When learning a new language, I always try to do a reset, “forget” about my own language and try to immerse myself completely in the new language I am trying to master. I try to think in the new language to make its world my own.
In order to do this, as my budget doesn’t allow me to travel to all the places I’d like to, children songs and cartoons are a great help. Spontaneous reactions, simple questions and answers, basic adjectives and easy vocabulary are what you can get out of children’s worlds. Melodies and lyrics of children songs are the type to give you “earworms” and therefore very easy to remember.
If I were to learn Japanese, I would undoubtedly turn to the Japanese animated film called Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea. Keonepax has done a great ukulele rendition of its theme song. This film, which has won the Japanese Academy Prize for Animation of the Year, tells the story of a little fish-girl who runs away from her family to discover the world.
Keonepax has provided the lyrics and their translation as well as the chords for the song in the info section of his YouTube video.