Welcome to Ramen Fanatic, this is going to be the very first post! I’m Ramen Fanatic(RF for short) and I’ll be your host. Before moving forward any further, I’d like to set the right tone…
Ah, that’s much better. You see, I’m addicted to Japanese ramen, literally. I could eat ramen every day if I wasn’t worried about the long term health effects, but I have yet to try so many ramen out there! I’m trying to work on that though, while working on my Japanese.
Ramen Fanatic is both a website and a person(こんにちは、＾＾；). Essentially, the site revolves around my journey to conquer the Japanese language while devouring tons of Japanese ramen along the way! Though I love so many Japanese things, be it the language, movies, music, etc, one of the things I love the most is ramen. Therefore, I decided to name this whole thing appropriately because you’re probably going to hear a good amount about ramen, as well as see it via pictures from myself and one’s I’ve found on the web, but rest assured there will be much more content that is fun and interesting for you as well!
I decided to put up this blog in order to document my path from hardly knowing any Japanese to becoming “Completely Immersed” over the course of 2 years. You can head on over to the Progress page, or simply view the My Progress category, to see how I’ve been doing. The Progress page will actually go into detail for you about my goals along the way as well as the definition of my long term goal(See: Completely Immersed ).
Here is the layout of my plan so far:
Phase 1: Immersion and Heisig (3 months | May 1st 2010 – Aug 1st 2010)
Phase 2: 1000 Hours of Listening & 1000 Sentences (3 months | Aug 1st 2010 – Nov 1st 2010)
Phase 3: 2500 Hours of Listening & 2500 Sentences (4 months | Nov 1st 2010 – Apr 1st 2011)
Phase 4: Trip to Japan (1-2 weeks | Apr ?? 2011 – Apr ?? 2011)
Phase 5: 5000 Hours of Listening & 5000 Sentences (9 months | May 1st 2011 – Feb 1st 2012)
Phase 6: Trip to Japan (1-2 weeks | Mar ?? 2012 – Mar ?? 2012)
Phase 7: Complete Immersion
Note: 2500 Sentences(between Nov 1st and Apr 1st) really means 1500 new Sentences + the 1000 Sentences(from Aug 1st – Nov 1st) for a grand total of 2500. Same thing applies to the 5000 Sentences as well as Hours of Listening.
Each Phase has an estimated date, though they may not all be exact. They are merely guidelines to aim for. If things do change and the dates need to as well, they will be updated here as well as mentioned by me elsewhere in other posts or via my twitter account.