日本語 + Русский focus + a little bonus العربية

Continue or start your personal language log here, including logs for challenge participants
User avatar
brilliantyears
Green Belt
Posts: 325
Joined: Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:52 am
Location: Netherlands
Languages: Dutch, English
Active: Russian (A2.2), Arabic
Maintaining: Japanese (JLPT N2~N1), German
Dabbling in: Ainu, Mandarin
Probably lost: Korean, French, Latin, classical Manchu
Language Log: viewtopic.php?f=15&t=1104
x 490
Contact:

Re: 日本語 + Русский focus

Postby brilliantyears » Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:54 am

tarvos wrote:
Of Love and Law (愛と法) was a very interesting documentary that ended up being less about LGBT+ rights and more about law in general. I didn't realise ろくでなし子 was going to be in it though so that was extra interesting (she's the lady who got sued for her 'obscene' vagina art).


Question: are there many documentaries on LGBT+ stuff in Japan? It interests me, as you very well know, as I don't really know how to handle Japan in this context. You're probably better suited to tell me that.

There are, but they are generally hard to come by and I haven't seen many myself. I'll make a list this week (and start hunting them down, since obviously I'm also interested).

Generally speaking, Japan is a pretty good place to be when you're part of the LGBT+ community - as a visitor/tourist/shorttimer, at least. There is little to no open hostility/discrimination, and most people genuinely don't care. Mostly they are super accepting when it comes to strangers, acquaintances and (close) friends.

But there is definitely a different standard for foreigners than there is for natives. Also for famous people: there are plenty of LGBT+ people to be seen on television, in talk shows, etc. and they are generally loved and appreciated - but they are also for the most part forced into certain ahem stereotypes. Also, laws regarding LGBT+ issues aren't so great yet. There is little to no protection, and discrimination (open or not) at work and by family isn't rare. Mostly this turns into social exclusion.
But even in Japan things are changing and becoming more and more accepting, and many people are actively trying to change current policies. Multiple cities/city districts have started recognising same-sex relationships for example, and are now issuing partnership certificates. Things are moving relatively fast in recent years, but there is also some push back from the LDP, the political party that has been in power almost non-stop since 1955. Your average conservative old-men party, basically :roll:
1 x
Russian ½ SC Movies: 50 / 50 Books: 2 / 50
Japanese ½ SC Movies: 50 / 50 Books: 11 / 50
Ainu STV Radio course: 8 / 52

User avatar
tarvos
Black Belt - 2nd Dan
Posts: 2441
Joined: Sun Jul 26, 2015 11:13 am
Location: Dark paradise
Languages: Native: NL, EN
Speak well: ES, DE, RU, FR, RO, EO, SV
Speak reasonably: IT, ZH, PT, NO, EL, CZ
Need improvement: PO, IS, HE, JP, KO, HU
Passive: AF, DK, LAT
Dabbled in: BRT, ZH (SH), FI, BG, EUS
Dabbling in: Malay
Language Log: http://how-to-learn-any-language.com/fo ... PN=1&TPN=1
x 4544
Contact:

Re: 日本語 + Русский focus

Postby tarvos » Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:31 am

Oh my. Well, can't say I am surprised at that. Japan...well, it's definitely a country I still really need to visit. (I didn't manage to get there on my last trip to Asia). I knew that LGBT+ rights weren't that well protected in Japan (Taiwan is the best in Asia, as I recall), but I remember it being better than for example South Korea (because of their sudden conversion to evangelical Christian sects... brrr). But good to know that if I ever go there, nobody's going to hunt me down and kill me.

Anyway, please do hunt them down, and we'll organise a Japanese LGBT movie soirée for the forum or elsewhere :lol: And I'll find a way to somehow get my hands on vegan sushi. xD

Goddamnit I need to do more queer things
0 x
Ich stehe zwischen zwei Welten, bin in keiner daheim und habe es infolgedessen ein wenig schwer.
Preferred pronouns: feminine.

User avatar
brilliantyears
Green Belt
Posts: 325
Joined: Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:52 am
Location: Netherlands
Languages: Dutch, English
Active: Russian (A2.2), Arabic
Maintaining: Japanese (JLPT N2~N1), German
Dabbling in: Ainu, Mandarin
Probably lost: Korean, French, Latin, classical Manchu
Language Log: viewtopic.php?f=15&t=1104
x 490
Contact:

Re: 日本語 + Русский focus

Postby brilliantyears » Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:33 pm

tarvos wrote:Anyway, please do hunt them down, and we'll organise a Japanese LGBT movie soirée for the forum or elsewhere :lol: And I'll find a way to somehow get my hands on vegan sushi. xD

Goddamnit I need to do more queer things

Queering up my own log :lol: I'm still hunting down those documentaries, but for now:

There are a ton of links to other interesting videos in the description (but steer clear of the comments :roll: )
2 x
Russian ½ SC Movies: 50 / 50 Books: 2 / 50
Japanese ½ SC Movies: 50 / 50 Books: 11 / 50
Ainu STV Radio course: 8 / 52

User avatar
tarvos
Black Belt - 2nd Dan
Posts: 2441
Joined: Sun Jul 26, 2015 11:13 am
Location: Dark paradise
Languages: Native: NL, EN
Speak well: ES, DE, RU, FR, RO, EO, SV
Speak reasonably: IT, ZH, PT, NO, EL, CZ
Need improvement: PO, IS, HE, JP, KO, HU
Passive: AF, DK, LAT
Dabbled in: BRT, ZH (SH), FI, BG, EUS
Dabbling in: Malay
Language Log: http://how-to-learn-any-language.com/fo ... PN=1&TPN=1
x 4544
Contact:

Re: 日本語 + Русский focus

Postby tarvos » Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:58 pm

It's Youtube. The comments are the scum of the earth.
1 x
Ich stehe zwischen zwei Welten, bin in keiner daheim und habe es infolgedessen ein wenig schwer.
Preferred pronouns: feminine.

User avatar
brilliantyears
Green Belt
Posts: 325
Joined: Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:52 am
Location: Netherlands
Languages: Dutch, English
Active: Russian (A2.2), Arabic
Maintaining: Japanese (JLPT N2~N1), German
Dabbling in: Ainu, Mandarin
Probably lost: Korean, French, Latin, classical Manchu
Language Log: viewtopic.php?f=15&t=1104
x 490
Contact:

Re: 日本語 + Русский focus

Postby brilliantyears » Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:55 am

It's been a while (some things never change!). With the end of the year coming near life is more hectic (but fun) than ever, and with the days getting shorter and shorter I am permanently exhausted (and a little gloomy inbetween all the fun). Counting down to Christmas!

Not much to say on language learning. I've dropped everything except the bare minimum in Russian. Classes are going fine although I regret not putting in more time. But yeah, not doing much besides classes. I'm going to see if I can pick up my Russian-Dutch language exchange again. My language partner was super busy too, but now we're both ready to get started again. The few exchanges we had before were really beneficial so I hope I can motivate myself enough to stick with it.

Travelling is still my main motivation. I went to Moldova and Transnistria for a week last month with a friend, and it was an interesting experience. We got to speak lots of (bad) Russian once again which was fun, and useful! We got around fairly easily, even with our limited Russian, so I'm quite proud of that. We especially spoke a lot of Russian in Transnistria, but it was also our go-to language in Moldova and thankfully nobody seemed to mind. Beforehand I had definitely underestimated how widely spread Russian was going to be - I was expecting to only be able to speak it in certain regions. Got some fun guesses from people as to where we're from - Sweden was the number one guess, and after that it was a mix of England, Germany and France (and someone in Moldova even guessed we were from Romania, which is puzzling to say the least).
(Bonus: this may have been the first trip ever where we didn't meet a single Dutch person :o c'est un miracle!)

In January I'll finally, finally be visiting Russia! Going to Saint Petersburg for a week, woohoo! That's a little added motivation to get my conversational skills up to par.


SC update:

Japanese (half challenge)
Reading: 7.7 books, 387 pages (total)

Watching: 54.5 films, 4,909 minutes (total)
09 Oct 2018 tokidoki s1e3 50 minutes
09 Oct 2018 カケラ 107 minutes
10 Oct 2018 サバイバルファミリー 118 minutes
17 Oct 2018 tokidoki s1e4 50 minutes
10 Nov 2018 万引き家族 121 minutes
14 Nov 2018 ゴールデンカムイ s1e13 江渡貝くん 24 minutes

--

Russian (half challenge)
Reading: 2 books, 100 pages (total)

Watching: 53.5 films, 4,813 minutes (total)
17 Oct 2018 Сталкер 163 minutes
21 Oct 2018 Иди и смотри 142 minutes

--
My Super Challenge is looking pathetic right now. I think I will be going for 100 films in both languages, but reading... yeah. I don't know. Would be nice to get to at least 50 books.

Иди и смотри is easily one of the most depressing things I've ever watched. You know how there are sad/depressing/dark pieces of media and you deal alright with them, feel a little down maybe but then shrug it off and move on? And then there are those that just... ruin your day, your week, your year and your life, basically. That's Иди и смотри for you.
(Only had the same life ruining experience once before and that was Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life :roll: An exercise in misery, as I like to call it).
6 x
Russian ½ SC Movies: 50 / 50 Books: 2 / 50
Japanese ½ SC Movies: 50 / 50 Books: 11 / 50
Ainu STV Radio course: 8 / 52

User avatar
brilliantyears
Green Belt
Posts: 325
Joined: Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:52 am
Location: Netherlands
Languages: Dutch, English
Active: Russian (A2.2), Arabic
Maintaining: Japanese (JLPT N2~N1), German
Dabbling in: Ainu, Mandarin
Probably lost: Korean, French, Latin, classical Manchu
Language Log: viewtopic.php?f=15&t=1104
x 490
Contact:

Re: 日本語 + Русский focus

Postby brilliantyears » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:45 am

Quick post to say: I passed my Russian A2.1 exam! One more class before the winter break, and then on to A2.2 :)
12 x
Russian ½ SC Movies: 50 / 50 Books: 2 / 50
Japanese ½ SC Movies: 50 / 50 Books: 11 / 50
Ainu STV Radio course: 8 / 52

User avatar
MamaPata
Blue Belt
Posts: 969
Joined: Tue Jun 21, 2016 9:25 am
Location: London
Languages: English (N), French (C1*), Russian (B1), Spanish (B1).

Long lost: Arabic and Latin.
Language Log: viewtopic.php?f=15&t=3004
x 1660

Re: 日本語 + Русский focus

Postby MamaPata » Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:28 pm

Congrats!
1 x
Corrections appreciated.

User avatar
neofight78
Blue Belt
Posts: 505
Joined: Wed Jul 22, 2015 8:02 pm
Location: Novosibirsk, Russia
Languages: English (N), Russian (B2+)
Language Log: viewtopic.php?t=833
x 1087

Re: 日本語 + Русский focus

Postby neofight78 » Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:44 am

Nice one! Your trip to Russia should be great too!
1 x

User avatar
Teango
Blue Belt
Posts: 517
Joined: Mon Jul 06, 2015 4:55 am
Location: Honolulu, Hawaiʻi
Languages: (* current focus)
native: en
proficient: de
intermediate: es, fr, haw, nzs, ru*
basic: egy, ga, hwc, ja, la, sv
wish list: fa, zu
Language Log: https://teango.wordpress.com/
x 1517
Contact:

Re: 日本語 + Русский focus

Postby Teango » Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:00 am

Поздравляю, brilliantyears!
1 x
365 Day Challenge: 226 / 365

User avatar
brilliantyears
Green Belt
Posts: 325
Joined: Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:52 am
Location: Netherlands
Languages: Dutch, English
Active: Russian (A2.2), Arabic
Maintaining: Japanese (JLPT N2~N1), German
Dabbling in: Ainu, Mandarin
Probably lost: Korean, French, Latin, classical Manchu
Language Log: viewtopic.php?f=15&t=1104
x 490
Contact:

Re: 日本語 + Русский focus

Postby brilliantyears » Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:05 pm

Short update:

Went to Saint Petersburg for a week in January (with our teacher and 12 students from 3 different levels) and it was great! We had Russian class in the morning and it was incredibly useful. We had a small group of 4 (classmates in NL) and a really wonderful teacher. We focused mostly on conversation, and we were forced to speak nothing but Russian. Great practice and I think it helped us get through that mental block that we all seemed to have about speaking. I can't wait to go back to Russia. I think next time I'm heading to St P I'll probably schedule some time to take classes at the same school.

Regular weekly Russian class starts again next week. Thankfully we had enough students to actually make it happen.

Nothing else much to say, for the simple reason that I have been in a pretty bad spot mentally these past few months and had to force myself to take time off everything (except work).

This weekend I'll be focusing on Japanese. A friend from Japan called in my help. His company will be visiting a Dutch supplier next week and he asked me to do some interpreting. My Japanese is a little dusty (not even rusty) but otherwise fine, so I'm just going to surround myself with it to make the Russian that has taken over my brain go away (and to finally finish Harry Potter!).
To be honest, this two day job is probably already more stress than I can handle right now, even if it's a lowkey unpaid help-out-a-friend kind of job (my friend's English is excellent and I'm sure the supplier also speaks English sufficiently).


SC update:

Japanese (half challenge)
Reading: 9.6 books, 478 pages (total)
11 Feb 2019 よつばと!5 41 pages
13 Feb 2019 ハリー・ポッターと賢者の石 50 pages

Watching: 56.7 films, 5,105 minutes (total)
09 Jan 2019 blame! 106 minutes
06 Feb 2019 るろうに剣心 -明治剣客浪漫譚- 維新志士への鎮魂歌 90 minutes

--

Russian (half challenge)
Reading: 2.8 books, 140 pages (total)
27 Jan 2019 Книга для первого чтения 12 pages
11 Feb 2019 Книга для первого чтения 17 pages

Watching: 54.9 films, 4,943 minutes (total)
07 Dec 2018 how to be gay: a jailed freedom 25 minutes
08 Dec 2018 babylon berlin s1e1-4 30 minutes
27 Jan 2019 Бронено́сец «Потёмкин» 75 minutes

(I finished Книга для первого чтения)
5 x
Russian ½ SC Movies: 50 / 50 Books: 2 / 50
Japanese ½ SC Movies: 50 / 50 Books: 11 / 50
Ainu STV Radio course: 8 / 52


Return to “Language logs”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Albysky, Cèid Donn and 2 guests