Tuesday, July 29, 2008

How to Study Japanese

Got some spare time over summer holidays? Need to brush up on your Japanese? Well here's a unique way. Personally I love the advice they give you in this video, "It's no use trying to understand their meanings, you just have to memorise them."

17 comments:

little-awkward-people said...

That's how I'm going to be learning my meaningless phrases from now on - in ridiculously short shorts and dancing.

Brilliant stuff xD

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Apparently it's the best way!

Dateline Osaka said...

Please tell me this is an entire series!.... XD

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

It's usually these Japanese women in really bad 80s exercise outfits. If you've never seen the series, it's a must. Just go to Youtube and search for "Zuikin" and it will bring up some real treats ;)

Chris (i-cjw.com) said...

My eyes, my eyes!! How do I unsee that?

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Hehehe.. what Chris? You didn't like those shorts?

lina said...

The shorts are fine, it's the guy wearing them I've got problem with. :-p
Gah! my eyes!

ethel and edna's tearoom said...

So that's where I was going wrong... Sitting at a dining room table using a text book with the help of a Japanese woman is NOT he way to learn. No wonder I gave up!!

Stephen said...

Wow, that's....wow. Unclassifiable, maybe.

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Really Lina? The shorts are fine???

Hey Ethel and Edna's, yep, maybe if you replaced the Japanese lady with the guy in the front, you might learn a lot faster :)

Hey Stephen - yep!

Dateline Osaka said...

Update: I asked my husband last night when he got home when "Jaa, sonna wakede!" meant, and with his limited English, even HE said it didn't mean anything other than just an excuse to get out of a conversation! LOL! I guess in English it might be something akin to "Uh..I think I left something on the stove - Bye now!"

As I searched for more videos, I came across another blogger who had hit on the same one. In his own frustration with phrases like that (and such a creepy video presentation!), he explained the meaning of "tsumaranaimono" by suggesting that the gift may likely have turned out to be a swift kick in the crotch! - So much for trying to understand Japanese! XD

They really all are hilarious! Thanks for the tip! :)

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Thanks for that dateline! That's great to hear from a Japanese perspective as well.

You know I think I might be turning Japanese, I have a habit of handing over a present as saying the equivelent of "tsumaraniamono", "It's not very exciting" :)

James Clarke said...

LOL! Great find Melanie. I does remind me of some of the older learn English shows they had in Japan... You know ones with the has-been American actors and young cute Japanese trying to learn English off of them... very well done by those guys.

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Yeh James, some of those older ones are funny.

Stephen said...

Funny thing about this video...a few days later, I still remember the phrase, even though I still don't know what it means. Effective teaching technique, though weird. :)

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

You're so right Stephen! I don't think I'll ever scrub that phrase from my mind.

jturningpin said...

I (and rightfully so) stopped watching when individuals wearing needlessly short shorts began gyrating, but the rest of the video up till then was retro-tastic. I also loved the authoritative announcement of how statements this profound **cannot be comprehended**, merely memorized.

C'mon folks.

Ever used a phrase like, "Yeah, so anyway"? It doesn't actually MEAN anything, but it serves a linguistic purpose. That's what we're looking at here; the phrase in question means basically, "So that's that. Bye." No mystery involved.

So that's that.