Interesting panda bookmark
Here’s the page from (In A Sense) Lost & Found that many reviewers singled out and here’s how it came to be. Making all these multiple versions for each other page was a good learning experience, although it did cost me a lot of nerves at the time and damn that music.
- If you want to read one review of the book, read this one by Biblioklept.
- I also did a rather extensive interview with him afterwards, if you’re interested in my process, references, reading, plagiarism and so forth.
…should also answer this question
- you-are-the-outsider said: You seem like a well read person, so I thought I would ask: what aspects of literature do you think comics would benefit the most to learn from? Maybe this is not a good question. Cheers!
Thanks! and I think it’s a good question. I can talk about FID & whatnot, but I think the main thing we get out of reading “challenging” books is the practice of reading. I became an artist through reading and rereading. Drawing and writing took minimal part in the process and if tomorrow I decide to switch to installations or embroidery it won’t change a thing.
Reminder that I’ll be signing on October 10th at Desert Island 7-9pm with Stephen Collins, who will be promoting the US release of his Gigantic Beard that Was Evil, probably my favorite graphic novel in the recent years.
Keith Haring for Sesame Street
Guide to Self-Studying Japanese
A large proportion of Japanese learners self-study. Finding places to learn Japanese in a classroom environment can be difficult and expensive. Here’s a guide on how you can learn Japanese for free and from the comfort of your sofa.
When learning Japanese, the most important step is to learn Hiragana and Katakana, the writing alphabets of Japanese.
The best way I’ve found to do that is to make flashcards. Make sure you practice writing as well as recognizing them, this will not only be a great skill to have but will also reinforce the shapes in your mind.
[Hiragana 42], the best guide I’ve found to learn the Hiragana (in a day!)
[Hiranana and Katakana Quiz Site]
[Kana Invaders Game]
[Anki] An amazing program that will make sure you never forget any Vocabulary….
The next step is to start learning vocabulary. Where can you find what to learn? Use a site like Memrise to find word lists (for example, there is a word list for all the vocabulary in starter textbooks like Genki), and use the amazing interface to learn them and keep them in your long term memory.
While encountering vocabulary, you’re likely to be coming across super-complicated-looking Kanji. You can learn Kanji through Memrise as above, but there are some other websites that may be of interest.
[Kanji Damage] A great site where you can learn Kanji through Mnemonics.[WaniKani] by the same people ho make TextFugu (below) can help you learn Kanji from scratch.
[Anki] An amazing program that will make sure you never forget any Kanji….
The next step is to apply that new vocabulary to grammar points and start making sentences.
If you can’t get your hands on textbooks like Genki, don’t fear! There are a lot of great online grammar resources.
[TextFugu] a highly rated ‘online textbook’ which will guide you right from the beginning of learning Japanese.
[Guide to Japanese] another online textbook with a lot of grammar points and excellent explanations.
The Fun Parts: Using Japanese Online Media
So you probably have learnt Japanese because you have some interest in Japanese media. Time to start using it to your learning advantage!
Aside from the obvious watching Anime, J-dramas and films, why not try Reading Japanese News? Watching Japanese TV? Just make sure you are making these activities productive - note down new vocabulary, add them to Anki, and keep learning! It’s much easier to learn things you’re interested in. Try translating Japanese songs, etc.
The most important but difficult part of self-studying Japanese is getting your own compositions checked. Utilize all that grammar and vocabulary and write a short piece, it could be a diary entry or a short essay. Get it recorded for you by a native on RhinoSpike, and checked for grammar and consistencies on Lang-8.These sites also give you the chance to connect with Japanese natives, and perhaps start up some language exchanges!
For more resources, take a look at my Ultimate Resources List
Any more tips? Comment below!
Artwork by Vojtěch Kubašta
Feels like summer.