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Talking about Resources for Language Learning

I’ve tried lots of different resources for learning Japanese and Korean for the past 10 years. There are lots of books, software, channels and websites that are very beneficial to those who would like to learn a new language.

Have you learned or are learning a new language? What are you learning and what are some tips and resources you would recomend? Let me know in the comments! ūüėÄ

Are you wanting to learn another Language? Here are some tips and resources. :)

How many of you keep thinking how cool it would be to learn a new language? I know there are many Otaku out there that would love to learn Japanese, and many Hallyu fans that would love to learn Korean. There are many reasons to learn a new language such as for: work, school, friends, or just because. It can be very intimidating and stressful learning a new language but also fun!

I started learning Japanese about 10 years ago and was able to get my feet in the water with the best ways to go about that. I started by buying lots of learn basics books and daily exercises. You can learn a lot from books but nothing is like being able to talk with some one else. Thankfully I was very lucky to have a very sweet Japanese Sensei who helped me get a good base for the language and I also was able to help her with some English along the way. It was really neat being able to exchange like that. From there I was giving the Japanese Rosetta Stone which to me worked very well for retention and immersion.

I got to speak a little Japanese and began learning a little Korean when a few students from Japan and Korea come to my school for a Foreign exchange program. I will say that the more you are around people talking another language the more able you are to figure out what they are talking about. One of the most important things when learning a language is to completely surround yourself as much as you can in that language. Watch shows in that language and listen to music and work at reading news papers and books.

While learning Korean I have been¬† using many online sites to learn Hangul and basic sounds and phrases as well as several apps. Talk To Me in Korean is a great site to go to to learn real Korean and get comfortable with it. I was giving a Living Language Book set for my Anniversary and so far I really like it for the Text Book Study part of Learning. A BIG help is Apps you can get on your phone for sure. You can find lots of little dictionary’s and exercise games to assist with learning on the go as well as a REALLY cool app called ” HelloTalk”.

HelloTalk is an app you can get where you make a small profile and put what language you know and what you are wanting to learn. It will match you up with many people from all around the world that are wanting to learn your language and know the one you want to learn. It is a great way to meet people and make friends all over the world or just in the country you are interested in. You are able to text chat as well as send audio recordings to one another. In this way you can learn written and spoken language with another person. Through the app you can also Call and talk to one another. There are many different ways to jump into another language and different things tend to work for different people.

Do you have any advice to learn a new language? Any cool websites to check out? Please let me know in the comments. ūüôā

~Ichigo Matsuri~

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Not too long ago I got to go to Memphis Tennessee with a friend to visit a large international market. While there I saw several Japanese Strawberry Festival stands that had strawberry flavored everything! Strawberry chocolates and cookies and chips galore! I love Meiji strawberry chocolates, so I was super happy with this find, my only problem was that I wanted to get everything. After some thought, I was able to pick out a handful of treats to try and share with my family.

The Japanese strawberry¬†Oreo’s were super good and after seeing several of the¬†Asian Oreo’s online I was excited to have found some at the market.¬†It was a chocolate covered cookie¬†stick that had pieces of real dried strawberries (or at least that is what it tasted like). A plus to this bag was that each little cookie comes individually wrapped which is always nice, so you don’t have to worry about any going stale.

The Meiji chocolate cookies were incredible, a great strawberry taste and altogether splendid cookie. This was most likely my favorite of all the things I got.

The Galbo Mini’s were pretty good but not my favorite, they were a harder chocolate covered in a strawberry coating and had an interesting crunch to them.

The Strawberry mochi (Ichigo daifuku) are one of my family’s favorite treat ever, we always look forward to the snack stand at the Anime Conventions we go to, so we can buy as many packages as we are able. The soft glutinous rice mocha covers a marshmallow and strawberry flavored jelly inside. They are chewy and just fantastic.

Lastly, the Furuta Chocolates were fairly good as well though in my opinion nothing special.

Have you ever had any of these? What did you think about them? Let me know in the comments!