Monday, June 15, 2009

Day 15 Thoughts

Day 15: Monday 15 June

Improvements - Confidence
My confidence has definitely improved. Speaking Japanese in front of the camera doesn't seem like a big deal anymore. It's amazing how once you climb over a hurdle and look back the hurdle looks so small and you wonder why on earth you were so scared of stepping over it.

Improvements - Reading
My reading has improved ... an unexpected side effect. Normally I can't be bothered taking the time to read Japanese, but part of this project is reading the comments, so I really have to read them and understand them. It's gradually getting easier and faster. Sweet!


勇気 ゆうき courage, bravery, pluck, nerve, guts ...

応援 おおうえん

間違っても問題ないから、勇気が出して話してください!お応援し ています。 (comment - vlog#14)

視点 してん a point of view, a viewpoint

臨場感  りんじょうかん (have) presence

より臨場感が伝わります (comment - vlog#14)

微妙 びみょう  subtle/fine distinction, subtle difference

残酷 ざんこく cruelty, brutality
ざんこくな cruel, brutal, inhuman, merciless, harsh

落ち おち slip, omission, punch line

Friday, June 12, 2009


The Daily English Show


2009年6月の1ヶ月間、毎日2分間のビデオブログを日本語で 作っていきます。

ここのビデオブログは台本なしでやっているので、私の間違いだら けの天然な日本語が聞けます。

ご覧の皆さんには、私の間違った箇所をコメントで教えていただき たいのです。


この実験は言語学習において、この練習がどれくらい役立つかを検 証するのが目的です。

言語を学ぶ上で、間違いをさらけ出すのは素晴らしい訓練だと思い 、またこのプロジェクトは私の日本語上達に繋がるのではないかと 思いスタートさせました。

この実験の成果は、7月から The Daily English Show で順次紹介していこうと考えています。

私の間違いを誰も指摘してくれなければ、このプロジェクトは成り 立ちません。 私の間違いを指摘してくれた方、ありがとう!

私の下手くそでグダグダな日本語を公開するのはとても恥ずかしい ですが、これはそれに見合う価値があると信じています。


初めて来日したのは2001年4月で、当時はいくつかの単語しか 知りませんでした。

それから数年間、日本語を猛烈に勉強し続けて少しずつ上達してい きましたが、The Daily English Show を始める為に2005年12月から中断しました。

あれだけ数年間もがんばって日本語の勉強をしたので、もし他の人 だったら今の私のレベルより上を行っているかも知れません。

(The Daily English Show 制作含め)
日本語を使う機会が、普通の人と比べて少なかったからかも知れま せん。


これらの動画のライセンスはクリエイティブコモンズに帰属してま す。
『studio tdes』

About The Project

About tdesdj

(From YouTube profile)

My name is Sarah and I make an online educational show called The Daily English Show.
I'm doing an experiment for a month. Every day in June 2009, I am recording a 2 minute video blog in Japanese. The vlogs are unscripted so you can hear my natural Japanese which is full of mistakes! I'm asking people to leave a comment pointing out one or more of my mistakes. Please write in Japanese, if you can.

The point of the experiment is to see how useful this exercise is for language learning. I think that making mistakes is an excellent way to learn, so I'm guessing this will be a very useful exercise to improve my Japanese. I'll report back on how the experiment went at the start of July on The Daily English Show.

Thanks in advance to anyone who leaves comments pointing out my mistakes! I really appreciate it and the experiment won't work as well if no one comments on my mistakes.
I feel pretty shy about uploading these videos and having people listen to my rambling, broken Japanese but I think the benefits of the experiment will mean it's worth it.

In case you're wondering, this is my Japanese experience: I came to Japan in April 2001. When I arrived I only knew a few words. I studied very hard for a few years and my Japanese slowly improved then I stopped studying completely in December 2005, because I wanted to start working on other things and soon after that I started The Daily English Show. Although I've been in Japan for many years, my Japanese isn't as good as it could be because I use English for my job (teaching English and producing The Daily English Show).


These videos are all licensed with a Creative Commons Attribution license. You are free to share and remix these videos provided you credit them to: studio tdes

Day 13 Thoughts

Day 13: Saturday 13 June

Deleting Comments
I sometimes delete my own comments if I make a mistake, then I write the same comment with the mistake corrected. But I don't get why people delete their comments after someone replies to them. That's part of the value of comments ... I think X ... But don't you think it's Y ... Yes, you're right etc. Then everyone can learn from the comment convo.


派遣 はけん dispatch  (temp staff)


(Reply to above comment which the author deleted for some reason).

主張しました/抗弁しました (comment vlog#10)

主張 しゅちょう argue, assert, maintain, hold, claim, allege, contend, plead etc.
抗弁 こうべん protest, refute

支援者 しえんしゃ (comment vlog#10)
支援 しえん support

話し手がどこまで表現したいかに依り ます。 (comment vlog#11)

話し手 はなして  speaker

依る  よる  

完璧 かんぺき

辛口 からくち harsh

因みに ちなみに 

代理店 だいりてん agency (from comment vlog#12)

Day 12 Thoughts

Day 12: Friday 12 June

Horiemon's Blog
Today Horiemon mentioned one of my videos on his blog.
The view count for that video went up a lot because of that link.


受身 うけみ  passive
手法 しゅほう  technique

発想 はっそう idea, a way of thinking, an approach
発想の違いが有って面白いですね。(comment - vlog#7)

訂正 ていせい correction

余計 よけい too much

礼節 れいせつ courtesy

知識 ちしき knowledge, information, learning

教養 きょうよう culture, refinement, education

兼ね備える かねそなえ have both, combine

訂正ありがとうございます。余計かもしれませんが私から一言申し 上げるとすれば、日本文化の基本は礼節です。知識教養を兼ね備え た大人は自分の事を公の場では「おれ、ぼく」とはおそらく言わな いのではないでしょうか。 (comment - vlog#7)

自嘲 じちょう self-ridicule, self-mockery, self-deprecation

I hope you will not take it a miss

あと前回のコメントは自嘲的表現です。あしからず。 (comment - vlog#7)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Day 11 Thoughts

Day 11: Thursday 11 June


あなたの話し方には心がこもってるのがわかります (comment - vlog#2)

When I read this I thought it was a negative comment because I thought こもってる meant cloudy ... so I thought they were saying something like: "I think you have a cloudy heart".
But, actually, 籠もる こもる means be full (of), be filled (with). So - it's a positive comment!
心がこもってる means something like heartfelt.


     ビデオ、映画、舞台 ぶたい stage/play (映像など) えいぞう picture, image
のき  店  


Gary Vaynerchuk's Japanese (Katakana) Name

Someone left a comment about saying Gary Vaynerchuk's name カタカナ style.
They suggested it should be:


I did some searches and he doesn't seem to be known in Japan at all ... but I found him mentioned a few times. People spelt his name several ways:

ゲーリー ベイナーチャック

I want to say ガリ or ガリー but apparently this is weird in Japanese, and Gary usually starts with ゲ when it's turned into Japanese.

So, I guess I would go with either of these:


When he introduces himself at the start of his show he lengthens out the vowels, like ベイーナーチャック but when people say it normally, I think it's more like ベイーナチャッ or ベイナチャック.

箇所 かしょ place, spot, point, part, portion, passage (comment from vlog#6)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Day 10 Thoughts

Day 10: Wednesday 10 June

project update on tdes
On today's show I gave a bit of an update on how the project's going.
This is from the transcript:

Today is day number ten and it’s been going really well so far thanks to all the comments that people have left.

One thing that I’ve noticed so far is that my confidence in speaking Japanese has improved. I was pretty nervous on day 1 but I’m getting more and more relaxed on camera. And off camera too – which is good because obviously that’s the point.

I think it’s partly because I’m doing it in public. So now when I talk to someone in Japanese I kind of think, well if they wanted to the whole world could go and watch those videos and see me making mistakes, and laughing nervously, and just generally not sounding very good … so why should I even care if I make a mistake in front of this one person.

So that’s one thing I’ve noticed. And another thing I’ve learnt is how great the annotation system is on YouTube. I’ve never really used it before – but it’s perfect for this exercise. So what I do is, I read people’s comments and then I add the corrections into the video with annotations and I think that’s the thing that really helps me learn from the mistakes. If I just read the comments and didn’t do anything with them, I don’t think I would really learn anything from them.

knf's help
I don't think this project would work without knf. (KNF is my partner - and co-worker - and is a native Japanese speaker). As I'm going though the comments I check with him as to whether what people are saying is correct or not.
If I didn't have a native speaker to check with someone could be giving me bad advice and I wouldn't know.

My Confidence
This is a comment from vlog#5:
A nice, encouraging comment and I think my confidence is slowly improving :)
One of the thing that kept knocking my confidence over the years of studying was the situations when I would speak be speaking Japanese with someone ... and then, the first time I made a slight mistake or I didn't quite understand what they said, they would look really happy and immediately switch to English. These people were, of course, thinly-veiled "English Vampires" (i.e. selfish, thoughtless people). Thankfully, there are many people who are not like this and are amazingly encouraging, kind, thoughtful etc. Thanks to those amazing people, my Japanese improved slowly. But, having a white face seemed to make me a beacon for English Vampires and I met enough over the years for it to impact my confidence.
Still, it's always up to you how you react to things, so I take full responsibility for my level of confidence. At the end of the day it's up to me to take steps to do what I can to increase my confidence. I just know for sure that for many people (like me) it's not as easy as someone saying: Don't worry about making mistakes! That is true, you shouldn't worry. But ... not worrying doesn't come naturally to everyone. So, it's something most of us need to work on.


上位 じょうい (vlog #4)
a higher rank
ランキングの 上のほう です⇒ 
ランキングの 上位 です・・ より大人な表現

確定的 かくていてき (vlog #5)
確定 decision
状態 じょうたい
を表現 ひょうげん

彼 は ファン、いっぱいいるみたいです (確定的状態を表現)
彼 には ファン、いっぱいいるみたいです (推定的状態)

推定的 すいていてき
状態 じょうたい
推定 estimate