Happy Friday, TextFugu-ers! Season 8 is here, and it’s (amazingly) all about time. Here’s what happened:
First, I wanted to make a chapter about time. Then, I realized how large the subject was, so I thought… “okay, I’ll do a few chapters on it.” Then, I realized how large the subject was, so I thought… “okay, this is pretty much an entire season worth of lessons here.”
The thing is, most Japanese students spend years not feeling comfortable with the basics of time. Why? Probably because they don’t spend a lot of time on it and they take it all at once. I think I’ve figured out a nice way to break it down so that each chapter helps with the previous one, meaning the more you learn the more solid your previous knowledge will get. I didn’t want to do all this in a couple of chapters only to have you struggling with time for years (no pun intended) to come. Spend some time on it, it’s important. Time’s one of those things we use all the… time?
Season 8 is 11 chapters long and covers all the basics of time. It also has a practice page for each lesson, kanji, radicals, and vocab. At the very end you start out with your first work story. The idea of these is to begin transition you into the “real world.” Most chapters from here on out will end with a story you read that uses the grammar you learned that chapter. It will contain some things you know and some things you won’t know. This is to help push you towards being able to do the research on your own in order to learn certain things. I don’t want you to be helpless when I shove you mercilessly out of the nest, so to speak.
There is one problem, though! :(
The audio got corrupted and I can’t save it. So, besides some of the vocab words (which I already had audio for), the audio isn’t ready yet. I’m getting it redone next week. Also, the work-story at the end of Season 8 is still a work in progress. It’s going to happen after the audio is recorded for the regular lessons and practice (because Emi is going to record the story as well, and I need her to do the other audio first!). So, I’m sorry about the delay on the audio and the season end boss. You should be seeing both of those things next week, though.
That’s all the news for now. Hope you all have a nice… Day? Week? Year? Second? Minute?
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So things are moving into Season 8. That’s a nice lucky number if you ask me. In terms of what it is, I’ve been thinking about that for a bit. Season 8 is going to be a season about filling in the little holes and then putting them together. It will also be about covering the things that will eventually make you sound more fluent. It’s basically the start of the slope that will lead you to an “advanced level.” The content will still be intermediate level, technically, but this is where the climb begins.
I think when you begin to get to a higher level, too, the important stuff gets smaller. You’re not looking to bust down the piñata anymore, you’ve already done that. Now you’re picking up the candy. Once you have enough candy you can eat it (and it’ll be delicious as long as you didn’t pick up any Tootsie Rolls). The “eating” part is what I’d call “advanced.” Right now your hands are starting to get full, but there’s enough room for a little more.
Anyways, that’s what I think in my mind right now.
Also, over the next couple months as I work on Season 8 I’ll feed you little scraps and hints of the new TextFugu. I’m learning to code as I go along, so it’s nice and slow going, but it will be a much better platform, and many of the feature requests you folks ask for will also be there. Right now things are pretty limited, but I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. Hopefully by the end of the year you’ll beging seeing the first screenshots and lessons. It should be pretty cool. I’m pretty excited about it.
So, that’s all for now. TL;dr → Season 8 lessons are going to start coming out in the next week or two and you’ll start to see whispers of a new TextFugu in the coming months, unless things go wrong, which they almsot always do ;)
Just an FYI that three new lessons have been added up into Season 7.
Audio for these should be here soon along with the audio for the lesson right before these ones.
Coming up next is:
See ya on the flip side, Homeslice.