SEASON 1: EPISODE 12
On this week’s podcast, an answer to the question – can you REALLY learn Japanese from Anime?
Ken Cannon says yes. Ken runs a website called Learn English through Anime where he shares his tips and tricks for learning conversational Japanese.
Ken discusses the origins of the project, and his struggles with social anxiety. His interest in Anime began at age 16. Extreme social anxiety meant that Ken was scared to go outside, scared of social situations and this manifested in an inability to attend school. Anime, which often dealt with similar issues, acted as a saviour. Ken shares how his interest in Anime soon expanded to an interest in Japanese drama and culture, and ultimately a desire to learn Japanese.
Ken’s approach to learning Japanese has been unique. He began watching dubbed, and then sub-titled Anime. This helped with simple words and phrases but the difficulty was transitioning to fluency. Ken shares his experiences with popular programmes such as Rosetta Stone, ultimately concluding that these programmes are too focused on grammar. This was a problem that presented itself over and over. Classes and language schools focus on formal Japanese when, in day-to-day life, casual Japanese is far more useful.
This issue prompted Ken to develop strategies, grounded in Anime and Manga, to assist in the learning of Japanese. He discusses how his passion for Manga and Anime helped him to learn faster. In the hopes of sharing this with other people, Ken has created YouTube content which is more detailed than the usual video lessons. Essentially, his videos are designed to provide people with a system and building blocks from which to begin their journey with the Japanese language. Intrigued? Visit Ken’s YouTube channel – Ken Kyanon.
And, if your second burning question of the day relates to smoke-free cafes in Japan, you’re in luck. Brad Stephenson joins the podcast to discuss his site 25cafes.com where you can find reviews of smoke-free venues across the country.