Monday, September 25, 2006


You're learning Japanese---how do you feel? Excited? Happy? Frustrated? Overwhelmed? Whatever you feel, I hope we'll share it together using blogs.

Learning a language means not only taking a course, but also transforming yourself---becoming able to communicate with someone whose language you didn't understand before. The process involves your experience, feelings, and everything you do in and outside the class. This blog links to your blogs and your classmates' so that you can see what others think and feel about their learning process or just simply what they're up to.

I'm interested in your experience as a language learner: what you feel, how you see it, what you think about it, etc. Please feel free to write anything you want. You are encouraged to express yourself about any topics in any language. The sky is the limit!

1) Go to to open your blog.
  1. Select "Settings" from the top tabs. Click "Formatting" and select "Universal" for "Encoding" so that you can type Japanese.
  2. In order to receive comments from as many people as possible, please select "Comments" and choose "Anyone" for "Who can comment" section.
  3. If you want to know how to type Japanese, please click the link listed on the right side.
2) Send your blog address to me (
  • If you have trouble opening a new account, please let me know.
  • If you already have a blog and if you can use Japanese, you do not have to open a new account.
3) Post a blog entry once a week.
  • Here are some inspirations for your blog topics (they are just suggestions, so write whatever you want!)
    • I could read Japanese!
    • I spoke Japanese!
    • I went to Japan!
    • Why I study Japanese
    • My Japanese friends
    • I'm confused! Help!
    • My secret study tips
    • My daily schedule
    • Japanese restaurants in town
    • My hobbies
    • Japanese music, dramas, food, anime, manga
    • What I like/dislike about my Japaense class
    • What I'd like to do in my Japanese class
    • My favorite websites
    • My classmates
    • Japanese grammar
    • Japanese vocabulary
    • Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji
    • My favorite language lab exercises
4) You are also encouraged to visit others' blogs. Links to other interesting blogs can be seen on the right-side of this page. (they include links to other Japanese learners' blogs!)


TK Lee said...

ふかい先生! i made my blog:) i've not posted anything but probably write something soon..

jubin said...

Fukai sensei~am i doing all right?-_-;;;;not sure...
I'm not sure where to post the answers.....
so i am posting it here..
1.What constitutes a "good" (or "bad") podcast (radio program)?
A good podcast should be HONEST. Since this podcast is for people who are interested in NewYork life(or Columbia university, American college life..) we should tell them the truth because they might be seriously considering coming to the United States(It is a big decision as all of you may know,,,so they don't want wrong information).
Also, it should be interersting so that many people would actually click on our podcast and listen to the program(SHOULD NOT EVER BE BORING!!!).
2.What would you like to know about life at an American university if you were a Japanese student who would listen to your podcast? (or what would you like to know about life at a Japanese university if some Japanese college students were making similar podcasts?)
First of all, I would like to know about the workload...How busy the campus life is and how stressful the classes and the hws are.After that, the people....How are the people? Are NEWYORKERS friendly?Dormitory life?do students get along well with each other?What about the livng cost? How much is the average living cost in a month? How's the food?