Nicola’s Lesson Diary

Hiragana Times Online Japanese Course Lesson Diary

October 8, 2019

“おうだんほどう”, “かど“, “しんごうき” and “ひだりがわ/みぎがわ“ are only a few words learned and by using these I will able to give direction better the a GPS 😂


October 3, 2019

Also some tricky grammar notions like “ – にのります” and “- をおります”… and how to connect sentences or adjective with “で” or “くて” have been understood….

Look forward to being able to conversate better now…

Big thank to まゆみ先生、またらいしゅう!

September 30, 2019

Reviwed again few basic sentences and some new word usages such as “どこからきました“、“どうもはじめまして”、”-のときから“, and it’s always exciting when you surprise a Sensei 😂… now it’s just time to keep those in mind… and the hardest part… to get used to use them…

Thank you リエ先生, またらいしゅう!

September 26, 2019

After learning how to make a brief introduction of myself, we’ve also been practising how to introduce others to someone else starting first of all from “ごしょうかいします” and going ahead with “こちらは … です” and then asking if someone would rather have some drink or food using “… いかがですか?”

Thanks to マユミ先生 for every efficient lesson 😁

September 19, 2019

First lesson in Japan, and finally got to meet my 先生 and, It’s now…time to practice harder 😅
Conversate at the restaurants and trying to be a good Japanese speaker soon…

Also the grammar skills are enlarging step by step also thank to the forms viewed during the last lesson “ーませんか”, “ーしょう”, “ーたことがあります” and “ーてもいい”

Thank you to まゆみ先生 🙂

September 5, 2019

Practiced and got ready to conversate at the wedding party with a more detailed introduction using new verbs and words (such as すんでいます、しごとをさがします、-からきました).

I felt like I will be able to speak with everybody at the party… 😅

Thank you very much to まゆみ先生 for helping me out 🙂

August 30, 2019

Happy for having reviewed every units done until now.

Also happy… and especially surprised for discovering how words or sentences could easily come out from my mind, and been able to make my own new phrases…even though I’m really bad at studying lol

I’m just curious to see what is next!


August 23, 2019

During the last lesson I was able to use (and hope I will be… again) some counters for duration such as “- ねんかん”, “-かげつかん”, “-しゅうかん” and “-かかん”. Then adding the time expressions “まえ” and “ご I could make my own “next year resolution” which is “1ねんごにほんごをペラペラしゃべります”… がんばります!!!

In conclusion, we covered also the name of the seasons (はる、なつ、あき、 ふゆ) and came out with a sentence that I’d love to do and surly I’ll do in Japan: “にほんでふゆあたたかいうどんまいにtちたべたいです” … 笑

August 2, 2019

Feeling happy for becoming familiar and understanding more words and questions after each lesson…

After the counters and numbers I thought that the “tough” part was ended for a moment… but actually… unexpectedly there are also the dates which… to me… they sound more than similar, but with different meanings (especially for the 4th “よっか” and the 8th “ようか”)… and for this reason I still don’t know how far my brain will help me lol…

Lot of thanks to まゆみ先生 .

Nicola’s Traditional Japanese Counting (MAMA Illustration)

July 28 2019

Nicola’s Traditional Japanese Counting (MAMA Illustration)

Practicing conversations with locals is what helps you build a discrete vocabulary… I may still not be able to speak, but at least I understand little more than expected, and I’ll achieve what I would like step by step, though.

The conversations example at the restaurant, using counters and numbers have made me being a little bit more confident and feel like “I want to practice in person really soon what I’ve learnt so far”.

Thanks to まゆみ先生 for the job she’s making with me 🙂

July 12 2019

Lesson number 4 accomplished too!

Finally I’ve stepped into the crazy interesting Japanese numbers and counters world…lol

Apparently, I may be able to make up some numbers following the “bases”: “じゅう”, “ひあく”, “せん” and “まん”… though… で-も- !!!the listening during a conversation seems to be something like the most challenging thing I have been through… and… I already feel like I’ll be asking “もういちどおねがいします” thousand times before understand 😂

Thank’s to まゆみ先生 for making me improving.

June 21 2019

The 3rd has been accomplished too!

The topic of the lesson was about “food” and “eating out”.
Due to the fact I knew already few vocabs I added some extras at my personal vocabulary such as”おこめ、なす、うりば and からい”. Plus, we moved on few important helpful questions and answers to use at the restaurant and at the store.
For example “おすすめはなんですか?”、”じゃ、それおねがいします / じゃ、けっこうです / はい、わかりました.どうも”, “これもってかえれますか?” at the restaurant… while at the store: “。。。はどのれつですか?”.

I fell like I may handle a shopping alone in Japan after this lesson… lol



June 14 2019

After one week also the second lesson has been completed.

Today’s lesson was about “HAVING SHOPPING” asking like ” 。。。はありますか?” and ” 。。。なんかいですか? ” plus vocabs for things I may have to buy during my stay in Japan such as “れいぞうこ”, “せんたくき”, “でんしれんじ” and “そうじき”.

I really like conversate in Japanese with the teacher (using the poor vocabulary I have)… it looks fun and I feel like I’m getting used to use it.

Thank to マユミせんせい for teaching.

Looking forward tostart another lesson.


June 5 2019

Well…During the first lesson, I’ve been able to learn few new vocabs and questions related to “GOING TO…” such as “。。。はどこですか?” and “。。。はどうやっていきますか?” that they definitely will be helpful when I’ll get lost down Tokyo’s streets though.
Regarding the vocabs I’ve been able to learn thank to the MAMA list and some funny explanations were “くうこう”, “えき” and “ビジネスのちゅうしんぶ”.

I actually haven’t got any complaints about まゆみせんせい way of teaching due to the clear explanations and nice suggestion about remembering new vocabs.

So far I only have to say a big thank to the teacher and looking forward to improve more and more 🙂