hokochoko started out as a personal blog to keep track of my Japanese learning process as well as writing about all things Japanese I like. I quickly discovered that there were many of you out there learning Japanese and the blog became a great way to connect with all of you on the same boat as me. While I can write about how many words I learned today, which episode of Bleach I saw last night (actually I don’t really do anime) or the millionth rant about how much I want to live in Japan, frankly, nobody would care a f*ck (it’s my blog, I can swear however I want :)). I write what you care about and want to read about and that is Japanese.
Now, I’m not a teacher in Japanese nor really advanced, just a lad learning Japanese like you, but, I like to give back to society and help my fellow shipmates in making that Japanese learning experience just that little bit more easier and fun. On this blog you will find mini Japanese lessons, study tips, recommendations and all things I think will be helpful and interesting to know about and ofcourse my highly opinionated view. Enjoy the blog!
‘ve always had an interest in all things Japanese because to me it was foreign and anything foreign is way more interesting than your own backyard wouldn’t you all agree? Because of my interest in Japan I decided to learn Japanese when I was about 16 and even had a native private teacher (which I found myself) to teach me. Although it was good for my pronunciation, it did not last long since my attention span is somewhat short so I eventually gave up after a month or three. I do regret it to this day but I just didn’t have the discipline back then.
A couple of years ago I decided to take a break from my studies at the time, photography, and left for Shanghai to study Mandarin for a year and then return to continue my studies. That year turned into three and during my second year I changed my subject to Japanese at a friend’s recommendation. This has been fascinating experience as well as a whole new challenge getting taught Japanese in Mandarin with all Chinese classmates. I continued studying at my uni for 2 semesters (1 year) before I left and have been self studying ever since.
10 things about me
• likes to eat: California Rolls and a bucket of KFC (the original)
• works on: a Mac
• am skilled in: Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign, QuarkXpress, Flash
• lived in: New York and Shanghai
• can’t do without: fresh Earl Grey tea in the morning
• am also learning: Korean
• speaks: Dutch, Cantonese, English, Mandarin
• plays: piano
• absolutely digs: Exile
• wants to become: a photographer
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This blog was created on September 10, 2009