Because the Japanese school system isn’t going to teach them how to say, “The set list is lit!”
If you’re learning a foreign language, just about any class or entry-level textbook will teach you the basic words and phrases to talk about things like food, clothing, and transportation. Move up to higher levels and they will also cover scientific, economic and political terminology.
But what’s tricky is finding a resource to learn about niche topics like specific hobbies, and it’s true English for Oshikatsu comes in. Japanese publisher Gakken designed the book to Japanese otaku and fujoshi with the skills needed to talk about their passion for anime, games and idols, including their oshikatsu, or activities in support of their oshi (favorite character or artist).
The book’s emphasis is on words and phrases used in fan-to-fan conversations and social media posts, especially colloquial and slang expressions that are unlikely to be introduced in classroom teaching, such as “I have cleaned and rearranged my merchandising altar,” “Let’s take pictures of the stuffed animals,” and “My favorite looks happy, and that’s all that matters.”
This also means that: the book can also be used by English speakers who want to learn how to talk about otaku topics in Japanese, as long as you can determine the readings for the Japanese text.
▼ Here, for example, we can see that an offline meeting among online friends has a . is called ofukai, and that the trendy way to say “hug” is big (as opposed to the full form) nuigurumi taught in Japanese classes).
▼ There is even a template for writing fan letters.
English for Oshikatsu is priced at 1,500 yen (US$13) here on Amazon. Pre-orders are now open with an official release date of March 10. In total, the book contains 330 vocabulary words and 477 sentences, which should be enough to make more than a few English-language social media posts about a new anime episode or a voice actor concert. While serious linguists may scoff at the idea of such trivial topics, there’s no denying that the greater level of mental and emotional engagement that comes from talking/writing about something you’re personally interested in makes it a lot easier for new vocabulary and grammar. to really sink in, so maybe in the spring we’ll see a few more Japanese otaku making English social media posts.
Source: PR Times via Denfami Nico Gamer via Otakomu
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