I JUST discovered this amazing magazine! Apparently It’s been around since the 90s.
Here are the first 30 volumes for free:
They show a page of manga (japanese cartoons for those who aren’t familiar with the term.) Then they spend a page translating the manga page that was shown. There are also cultural tips interspersed throughout the magazine. I think, in the near future, I’m going to have to track down the entire collection and buy it!
I discovered this magazine series through a tangent that took me to: http://japanese.about.com/ .
Which, today was the first time I have ever been on that website, but it also looks like a great resource for learning Japanese.
Then I tried to go to chinese.about.com, but apparently it doesn’t exist! I was redirected to the http://www.chineseculture.about.com. I didn’t notice that I was redirected, so I was a bit angry that the Japanese.about page gets cool language learning resources, and the Chinese page just gets some lame culture links. (OK, they MIGHT not be totally lame, I didn’t exactly click on anything) I think it’s not right that about has a Japanese language page and not a Chinese language page! It just occurred to me to check, and there is a french.about.com and a german.about.com.
I’ve always thought that manga is a great way to learn Japanese. When I went to Japan I found a store called ‘Book Off.’ It sells used books for fifty cents to a dollar. I broke three out of four of my suitcases trying to get all of the books I bought back from Japan.
When I was in China, I would sometimes buy Chinese comic books and work my way through them. I think I will have to try to find some online Chinese comics to share on this blog.
So, what do you think of using comics to learn a language? Have you been able to find any online resources?