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Hi, I'm Blitz! You can also call me Flipper. I'm a college student. I love learning languages. Contact me if you have any questions!

Hola, ¡soy Blitz! Antes me llamaba Flipper. Soy estudiante universitario. Me encanta aprender idiomas. No dudes en contactarme si tienes alguna pregunta.

こんにちは、Blitzと申します!Flipperでも良いです。大学生です。言語を学ぶのが大好きです!もし質問があれば、コメントかメッセージをください。

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My Story (which I may translate when I get the inspiration O__o)
The first language I started to learn was Spanish. I was at a very young age, but I don't remember how old I was exactly. I remember that, aside from the obligatory classes I took in my elementary school, there were a few local parents who agreed to tutor me. My studies in Spanish since then have been more or less consistent, though not very structured. By eighth grade, I only knew basic present conjugations and the preterit tense. The summer before high school, I forgot a lot of Spanish, but my parents insisted that I take a higher-than-usual level of Spanish upon my entry into high school. Looking back, I am so glad I took that class. It was the perfect push I needed to immerse me deeper into the language. Since then, I think my Spanish has been slowly but steadily improving. Of course, it isn't perfect. Writing is my strong suit, but speaking and listening are particularly difficult for me. The class I'm in currently dedicates a good amount of time to speaking and listening, so I'm at least making some slow progress in those areas. I have never been to a Spanish-speaking country before, but I would love to go one day, perhaps even study abroad. But, for now, the most immersion I can experience is talking with a Spanish-speaking friend on FaceTime.

(In case any of you were wondering, almost all of my Spanish teachers have been Argentine. Their accent has somewhat rubbed off on me. ^^;)

Around maybe fourth grade, my interest for Japanese began to develop, the main reason being that one of my favorite video games, Kingdom Hearts, would always release new titles in Japanese, and waiting for the English versions was like torture. On top of that, Naruto, an anime I loved and still love to watch, would release new episodes in a similar manner. So I thought, "Why wait when I can learn the language myself?" So I went on the internet and Googled all the free online Japanese lessons I could find. Of course, I was very young, so my understanding of the grammar wasn't perfect, but I never really got deterred. One of the first things I read about were the three Japanese systems of writing: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. The article warned me that there was a "rogue" fourth system of writing called "romaji," which is, simply put, romanized Japanese. It explained that romaji wasn't a bad thing, but it was easy to get addicted to—one would have to rely on romaji. The article affirmed that, while it would be much more difficult to learn the real Japanese script, it would be worth it. So, that day, I printed out some free hiragana flashcards I found online (I still have them!). I found it so interesting that each character stood for a syllable, not a single letter. It was tough, but I eventually memorized them all. (I remember the toughest ones to remember were けはほ, われね, るろ, めぬ, and きさ.) After that, I started on the katakana. Unfortunately, I got impatient and stopped halfway through the memorization process. I regret doing that because to this day I still make silly mistakes when I read katakana words. Anyway, after the kana, I began to feel discouraged about learning the scary kanji, which, to my horror, could have multiple pronunciations, with no way to ascertain said pronunciations other than memorization. I bought a book that contained all the Jouyou Kanji and spent many days writing every single one down. (Although, I didn't study their pronunciation because I was confused about which pronunciation was used when.) However, my studies slowly stagnated until I wasn't studying it at all. But, for some reason, around seventh grade, I wanted to resume learning Japanese and try harder than ever. Around that summer, I discovered Lang-8 and joined immediately. A serious setback in learning Japanese is that I do not have a teacher. My only teachers have been all of my very kind friends who correct my Japanese and explain certain points to me. If it weren't for their encouragement and praise, I fear I would have lost interest in Japanese again. いつも添削してくれている友達みなさん、ありがとうございます。:)

Somewhere along the way, I began to fall in love with the concept of language and grammar in general. I've looked at languages like Russian, French, German, and even Chinese, just to get a taste of how the languages work. Why? Because I realized that learning a language isn't just about getting more job opportunities, and being able to travel abroad. You meet new people, discover new cultures, you share new ideas, and your entire way of thinking is altered. You begin to look at things from a different perspective, and not just a grammatical one. Learning a new language is one of the most beautiful experiences someone can have.

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面白い話し方 With native lang

みなさん、こんにちは。 僕はビデオゲームが好きなことを、みなさんはもうご存知かもしれません。日本製で英語に翻訳されたゲームもよくプレイして、さらに日本語のバージョンをYoutubeで見てみます。そのうちの一つは、12000年後の未来の舞台で、機械やロボットが多いです。...
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理学療法 With native lang

みなさん、こんにちは。今週末、いかがお過ごしでしたか? この夏は、僕は地元の病院でボランティアするはずだったけれど、先週に電話したら、多くの人がすでに応募してしまったので、もう働き口はないと言われました。ちょっとがっかりしました。医学部に入るのに、ボランティア経験を積...
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May 20, 2018 02:28
Blitz (ブリッツ)

ずっと雨 With native lang

みなさん、こんにちは。 母の日から、一週間くらい雨がずっと降っています。僕の家は丘の上にあるのですが、裏庭は沼地のように見えます! 僕が住んでいるところに近くの町では洪水が起きています。それと、月曜日まで雨が止まないそうです。 このような天気はかなり珍しい...
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May 19, 2018 06:35
Blitz (ブリッツ)

文法辞典の練習

みなさん、こんにちは。 今日、以前に買った日本語文法辞典という本を見つたので、練習したいと思います。辞典には様々な表現があり、口語も文語も含まれています。いい練習になると思います。よろしくお願いします。 1. あまり(文語) The man was too a...
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May 17, 2018 06:22
Blitz (ブリッツ)

The Duality of English

Hi, everyone! I wanted to write an entry in English today about an interesting phenomenon within the English language. A language'...
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¡Hola Flipper! ¡Gracias por todas tus correcciones! Siempre me has caído muy bien desde que nos conocimos, ¡nunca cambies amigo! xD. Just let me know if I can do something for you. じゃあな!^-^