Chantelle – I’m a 21 year old student from Sydney. ย Nice to meet you! ^_^

Currently speaking / improving: English, French, Italian, Japanese

Current projects:

  • Trying not to fail my Classical Japanese class this semester


  • Passed JLPT N3 in December 2014! ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Passed JLPT N2 in December 2015! ๐Ÿ™‚

Other Interests (that I may or may not mention on here from time to time):

  • Travel
  • Food! ๐Ÿ˜€ (especially ramen)
  • Skincare
  • Asian music

If you’re a fellow language learner too, don’t hesitate to leave a comment! ย This journey is one that we are all on together.


22 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello, I wish I know your name but I don’t! And yes, we are in this journey together. I’m on my journey to study Japanese as well. Please check out my blog. Btw, I’m Korean so after you finish Japanese and French to a certain level and want to jump start on Korean, I can definitely help you a lot. ใŒใ‚“ใฐใ‚Šใพใ—ใ‚‡ใ†๏ผ

    • Hi Leonard ^^

      My name is Chantelle – I hope your Japanese learning journey goes well, hopefully we can help each other out eh?

      And thank you for your kind offer to help me with my (future) Korean – I know how Hangul works so I’ve been able to guess-read some stuff but I haven’t done any formal study yet. I’m sure your help will definitely come in handy ^^

  2. tucker says:

    HI,Chantelle. I know it’s so difficult to write Japanese sentences with Kanji(even without Kanji), but your Japanese writing are perfect! Making bento is easy. Just pack anything you like to eat for lunch or leftovers.^^

    • Really??! That means so much, especially coming from a Japanese person such as yourself – I will work hard to keep writing and improving in Japanese! ^^

      And thank you for the bento advice too ๐Ÿ™‚

    • nooo I’m not I still have a long way to go >.< Thank you for the offer (the problem with coming from a Cantonese background *sigh* I wish I spoke Mandarin)! I'm sure we can help each other out! ^^

  3. Hi Chantelle! My name’s Manuel and I’m Italian.
    I’ve just found your comment on an other blog, then I realized you live in Sydney, I spent almost 4 months there last year when I came downunder.
    Seen you can speak Italian, e vuoi migliorare, quindi ti posso aiutare se hai bisogno ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Read you’ve a Cantonese background, I’d like to learn Cantonese, but at the moment I’m learning Mandarin, and I love Hong Kong! (I’ve been there for a week or so the day before I left Sydney to came back in Italy)
    Japanese and Spanish are also on my wishlist ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. ใ“ใ‚“ใซใกใฏCHANTERUใ•ใ‚“ใ€‚ใ™ใ”ใ„๏ผ่ชžๅญฆ้”ไบบใงใ™ใญใ€‚ใ“ใ‚Œใ‹ใ‚‰ใฏใ€ใชใ‚‹ในใ็งใฎ๏พŒ๏พž๏พ›๏ฝธ๏พžใ‚‚่‹ฑ่ชžใจๆ—ฅๆœฌ่ชžใ‚’ไฝต่จ˜ใงๆ›ธใใ‚ˆใ†ใซใ—ใพใ™ใญใ€‚
    Hello CHANTERU-san. You are language professional now I think. I will write in my Blog by Japanese and English. Thank you.

  5. ์•ˆ๋…•ํ•˜์„ธ์š” Chanteru. I’m Julia from Massachusetts, USA. Thanks for visiting my blog. http://jreidy17.wordpress.com/ I started learning Korean in March. You can watch my journey as I discover how to be a self-learner written on my blog. Korean will be my first successfully self taught language. I took 4 years of Spanish in high school and tried to self teach myself Spanish and German over the years, but I never made the commitment and put in the time before.

    For me, the difference came when I sought out a Korean pen pal in February. It took it from me passively watching Korean dramas to having a real, live Korean I wanted to communicate with. His English is poor, my ability to write Korean sentences non-existent, but we write each other every day. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m following your blog now. You are welcome to visit my blog any time. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am no expert, but I share my daily discoveries and honestly report the good, the bad, and the ugly along my self-directed path with lots of laughter and play.

    Best of luck on your learning journey!

  6. Hi! Nice to meet you :3 I found your blog through a comment on koreannotebook. If you ever need help with Korean, feel free to ask! I am also learning Japanese and Mandarin ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. I’ve recently started this whole language learning journey and seriously, after coming across all these language learning bloggers I’m super pumped to excel in my chosen languages!

  8. HM says:

    Hey, may I know how did you learn french? Wanted to pick up a non-asian language and I realised unlike japanese, it is hard to find an appropriate book to self learn with the translations etc…

    • Ah I kinda cheated because I did French as an option throughout high school T.T This helped me get to a level where I can enjoy regular immersion on my own now.

      I have also found that non-Asian languages have a lot less self-study friendly materials!! I used Tapis Volant in high school, but I don’t know if it’s super self-learner friendly. You could try Duolingo to get you started though, or maybe some cheap Italki lessons every now and then as well. I would also suggest the Vocabulaire and Grammaire Progressive series – there are downloads for those on the Net somewhere. I’m sorry I couldn’t be more helpful!

      • HM says:

        Saw those in kino but none has any translations for beginners. Will drop by Duolingo – didnt know the site’s existence until now.

  9. Hello, Chantelle! I was looking for information on where to go after finishing Genki and found your blog! I loved reading your textbook experience pages! I thought you would be a good person to ask. I`m currently studying for N4 and am looking for books to use but there are SO many. Is there a specific series you have come to prefer? I would love to get your opinion! Being multi-lingual is something I really want to work towards but am only focusing on Japanese at the moment. I have trouble multi-tasking! Thanks in advance for the information ^_^ I`m interested in ANY Japanese recommendations you have. I`m about to finish Genki II.

    • Hi Shaun,
      Depends on your learning style I guess? The JLPT doesn’t require you to produce any Japanese, in that there is no written component – so recognition alone is sufficient. Some people (myself included if the character is complicated) find the act of writing helpful to their learning and long-term memory. So your choice! ๐Ÿ™‚

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