2013.12.28

これから毎日ブログ書くつもりです。このスペースはfree-writingにします。私の生活について日本語と韓国語で書きます。練習します
今アメリカのシカゴにいるので韓国語と日本語の練習はできません。
これからよろしくお願いします。

내일부터블로그쓸거예요. 한국어를공부하고있어요. 정말어려워요. 일본어부타어렵다. 그러지만한국드라마 정말좋아하는데한국어를알고싶어요.

나는미국에대학생이예요. 보스턴에사고있어요!

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Update Aug 21, 2013

All I want to say is THANK to everyone reading and following my blog both passioninseoul and alittleparfait. I will start my entirely new journey very soon, moving to boston but I will still continue studying both Korean and Japanese as much as possible.

I know my dream. It is one day I will be able to live in either of those countries so I will do my best…..Passing N2 by the end of this year >_< And then I will re-study Korean again

(Photolog) My Best Dishes in Japan

In this blog series, Photolog, there will be more photos and less text, so please enjoy my photo album^^

Let’s start with my forever favorite restaurant, hanamaru udon

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Here was my first meal in my 4th to Japan and I felt in love with it.  It sells only Udon but very various. And the price is reasonable.

Below is my 2 favorite

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This’s called Wakame Udon. There is around 4-500 Yen with lots of Udon and Wakame. The taste was really good. I ate this dish in Tomita near my Toyoko Inn hotel.

The lady can’t speak English (sure, it was in super rural area) So she tried to speak easy Japanese which I was able to understand ^^ And when I order my dad’s wrong (My kanji was weak), she willing changed into another (and left the wrong dish behind)

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I also found this restaurant again near Jimbocho station in Tokyo (This area has a lot of old and used books) I walk into this restaurant without doubt. Besides Wakame Udon, this Salada (salad) udon is my favourite.

The ordering process is quite complicated. You have to pick a tray (don’t forget as me) and then choose whatever fried staffs you want. Then order you what you want to eat such as wakame Udon and tell them the seize.

For salada Udon you have to select 3 things: veggie (half or full), Udon (1 or 2) and the dressing. You have to speak to them directly and of course, most of them don’t understand English.

You can watch how to order it here 

But I do recommend this restaurant. I’ve never thought salad can go very well with Udon…. (and never eat Cold Udon in my life)

Next for my For my fish dish 

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Here is when I went to wakayama, one of the beautiful beach in japan. There is a fish market and has a restaurant upstairs. All of them were fish. Sashimi, Sushi, grill fish and it tasted really good

ryokan dish

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ryokan is a traditional Japanese style hotel. This meal served like 10 staff like this. I was full since the 3th one….. The taste was not that good but for the art,  I love taking pictures

But felt super guilty when the lady put my tray back and realized I’d eaten only a little.

My soba

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In my lasted trip, I did eat lots of soba. But this restaurant was really peaceful and beautiful. It look very Japanese that I rarely dare to get in (don’t know why)

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When the lady give me a menu, I was like….how can I read it since it was in Japanese (and Kanji) So she gave me a English menu which has only that 2 pages.

Finally, I used a Japanese menu TT

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Next is Ramen.

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Here is my first time realized that Cold ramen, the soup beside the big bowl was made from fish stock….I always thought it was from shoyu (salt)

My very Japanese dish

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Tofu dish, Love it so much. It was salty but taste อร่อยมากกกก

My breakfast

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Normally, I sleep in Toyoko Inn or super Hotel. So what can you expect at the BF? There are lots of business man crammed and eat their BF. But here I was in the 36 floor in some hotel in Osaka. The food was plenty althought I ate only this.

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And you can view OSAKA in 360 degree. Of course the Osaka tower is in front of you.

(But I still love my Toyoko inn and super hotel, I love their ordinary food, Rice ball, Miso soup, nutto and salad.)

The meat

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Kobe meat….Nothing to say. It melted in my mouse. But will I go again? Maybe not (I am a Pescetarian)

My fastfood

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Haha. I never thought of coming to Japan and eat fast food (Mos burger don’t count) But that day was like I had no idea what to eat and stop by the pizza shop (local brand) And

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There is buy one get one or something. It was really cheap. At first, I wasn’t not sure about is this true or not. But the boy there tried to explain it to me…..

I can’t remember his face now, But I know he was very cute >_<

Next Next Next Sweet is coming

Crape
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I do love crape: chocolate, Banana, Matcha or whatever. But here in Nagano it was Soba crepe. It was more expensive than normal crape but it tasted good.

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^^ Here is miso (soup) ice cream…..I don’t like it

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Next is my sweet fish in matsumoto. Super delicious, I ate it in that soba restaurant.

My Ice cream

Copy of DSC00349I ate lots of matcha ice cream. But here is special from the price. You see? it is super cheap only 180 Yen

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Japanese dessert look is good but don’t ask me for the taste……

My place for coffee

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Nowhere better than siting in the central of Tokyo, Shibuya, watching people walking quickly with the best cup of Coffee

At first I want to keep less text but when seeing these photos, my unforgettable story was always coming.

My 1st Jlpt N3

Last week, I have done my first jlpt test. It is a language proficiency test like TOPIK for Korean and Toefl for English.

At first, I felt really confident about my ability to pass N3. I think this level is suited to me (and my original plan is to take N2) I have prepared since new year but just do study everyday only after done with my Internship, a month before exam.

When I went to the test place, there were like million of people, over 4000 people taking jlpt N1 to N3 here. I came 30 minutes before test start. It was so hot that day.

For me, Kanji part was not much difficult. I can do most of them although some were exceeding my level. There should be in N2.

The vocabulary part was also alright. I understood the vocab and did pretty well EXCEPT the vocabulary usage part at the end of vocabulary section. I have never been able to do this part correctly. I never understand the word they give. So I random my answer TT.

For grammar and reading. I think I did these 2 parts really well especially for reading. However, for listening, my concentration was gone. I am so tired at that time without knowing why.

I hope I pass. ^_^

It is time for N2 studying now.

You can follow me on my new instagram @parfaitsinseoul

Passioninseoul is coming back

Sorry for disappearing so long, I am back now.

This first-half year was so much busy than my expectation. About the University, about my writing and about my whole 4 months internship as an journalism for a magazine in Thailand. They consumed most of my energy. Now I have enough time to rest and think about blogging again.

To let you know, since the new year, I decided to stop learning Korean and focus only on my Japanese. I think studying both languages in the same time does not work. It makes me confused, especially the language having much similarity like Korean and Japanese. Now Japanese is first.

Last week, I took JLPT N3 which I will write about in next post. Actually, I was not sure if I should take N2 or N3. I should N3 this time and I will take N2 at the end of this year. Time is never enough.

Then if I (think I) pass N2, I will re-start studying Korean again from beginning.

 

25 question tag – the japanese learner version

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I’ve read this 21 tag question from hangukdrama and I feel like I really want to do it in Japanese version.

1. Why Japanese?

First, My mom bought me a Japanese fashion magazine(seventeen) and I felt like Oh it was so interesting. This is my first impression for Japanese. A month later, I spent a week in Japan and then decided to teach myself Japanese.

2 . dictionary?

I rarely use any specific dictionary (too bad). I normally ask Google everything I’m curios.

3. First website that you visit everyday?

Hangukdrama (and of course Facebook)

4. Best thing that happened to you? (related to learning Japanese)

Being able to talk with Japanese in my latest Japan trip. Asking for direction, asking salesperson about product’s detail , etc.

5. Ever regretted learning Japanese?

Never, I regretted only why I didn’t learn it earlier.

6. Most common feedback/question you get when you say you are learning Japanese?

Why learning Japanese since you’re going to study in US.  (Reason is just I love Japan =_=)

7. First Japanese food that comes to your mind?

Miso soup

8. Most overrated Japanese drama?

Byakuyako

9. Most underrated Japanese drama?

Soredemo, Ikite Yuku

10.Latest milestone in learning Japanese?

sure, being able to communicate with Japanese ^^

11. Favorite Japanese word / phrase?

おいしそう (with Japanese accent)

12. Name 3 people (fictional / real) who motivate / influence your Japanese learning journey

Yuki Furukawa. I love him, that is.

Yo aoi, beautiful lady ^^

Melody Morita, a youtuber and MC, she is so beautiful with good accent of Japanese and English

13. Secret ambition / goal (relating to Japan)

spend the rest of my life in Japan…

14. I want to sound like _____ when I speak Japanese

Melody morita

15. Best compliment received (for Japanese)

Oh.. you’re so young to be in this level.

16. When is the last time you sat down and study Japanese?

Yesterday

17. Favorite textbook?

I love all including novel or anything about Japanese

18. Special people you met (online or otherwise) through Japanese?

One nice Japanese lady who picked me up for the park. She is super nice.

19. How has learning Japanese changed you / your life? 

A lot.

Maybe I work harder (I think this point was since I addicted to Korean actually)

Be more polite and change my facebook, gmail, music I listened to Japanese

20. Ever dream in Japanese?

Yes

21 Secret fear about learning Japanese?

I afraid that when I speak Japanese and the Japanese don’t understand me TT

22 favorite place in japan?

I love Kyoto and every small village. Traditional,quiet and peaceful.

23. Current Japanese book (or the last one) you read

恋空

24. One thing you want to try (related to Japanese)

can I put 2? wearing kimono and learning about tea ceremony (茶道)

25. Single best thing about learning Japanese?

Have time and mood to learn Japanese, That is the happiest moment ❤

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2012.11.22

今日は言い日だね。2012.11.22に人がたくさんけっこんするげと、かれがない。。。。

来年 日本語のテストN2に合格したい. それから 今から 一生懸命勉強しなければならないそれから. 二本の本とさっしも 読みたい。いつかよめられる。Parfait がんばれ!

来年 5月 日本へ行く予定がある。東京や行くと思う。おんせんいに 必ず 入る。日本の旅行を思ってだけとてもうれしい。麺で そばが一番好きだ。

書くことがちょっとむずかしい。でもおもしろい。

みんな、日本へ行ったことがありますが。どこへ行きましたか。日本お料理で何が一番好きですが。