went so well with them that it felt like I was watching a drama. To be quite honest, this book felt really quick and not enough “weight” to the plot like her other books – which is not entirely bad. Being so, I recommend this refreshing and light read for places such as an airport. It literally took me only two days to read it.

And of course I had to tweet her that I finished the book!

I love her books because they are written in simple Japanese, and the stories themselves are so unique.

I want another kitchen and business suit story!

Have you ever gotten your book autographed? If so, by who?


In other news, I also just found that Azealia Banks released “The Big Beat” a few days ago!

It was originally supposed to be released on February 7th. Whenever she delays a song, it usually isn’t up to my standards, but I was completely wrong! It was totally worth the wait. It has been a while since Azealia released a quality dance track. Actually the last time she released a song was in 2014!

The track has an updated 90’s house beat, with fast signature rhymes from Azealia – but halfway through she changers her lyrics that showcase her singing ability by hitting many different notes with broadway vibes before returning back.

 

Deep Mirror + Spiral Rod

November 24, 2015

Last Friday I recieved two items in the mail that both appeared on the third season of Sailor Moon.

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My collection of new and replicated items from the the Infinite Arc

At first I was reluctant to share my treasures on this blog since it appears not many readers enjoy my toy hobby posts, but I thought that they looked so brilliant and exclusive… like real treasures!DSC03762First up is Neptune’s talisman “Deep Aqua Mirror”.

I originally was not going to purchase this due to the steep price, so I missed out on the pre-orders. Luckily, I found out that Premium Bandai released a second batch of mirrors for pre-ordering.

DSC03664Even though it is plastic, it is really heavy.

It is such a beautiful talisman… it’s a real mirror too!

Here’s a video to show you the appearance of this talisman. It is one of the most iconic and memorable scenes of the 90’s Sailor Moon anime.

DSC03748The second item that was delivered was the Proplica Spiral Moon Rod.

There are actually 8 different modes – 4 for regular Sailor Moon attacks and 4 more for Super Sailor Moon attacks. You can view the attacks in the video below.

Compared to the Proplica Cutie Moon Rod, the Proplica Spiral Mood rod has a gorgeous and deep red color for the top focus piece.

DSC03649 It has a sturdy and heavy hold, especially compared to to the Cutie Moon Rod. It is longer and really feels like something Sailor Moon would use herself.

I don’t believe in buying little knick-knacks, which is why I don’t hesitate when it comes to these kinds of items. They look like they almost belong in glass case at a museum!

October Book レインツリーの国 + Japan’s First Lesbian Drama

November 1, 2015

Happy Halloween!

Because my interlibrary loan came in so late (I only had two days to read it before the due date), I had to skip out on my September book, so this post will be covering the book I read for the month of October.

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For October, I read ニアリーイコール written by famous BL novel author 凪良ゆう.

Nagira Yuu’s stories usually never keep my interest (which is why I never really read more than 5 pages), however this one was a bit different I guess. The story line isn’t anything too spectacular – one of those books you read at the airport or if you’re really bored in the summer. A really flat plot like a modern Japanese BL film. In fact, there was almost nothing indistinguishable. I live for BL stories with teachers… and the two main characters were both high school teachers that both carried heavy pasts with them. I feel as though there could have been much more potential to the storyline with such character backgrounds, but I still enjoyed it.

One of the things that did differentiate this book from other BL novels is that that both of the characters were openly gay and the storyline already moved past that part where the characters are like “Wow, I think I like this fellow male homosapien! What is happening to me?!” It was refreshing. Kunitachi even went to the gay bar a couple of times to talk to his friend the bartender.

There were no love scenes (except for one minor one but I skipped those few pages of course), which I really like. Also, what I look for in stories is how realistic they are – the more realistic they are, the more I enjoy reading it. This one was more on the realistic side. I do enjoy stories with fantasy factors as well, though.

And has for my take on the actual plot, I understand that Nii’s parents died… but you have a really cute guy that really likes you and wants to come to your house and bring you convenience store boxed lunches… like are you really going to be that difficult? And Nii has to understand that his relationship with a 20 something year old when he was 17 was just not realistic and he was getting a head of himself. 17 year old brains are not developed. Time to move on, sister!

I also liked how Kunitachi’s sister had her own mini-story towards the end, but why did the author have to wait until the end? It was literally nothing for a hundred pages and then BAM everything happened at once.

The language in the book was super easy to understand, which is perfect for anyone who is new to reading Japanese novels.

View books I have read and ones I plan on reading at my Booklog over here.


Besides my October reading, I wanted to use this post to talk about the new lesbian drama that will be coming out on Fuji TV (no pun intended 😉 )

I think this is HUGE step for Japan – I have always wanted to see a drama that has a homosexual couple in it, and the fact that it is the main focus for the drama is amazing! Not only that, a member from SKE48 is one of the lead characters.

The drama is called トランジットガールズ (Transit Girls). The story is about girls who end up becoming step-sisters after their parents marry who end up falling in love. Apparently the same people who made Terrace House (a popular Japanese reality show). You can read more about it at the Huffington Post. I just don’t like the fact that one of the sisters is 18… and the fact that they’re step-sisters. Age gaps don’t matter to me, but when one of the partners are in high school, there is a whole lot of life-experience differences. Ugh, creepy!

What do y’all think about this? Even though there are a few things that I do not like with the representation of lesbian couples,  I think it is pretty awesome – especially since it is being broadcasted on a main channel in Japan. I am curious to how it will be received. I searched up the hashtag #トランジットガールズ, and all the tweets seemed really positive while expressing excitement about the drama.

August Book レインツリーの国

September 11, 2015

A couple of weeks ago I ordered レインツリーの国 by 有川浩, and the 2004 Sailor Moon shinsoban short stories volume #1 because I really enjoyed reading the short stories scattered throughout the originial manga and figured it would be a nice addition to my “magical girl” collection. Chibiusa’s stories are so cute – you can even find their anime adaptations (primarily in the Super S seasons).

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Anyway, the reason I chose to read レインツリーの国 was because I saw that my favorite actress, 西内まりや, is starring in the movie that will be premiering soon.

I prefer reading books that have a movie/drama counterpart because then I can measure how much I understood from the book. Not only that, it is really cool to see the characters you pictured in your mind come time life!

The book is based on a man and a woman that end up talking online about a something they both have in common – a book series! The book takes place in the 00’s so the whole emailing stranger and meeting them in person was unordinary. The woman, Hitomi, has a secret! But you’ll have to read the book to find out (or watch the movie).

It is a really short book so I reccomend it for people haven’t read a novel in Japanese yet.

Look how small it is!

Look how small it is!

The plot was ok, but I still feel like there could have been a lot more added to it. Too much drama for nothing, in my opinion. Technically you could have read the first few pages and already know how it would end by the use of foreshadowing.

It was my first time this year reading a romance book not based on homosexual love, haha! Hmmm…..