Learning Japanese N3 in a Fun Way

Wednesday is the day for learning Japanese in my schedule since about a year ago (actually I started writing this post in Wednesday). But unfortunately I didn’t put enough discipline for this. As a result, I missed the chance for entering the 2nd JLPT 2017 last month. Actually I have ever tried to learn by posting in Instagram, but it only last for once. There was a sort of awesome thing happened in my life, then. And it quite discouraged me to continue learning Japanese back then.

Kali ini saya berbagi kalimat bahasa Jepang, mudah-mudahan bisa konsisten seminggu sekali. あの頃が懐かしいな~ Ano goro ga natsukashii naa Aku merindukan masa itu Ungkapan ini dipakai ketika kita teringat sebuah kenangan di masa lalu. Sampai di sini tolong jangan #baper. Kenangan bukan hanya tentang dirimu bersama dirinya. Natsukashii ini bermakna luas. Misalnya sewaktu kanak-kanak, kita sering bermain gundu / kelereng dan itu sangat menyenangkan. Tiba-tiba kita teringat masa-masa yang menyenangkan tersebut. Natsukashii naa~ Saya juga cukup merasa nostalgia saat ini. Bukan, bukan tentang seseorang. Ini tentang masa-masa indah dulu, bersama orang-orang yang luar biasa. Saya tidak bisa menyebut satu persatu di sini. Tapi, kalian tetap di hatiku. Ungkapan kangen/kerinduan terhadap seseorang bisa diungkapkan dengan cara lain. 会いたかった aitakatta, aku ingin bertemu, juga berarti aku kangen. お久しぶり ohisashiburi, diucapkan ketika bertemu seseorang yang lama sekali tidak pernah berjumpa. Apakah kau merindukanku juga? #rabunihongo #日本語 #ラブニホンゴ

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I have created a sort of cool hashtag for the schedule: #rabunihongo that has two meanings. It consists of two words: rabu and nihongo (Japanese), where rabu can mean both “Wednesday” in Indonesian and “love” in Japanese. So, it can have meaning “Wednesday Japanese” or “love Japanese”. Cool, no? 😀

I am so confident to learn Japanese more, as I have passed JLPT N5 in 2016, and I got a quite nice point on it. 🙂

Now I am so encouraged to continue to the next level: N3. And I have found a nice book for practicing. You can also purchase it from Amazon: Nihongo Noryokushiken taisaku Nihongo so matome

Learning in fun way

The fun way which I mean is by listening to Japanese songs and try to understand the meaning of the lyrics. My favorite J-Pop artist is Ikimono-gakari, a band of 3 members: Yoshioka Kiyoe, Yamashita Hotaka, and Yoshiki Mizuno. I love their songs. And here I will actually share one of their song: Last Scene. Actually I wanted to share Kimi ga iru for this very first post about this new theme in here. But I found the appropriate expression I need to share here only in the lyrics of Last Scene. Frankly speaking, I rather hated this one, since it’s quite sentimental and make you sad. Fyi, this song is the OST of my favorite Japanese movie: Shigatsu wa kimi no uso (live action). And it also became the last single of Ikimonogakari before they decided to take hiatus since the beginning of 2017 back then.

So, let’s get started to the first lesson of Nihongo sou matome. The first chapter title is “ganbaranakucha” (I have to stick at it). You can find the expression in the lyrics as: ねえ さよならをもう伝えなくちゃ (nee sayonara wo mou tsutaenakucha). It means “I have to tell you goodbye.”

Nakucha is another way you say nakereba narimasen which is more polite expression. It means shall, have to, must and it’s preceded by nai verb form. The other example how you use this expression can you find in Maggie-sensei’s website. I’m sorry but I have to leave you for now. Ikanakucha!

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My Very First Hacktoberfest Experience

Two months earlier, DigitalOcean –collaborated with Github– held the Hacktoberfest event. It’s a month-long celebration of open source software, which was held on October –every year. Every Github user could join the party. If you have account, then the first thing to do was signing up to the event. After that, you must make four pull requests to any Github repositories / projects –preferably which had “hacktoberfest” label in the issue page of repo though. Just it. And then… you are eligible to get swag from DigitalOcean.

By the end of October last year, there were 31,901 completed challenges made by people around the world, including me. And as other people participated the event, I receive the swag. I like it so much. It’s a kind of perfect gift for the new year! I don’t have to thank them, do I? 😀 As I have posted it on both Twitter and Instagram:

Such a great year: a reflection in the another year-end

2018 is approaching, and this year is going to leave us soon. So many things happened in our lives then, right? Some were delightful, while some others were painful. That’s life, after all. Just like a wheel, sometimes we are on top, sometimes below. And it rolls constantly, doesn’t it?

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

Albert Einstein

I call this year as “year of finding, realizing, changing”. There were a couple of amazing things happened in this year. The most remarkable one would be the achievement of a kind of breakthrough in my life. While the others were so awesome as well. Like, eventually I got some “first experiences” that I’ve never had before. And also the most painful one was unforgettable.

While last year was the “turning point” year, this year is an awakening. Eventually, I realize my existence in this world, and what is it for. Yeah, I’ve found myself! Maybe it’s too late, but I can’t just blame other people for that, even God. It’s my fault, but I can’t blame myself forever either, for the sake of my future. I need to go forward and forgive the past, and let it as a life lesson.

In the first half of this year, I was suffering for a sort of false blind infatuation1. My heart was expecting someone too much, somebody who would never be mine. But, yeah, let it be the most naive, ignorant part of my life. For I have to move on instead of lamenting the past. And since thankfully God has sent someone else who is more decent for my future, inshaAllah.

Another part was that I now realize what really happened in my life so far. There were so many things that I never really learnt them. I didn’t know why exactly either, but what the most important is that now I dare to push myself to learn them.

Many people die at twenty five and aren’t buried until they are seventy five.

Benjamin Franklin

In the second half of this year, I felt like I have gained a kind of freedom or something like that for my life. I did a couple of long delayed procrastinations. And the most exciting part was that eventually I managed to pursue my dream. Something that makes me believe more to the power of dreaming. And now I have become a brand new of me. Goodbye my past!

I hope for the goodness for 2018 and the years after. And may the people around me are in the goodness as well. And I’ll try my best to love them.


  1.  https://thoughtcatalog.com/rania-naim/2016/02/30-ways-you-can-tell-the-difference-between-love-and-infatuation/ 

It’s so much fun to “learn” German with Google Assistant, an Android app which is similar to Apple’s Siri. By saying “Okay google” to an Android device that has it installed, we can then ask anything. I don’t know whether it’s available to all device, though. Since I also rather surprised to find it installed on my phone. It must be included in the latest update of LineageOS which I use, and I updated it a couple of days ago.

Just have a look at the video how I had a humble conversation with the sort of artificial intelligent built by the largest tech company. Note that some are just jokes. 😀

Ich Lerne Deutsch mit Google Assistant

Getting used to DVORAK keyboard

Since the last ten or eleven days, I’m getting used to DVORAK keyboard layout. It’s triggered by an interesting fact about QWERTY keyboard I found in the book Awaken the Giant Within : How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!. It’s stated that the popularity of QWERTY layout was caused by less scientific reason. This dragged me to learn DVORAK layout as an alternative, something that I procrastinate for quite long time.

Now that I found a reason to mastering DVORAK. It’s not so hard thing to do, thanks to Keybr.com that provide a learning platform of typing lessons. Here is my learning progress on it.

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Typing training board

Nevertheless, I still using QWERTY to type this post. 😀 As we realize, that changing habit is not that easy, right? At any rate, though, I have tried changing my habit of typing, and I have put quite discipline effort on this learning process so far. Even though it’s still far from proficient, I begin quite getting used to DVORAK, anyway. Wish me luck! 🙂

Was succeeded installing Spotify, but…

Lately, when I was booting up to Windows, Spotify just got installed and a quite serious damage got occurred. I installed it as Groove Music suggested me to do so when I opened it and found some new changes, since Microsoft would stop their music streaming service by the end of this year. While I was streaming to a podcast, suddenly the Windows hanged. I was not so sure that Spotify was the cause, instead, I suspected some kind of bad sectors might have been infected my HDD. So, I had to hard shut it down by pressing power button, then. And when booting again, the Windows took more time than usual to load up. It made me more sure to believe at the bad sector.

Then I tried streaming again, and the Windows got frozen as well.

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A few moments before the disaster

To make me more sure that Spotify caused the system to freeze, I installed it on Fedora. And yes, it caused Fedora to freeze, too!

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Just the same in Fedora

I’m not alone in this situation. Some people find solution for this issue, but I’m not sure if it works for me too.

I don’t know what’s actually happening. But, it just quite disappointing, even though, actually I wanted to try their premium subscription, even just for the first 3 months. 😀

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Spotify premium

Just been released: Fedora 27

Fedora fans all over the world have just excited for the release of the new version, Fedora 27. As usual, the the version brings several fixes and improvements as well as adds some new features.

Nevertheless, though, as for KDE spin, it’s likely there’s nothing really fresh in this new version of Fedora. From above screencast I found on youtube, we can see that the version of Plasma is 5.10.5, which is not the latest one: 5.11 that has new couple of brand new stuffs like the new Systemsettings UI design and Wayland support. But on the other hand, F27 KDE has the newest Qt version shipped, i.e 5.9.1 –nearly the newest one though.

As I wrote this post, I was in upgrading process. By the way, I started switching to Fedora since the version 23 back then. And I have successfully passed 3 times of upgrade processes, not by reinstalling a new ISO image. So, I feel so courageous to just upgrade it by DNF system-upgrade. Even though I need to download 2,4 GB of new packages!

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Upgrade process of Fedora 27

 

 

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Eventually… download finished, and then wait for the installation

Steps to upgrade

According to Fedora Magazine guide to upgrading Fedora 26 to 27, these are the DNF commands:

  1. sudo dnf upgrade --refresh
  2. sudo dnf install dnf-plugin-system-upgrade
  3. sudo dnf system-upgrade download --releasever=27
  4. sudo dnf system-upgrade reboot