Cure Dolly - Japanese Made Easy
I recently came across some really interesting Japanese lessons available on YouTube.
If you find it difficult to grasp Japanese grammar and sentence structure, you should definitely check out Cure Dolly's "Japanese Made Easy" videos. She does an amazing job of simplifying some of the more challenging aspects of Japanese by explaining how it all fits together and relating it back to English in the right ways. Japanese is very different from English, but it is also very logical, once you understand what is going on "under the hood". These videos completely changed my perspective in a good way.
You can find the first video in the Japanese Made Easy series here: https://youtu.be/pSvH9vH60Ig
This is her most recent series, so new lessons are being released regularly. She also has older videos that go over many of the Japanese particles in greater detail. Worth checking out.
Fair warning - CureDolly's avatar is pure nightmare fuel and her voice is a bit of an acquired taste. But if you can get passed the creepy doll-thing, you'll be glad you stuck around. Really good information that you will have a hard time finding anywhere else.
So many mixed emotions. "Pure nightmare fuel" doesn't really do it justice.
I'm still trying to figure out the voice. From what I can make out, が uses Tokyo-style [ŋ], but the あ syllables veer so far from the mark to the point of almost being [æ]...
Seems mostly like a rehash of concepts from the book "Making Sense of Japanese: What the Textbooks Don't Tell You". I'd recommend seeing if you can check out that book from the library instead.
Yes, I think Cure Dolly's approach to Japanese was inspired in part by Jay Rubin, the author of "Making Sense of Japanese: What the Textbooks Don't Tell You". She mentions him a few times in some of her responses, so she is definitely aware of his work.
I haven't read that book yet. If it covers the same material as the videos, I'm sure it would be a valuable study aide.
Personally, I find watching the material in video-form while taking notes is quite enjoyable. I don't study as well from textbooks.
Thanks! I've been discouraged about Japanese grammar lately hopefully this makes things smoother