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guri-n ha



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15th May, 2005 at 16:49:25 -

how can i learn japanese?

 
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15th May, 2005 at 16:51:20 -

Umm...well...take a class?

The language is so diffrent from english. Ever see Japanese anime?! The english dubs are so far off from the original dialog.

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15th May, 2005 at 16:54:19 -

That sounds the best plan to me.

My fiancee is learning it, but I only know a couple of words. I find it a huge undertaking to learn not just a different vocabulary and sentence structure, but also an entire new alphabet.

Without wanting to sound prejudiced - make sure that you're learning it for the language itself rather than because of being an anime fanboy. That way you're more likely to stick with it.

In conclusion: Watashi wa byoki desu, because I have an exam tomorrow. =(

 
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15th May, 2005 at 16:58:30 -

I really have to learn Japanese cause i'm studying literature and history. And foreign languages are really important for me. Not forgeting that China is a growing power that will overwhelm US one day. I'm probably gonna take Japanese classes in school on my next year anyway

Btw, you two replied pretty fast

 
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15th May, 2005 at 17:09:43 -

So... you're learning Japanese because (not exclusively) China is a growing power? Aren't you missing something very important here?

 
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15th May, 2005 at 17:11:20 -

Chinese and Japanese don't differ that much. There is no Chinese class at my school only Japanese the nearest

 
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15th May, 2005 at 17:27:00 -

As racist as you sound, you are correct in that there is a major similarity between Japanese and Chinese - they use the same (or roughly the same) Kanji alphabet. However, even though the symbols are drawn the same way they are pronounced very differently, making it extremely difficult to learn one language if you already know the other.

 
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15th May, 2005 at 17:39:15 -

If you plan to learn Chinese then I would recommend you don't learn Japanese first. Because the Japanese took, and modified the Chinese character alphabet [Kanji meaning literally "Chinese writing": Kan=China, Ji=Writing] But used Japanese and "Chinese" pronunciations the language has become convoluted. You would have to learn 10 times the amount of readings for each character. Learning Japanese exclusively, each Kanji has between 2 and 10 readings, I would imagine that if you then tried to leard Chinese it would be all but impossible. Not to mention that Japanese is a phonetic language and Chinese is not. Which is why they sound so different. And why the "Chinese" readings for characters aren't actually in Chinese. However, Japanese is a wonderful language and if you are willing to take the time to learn not one, but three new "alphabets" (hiragana, katakana, and Kanji) than it is completely worth it.

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15th May, 2005 at 22:43:55 -

I Took a Japanese class last year, and all i can remember is Konnichiwa, sayonara and Baka Kuso Atama(stupid shit head)

 
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16th May, 2005 at 05:10:36 -

@whittles k. : yep, i'm gonna learn both of them (chinese & japanese).
@phizzy: yep, it is.
@ivan corney: that' interesting then tell me what my nick "guri-n ha" means.


 
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16th May, 2005 at 15:56:25 -

What's the point. All the countries in the world will soon be speaking English. It's the only reason why Britain is still one of the major countries of the world.

 
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16th May, 2005 at 16:00:49 -

well, i know english. I don't want to take the risk. I have to learn at least 5 languages.


 
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ChrisB

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16th May, 2005 at 16:47:36 -

Which other languages are you going to learn?

 
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16th May, 2005 at 17:14:22 -

please tell me you're going to learn to speak cucumber french

 
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16th May, 2005 at 21:42:57 -

Most spoken languages in order:

1. Mandarin

2. Spanish

3. English

But it doesn't matter much because English is the language of business.

 
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17th May, 2005 at 02:47:47 -

I know:

1. Turkish (native)
2. English
3. French(not much)

i want to learn the most:

-Japanese
-Improve French
-German
-Spanish
-Italian



 
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Kris

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17th May, 2005 at 08:09:25 -

Wong, why's that racial? Is it racial to say "Britons, Australians and Americans look and sound the same"?

Edit: JP, what's your first language? (curious)

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17th May, 2005 at 11:00:57 -

The problem is that Britts, Aussies and Yankies does not sound the same.

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17th May, 2005 at 12:44:13 -

Kris: English, the list is of the most spoken languages in the world.

The only other language I can speak is spanish, and I only took a year class so I suck.

 
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25th May, 2005 at 22:27:06 -

im considering learning japanese so i can move to japan and avoid the draft

 
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ChrisB

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26th May, 2005 at 07:21:08 -

I'm sure there are other places in America that aren't as windy.

 
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AndyUK

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26th May, 2005 at 08:52:06 -

I did French German and Spanish during my years at school and college. I can't remember much of any of them though.

 
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