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Youtube party – part 2

08/20/2014 Leave a comment

I forgot that I hadn’t posted this yet! Part two of the 2013 Tokyo Youtube party! It’s still the latest episode of my second Japan series, the next episode is coming this weekend!

Back to Japanese class

02/25/2013 2 comments

So you know I study Japanese, if you follow me on Twitter or anything else I’m doing. (Not doing much blogging though! Haha! … T_T) 2 years ago I stopped going to Japanese class. Why? Because it ended, and then there were no more classes cause my teacher, who’s Japanese, moved to the capital of Sweden. Then it started again, now they had found a teacher, I didn’t go to this class though because it was at the same time as I went to Japan. I still kinda wanted to do it but I figured I’d take the next chance. And so I did.

japanese-nursery-school

Today was the first lesson of this term. It’s actually still called term 4. The last term I took. So there will be some repetition, but that’s good, I need it as I’ve forgotten a lot from that time. I have been studying on my own of course! But I still haven’t really gone through what I should know at this stage. I feel ashamed.

So the new teacher, she isn’t Japanese. She’s Swedish. And she’s young. Hard to judge after just one lesson but the whole lesson felt a bit too relaxed or… “loose”. The speed was uneven and she seemed to be unsure of something, she even did some mistakes. Also she doesn’t seem to prepared. I think it lacked some structure and for example, she didn’t translate when we did an exercise. I understood it all, but not everyone did. The first lesson was too easy for me. Still I made a stupid simple mistake. I hate this, I always do. I know I know, making mistakes is good, but it’s not a mistake you learn from because I KNOW this already. I just got something super easy wrong.

I don’t know what level the teacher’s Japanese is on, but she’s still has a lot to study, and I don’t know if I trust a teacher that isn’t Japanese. I feel like I wanna double check it with a native Japanese person. 

I’m still looking forward to the coming lessons a lot. It’s always fun to study with other people and have some more structure by going to class. I’m thankful that they have found a teacher, but I wonder if the last one they had, that was after the one I had, was better. I’m not saying I could do it any better, I’m not sure I could ever teach anything…

Last time I was almost the best in class, now I’m definitely on a higher level than the others. But because I’m so nervous all the time I get blackouts and forget super simple stuff or make stupid mistakes.

I don’t wanna be too harsh so early and I know she at least tries hard. It’s not like she’s annoying or stupid, just not so skilled as I was hoping for. She’s brave to do this and I hope she gets better at both teaching and Japanese. I miss my former teacher so much. She was my first real Japanese friend.

Categories: nihongo, swedish

Over 250 subs and 200.000 views!

11/23/2012 2 comments

A new milestone on my Yotube channel has been reached! I now have 252 subscribers and over 200.000 video views! I’m very thankful for this. I only wish I had more interactions with my subscribers, and also that I was better at making videos. Also, if you didn’t know already, I’ve changed my Youtube name from “MurdocLC” to “Swedish Otaku”. Only problem is, the URL is still the same. (I also recently reached over 100 followers on Twitter but is back down to 98 now)

My Youtube channel

Picture of the month – March 2012 – Japan in my wallet

03/08/2012 Leave a comment

Japan in my h… wallet?

This is a close up picture of a small piece of paper that I have in my wallet. It’s a bit of a map I drew a heart on an put in my wallet about 10 years ago. The map is in Swedish so that’s why you can’t read some of it. But the message is clear, I love Japan. And while I probably wouldn’t do this today I’ll just let it be there in my wallet for no special reason. Though it is kind of special. Because it’s from the time when I started to get interested in Japan and it’s a representation of my love for Japan. That is stronger than ever.

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Categories: art, Japan, off topic, swedish, the blog

メリクリスマス!

12/22/2011 2 comments

Merry Christmas! God jul as we say in Sweden, and meri kurisumasu as they say in Japan!

I’m surprised by the view count I’m getting even though I’m not posting anything. I don’t know if it’s all spammers, new people or some people who actually check back here. You know, if you are new to this blog, then there are a ton of posts to check out if you go back. However,  I haven’t stopped posting, I’m just having major problems. I have no idea when I’ll start posting more often, things are looking more bad than better…

I just wanted to thank you for that. And for all the people who have and are reading my blog. And wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year. Thank you.

メリクリスマス

My first bluray movie! All I need now is a player…

12/12/2011 Leave a comment

 I just bought District 9 from Amazon. One of the best movies ever, a movie everyone should see.

This is my first bluray movie! Yay! And I don’t even own a bluray player yet!

I will probably buy one the day after christmas eve. In Sweden we have the big celebration on the 24th, aka best day of the year.  And then the next day, until new years eve, there is a big sale in almost every store. Called “mellandagsrean”, which translates to “the middle days sale”, because it’s in between christmas and new year. And of course I’m focusing on the electronic stores. I don’t always buy something but I always go to some of the biggest stores in town, just to have a look. Before I’ve bought a laptop and digital camera and other stuff on that day. Last year I bought my sweet HD TV. And you gotta be be quick! Pretty much only the first day counts, then most of the good deals are gone. Sometimes within the first hour. That’s why there are usually long lines and price wars. The only draw back is that you gotta get up early and stand in lines when it’s freezing outside. But I still love it!

Part of the battle is to know what store to go to. Cause you don’t have much more than a flyer that has been sent out, and it doesn’t show everything. And if one store runs out of what you want before you can even enter the store then you gotta hurry to the next and hope they still have your plan B-item. When I bought my TV last year I was late or something, so when I got there the TV I planned to buy was gone. So I hurried on to the next store, not having a plan B-item. But I found a really sweet deal for a really sweet TV. (Have I written about my TV before? I don’t think so) I bought a 42″ LG HD plasma TV for about $465. Then I dragged it home only using my body and a contraction of my bag and scarf as a lifter-thing. It was really hard and took a while to get it home. I left my bike at the store and went and got it the next day. But I was proud to have gotten it home on my own and happy to have gotten such a sweet deal.

This year I’m looking to buy a bluray-player with surround sound. Not only is my DVD-player pretty big and old, and… it’s not a bluray-player. It also broke last week for some strange reason, the disc sled wont open… I’d like it to have wi-fi or a slot for the iPhone or something along those lines. And it can’t cost more than $435. That’s the plan so far. Wish me luck.

Categories: movies, swedish, tech

First omiyage acquired

11/04/2011 Leave a comment

      おみやげ = omiyage = souvenir 


Going to Japan next year calls for some souvenirs. Souvenirs to bring, that is.  For people I’m going to meet there. I have a few online friends I might meet up with in Tokyo. And as I’ve learned from the danish travel show Vagn i Japan (Vagn in Japan), little gifts are always appreciated and a sort of custom in Japan when meeting new friends. I can’t bring much because of the lack of space in my suit case, but I’m trying to come up with a few things I wanna bring. Preferably something typical Swedish. I’m having a hard time coming up with stuff. But today I bought something that’ll bring.


Looks bigger than it is in this photo.

It’s a package of “crisp bread” or “cracker bread”. Knäckebröd, in Swedish. I don’t know if you know what it is or how common it is in your country. But it’s pretty common in Sweden and I like some of the sorts. Also it has a typical Swedish symbol on it, the Dalahäst. I’m not gonna go in to in detail cause frankly I have no idea what it actually is. It’s some colored horse from some place, look it up yourself. I might get a horse statue as a gift though…

Categories: culture, food/sweets, Japan, swedish