Before anyone decides to take up a language, there is often a compelling reason behind it. Whether it was an interesting tid-bit you learnt about the language or a love interest you want to impress, we all have a reason(s) to dive into the mystical land of different vocabulary and sentence structure.
Shikow is a student of the law, life and day dreams. A lover of adventure and good times, she takes delight in learning and creating new things. She is a beautiful letdown and painfully uncool.
My Japanese language journey is irrevocably intertwined with Japanese pop music (colloquially referred to by those in the know as JPop). The main reason I wanted to learn Japanese in the first place, was so I could sing along to my favourite opening and closing themes from the animes I used to watch. Not only is (most) JPop just plain awesome, it also provides a way for you to study the language in a relaxed, informal setting.
Here are my top tips for improving your Japanese reading skills through JPop lyrics:
Mbithe’s ideal life would consist of an infinite loop of travelling to beautiful, idyllic locations with breathtaking views, amazing food, and nothing on her to-do list but relaxation and rejuvenation. Mbithe’s actual life involves a lot of proposals, research papers, and code, with just enough travel to make up for the rest of it.