This post exists so I can use cards with youtube to issue post-publish corrections more visibly than in the description.
Kanatan’s sexy-man voice is too much for Sui-chan
2:27 - “we’re married after all”. This comes from me misinterpreting 4 syllables that could have one of two meanings. You’ll see both scattered throughout the comments.
Amane Kanata’s custom waifu takes too much Asacoco
2:02 - “that’s totally the drugged-up sheep”
Amane Kanata asks for Noel’s “Sexy voice”
1:58 - “are you actually doing that, or did you just want me to pay attention to you?”. Comes from “komatte” and “kamatte” sounding VERY similar here
Aqua is (not) being considerate
Honestly I didn’t think anyone would care to see what these mean. They’re… essentially made-up and very vague. I used the localisation from the english version of the game here.
An Angel, a Dragon and an Elf walk into a bar…
@2:00 - I got this backwards. should be “he gave me sorta a bad impression”
I parsed おじさんへの好感度 as “favourability with the barman” rather than “favourability of the barman”
this then affects 3:09 respectively
Text should be:
To be honest he gave me sorta a bad impression
That one moment brought my opinion of him up from rock bottom
I made this mistake by incorrectly visualising the へ (direction of action) particle and which way it acts in this instance. In my mind if your 好感 were to rise へsomeone, they’d like you more. But this is incorrect. Should I have googled a phrase I was unfamilliar with? Absolutely.
I am lucky that in this instance the error only affects two minor lines.
Regarding ginger drinks
I was also told by someone that knows their ginger beverages that “ginger beer” and “ginger ale” are totally different - although Kanata seems to use the same word for both. The barman is quoted as saying that “ginger ale” is in moscow mule, which it is not. Thus I used “ginger beer” throughout. There is a possibility that the “real” ginger beer and the “fake” ginger beer comment could have been referring to the difference between these two drinks, although the way Kanata quotes him makes it hard to justify any real redactions or corrections here. There was also someone in chat going “what does he mean ‘real’?” so I think keeping as-is is justified. I could also flip all instances of “beer” to “ale”, this would still have the effect of being “wrong” as far as the drink is concerned, but true to the speech.
In my view, the conversation would make less sense if Kanata orders a ginger ale and then the barman starts talking about the ingredients of moscow mule, which is not linked in any way.
I’ll list things that I get asked a lot here.
How do I start learning Japanese?
Bear in mind that I’m just some N3 weeb (at time of writing), so I’m not a total beginner but I’m not really great either
At time of writing I’ve been actively trying to learn stuff for about 2 years, without formal education of any sort.
With that said:
Take a look at the DJT guide - it’s how i started learning in any proper fashion. , and most of it started there.
Throw those moonrunes at your eyeballs and ear holes until they cease to be quite so runic.
If you’re here, you’re probably into vtubers you can basically kickstart your listening skills by just watching streams and picking up absolutely anything you can.
Learn some basic vocab and grammar from either picking it up via immersion or from resource packs, then try to consume native content (e.g basic manga)
So, to paraphrase, to get started:
- Learn the kana from realkana. It won’t take long, really. Yes some of them look sorta similar. You’ll work it out.
- Immerse yourself as much as possible. Japanese music, streams, twitter people, anything you can to get more of the language around you.
- Do not obsess about being as efficient or fast as possible. That’s a swamp that you’ll use to procrastinate and not actually learn.
- If they help you, try a textbook. I personally used some of Minna no Nihongo before N3.
- Get started with kanji. Pace yourself. There are a looot, and just as many ways that claim to teach you them faster. I personally use kanjidamage.
- Try reading native material as soon as possible. The generic beginners’ recommendation is yotsubato!, but if you’re able to search jisho.org I recommend girls’ last tour.
- Keep at it. It takes ages. Sometimes it feels like you’re making no progress. This is normal. It’ll click at some point and you’ll go “OHHHHH!”
It will take years though. and it’s a lot of work. Good luck.