ようこそ皆さん、週末は楽しめましたか？This week in the Japanese Language Blog I will be telling you about audacity, and introducing you to some Japanese news sites.
Audacity is voice recording software that is fairly easy to use. Just start it up and hit the record button to start. It is useful to keep track of how well you’ve progressed in your language, as well as listening to your own voice and working on pronunciation. You can save the file as and audacity file, or export it as an mp3, WAV, or ogg file, and listen to it whenever you want. All the computers in the lab have audacity installed and are equipped with a microphone, but if you want to try it out with your own computer, it’s a free download from http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
If you want to look into Japanese News, try out either asahi shinbun or yomiuri I prefer the layout on yomirui, but you can choose which you like. Both have an english version, but you could always use the webreader found on Word Champ to help with the Japanese version. Reading these newspapers can help with understanding Japanese culture, and also work on your knowledge of kanji and grammar.