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01 May 2013 @ 03:22 pm
Last time I trawled Youtube for Nihonshuwa videos, I've stumbled across three accounts that teach basic Japanese signs. Some are not currently updated but you could check out the old uploads.
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01 May 2013 @ 03:04 pm
Looking at Japanese sign language videos on Youtube and meeting other deaf people whose native language is not Nihongo but can sign rudimentary Nihonshuwa make me wonder if prior knowledge of Nihongo is necessary in learning Japanese sign language. Speaking from my experience as a former Nihongo student, I'd say that my study and practice of Nihonshuwa was helped immensely by whatever scraps of Japanese I already know since I can read the Japanese words corresponding to the signs.

Any thoughts on Nihongo complementing Nihonshuwa? If you are interested in learning Nihonshuwa but doesn't have any degree of fluency in Nihongo yet, are you planning to study Nihongo, too?
03 September 2012 @ 10:12 am
For exercises on comprehension/receptive skills, I often visit this Youtube channel: DNN (Deaf News Network). They're apparently a non-profit online deaf news network that disseminate information relevant to the deaf. At my current comprehension skill level, I often can only get the gist of what they're signing about and sometimes I cannot even manage this. At times like this, the only thing that gives me any idea of what they're signing about is the bit of information they've written on the white board.

It really is a good exercise for comprehending JSL in a more information-dense setting and acclimates your mind to what "natural" JSL should look like (as opposed to the word-by-word progression in a classroom setting, for instance).
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01 September 2012 @ 06:42 pm
Hello everybody!

I know it's been years since I last posted in here. Real life got in the way and learning Nihonshuwa took a backseat. I've had some time to devote to my hobbies this year, however. Went to Japan earlier in May, made some deaf Japanese friends, put my verrry basic and rusty Japanese signs to use, managed to master the yubimoji (but receptive skills still suck as I have to tell people to slowww down when they yubimoji me any word, really), took a couple of online JSL classes, and used my Nihonshuwa books instead of Kanzen master to review my Japanese grammar.

So far, it's been fun and rewarding as anything linguistic-related tend to excite me to my very bones. I don't see myself abandoning this hobby anytime soon. I thought it's about time I fire up this LJ again, make a few JSL videos, maybe inspire you guys to make your own JSL videos and post them here, and we can all share tips, thoughts, stories, and what-have-you. As I'm already done with Japanese language school since I graduated at the end of 2009, I'm using this community as a means to motivate myself to continue my self-study in both Nihongo and Nihonshuwa. Hopefully, it'll motivate you guys too, whatever your Nihongo/Nihonshuwa backgrounds are.

頑張ってください! ヽ(*・ω・)ノ
03 January 2009 @ 08:50 am
Hello, ladies and gentlemen.

I just found a very, very useful link: http://library.thinkquest.org/04apr/00501/phrases/phrases.html

If you don't know Nihongo, you can click on "English" on the sidebar and that will take you to drop-down menus of useful phrases. Choose a phrase and the videos for the Japanese and the corresponding ASL signs will show up on the main page.

That's it. Happy New Year! Hope you all just spent wonderful holidays with people you love. ^___^
15 December 2008 @ 09:00 pm
Hello, guys! Sorry for not updating this community for months now. I've been preoccupied with other things and can't find time to practice Japanese sign language, which brings me to these questions...

How do you learn and practice it? Are you currently taking a JSL class? Are you lucky enough to be part of a Sign Language Circle in Japan? Do you try to find people on the Japanese webcam chatrooms and try to chat with them? Or do you have just your books and try to learn how to sign from YouTube videos (like me)?

Let's talk about this. I really want to continue learning but I think just relying on books and YT is a bit difficult...
13 August 2008 @ 04:21 pm
11 August 2008 @ 04:47 pm
If you're one of those who scour YouTube videos for 日本手話 tutorials, do check user shuwaisland. I think they're based on a TV show. There are a lot of short clips with each having a deaf person talk to the emcee(?) about his or her particular experience using a particular set of signs that they want to teach the viewers. And then, they end the clip with a rehash of the signs. I think this woman on the left (with the cream-coloured top) has excellent facial expressions for signing.

If you know of YouTube users who have 日本手話 tutorial videos, don't hesitate to post them in this community. じゃ, また会いましょう~!
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10 August 2008 @ 11:45 pm

This link, all about SHUWA! Enjoy!
10 August 2008 @ 07:00 pm
In case some of you haven't seen the Jdorama, Orange Days, yet, you can watch the subbed series online at mysoju.com. Scroll down and you can see a list of links to all episodes. Note that each episode is divided into four parts. For enjoyable viewing, open all parts, leave them to load and then, come back and watch.

Dorama description:
Kai Yuuki (Satoshi Tsumabuki) is in his senior year at university studying social welfare psychology. At present, he is in the middle of job-hunting season. He is finding it difficult with no job offers so far. One day, he meets a girl who is playing violin in the campus. She is Sae Hagio (Kou Shibasaki). In marked contrast to her beautiful tone and attractive looks, her personality is somewhat impertinent. And to top it off, she communicates through very vulgar sign language. Four years ago, she lost the most important thing for a violinist - her hearing. As a result Sae closed off her inner self from the outside world. Kai finds himself on a date with Sae, in place of his best friend. Unexpectedly, he comes into contact with Sae's private side. Love, job-hunting, friendship... Setting a campus in spring as a dorama`s backdrop, it's the start of a glittering youth drama. --TBS

It's one of the best doramas of 2004, IMNSHO. You shouldn't miss this, if only for the vulgar sign language. ^___^
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