Meeting for Japanese Conversation as the group at U3A Adelaide had been doing every Wednesday afternoon is not going to be happening for a while yet, so the material that will gradually appear here is intended to keep our explorations of the Japanese language ticking over until we can meet again for conversations.
We’ll start with some selections of materials from the vast number of offerings online. Then, in the coming weeks there will be a series of guided conversation ‘scripts’ to expand your repertoire, and even some exercises to practice with.
All questions and suggestions are not just welcome, but very much encouraged. The plan is to make this as interactive an undertaking as we can. You can observe it all silently, or send comments through this page or directly to my email.
The number of websites offering Japanese lessons is amazing. Some are fully-fledged commercial enterprises, some are local or international enterprises wanting to make a social contribution, and some are simply random people who find it entertaining to teach Japanese. Many of the lessons are offered as “free”, while others are plagued with all sorts of advertising.
The quality of the material and the “teaching” ranges from useful and engaging to downright awful. Here are three sites that you you might find interesting, at least in some parts:
Perhaps, as practice, you could consider sending some comments on one or more of them—in Japanese if possible. Better still, mobile phones and laptop computers have simple to use recording software, so why not save yourself the hassle of writing your comments down in Japanese and record a couple of sentences; send the sound file to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll send you some feedback. Here are some phrases you might find useful:
The vocabulary lists are useful. 単語表は役に立ちます。 Tangohyou wa yaku ni tachimasu.
They speak too quickly. 話すのが速すぎます。 Hanasu no ga hayasugimasu.
The explanations are hard to understand. 説明が分かりにくいです。 Setsumei ga wakarinikui desu.
The site will gradually build into something a little more rich and sophisticated (I hope). In particular, there will be a Comments section (when I work out how to set it up …)
It’s summer in Japan!