Books & Text



Here we are again! I am making progress with my Japanese, I am so proud I am really staying with it this time. Class was really nice, we did some talking in class and of course continued with the hiragana. I am having so much fun, it is really giving me energy.

I did a lot at home too this week for Japanese. School was also busy (again). There is just a lot of research and reading this time. Normally we go quite quickly into making models and ideas. Another nice thing, I went to the bookstore here and this particular bookstore has a lot of really nice Japanese art books and craft books. Yesterday they had a big sale, I didn’t bought a lot, but still a few, I wanted so much more. I really like the books with patterns in them. So, I bought one really nice one of those. Also a book with cranes to fold. I really low the story of the ‘1000 cranes’, which ever version you, a wish or eternal luck, I really like the idea. Who knows, maybe these 100 are the first 100 of my 1000 cranes. It also has all the colours in Japanese and some nice patterns on the wings!

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Last book (well I bought more, but last I share here) is with pictograms. They are so nice, simple and clear.

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I promised to share something again, but it won’t be list or grammar. I practise wrote some text and I want to show them. I already put them on Lang-8 earlier this week and they turn out to be quite alright, I just need to work on my kanji and it will be lots better.

First small text is basically a note you leave when you leave home. Very basic, but still it took me a bit.




This is what it says:

To mom,

Today I am going to study with friends at the university. I won’t eat dinner at home. I’ll be back around ten o’clock.
October 2


The the second one is what I do in a weekend. It is made up, because I don’t know all the words I need yet for my actual weekend, but it makes a nice story.


I went to Japanese class on Friday. We talked Japanese in class. Then, I went back home. I ate dinner at home.
I go to shops a lot on Saturday. I bought shoes at the shop.
I woke up late Sunday. In the morning I watched TV. Then, I ate lunch. In the afternoon, I studied Japanese.

Someone who helped me make the text better also asked me what Japanese food I liked best. I tried to answer, but I’m not sure if it is any good (don’t have any reply yet)

ありがとうございます!漢字をれんしゅうします。わたしのおきにいりのスナックはバビースターラーメン(I hope this is the right name)です。そばをしってします、そばをたべました。そばをすきます。おきにいりの日本しょくひんでラーメンとすしです。

Oh, and, I made a cake today! It is still cooling down, but it looks good!


||'ェ')ノ|Ю ジャネ!


First Japanese Class, DONE!



Hello, hello. Here I am again, after a bit more than a week. I will not bother you too much with all the projects for school! Let’s focus on other things.

First of all I’m finally in Johto League Champions part of Pokémon, I think this is actually the last season I watched as a kid, also the last movie (with Celebi). So after this it should all become a blur.

But I actually have more to do than watch Pokémon. I went home to my parents for the weekend. It was really nice, finally saw my family gain (big family). Also a birthday from my grandpa, was also nice. It is always like this when we go back; the whole weekend is filled with birthdays and visits, not complaining I do miss the people. Oh, we had some really nice Italian food.

What else? I finally had my first Japanese class. No surprise we started with learning Hiragana. I basically already know Hiragana and Katakana, but I am going with the flow here. I want to learn everything right. For example, I always missed the small hooks in some of the hiragana (see pink circles in pictures). I never ever noticed them! Now I know. So, while learning this stuff in class, I am also still at home doing some stuff myself for Japanese. For the Hiragana I will try and write really nicely and well.

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No sharing today for Japanese, really sorry next week I will. Last thing to say is. I am planning to keep updating every Sunday. This way I have the time and can write about Japanese class and the rest of the week.


Important Projects


(*´ω`)o。゚:.・+GOOD MORNINIG+・.:゚。o(´ω`*)

This time; some more about school, but also some anime/manga and of course new Japanese grammar en kanji.

I know I already talked a bit about the projects for school last time, but in the past days I got the complete briefings and assignments. They are so nice! A lot of work, but nice!

First we have an assignment called ‘Family of Four’ which is about creating a family of products. For this we first need to create a brand. The products will be for this ‘fictive’ brand. We need to work the full process, so end with (working) prototypes.

Second assignment is ‘In the Pocket’. This is about creating an item that you can carry in your pocket (think of pockets in pants, jackets, etc.). The item needs to have multiple functions. Also we need to end with a (working) prototype.

And last there is the assignment with the company. Which is more about research. They want help in seeing how they can be differently/quicker/more innovative. So we will start with a research into the company, the history, values, wishes, etc. and see where are new possibilities. Also coming Tuesday we are going to visit the company.


I finally bought some new manga, Vampire Knight. I have already seen the anime a few times and I liked it a lot. So I thought it was time to read the manga. The problem is though, that I never really take time to read, but I am gonna! I was actually planning to watch the anime again too, it has been a while since I have seen it. I have mostly been watching Pokémon and I am so far in Johto (Brock is back, Ash has Chokorita, it is actually already 100+ episodes, there are just so many episodes, plus I also watched the pikachu shorts and movies that belong to the things I have seen). I am thinking re-watching Vampire Knight will be my side project, haha. I was even thinking when I saw it again and have read the manga, I might do a sort of ‘review’ or what I think of it or such. Recommend or no? We will see if I still want to do it when I get there.


It is almost time for the Japanese course to start! I am excited! I will probably write about it next time! How was my first class Japanese? It is seriously at this point the thing I am most excited for, I really want it to start!

I am still learning at home a bit, but slowly, the kanji is just really slowing it down. I do like them thought.

But now sharing!

noun じゃないです

If someone tells you ‘This is that’ you can say it isn’t by using じゃないです (This is not that). じゃないです is very informal though, so there are a few different ways to also say it. A very formal way is ではありません a bit less formal is じゃありません.


  • おかあさんはしゅふです。おかあさんはしゅふじゃないです。 ー Mother is a housewife. Mother is not a housewife.
  • おとうさんはかいしゃいんです。おとうさんはかいしゃいんじゃありません。 ー Father is an office worker. Father is not an office worker.
  • おにいさんはだいがくいんせいです。おにいさんはだいがくいんせいではありません。 ー Brother is a graduate student. Brother is not a graduate student.


When you make a statement, the sentence (probably) ends with 〜ね or 〜よ. When you (speaker) want confirmation you can use 〜ね (“right?”). However when you (speaker) wants to assure what you are telling then you can use 〜よ (“I tell you”).


  • おかあさんはしゅふですね。 ー Mother is a housewife, right?
  • おとうさんは日本人ですよ。 ー (I assure you) Father is Japanese.

Words (kanji – reading – meaning;

人 ー ひと ー person;

  • 一人 ー ひとり ー one person
  • 二人 ー ふたり ー two people
  • 三人 ー さんにん ー three people
  • 四人 ー よにん ー four people
  • 五人 ー ごにん ー five people
  • 六人 ー ろくにん ー six people
  • 七人 ー しちにん ー seven people
  • 八人 ー はちにん ー eight people
  • 九人 ー きゅうにん ー nine people
  • 十人 ー じゅうにん ー ten people
  • 百人 ー ひゃくにん ー hundred people
  • 千人 ー せんにん ー thousand people

That’s it for today. So next time, probably I had my first class Japanese.

Have a nice day!





So wow, had my first day of class. Lots of information, but it is interesting. We are making a team and with that team we start a  company, develop it, etc. A lot of work, but it will be nice.

Also we did a test to see what your place is within a team and the result is… I don’t know how to say.. Not surprising, because I recognised myself completely in it. I have practical common sense, self-control and discipline, I work hard, haha. It was nice to read the whole text. I think it gives a good view of how I work. And tomorrow we are getting info on a new big project! So yeah! Excited!

Something else, I have been writing every two days or so and I am going to put a little more time in between posts from now on. Reasons are to get some more in a post and I am going to need a lot of time for my homework.


I will share some Japanese stuff today. I just started a new list with kanji and been practising making sentences and using verbs. So not a lot of new things, I am basically just waiting for the course to start so it will give me some more direction and give me some good help.

BTW I found a site with amazing tables with words, for example counting, days, etc. I added one below with the list for minutes, site is visible in the picture.

But for now, have fun.


With this word you can ask who something belongs to. Basically だれ mean who and when the particle の

is added it means whose.


  • これはだれのコーヒーですか。 ー Whose coffee is this?


With the particle も you can say that something is the same. Basically what you say with も is that ‘First thing is this. Second this is this, too’ In the second sentence the particle は is replaces with the particle も.


  • わたしは日本人です。ゆみさんも日本人です。 ー I am Japanese. Yumi is Japanese, too.

Words (kanji – reading – meaning;

Counting Long Objects;

  • 一本 ー いっぽん ー one
  • 二本 ー にほん ー two
  • 三本 ー さんぼん ー three
  • 四本 ー よんほん ー four
  • 五本 ー ごほん ー five
  • 六本 ー ろっぽん ー six
  • 七本 ー ななほん ー seven
  • 八本 ー はちほん ー eight
  • 九本 ー きゅうほん ー nine
  • 十本 ー じゅっぽん ー ten
  • 二十本 ー にじゅっぽん ー twenty
  • 百本 ー ひゃっぽん ー hundred
  • 千本 ー せんぼん ー thousand
  • 一万本 ー いちまんぼん ー ten thousand

〜分 ー 〜ふん ー … minute;

  • 一分 ー いっぷん ー one minute
  • 二分 ー にふん ー two minutes
  • 三分 ー さんぷん ー three minutes
  • 四分 ー よんぷん ー four minutes
  • 五分 ー ごふん ー five minutes
  • 六分 ー ろっぷん ー six minutes
  • 七分 ー ななふん ー seven minutes
  • 八分 ー はっぷん ー eight minutes
  • 九分 ー きゅうふん ー nine minutes
  • 十分 ー じゅっぷん ー ten minutes

See you soon.

|EXIT| バイバイλ…………トボトボ

It will be Busy



I got all my schedules for school and it will be getting busy the coming time. (Probably until Christmas break and after that again) But the assignments sound really nice and we have an excursion. So, remember when I said that I wanted school to begin? Well, I’m almost at the ‘I’m ready for holiday’, haha. Tomorrow is my last free day and then in all begins!


The last days my parents came to visit me, they live at the other side of the Netherlands. Which sounds far, but really isn’t that far. Today at school was introduction day and there were other from the last year presenting what they did for internship. It all sounded really nice! But hard work. It really gets me thinking about what exactly I want to do, because I am not sure yet. Luckily I have a little bit of time to think about it.

Last few days I haven’t done much Japanese, only Anki to get the Kanji going. I am almost ready for the next set of kanji.

That’s about it for now, just a small update next time I will probably share some more lists with (kanji) words and some other things.


Ready for School, Ready for Japanese



Okay, I admit, I am ready to start school again. Today I have been doing, well, not anything useful. I think I am out of options. I even started knitting socks last night. Maybe I actually had too much free time now, just remember that phrase because in a few weeks it will turn into ‘I need holiday’.

To sum up the last days, it has been watching Pokémon, work at salon, knit socks, Japanese, FaceTime and sleeping. Oh right and I played a lot of Delicious. What is Delicious, a game were there is no thinking needed. Tada:

Click and play. So not a lot of useful things.

Although I did do laundry and sorted socks. Anybody else has a monster that steals socks so you have no complete pairs anymore?

In conclusion I am ready for school to really start and have some things I need to do again. Become useful! Haha. (This attitude will change in a few weeks)

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Also something nice to share, I found a nice site –> Click <– You can put it tasks and things to do and such and when you do them you get experience and level up. Haha, I am hoping this will keep me sort of motivated to keep doing my chores, cleaning and stuff. Lets make a game out of it. Haha, really nice concept.

You can also add goals for learning and such, so it helps with Japanese too!


About Japanese though, I am still busy with these first 32 Kanji, I still keep messing pronunciations up. I really want to do this well, so before I add new ones, I want to know these 32 well. And also still with verbs, need to do this right, haha.

Today I was also reading about the JLPT tests today, it would be nice to do them in the future. Far, far future for now.

So today I will share more pointing words and more counting. Have fun!


More pointing! These words work a bit differently. You use these ones when you know the item you point at. These words are way more specific. Also they are always with a noun. By the way, they work the same as the pointing words I showed in the last post with where the items are, how close they are.


  • このえんぴつはわたしのえんぴつです。 ー This pencil is my pencil. (Close to me)
  • そのかばんはいくらですか。 ー How much is that bag? (Close to other)
  • あのさいふは800円です。ー That wallet is 800 yen. (Further away)

With these point words you also have the question word, どの. With this one you also need to use the particle が instead of は.


  • どのじしょが1200円ですか。 ー Which dictionary is 1200 yen?

I hope this is clear. In my lovely Genki there is a nice table with the pointing words and distances, I love to share this one, I tried my best to make it clear. I found this very helpful.

  • これ(は〜) ー この noun(は〜) ー close to the person speaking
  • それ(は〜) ー その noun(は〜) ー close to the person listening
  • あれ(は〜) ー あの noun(は〜) ー far from both people
  • どれ(が〜) ー どの noun(が〜) ー unknown


More pointing words! Yay! I like pointing words, I understand them. These pointing words are for places. Same with the distances. With the question word you can ask for directions, with the other words you can point toward the place asked for.


  • きっさてんはどこですか。 ー Where is the cafe?
  • ここです。 ー (The cafe) is right here. (Near me, right here)
  • そこです。 ー (The cafe) is right there. (Near the other, right there)
  • あそこです。 ー (The cafe) is over there. (Far from both)

Words (kanji – reading – meaning)

〜時半 ー 〜じ ー … o’clock;

  • 一時 ー いちじ ー one o’clock
  • 二時 ー にじ ー two o’clock
  • 三時 ー さんじ ー three o’clock
  • 四時 ー よじ ー four o’clock
  • 五時 ー ごじ ー five o’clock
  • 六時 ー ろくじ ー six o’clock
  • 七時 ー しちじ ー seven o’clock
  • 八時 ー はちじ ー eight o’clock
  • 九時 ー くじ ー nine o’clock
  • 十時 ー じゅうじ ー ten o’clock
  • 十一時 ー じゅういちじ ー eleven o’clock
  • 十二時 ー じゅうにじ ー twelve o’clock

万 ー まん ー ten thousand;

  • 一万 ー いちまん ー 10,000
  • 二万 ー にまん ー 20,000
  • 三万 ー さんまん ー 30,000
  • 四万 ー よんまん ー 40,000
  • 五万 ー ごまん ー 50,000
  • 六万 ー ろくまん ー 60,000
  • 七万 ー ななまん ー 70,000
  • 八万 ー はちまん ー 80,000
  • 九万 ー きゅうまん ー 90,000
  • 十万 ー じゅうまん ー 100,000
  • 百万 ー ひゃくまん ー 1,000,000

Have fun, good luck!

バイバイ―*.゚+ヽ(○・▽・○)ノ゙ +.゚*―!!

Japanese Course, Japanese Books



So nice! I got an e-mail my course will start September 21 and I also got my books today! The books are from Marugoto and so far they look great! I am getting so excited now to start the course! (I am using too much exclamation marks now)

ヾ(´▽`;;)ゝ エヘヘ

At first view the books look really clear and seem to have a nice pace in which they go. I have the textbook and the workbook, it says that this will get you to level A1, which in my understanding is very basic Japanese. So using and understanding everyday expressions and basic phrase making, introduce myself and others and talk a bit about it and interact in a simple way. That’s a good start right?

When I get a start in the book I’ll tell a bit more about it.

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Next to this I am waiting for an e-mail from school to tell me which class I will follow for the next 6 months. Yesterday there was a sort of information/sign up day for classes and I signed up for two (Textile and Market). I am hoping I will be placed in the Textile classes, but Market is also okay.

Also, I bought a ticket to a concert! YEAH! It is Bring Me the Horizon. Yes, it is. It is in November, also very excited for this. All kinds of good things happened!


For the Japanese part now;

I am crunching my head over verbs and conjugations (and definitely particles). I keep messing up my sentences, thank God the course will start soon. It will all become very clear.

For you I have today the particle の and the ‘this and that’ pointing. And of course some Kanji.

Have fun!

Particle の

With の you connect two words. For example you can tell who’s item it is or what kind of thing it is. Keep in mind though that this item/thing is always at the end before the verb!


  • わたしのおかあさんです。 ー (It) is my mom.
  • だいがくのせんせいです。 ー (He/She) is a college professor.


If you point at something you say something like ‘That one.’ or ‘This one.’ In Japanese you also have words for this.

  • これ – something close to you, ‘this one’
  • それ – something close to the other, ‘that one’
  • あれ – something further away, ‘that one over there’
  • どれ – which one

When you use これ/それ/あれ they are followed by the particle は.


  • これはノートです。 ー This is a notebook. (Notebook is close to me)
  • それはほんです。 ー That is a book. (Book is close to the other)
  • あれはさいふです。 ー That is a wallet. (The wallet is further away)

When you use どれ however, you cannot use は, you need to use が.


  • どれですか。 ー Which one is it?
  • どれがあなたのかさですか。 ー Which one is your umbrella?

Words (kanji – reading – meaning)

Counting 1000-9000;

  • 千 ー せん ー 1000
  • 二千 ー にせん ー 2000
  • 三千 ー さんぜん ー 3000
  • 四千 ー よんせん ー 4000
  • 五千 ー ごせん ー 5000
  • 六千 ー るくせん ー 6000
  • 七千 ー ななせん ー 7000
  • 八千 ー はっせん ー 8000
  • 九千 ー きゅうせん ー 9000

Kanji Meanings;

You might recognise these Kanji, they are used in the weekdays. I wrote the weekdays with them, look at them closely, because some of the readings change.

  • 日 ー ひ ー day
  • 日曜日 ー にちようび ー Sunday
  • 月 ー つき ー moon; month
  • 月曜日 ー げつようび ー Monday
  • 火 ー ひ ー fire
  • 火曜日 ー かようび ー Tuesday
  • 水 ー みず ー water
  • 水曜日 ー すいようび ー Wednesday
  • 木 ー き ー tree
  • 木曜日 ー もくようび ー Thursday
  • 金 ー きん ー gold
  • 金曜日 ー きんようび ー Friday
  • 土 ー つち ー soil
  • 土曜日 ー どようび ー Saturday

I hope it is clear, if not say so!

Good luck with everything!

( i__i )/~~ SAYONARA