2015 August

”日本語をどう勉強したのですか?” (How did you study Japanese?)

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皆さんはいつも私に質問しています。正直に言うと、それは少し難しい質問だと思います。一人で勉強しました。独学って。私は14歳の時は、アメリカの音楽なんとなく少し嫌いになりました。今、アメリカの音楽大好きですけど。偶然に、日本の音楽を聞いてみました。その時は、Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumiの番組を見ました。そしておばあちゃんの友達は日本人ですので、彼女と一緒に日本語を話すのが楽しいそうだと思いました。日本の音楽が好きになりましたけど、曲の意味が分かりませんですので、日本語を勉強して始めました。17歳から、日本人のペンパルを探しました。一緒に言語を練習しました。大学生になって、大学に日本語を勉強したかったですが、時間がありませんでした。それでは、また一人で勉強しました。もう一度language exchange partnersを探しました。卒業したの後、フロリダからサンフランシスコに引っ越しました。英語を勉強するの日本人の友達と一緒にlanguage exchangeをしています!!練習するのが最高!毎日習っていますよ。意味分かんない漢字を見たら、辞書を使って、新しい単語を習えます!日本の音楽の歌詞も勉強します。曲を歌って、歌詞を見て、勉強出来ます。私はまだまだペラペラじゃありませんですが、いつも頑張りますよ!とにかく、毎日練習は必要ですね!一緒に勉強しましょうか?

Everyone always asks me that. Honestly, that is a bit of a difficult question. I studied by myself. When I was 14, somehow I started to dislike American music. I love it now though! By chance, I tried listening to Japanese music. During that time, I was watching Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi. My grandmother’s friend is a Japanese lady, so I thought it would be fun to talk with her in Japanese. I really started to like Japanese music, but I couldn’t understand the lyrics, so I started to study the language. When I was 17, I found some penpals. We practiced our respective languages together. When I became a university student, I wanted to study Japanese, but I didn’t have time. I started studying by myself again. Because of this, I looked for language exchange partners again. After graduating, I moved from Florida to San Francisco. I became friends with Japanese students studying English here in San Francisco and we could help each other study. Practice is the best way! I am learning every day. If there’s a Japanese word I don’t understand, I look it up, and just like that I’ve learned a new word. I also study from Japanese song lyrics. Singing and reading along with the lyrics in Japanese, I am able to study. Anyway, it’s necessary to study every day! I am still not fluent, but I am always trying my best! What advice would you give someone who is starting to learn a new language?

Splitting Gummy

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Delicious. Seriously, this candy is a lot of fun to eat and it’s got that yummy grape flavor that tastes the same no matter what Japanese candy you’re eating. Not to mention, they’re fun to play with.

美味しいです。本当に、このキャンディーは食べて楽しい。そして日本の普通のグレープ味です。楽しく遊べます。

There are similar candies to this one such as the Rips strawberry and apple licorice. The difference here is that these aren’t sour and they come individually packaged.

このキャンデイはRIPSのいちごとリンゴのリコリスに似てる。パッケージと味が違いますけど。

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The packaging itself is really nice with the purple stripes over clear plastic with white and pink accents. There’s also instructions for how to open the package the right way. The outside of the bag is appetizing enough, but I really think the individual wrappers complete this one.

このパッケージは良いと思います!紫ストライプスと、クリアのビニールと、ピンクと白も良いですね!パッケージを開けるための指示があります!パッケージは最高と思います!

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This candy is good for anyone who likes grape flavors. The texture of the candy is chewy, but not too hard, and the ridges make it fun to tear apart. I didn’t see any other flavors, but I imagine cherry would be nice.

グレープ味好きな人はこのキャンディーが好きになると思います。これは硬くないし、シコシコします。そして裂けるのが楽しいです!別の味見たことがありませんですが、チェリーもめっちゃ美味しいそう。

Candy Sushi

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Luckily this one isn’t fish flavored. Like many of the other candy projects, it’s grape! I think of all the boxes I’ve tried so far, this one is the most fun to put together. This might be because I’m a huge fan of popping boba as a frozen yogurt topping and was really excited to make the little fish eggs (ikura), but either way, it’s great!

I think I need to establish some sort of scale for different elements of candy I think are the most important. I’ll discuss that in a later post.

This particular kit was more fun for a lot of reasons. I’ll start by talking about the difficulty level. The actual making of the food parts took a bit of extra care, but the plastic parts, the tray and the sheet, really add to the experience and don’t require any difficult cutting or assembly (see burger review).

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The texture of this one… I’ll admit it was a little off-putting at first. The rice is really light and fluffy, but not in a rice way. It didn’t feel like food, but I guess that can be expected from something formed from powder and water. If you can get past that first initial texture shock, it’s actually really nice! The flavor is subtle, but noticeable and the ikura add a nice touch.

I guess my only complaint for this kit is that I wish they’d included two little gummy packets to make the seaweed wrapped type of sushi. Anyway, if you’ve got a little bit of time on your hands and appreciate the details, this kit will be fun for you!