I picked this up from Kinokuniya probably like a year ago but I only started reading it awhile ago ^^;. My Japanese friend recommends that I read manga in Japanese because it helps the brain to practice flash reading (reading on the spot; without thinking). Manga generally have furigana next to the kanji in the text so even little kids can read it so it makes sense that it will also help those who are learning Japanese as well.
So what’s a more appropriate series to help you learn Japanese than a series about a badass bike gang leader-turned-teacher teaching angsty kids a good lesson in living life? I’ve watched the anime already it is one of my favorite series but I heard the manga is even better so I just gotta check it out!
Right now I am taking 300 level Japanese in college but my overall level of proficiency is probably less than that of a little kid. I have a few little Japanese friends who are 6-8 year olds and I get lost from time to time when conversing with them. I might certainly “know” more Japanese than them, yes, but they just obliterate me in day-to-day conversation fluency. This makes sense because speaking a language is best learned through exposure and actually living in it (the spoken language, the body language, AND the culture); a few hours of academic studies per week can only do so much for oneself. I find myself fortunate that I have many people who I can practice Japanese with outside of school- my manager, coworkers, friends, and comrades. I’m thinking about whether I should start typing some of my posts in Japanese as well for practice… ^^;. /useless tidbit about myself
Do you study/know Japanese?