I love pokémon, and I’ve been trying to incorporate it in my japanese learning, just like I did with my english learning. I decided that it’d be great to use it as a way to practice katakana, since its often pushed on the wayside when learning japanese. All pokémon names are katakana, after all.
But I though I could do more. Pokémon names are often puns, and those puns must come from normal japanese words. So I decided that I’d draw a pokémon, write their katakana name AND write down the actual phrases/words/concepts that make up their name (so if I were using this for english instead, I’d write down “turtonator” and also “turtle” and “detonator” to learn those names.)
While I’m not sure I can do this daily, i’ll try to make it a routine. You’re all free to follow along and even do this yourselves! There’s over 900 pokémon out there after all.
Day one: Slowbro/ヤドラン
Name origins: 宿らん (to not dwell)
宿借り (hermit crab)
宿主 (host (parasite))
On the topic of Katakana:
I think it’s weird, that most learners tend to ignore them. Especially when as a beginner Katakana is awesome, it enables so much. In games you can understand a ton in menus, if you can read Katakana well.
I don’t think I ever ignored it, so much as it never really shows up much in the textbook my class used, and that was the bulk of my Japanese consumption when I started out. As a result my katakana reading speed is still pretty slow, and my writing also still abysmal. (Also, I’m female, so apparently I’m predisposed to prefer the curves of hiragana ). I think with katakana you have to actively seek it out, by playing games and such, when I’m not a gamer at all. Whereas kanji and hiragana are pretty much thrown in your face all the time.
Good points. When I was in High school (that’s when I learnt Japanese for the first time) I found it fun to write EVERYTHING in Katakana, not Japanese but I sometimes Katakanized German from that 10 years ago I can still write them. ツ
To add to the cliché, I’m male and always liked the futuristic look of the Katakana. But I’m gay to balance it out