English Songs Translated into Japanese, and Sung

Have you ever thought about translating your favorite Japanese music into English, and then singing the translated lyrics?

That would be really tough right?

Well this guy is doing the reverse, English into Japanese. The difficulty of this task should not go unnoticed! He’s a total stud.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4v46y6wrzYM

I learned of Choco from No-Sword, a great blog for Japanese culture, translation, and literature insights.

Read the No-Sword post for some info on the evolution of Choco’s translation style!

Check out the rest of Choco’s translated music on YouTube.

– Harvey

Choco plays songs in translation

Learn the Days of the Month with Navarr

Hey our Twitter peep @Navarr sings the days of the month in Japanese.

Nope, he’s not Japanese. His pronunciation *is* really good though.

I asked the ultimate nitpicker, my wife, and she says that though she can tell he’s not a native speaker, it’s only, なんとなく. The way a native English teacher could get an inkling that someone were not a native English speaker, even if they were totally fluent. She also said that if she were his teacher she wouldn’t have anything specific to correct about his pronunciation.

Normally I would never recommend anyone learn anything about Japanese pronunciation from a non-native speaker, but listening to this won’t do you any harm!

Harvey

Santa Ponta’s Journey – a Japanese-English Bilingual Story

Looking for bilingual Japanese study materials? Check out Santa Ponta!

My bilingual-bicultural friend Ayumi Meegan has published a Japanese-English bilingual book called Santa Ponta’s Journey.

Santa Ponta's Journey

Santa Ponta's Journey: a bilingual Children's Story

You can get Santa Ponta from the official Santa Ponta website, and alternatively for a slightly higher price on Amazon.com… you know, in case you’ve got Amazon Gift Certificates to burn or something.

The story is uniquely Ayumi, and the illustrations are all done by Japanese illustrator Yoko Nishimura. The book is full color and fully bilingual. It has been popular with Japanese living in the states trying to learn English thus far, but there are also quite a few English speakers trying to learn Japanese who have picked it up. I bought this to use as a tool to keep my future kids bilingual – I hear it’s not easy, will need all the help I can get!

Also check out Ayumi’s blog, Ayumi Every Other Day.

Good stuff!

Harvey

Japanese Reader on the Web

Looking for some interesting Japanese to read but need some help to take the plunge?

This Reading Tutor Homepage has a bunch of Japanese text with hyperlinked word and grammar point translation.

Is this any better than Rikai-chan or something like that? Well… maybe not by any significant factor – but hey, it’s something new to try.

Reading Tutor Table of Contents

The categories are pretty cool. Loosely translated…

第1章 日本語のはなし
Section 1: About Japanese

第2章 歴史と人物
Section 2: History and Famous People

第3章 比較文化:あなたの国ではどうですか?
Section 3: Comparative Culture: How’s that work in your country?

日本の社会問題
Japan’s Social Problems

This social problem section has everything from “ijime” (school bullying) to the problems that Japanese returning from long periods of time overseas face (海外帰国子女).

I think this site is worth a look. Here’s a shot of the interface.

Reading Tutor Interface

Let me know what you think about this. I have only used it enough to learn the functionality and write this blog post. My wife was using it to teach Japanese to someone a while back and it sounded kinda useful.

Let me know what you think!

Harvey

Takoyaki USB Memory Stick

What better gift for a Japan-loving Osaka-friendly Kansai-dreaming friend of yours than a Takoyaki USB Memory Stick? Afterall, the best gifts are the things that no one in their right mind would ever go out and buy on their own… but on the other hand would be happy to receive! Yummy.

Takoyaki USB Memory Stick (1GB)
Takoyaki USB Memory Stick (1GB)

For the price this USB stick is hardly cheap storage, but hey, it’s got a takoyaki on it!!!

You know… I have blogged about Takoyaki a ridiculous number of times on this blog. I count more than 10.

Check this out.

Vintage JapanNewbie from 2005: Takoyaki.
Takoyaki Party 2006
Takoyaki Home Party!
GIANT Takoyaki!
How to make Takoyaki at Home
Takoyaki Revisited
Haagen Dazs Takoyaki!?
You can BE Takoyaki
Takoyaki with Green Onions in Osaka.
Osaka Meal. Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki.
Fully Automatic Takoyaki Maker

Enjoy! But don’t eat it. It probably won’t work after that.

Harvey

Kansai Dialect phrase seyana explained by That Japanese Girl

That Japanese Girl teaches us some Kansai-ben

That Japanese Girl teaches us some Kansai-ben in the following video. Check it out!

For more Kansai-ben language tips, check out our Kansai-ben language lessons here.

You can also try our Kansai-ben iPhone application as well! Other variations of せやな are included in the App. For example, せやけど、and せやせや。It’s a very common phrase that I’m sure you have heard if you have friends from the Kansai area.

Check out That Japanese Girl’s blog and other YouTube videos as well! Oh, and That Japanese Girl is also on Twitter! (who isn’t?)

Enjoy!

Harvey

Japanese 101 Kansai-ben
Japanese 101 Kansai-ben

Fully Automatic Takoyaki Maker

Finally, a place where you can buy a Fully-Automatic Takoyaki Maker online and have it shipped overseas. If you still haven’t made that last minute holiday gift purchase for that special Japanese-loving someone, this might be worth a look!

Automatic Takoyaki Maker
Automatic Takoyaki Maker, not cheap, but awesome!

Did I say “fully automatic?” Why yes, yes I did.

I have actually never seen a fully-automatic Takoyaki Maker before – this is pretty swank!

This thing flips and rounds the Takoyaki for you, so you don’t have to be all busy with the stick turning them. Well, not -as- busy anyway. As you can see from the video, you have to be sure that one side is pretty well cooked before you start the motor to get the auto flipping going, but once you get it right it’s pretty cool. Plus, it’s fun to watch.

If you’re still wondering what to get your very special Japan geek for the holiday season, maybe this Takoyaki maker is worth a look.

Check the links below if you want some more background information on Takoyaki!

Harvey

Vintage JapanNewbie from 2005: Takoyaki.
Takoyaki Party 2006
Takoyaki Home Party!
GIANT Takoyaki!
How to make Takoyaki at Home
Takoyaki Revisited
Haagen Dazs Takoyaki!?
You can BE Takoyaki
Takoyaki with Green Onions in Osaka.
Osaka Meal. Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki.

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