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Found the brush pens and paper I was looking for at Daiso Japan here. Got the last of two different kana notebooks they had in stock.
They’ve got an awesome selection! Possibly even better than what I’d seen on Amazon recently. The clerk said their Alhambra location was even bigger, so I’ll have to go there soon.
The Pentel Arts Pocket Brush Pen was by far the best pen I tested today, but at over $20, it was on the expensive side and probably wouldn’t do as well for me at present with my mediocre skills at the moment. I’ll circle back around to it when I’ve practiced my kana a little longer.
I ended up buying a couple pens and two notebooks.Syndicated copies to:
2 Kuretake TSF1-10 double sided brush pen with fine and medium points for $7.90
1 Kyokuto notebook with 10 column lines for kana and space for ふりがな (furigana) for $3.55.
1 Tales from Moomin Valley notebook with 7 column lines for kana (with dotted squares) $3.00
(great for little kids and practicing kana)
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Oni no Pants is the song of an Oni (demon) and his pants. The simple lyrics make it easy and the catchy music makes it fun.
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📖 Read pages 58-60, Lesson 2: New Hiragana かきくけこ and がぎぐげご, of Japanese from Zero! 1: Proven Techniques to Learn Japanese for Students and Professionals (Volume 1) 6th Edition by and (From Zero!, , ISBN: 978-0976998129)
Also did a fair amount of writing practice of these new hiragana.
📖 Read pages 30-39 and 48-57, Pre-Lesson D: Coming and Going, Lesson 1 Activities, and Lesson 2, of Japanese from Zero! 1: Proven Techniques to Learn Japanese for Students and Professionals (Volume 1) 6th Edition by and (From Zero!, , ISBN: 978-0976998129)
Went back and picked up a prior section because I was more curious to begin practicing writing my hiragana. There’s some interesting linguistics material and beginning grammar in this section. I’ll have to come back to it and practice some more to absorb both the vocabulary and the grammar.
A bizarre looking number counting video. Reminiscent of 1970’s Sesame Street cartoons or some quirky Russian (80’s?) cartoons I’ve seen.
📖 Read pages 40-47, Lesson 1–Hiragana あいうえお, of Japanese from Zero! 1: Proven Techniques to Learn Japanese for Students and Professionals (Volume 1) 6th Edition by and (From Zero!, , ISBN: 978-0976998129)
Spent some time working on improving my actual writing skills as well.
So far I’m really liking this book after having looked at a list of many others over the past year. It quickly covers a lot of simple stuff that was otherwise hard won by reading bits and pieces of other books. They do an exceptionally good job of laying out the beginning pieces. I appreciate some of the workbook like exercises which make this a better book for a much broader range of learners.
📖 Read pages i-29, Welcome and Pre-Lessons A-C, of Japanese from Zero! 1: Proven Techniques to Learn Japanese for Students and Professionals (Volume 1) 6th Edition by and (From Zero!, , ISBN: 978-0976998129)
Sped through some of the early pieces because I’ve got some reasonable experience with many of these parts
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This homepage explains the stroke order of the Chinese character of using regularly(the Jōyō kanji), the hiragana, and the katakana by using animation. the Jōyō kanji: In Japan, 2,136 kanji characters have been selected as those most suitable for ordinary purposes (as of 2010).
How to write kanji, hiragana, and katakana