Overview: Tricks of the Trade


It has been far too long since my first post (ごめんなさい)and I’m truly sorry about that. With a hectic schedule and my lack of experience having a blog…well…er enough with the wallowing. Let’s get Nihong0-ing!

It’s winter break for me so I finally have some time to catch up with good ol’ 日本語. YES!


The Plan:

To work on my listening skills (my worst skill), I will be doing a regimen based on this article I found online called  Understand Your Favourite TV Series in 30 Days but with my own modifications.

  1.  I don’t plan to use the Sub2srs Anki deck I made without watching the series RAW. Yes folks, raw! I tend to go a “go big or go home” approach from the get go. Also I feel seeing any form of subs will distract me from developing my listening skills.
  2. Based on the method broken down into days, I will be entirely be doing days 16-30 for the entire duration of the experiment.

GOAL: To not necessarily comprehend everything said, but at least get the general idea and be able to shadow sentences efficiently. Shadowing is important to me because I tend to have trouble following along in dialog without subs. Seems like they’re all going at a speed of light or slurring lol xD

To work on my grammar and vocabulary, I’ll be doing something else entirely but still using media. While the use of Sub2SRS is a popular method in the language learning community, this method I read about a few years back seems very underground and not often mentioned.

 The tools:

A tool made by balloonguy (koohii forum member)that allows users to create an interactive audiobook using srt files[1] and the audio from anime/drama/movies, etc and have them sync in unison.  The balloonguy post that changed everything (for me at least lol). It’s a great tool for shadowing.

Nest0r from koohii forums was a huge promoter of the program that she(?)[2] calls “Kage Shibari”, like the technique used by Shikamaru in Naruto.

Shadow Bind Technique (影縛りの術, Kageshibari no Jutsu)

You can read more on this blog post by Nest0r on how the method works. Controlled Shadowing with Kage Shibari (nest0r).

This seems like a super long and winded post so I will explain more in future posts!

Until then.



[1] typical files for subtitles

[2] there are forum topics that claim Nest0r as female but w/e…


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