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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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神経の交差とは? With native lang

みなさん、こんにちは。 ご存知かもしれませんが、人体の神経が交差しています。つまり、体の左半身を動かすのは右脳、右半身を動かすのは左脳です。人間だけでなく、あらゆる種類の脊椎動物にはこんな「神経の交差」があります。これはどうしてでしょうか? (実際、神経の100...
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脚本 With native lang

みなさん、こんにちは。 脚本を書く授業を受けています。僕は小説を書く方が好きなのですが、全体的に文章力を向上するための授業です。実は、かなり難しいです。小説では人物の思考や感情を描くと単に書きます。しかし、脚本は映画になるはずで、「視覚と聴覚」しかありません。脚本で「...
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Blitz (ブリッツ)

ライオンがいるの!? With native lang

みなさん、こんにちは。 先日、最近買った、古代ギリシャを舞台としたゲームをプレイしていました。エーゲ海のアンドロス島から、ギリシャ本土へ船で行きました。田舎のそばの岸で船を止め、それから、アテネに向かって歩き始めました。風景が綺麗な旅行でした。アテネへ通じる道は、曲が...
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Oct 10, 2018 21:47
Blitz (ブリッツ)

新たなゲーム With native lang

みなさん、こんにちは。 先週末、友達の大学のパーティーは楽しかったです。友達とワイワイして声が嗄れましたが、なぜか風邪が治りました。 木曜日を楽しみにしています。新たなゲームが発売されるからです。「アサシン・クリード:オデッセイ」と言います。ペロポネソス戦争中の...
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Oct 4, 2018 02:39
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風邪の薬 With native lang

みなさん、こんにちは。 みなさんのアドバイス通り、風邪を和らげるための薬を飲もうとしました。(風邪を完全に治せる薬は存在しませんが)実は、風邪をうつした友達からもらったものです。噛んで飲む、「ホメオパシー」の薬です。「風邪の症状の期間を短くする薬」「初期症状で飲むべき...
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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!^-^