Why Wait For The Next Translation?
If you’ve been a light novel fan, and perhaps even been on sites that have had discussions on light novels, then you’ve most certainly either heard or thought the following to yourself: “When will they hurry up with the translation of the next light novel?! I want to read it now!”
Sometimes, Light Novels are delayed for years, and even canceled, leaving translations scarce and far between. But the truest question is, why are you waiting several years to read the next volume of “GOSICK” or “Full Metal Panic!”, when you can technically start reading it before it’s released in the US.
LEARN THE JAPANESE LANGUAGE!
*waits as readers laugh*
It’s funny, and even frightening to some, but it’s true. In this struggling industry, the best plan of action truly would be to learn Japanese. You would then be able to never have to wait on a “translation” to read your favorite novels, and you’d have the chance to read a bunch more that haven’t even been optioned for an English release yet.
But how? I know, the idea of learning another language is a daunting one, isn’t it? And READING another language seems ever harder! But I’m here to tell you, it ‘can’ be done.
Do you have a Nintendo DS? Buy the game “My Japanese Coach”. You should be able to find a copy for around $20. It’s a great way for BEGINNERS to start to learn to read, write, and speak the language.
Got $200-400 to blow? Try buying “Rossetta Stone” at your local Barnes & Noble or on TV. It’s a way to learn another language that NASA and others are using for their own employee’s with great success.
Pick up a Japanese Dictionary.
And pick up some books, maybe “Kana de Manga” from Manga University?
There’s lots of material to choose from when learning Japanese. Find the one that’s best for you.
Learning Japanese is by no means a quick and easy proccess. It takes time, blood, sweat, and tears. Ok, well, the blood was only from a paper cut, but still, it was there none the less. lol
But once you begin to comprahend the language, and it slowly becomes engrained within you, a whole new world of literature and novels will open to you. And that is without a doubt, a beautiful dream.
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