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Learning Japanese with FFXIV!

So it’ll be coming up on one month soon where I’ve been working from home.

It’s weird because I was a homebody for the most part and was able to handle it with no issues. It wasn’t until recently I noticed I started developing weird tics and anxieties with staying at home. If I’m in video games the sounds of bustling and seeing people move around now makes me somewhat panicky. As a means to combat it though I told myself I would use the free time outside of work I have wisely to invest into something long term.

It’s fairly likely that when my birthday rolls around I’ll still be stuck at home, which is fine. So long as my family and loved ones are safe I’m content celebrating it with the husband and cat. BUT! I wanted to treat myself to a nice gift.

So this past weekend I reached out to one of my fellow FC mates in The Maid Militia FC, Peach Hips. Peach is a dear friend who is a wealth of knowledge and is an educator in real life. Having studied and lived in Japan I asked Peach if it would be possible to teach me Japanese remotely, and he agreed! So I did what any normal person would do.

…. I made myself a character on an XIV Japanese server!

Now I won’t mention name and server in this blog post, but I did decide on a Miqo’te Marauder. Ultimately my goal in real life is to be able to hold my own in conversation while also being able to read, write, and understand dialogue with no issue. In game? My hope is that I can interact with the JP community in game while in dungeons and party activities with ease. Bonus points if I can actually learn to tank in the process as well.

I’m super excited about this. Turning 35 is a milestone-ish kind of year, and there really isn’t much that I wanted in terms of material items. I have my health, my family’s health, and dear friends and co-workers. There’s not much else I need. So for celebrating I’d like a gift that I can take with me for years to follow.

…. ok maybe I’ll buy my Catgirl the cute new Mogstation items. I LIED TO MYSELF READER. I LIED TO MYSELF.


7 thoughts on “Learning Japanese with FFXIV!

  1. I wish you the best of luck and endurance, and you have my respect.

    I started to learn Japanese more than ten years ago but didn’t last long. I like the language very much and find the culture endlessly fascinating, yet it was just too hard for me in addition to working, gaming, making music and all the other stuff I was doing.
    Well, maybe it was too hard for me period, but I’m a bit reluctant to admit that to myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Oh great, my Mana chara (Ixion) has all jobs to 80 and is the most ahead after my NA main lmao

        I wanted to bring your attention to this though

        Mana Hime often does “English Speaking” user events on Ixion where basically people speak English so the Japanese players can see/hear English conversations! There’s quite a few foreign players who play there so you might have an opportunity to make friends ๐Ÿ™‚ The next one is this Saturday (though its Japan time so its like 9AM – 11AM EST). I’m unfortuantely unsubbed right now (had to do it or I’ll never clear my otome game/FF backlog XDDD) but I will usually go when I’m online. My chara is Yurika on ixion, I’m a pink haired midlander ๐Ÿ˜€ (*though on lodestone im in a bunny suit rn lol)

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      2. Oh thank you so much for sending this my way! I might be able to make it during that time so I’ll gladly check it out! My character is a Miqote in a fairy dress named Caramel. ๐Ÿ˜


  2. Ahhhh another XIV fan learning Japanese! I played through ShB on my Unicorn character and it was great. I mostly play on my NA main/alts now, but I’ll often switch the language to JP if I’m not doing any macro stuff. XIV is so great for learning. There’s such a variety of ways characters speak, and it’s certainly not all “fantasy” talk! I’ve made a few anki decks for XIV as well, and am currently working on more as we speak. XIV has motivated my JP studies more than anything else I think, haha. ANYWAY! I’m so excited for you, and will be following your blog ^^

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