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#41 Lumi

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:27 AM

You can just stick that "ko" anywhere into the sentence? whoa. xD

Yep, Finnish sounds pretty unique.  Hard to compare with other languages, but that was the closest.

 

Sorry - meant to ask sooner, but are you really studying japanese? If so, why? Is it because you got interested because of manga and etc, or did you always have an interest of general language learning?

Some Finnish words are pronounced exactly like Japanese words but they have different meaning.. which make things funny. :P

Like here's some Japanese making fun of Finnish names xD (That old Finnish guy was my Japanese teacher :derp: )

 

"Anata Aho desuka?" xD

I'm glad that my surname isn't Aho...

 

 

I started studying because of manga and I was interested in Japanese culture. 



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Posted 20 January 2013 - 06:37 PM

Nah. Shit looks hard.


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#43 Daiyusha

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:18 PM

It is, even for Asian people. Though I suspect Chinese people have it a bit easier because Kanji is nothing to them.

The writing system is, thankfully, pretty similar to Korean, and many of the words are extremely similar as well.

For example, newspaper in Japanese is "shinbun." Newspaper in Korean is "shinmun."

But even with all the similarities, I always get stuck at Kanji because I can never remember all of them.

Reading and writing is probably where I'm worst at. I find listening and speaking a lot easier, especially the former, like many of you here.


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#44 DarkNemesis

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:29 PM

Reading and writing is probably where I'm worst at. I find listening and speaking a lot easier, especially the former, like many of you here.

I wish I had your problem. My issue is the exact opposite of yours.

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#45 shadowicewolf

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 09:55 PM

Same with the reading and writing. Give me speaking and listening any day. The kanji o.O



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Posted 14 February 2013 - 03:26 AM

A recent survey was posed to the Japanese public, asking why they were glad to be born in Japan. The top 20 results ranked as follows:

 

1st:Has four distinct seasons
2nd:Tap water is drinkable
3rd:Has tasty food
4th:Has tasty rice
5th:Has entertaining anime and manga
6th:Safe society because of the strict gun control
7th:Pickpocketing aren't as frequent as overseas
8th:Trains are punctual (apology given even with a few minutes delay)
9th:No military conscription
10th:Is economically wealthy
11th:Toilet technology
12th:Love the Japanese language which allows a wide range of expression with wordplay and onomatopoeia
13th:Has amazing convenience food technology
14th:The otaku culture is entertaining
15th:Can see cherry blossoms in spring
16th:Convenience stores are everywhere
17th:Has good fish because the country is surrounded by sea
18th:Contributed to the video game culture
19th:Has a wide variety of culture
20th:Has big cities, countryside and cities like Kyoto

 

Original article: http://getnews.jp/archives/289814


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#47 Rashugun

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 04:56 AM

The sentence structure is just crazy for me compared to English. Verb at the end. Relative clause before the subject/noun.

 

Relative clause example: The man that smokes on Sundays keeps the data in the second building. 日曜日でとばこを吸う男の人建物に資料を保持します.

 

So what?

 

Honestly, just a little bit of studying the basics and you're in. It's actually interesting. 

 

On the other hand, do you mind giving me an example of a language with TWO verb tenses? Past and non-past?

 

Japanese is perhaps one of the err three languages in the world (so far) that I like to listen to. The writing system is hell, thousands of thousands of kanji, but they're beautiful as hell too, so I'm okay with it. ^^

 

It's just a matter of attitude and how much you want it.


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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:13 AM

So what?

 

Honestly, just a little bit of studying the basics and you're in. It's actually interesting. 

 

On the other hand, do you mind giving me an example of a language with TWO verb tenses? Past and non-past?

 

Japanese is perhaps one of the err three languages in the world (so far) that I like to listen to. The writing system is hell, thousands of thousands of kanji, but they're beautiful as hell too, so I'm okay with it. ^^

 

It's just a matter of attitude and how much you want it.

 

You realize I started the thread. Do you really think that I'm sh**ting on it now?


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Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:58 PM

I wanted to study Japanese!

But when I got to the grade in school where we are able they decided to take that class out of the school system.

 

The reasoning being that everybody failed it. XD

So yea, never had the option, now I don't really want to anymore anyway. 


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Posted 27 February 2013 - 03:29 PM

I know a few other languages ( Spanish, Italian, a bit of French ), but most of the Japanese I know if from listening to a lot of J-Pop and watching anime.

 

I know that seems pretty . . . lame, but I don't try and flaunt what little I know like some other people. If I could learn it properly, then sure, I'd take it up, but it's not really an option for me at the moment.


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Posted 27 February 2013 - 06:53 PM

My school offers japanese classes but if they're as helpful as my spanish classes in high school then I doubt I'll learn anything. I know absolutely no kanji and only a few words I've picked up from watching anime so much. Learning jJapanese (and spanish) are definitely on the list of things I wanna do before I die.



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Posted 05 March 2013 - 12:05 AM

I speak and study chinese and even read Manga in the language. I find it is the closest thing outside of japanese that keeps the orginal context perfectly understandable.



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Posted 05 March 2013 - 12:47 AM

A recent survey was posed to the Japanese public, asking why they were glad to be born in Japan. The top 20 results ranked as follows:

 

1st:Has four distinct seasons
2nd:Tap water is drinkable
3rd:Has tasty food
4th:Has tasty rice
5th:Has entertaining anime and manga
6th:Safe society because of the strict gun control
7th:Pickpocketing aren't as frequent as overseas
8th:Trains are punctual (apology given even with a few minutes delay)
9th:No military conscription
10th:Is economically wealthy
11th:Toilet technology
12th:Love the Japanese language which allows a wide range of expression with wordplay and onomatopoeia
13th:Has amazing convenience food technology
14th:The otaku culture is entertaining
15th:Can see cherry blossoms in spring
16th:Convenience stores are everywhere
17th:Has good fish because the country is surrounded by sea
18th:Contributed to the video game culture
19th:Has a wide variety of culture
20th:Has big cities, countryside and cities like Kyoto

 

Original article: http://getnews.jp/archives/289814

 

LOL toilet technology, that is awesome.



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Posted 05 March 2013 - 12:48 AM

LOL toilet technology, that is awesome.

 


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Posted 05 March 2013 - 12:56 AM

LOL "if the door opens automatically while defecating, we will become panics". Good call. XD

 

But yeah, I've seen similar toilet's of theirs before. I just find it hilarious that people would vote for that as the 11th top reason for living in Japan.



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Posted 17 March 2013 - 06:21 AM

It wouldn't surprise me that in 30 years Japan and South Korea will have toilets that not only clean you automatically but actually hover to you in emergencies.


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Posted 26 March 2013 - 10:41 AM

The most japanese I know is several lyrics to some anime openings. I would like to learn the language one day though.


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Posted 13 April 2013 - 06:27 PM

I've studied Japanese on my own since I was 14, using various books, but I still don't know much and I only recently began to learn to write katakana. I'm currently studying conversational Japanese and plan on taking formal Japanese in college :P



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Posted 28 June 2013 - 05:27 AM

こんにちわ!

やよいと申します。

最近日本語を習い始めました。

まだ少ししか漢字わからないです :P


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#60 DarkNemesis

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 01:01 PM

ようこそ、やよいさん!

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