Merry Christmas! This Christmas, I bought my wife a pair of Ugg boots, which apparently have been all the rage for quite some time now. It seems every female friend or family member I know already has a pair of these. In turn, she bought me a Canon digital camera so that we can take better pictures for umm… her blog. Still, I always love more gadgets and this one also has HD video! So I’ve been toying with the idea of starting up my own YouTube channel.
Yes, I know it’s fairly late to join the bandwagon but I always wait things out until the technology gets better and cheaper. But technology isn’t the only issue as there really needs to be a good reason to spend the additional time for making any kind of video.
First of all, I prefer text because it’s pretty much better in every way in terms of visibility, searching, and non-intrusiveness. I hate having to sit through a video when I could have gotten the same information much quickly by browsing through text.
So what are the advantages of video? In terms of learning Japanese, I can’t really think of any. Still images can convey just as much information as a video can for things that are more easily understood visually. Audio doesn’t require video to convey pronunciation and intonation. You can also do a lot with just slides and a good microphone. It’s still technically a video but doesn’t require a video recorder. I guess if you have an interesting, funny, or attractive face and/or personality, it can make things more interesting. Doesn’t really apply to me, though.
So I doubt you’ll be seeing Tae Kim’s YouTube channel any time soon. Despite the fact that I now have the technology, I doubt I’ll be getting faster, better, or stronger… at least on YouTube.
What do you think? Is there something special video can do for learning Japanese that I’m missing?
Anyways, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!