初音ミクで日本語 Miku dé Nihongo 単行本（ソフトカバー） – 2018/6/18
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全10曲の歌詞をテキストにして、曲ごとに 1)日本語歌詞 2)歌詞のローマ字読み 3)英訳 4)日本語文法や歌詞の説明 5)初音ミクと会話練習、で構成(1曲除く)。歌詞収録のすべての楽曲と日本語の会話音声がダウンロードできるカード型音楽メディア「SONOCA」付き。
6. 『Tell Your World』
Learn Japanese language and culture with this collection of 10 famous Hatsune Miku's songs, a nursery rhyme and an original composition.
Each song (with one exception) shows 1) the original Japanese lyrics 2) how to read the lyrics in Romanized script; 3) the English translation, 4) a commentary on Japanese language or culture reflected in the lyrics, and 5) conversation practice with Hatsune Miku. Recordings of all the lyrics and of the Japanese conversation are downloadable with a music card SONOCA.
◇Includes our own exclusive recording of the popular VOCALOID producer, teaeye: original "Meguri, natsu" (The Wheel of Seasons: Summer)
◇Original Miku illustrations for the cover and SONOCA card by borbone
◇Download voice recordings to practice Japanese conversation with Hatsune Miku
As the songs are introduced and explained in English, it's a perfect introduction to Hatsune Miku overseas.
List of songs:
1. Haro / Hawayu
2. Desktop Cinderella
3. Haru ga kita (Japanese nursery rhyme)
4. Hajimete no oto
6. Tell Your World
8. Soyokaze Drive
9. Sakura no ame
10. Meguri, natsu (exclusively composed for this book)
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On behalf of all English-speaking Miku fans around the world, thank you Noricco and Sanshusha for making this book! Please make a volume two!
Hatsune Miku De Nihongo is a simple language course that features Hatsune Miku (HM) – the personification of a singing voice synthesis software sometimes referred as a vocaloid – who takes the reader across 10 chapters and less than 200 pages in simple lessons into Japanese language and culture. No doubt intended for those fascinated by her catchy pop music and curious about her cultural origins, it panders to them by featuring both original illustrations and downloadable songs and conversational tracks that are carefully translated and elaborated to a particular lesson to cover content you might find in travelers phrasebook or a grammar summary guide. Additionally, notes are added to almost all 10 songs elaborating cultural content like additional meanings to idioms and other context related to Japanese schools, holiday observances, etc.
Admittedly, I was struck by the beautiful cover art and I purchased it primarily for that reason. I suppose that from an instructional perspective, the content is a useful complement to formal instruction while taking Japanese classes but otherwise becomes the first barrier, well a curb really, to learning Japanese with the only real negative was some of the song selections. With the suggestion of singing along with HM to memorize words and develop proper pronunciation, it struck me as odd to use a vocaloid in such a manner. Admittedly I have never been a HM fan, I have heard both English and Japanese covers to conclude it takes a particular effort and skill to take HM from an obviously autotuned singer to something that sounds like a woman singing in an unusually high tone. With that in mind, the song selection runs the gamut of that effort and skill with a pronunciation so indistinguishable I find it incredible that someone with no idea how to pronounce Japanese syllables can follow along. Fortunately, Japanese, Roman-ji, and English translations are provided and you WILL be referring to it just to understand what was sung on so many levels.
Instructional value aside, I can only imagine it would make a memorable gift for the HM fan or the Japanophile who would enjoy a presentation of Japan as only HM can do. A little note about the downloadable tracks though. I a pretty sure that something was lost in the translation but ultimately it makes no difference between whether you download to your smartphone or PC – they exist as non-DRM MP3s (and I think FLAC for a supposed higher fidelity sound) and the SONOCA app is totally unnecessary to listen to them.