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    Hey again, all! Here's my next speaking video update for this week, this time talking about cooking. It's a little shorter than the last, but it also didn't include an introduction or anything like that. Actually, I got more views on the first video than I thought, and I did manage to get some corrections for later. Hoorah! Thanks again everyone, and here's the video.


 
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    Just a quick little thing today. I started with that whole "conversation practice video" thing today, and I figured I should post it on here for all to see! It's about a five minute video of me introducing me, talking a little about what I'm doing, and giving it a quick shot. I felt like I did a pretty poor job in the actual video, but I figured out how to take and upload and edit videos, and it's just a start anyway. We'll see how it goes from here on out. Cheers y'all!

 
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    Well, I’ve finally reached the one year point of my stay in Japan. Honestly, the day passed by without me even realizing it, so now it’s about a year and two weeks since I first I arrived in Japan. It’s been a pretty awesome year, if you ask me, minus my freaking family and girlfriend being so far away (talk about a downer). I’ve learned a lot in my year abroad about the Japanese people and culture, being a good teacher and mentor, and being less shy around people.
    But this post is more about another important part of me being in Japanese; learning Japanese. I’ve been studying Japanese for a long time now (four years in November!), and Japanese is now (I’ll say officially) my second language. I studied German in high school, but it was never a serious thing and I never felt like I could (or even tried, really) to speak with people in German. It was just a subject to me, which is why I can understand a bit, but I can’t speak a lick of it. Japanese is the first language outside of my native language where I can have an actual conversation. This is VERY different from sounding like a native, just as a matter of fact for those who haven’t taken a serious stab at language learning.