I really hope I will later look back at this post and laugh, because at the moment I am straight up frustrated with myself. I've been occasionally studying 한글 for a few months now and I still don't have it down to the T. The reason I'm annoyed by this is because 한글 only consists of 24 letters. Thats less than the English alphabet and Japanese writing system, both of which I know pretty well. I am unable to pinpoint where my problem lies. Maybe I am subconsciously not as eager to learn Korean as I was with Japanese? Maybe I'm not watching enough Kdramas or listening to enough Kpop? Maybe I'm simply not putting in the time? Maybe the Korean sounds are tripping me up? What ever it is, I plan on overcoming it. 한글 is just too easy to not learn. For studying purposes, I am going to write my 한글 notes below.
I don't know when I came to this conclusion, but I want to become a polyglot. Sometime in 2016 I had this unavoidable longing to learn another language... or three. Out of nowhere I got irritated with myself that I only spoke English. I took Spanish in high school for three years and my proficiency is elementary level (at best). Something about knowing another language just makes me feel like a more open-minded and culturally aware person. I've started self-studying different languages in the past, including: Norwegian, Italian, German etc. but none of them really stuck. It wasn't until I started studying Japanese that things started to turn around. I blame my great interest in anime and Japanese Rock music for this.
I started teaching myself Japanese early April 2016 with the help of a website I found. I still have not clue how I came across it but it really changed everything for me. I kept a notebook of everything I learned and within a few months I had all of hiragana and katakana down (two out of the three writing systems in Japan). Reaching that milestone was really exciting.
Its already month two of the new year. I wonder how many people stuck with their new years resolutions. It is said that people usually drop their resolution within the first four weeks. I am not one of those people. In fact, I did not make a resolution at all. I think the whole concept of "new year, new me" is a bunch of bologna. If someone really wanted to change, time shouldn't and wouldn't be a deciding factor on whether or not they'll act on it.
Life isn’t easy for plus-size girls, but Naomi Watanabe is pushing Japan in the right direction. You have probably never heard of Naomi Watanabe which is fair enough since she is a Japanese actress, comedian and Beyonce-impersonator. But you should really keep an eye on her because she is making waves. Just like in the US, plus-size girls are finally getting the recognition they deserve in Japan. Beauty standards only praise girls with slim bodies, but thanks to Naomi Watanabe and the pocchari trend, that is slowly changing. Naomi first gained popularity after hilariously lip-syncing "Dream Girls" and "Crazy in Love" (video below) but after that the only way was up for the comedian. Since her Beyonce stint she has graced the cover of La Farfa, Japan’s first plus-size fashion magazine, launched Punyus, her clothing line and much more. Just take a look at the slayage: