VIDEO: “But We’re Speaking Japanese” + 4 Learn Japanese With Manga Books
Okay, so this is not exactly directly manga-related, but I thought it was too good not to share. Author, satirist and prolific YouTube filmmaker Ken Tanaka created a new video that skewers how some Japanese people in Japan just can’t reconcile that a person can be white, black, anything but Japanese, and still speak Japanese fluently; sometimes more fluently than an Asian person.
I can totally relate to being the clueless Japanese-American person in Japan who’s with non-Japanese people who can speak Japanese way better, way more fluently than I can, but whenever we encounter Japanese people, they talk to me instead of them. Never mind that it should be kind of obvious after the first time I open my mouth that I can’t speak Japanese very well, they keep directing their comments / questions at me. It is what it is, but hopefully, this will change as more people who aren’t ethnically Japanese make Japan their home.
Check out more of Ken Tanaka’s videos on his YouTube page!
Japanese the Manga Way by Wayne Lammers
LEARN JAPANESE WITH MANGA? YES!
Anyway, if you’re like me and want to learn how to speak Japanese “more better” — here are a few helpful resources that use manga to teach you how to speak and read Japanese.
Each book presents Japanese language with examples from manga. The advantage to this approach is that it teaches conversational Japanese by using actual dialogue from Japanese comics. The result is that you have don’t have those simple, but not terribly useful “Taro has a pencil” sample sentences that are typically found in traditional Japanese language textbooks. (Seriously, I have never had to say that sentence in normal conversation in Japanese). Go check ‘em out, and get introduced to the mother-tongue of manga.