2009年1月10日土曜日

Finding cool Japanese websites

Evil_Dragon on RevTK asked me this in response to a comment I made on how I found interesting Japanese websites for immersion:
"Could you share some of these? I consider it really hard to find interesting Japanese webpages. So far I'm only reading mixi, 2ch and the Japanese Wikipedia. Which is not all that much for someone who spent hours on the net beforehand. ;)"

I considered giving him some of the sites I have bookmarked, but I didn't think that would be too helpful. Where would that get him? He'd simply end up with a bunch of websites he knows nothing about that would be a hassle to sort through. They're all my websites that I found. I know them all, and I know that I enjoy reading them all. One of the blogs I have bookmarked is a even a Japanese friend's blog.

Simply looking for a super list of cool websites isn't going to cut it. You have to discover things you like on your own. I used to have a bunch of bookmarks that were just website recommendations from the All Japanese All The Time site, but I never looked at them. I didn't know what they were, and I didn't feel trying to read something I had no interest in.

When we try to create a Japanese immersion environment, we tend to think of it as a "task". It's something that must be done to improve our Japanese. We have to read Japanese websites everyday and abscond with the English. But it's hard, and a lot of people don't even try. Going straight from having a bunch of websites you like in your native language that you can waste hours on to having one, maybe two websites that you look at as a challenge to get through.

The problem simply lies in interest. You need to go out and explore the web and find interesting things that you genuinely enjoy reading. Explore like you just discovered the internet.

Ever wonder why you can just waste hours away on Wikipedia? You decide to read up on something, and the article links you to another article, and that links you to another article until you end up reading about Houdini when you only went up to find out what tenpura is.

So do the same thing. I like reading Slashdot, and when I read this article I saw that it was from a website called TechCrunch. I click on it and it seems like a decent site. Bam, I have another bookmarked site to read.

I go up to Tae Kim's blog and see a couple of links for Japanese stuff:
Nihongo day by day
シットコムで笑え!
実録鬼嫁日記
日本語教師日記
眞鍋かをりのポッドキャスト

I look at the first one, Nihongo day by day, and read a post. Read another post, I love it and bookmark it.

I read the second one, doesn't even look worth reading.

Look at the third and read the first post, boring.

Look at the forth, 日本語教師日記, and it looks interesting. A blog about teaching Japanese. But it doesn't look like it has updated for a long time. So I put it on my watched blogs for now. But I decide to peek at the "bookmarks" tab. I look at some, skip most of them, but click on 日本語教師@ブログ. I read a little bit and it looks awesome. I decide to bookmark it to read later.

See where I'm getting at with this? Out of those five pages that Tae Kim likes, I found one, maybe two that were interesting. But just by browsing I found another site that looked really interesting that I'm definitely going to be reading further.

Just go with the flow. Your curiosity and interests will take care of the rest.

2 件のコメント:

  1. On one hand, I agree with what you're saying: No 2 people will like all the same sites.

    On the other hand, most of the sites I watch daily (in English) I got from friends. Friends being like-minded people that I talk to... You know, like from forums.

    And in your above example, you are 1 interesting site up from where you started, and probably didn't waste much time on the other 4.

    Honestly, I say posting a list of your favorite sites to watch can only help, not hurt. (I'm not the one who posted that comment on that forum, but I was waiting to see if you'd respond to it.)

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  2. Hi,
    My girlfriend reads gigazine a lot (she's japanese though), hope it helps

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