- 4 Apr 2020
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Can someone please help me with my homework?
You need to get hiragana down cold. You need to get to the point where you can listen to spoken Japanese and write it down quickly and easily in hiragana. This will take a LOT of work on your part. You need to spend up to an hour each day just working on reading and writing hiragana. I know this would be a lot of work besides the Japanese homework you are already doing, but if you really want to learn Japanese, you must do this.
Japanese teachers are notorious for not doing a good job of teaching hiragana. (When I started learning Japanese years ago, my Japanese teacher handed out copies of hiragana and just said, “Learn these.“)
"Mechakucha" is not a vocab word taught in the first couple of weeks of Japanese 101. "Sore wa hon ja nai desu." contains grammatical structures that, most likely (judging from the content of the images), the OP hasn't learned yet.Can you quickly write ‘mechakucha”? Can you quickly write ‘Sore wa hon janai desu”? If you cannot, it is clear what you must do.
Being able to transcribe from classroom speed and clarity spoken Japanese, with appropriate levels of educational pausing and repeating, is much easier than taking dictation from natural Japanese. If you were planning to study in an international classroom where the class would be taught purely in Japanese, this would be an important goal. The sooner you hit that goal the better off you'll be, because the goal is a moving one, after all -- classroom speed and clarity moves towards natural speed and clarity as classes advance.This strikes me as a curious thing to focus on at first. At all the universities I've learned and/or taught at, I'm not sure I've ever see a class go about things this way.
Being able to comprehend spoken Japanese to the point you can take dictation is a far more advanced skill than just learning the hiragana and katakana syllabaries.
Apps weren't a thing back in the dark ages when I learned (and taught) Japanese, but these days I imagine there's no end of options out there.
Not that I'm aware of. Most kana drilling apps are just flashcards, which can speed memorization for reading but does not help with writing. There's no reason in theory that a touch screen and stylus could not be used for writing practice, and judge stroke order, quality of shape, consistency of size, etc, but a) how many people have a stylus for their phone anymore? and b) who wants to spend money writing a difficult program when beginners won't know any better (or pay any more) anyway?Are there apps that help with this?
Of all the Japanese learners I've met (and continue to "meet" virtually), I had never really encountered one that cited mastering the kana as a significantly challenging part of learning Japanese, let alone something that would compel (or almost compel) them to give up learning the language entirely.