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  • HEY GUYS! I'm Loretta and welcome to my channel!

  • HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

  • Notice I've been uploading more recently?

  • A big reason for that is

  • is that last Thursday, thanks to all of your support

  • and those who participated in my research last year

  • my graduate school thesis is now officially

  • SUBMITTED AND DONE!!!

  • I'm bursting with ideas, video ideas, things I want to try out for you

  • to help you guys save a little money, save a little time

  • but before we got into that I thought we could start

  • with a brief, New Years Party!

  • Today we're going to look at a react to:

  • Japanese language learning memes and language learning memes in general.

  • Let's do it!

  • We're going to have a bit of party drink~!

  • This is Fanta yogurt banana flavor w/ extra Vitamin B6

  • because that's what we drink at a party!!

  • I also have some seasonal, new Hi-chew!

  • It's called "Precious Strawberry" flavor

  • It's got red and white strawberry.

  • I've got my favorite, persmission flavored Hi-Chew in case those are terrible.

  • So, let's look at some memes!

  • "Any meme from @memesugoi "

  • @memesugoi ? I hope this isn't rachet...

  • Let me check what this is...

  • @memesugoi is definitely not safe for work!

  • Anyway! So the point is!

  • Learning languages is valuable.

  • It helps you get things like jobs, and money to pay your bills

  • but it's also a pain in the butt!

  • So, while I know a bunch of us are trying to get our game up this year

  • I thought, let's just have fun with it!

  • We'll get more into that later. Back to the memes!

  • KANJI!...KANJI EVERYWHERE...

  • What quote is this from Toy Story???

  • what?!

  • Ok, that meme has nothing to do with "everywhere".

  • Next, does this count?

  • It's like an anime girl drowning in Kanji...

  • kanJi KaNJi KaNjI KanJi...

  • Yeah pretty much! The good news is,

  • when I first learned Japanese 15 years ago

  • people were still handwriting notes and new years cards

  • if you wanted to learn Kanji you used one of these!

  • But recently you have your phone, your cellphone

  • and a lot of the words you need are katakana now.

  • For example, the only word for "health" or "healthy" when I started

  • was "KENKOU" or "KENKOUTEKI"

  • Because of the vitamins and nutrients booms in Japan

  • words like "herushii" (healthy) are big.

  • In the recent video I posted with the sumo wrestler

  • you can even hear him saying it!

  • "...so it's more HEALTHY than what we ate as sumo wrestlers!"

  • It's healthy, "herushii"...instead of "kenkouteki".

  • He may have said that just because he was talking to me obviously

  • but people are starting to use more westernized words

  • especially in commercials, branding, and buzz words

  • you can get away with not knowing as much Japanese as you needed to

  • and it's pissing me off!

  • Because when I learned Japanese, it was kanji kanji kanji kanji

  • It's not as bad as it used to be (B: "Speak for yourself!")

  • Boku...kanji...hiragana...

  • What would actually make this meme better is if it said furigana!

  • If there's furigana, the little readings on top,

  • 9 time out of 10 you won't even see the kanji

  • your eyes are just naturally going to see the furigana on top!

  • Ohhh... it smells so banana-y!

  • Let's do a taste test real quick...

  • Ooo, no actually this is kind of good!

  • This tastes like Inca Cola!!

  • "I'm going to sample...."

  • Yeah, Inca Cola with a hint of banana!

  • I like it. It's good!

  • ketsuron ni itaru made no imeji (the thought process before coming to a conclusion),

  • Chinese: so you start saying something,

  • but then you double back on what you said

  • Americans: Of course...but.... BOOM!

  • I appreciate what you had to say,

  • however, you're wrong!

  • The actual Japanese... is that right?

  • JAPAN! Is this even right??

  • I get what they're trying to say with this squiggle

  • but if I were to give a more real example,

  • Let's say you're at the office,

  • so you tell your boss a new idea you have.

  • They'll poke holes in it, and you affirm what they say

  • and so you make some changes but at the end of the day

  • you tweak your idea based on their input, and eventually

  • end up doing the same thing anyway.

  • I get the meme but the Japanese looks wrong?

  • Me..... wrong particle?

  • ...juice?

  • Am I just like really slow on these memes?

  • Like you just can't help it? Like "No, don't drink it!'

  • but you do anyway???

  • Yeah, cats can't resist milk!

  • Ohhhh, so like, we can't resist using the wrong particle?

  • ("Just like a cat can't resist drinking milk")

  • Yeah, that happens a lot.

  • You say something completely wrong, then you can hear it like, echo...

  • Oh that was so wrong!

  • Pretty much @Dogen 's entire timeline

  • this is a mood!

  • Dogen's really been on top of his game recently

  • I feel like he found a good way to utilize his Japanese ability

  • and still keep it funny without just showing off.

  • NEXT!It's what I deserve after watching too much Terrace house...

  • "yabai yo ne" vs. "forming an actual coherent Japanese sentence"

  • Terrace House is definitely kind of pioneering the young scene

  • bring real, fresh Japanese to people outside of Japan

  • E? Yabai! Doshiyo... Eeeee

  • It's becoming so apparent to me

  • when I speak to my bosses or sit in meetings

  • yes, I can speak formally or try to regurgitate Keigo

  • but at the end of the day, the words that I actually know

  • [speaks hyper casually]

  • This is a business place... you don't talk like that!

  • I wish there was Terrace House all in business Japanese.

  • Seen this prior to taking my last JLPT!

  • This is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  • "Have you studied?" "Nope, not one bit. "Well, say goodbye to $55!"

  • Show of hands guys!

  • How many of you actually studied for the JLPT

  • in a planned out, organized way?

  • You set a goal, worked backwards and made a plan for everyday

  • How many of you actually did that and followed through?

  • [ *stares the your screen into your soul* ]

  • Yeah, I didn't think so!!

  • There's probably just one of you guys back there.

  • We all think the JLPT will be this great motivator and it's just depressing!

  • It's that time of year too! Who's signing up again?

  • Next meme!

  • Sashimi Rollin... They hatin'...

  • I love it!

  • When you speak two languages and start losing vocabulary in both of them...

  • BYE-lingual!

  • *wheezes*

  • I definitely appreciate this one!

  • This did start to happen to me!

  • My English is gotten pretty clunky.

  • It's getting better actually now that Boomer moved here

  • This is so true! "BYE-lingual!"

  • I really respect people who are truly bilingual

  • I did my first variety show last year

  • I got to co-host the show, but it might actually be live this week?

  • There was this girl who was half American/Japanese

  • she does an Kids English program on NHK

  • and she was the definition of actually bilingual!

  • This girl, from a young age, was proficient

  • and had no problem code-switching

  • but also completely switching between languages

  • The amount of RAM or memory

  • that she has to have going in her brain all the time

  • the mechanism that switches between both languages is well oiled!

  • Like omg! I'm a little jealous!

  • That's OK, I'll just have amazing babies who can do amazing things!

  • NEXT!

  • So these are counters!

  • You can count using different suffixes

  • I like "-ko" ikko, niko sanko

  • You're supposed to use certain counters for certain objects

  • but it's just easier to use the general counter "tsu".

  • [counts]

  • It can be hard sometimes!

  • You order all you can eat shabu-shabu steak

  • and they ask you to count how many orders to bring out at a time

  • But to be fair, we do this in English too!

  • With bread we have loaves and slices

  • With chickens we have wings and drumsticks...

  • We do the same thing!

  • Hehe! Speaking another language: MmmMm!

  • Learning another language: -__-