Akira wrote:...Translations are very helpful to those still learning... like me. ^_^
Just wondering, are there any other Japanese speaking folks out there? I'm in my fourth year of Japanese class - and by no means am I an anime nerd, don't fear (though I do like anime) - and would just like to know I'm not alone
exliontamer wrote:Let's enjoy speaking Japanese! (A parody of the common expression "Let's enjoy speaking English" that I hear ALL THE TIME)
Akira wrote:We use the げんき textbook series at my college, and it moves very linearly. (Firefox says it's a word!) We first learned things like, 「こんにちわ」 and 「でわまた」 and so forth,
Akira wrote:タイピングは。。。 What sort of systems does everyone use to type in 日本語? I'm on Windows XP, so I use the "language bar" IME, with keyboard shortcuts to switch between English and 日本語 input.
Akira wrote:I usually leave it on 日本語 alphanumeric input, and I can quickly toggle to hiragana using alt+`.
Akira wrote:I've heard of the insane drop off rate between the levels of 日本語, but I've studied on my own (inconsistantly and rarely to much effect) for several years now, so I know how difficult it's going to get, but I plan on majoring in Japanese Language and Culture (Eastern Michigan University is the only one in Michigan offering the program, I believe...), so I am dedicated to sticking with it.
Akira wrote:I really, really want to study abroad, but I'm shy and awkward enough in an American college, I shudder to think how I'd survive in a foreign country.
Akira wrote:oohh--I knew about こんいちは, actually, that was a mistype. I did not know about ではまた, thank you.
Akira wrote:^_^;; Glad I could be of service? If it works for you, then that's fabulous, but I think I had to set it to that key? It gives you options for that on the language bar >right click >settings.
Akira wrote:Okay, i get what you're saying. でし was actually a typo on my part, i did mean です...
Akira wrote:According to my textbook, しゅうきつ is--.....<_< Another typo. I meant しゅうまつ--weekend. I study on the weekends; would を still be used?
Akira wrote:I know that I will definitely study abroad, no matter what; my main concern is just that everyone says that, when you go study abroad, you should have fun and no hide in the library all the time or something... Which is exactly what I do here, you know? I'm not really outgoing enough to go get involved in stuff, so it's awkward for me.
Kizyr wrote:Say, is that one group of three foreign guys (one white--I think his name is Bobby--and two black guys) still on TV? If you're not sure what I'm talking about, I can try and look up their names; it's just been a while. KF
exliontamer wrote:Kizyr wrote:Say, is that one group of three foreign guys (one white--I think his name is Bobby--and two black guys) still on TV? If you're not sure what I'm talking about, I can try and look up their names; it's just been a while. KF
Yeah, you bet they are. Still yucking it up like the minstrel show westerners that they are. I really resent that the only western people who get on TV in Japan are total fuckwits who play down to the Japanese expectation of "the foreigner" stereotype. Grr. Hulk smash.
Akira wrote:Lol, in any case, I aspire to correctness, so I will stick with こんいちは. I might get made fun of when i study abroad, but the older people will like me XD
Magitek wrote: にほんご がくせい
わたし なまえ さんねんせい けいさんき かがく だいがくせい はじ
I wonder if we should post furigana for the benefit of those learning kanji? Then again, it takes a while to format it.
Magitek wrote:I wonder if we should post furigana for the benefit of those learning kanji? Then again, it takes a while to format it.
legion wrote:I have an odd level of proficiency. My vocab is rather poor, I don't know a lot of kanji (these things take constant practice to keep up for me), but I can speak a million times better than I can write, I can read pretty well (if the kanji has readings in kana), and my accent has been described as "amazing".
Magitek wrote:Interestingly enough, I alluded in a separate topic earlier that I'm currently working on writing some software to help learn Japanese. I'm building it to focus on a couple of things:
- Learning vocabulary
- Practicing grammar in example sentences
- Writing practice using Pen Input
The cool idea I have is that I'm designing the program so that it adapts its character set to be at your level. For instance, when you first start out, everything is in romaji, and as you practice and master kana, it switches to kana, and for every kanji you learn, sentences that use that word will use the kanji. I want to make it fun so it's not so tedious, and I guess when I'm done with it I'll release it as open source, but are there any cool features or game ideas you'd like to see to help you learn Japanese?
(BTW, I'm thinking of doing it in Java just because I'd like to offer it cross-platform)
Magitek wrote:Ok, I need some suggestions,
all of the classrooms at my school have computers. Sometimes we have study sessions for Japanese in different rooms. Sometimes the computers don't have the language bar showing on the desktop, so does anyone know of any programs that are like some small exe that lets me type romaji into a textbox and convert it to kana/kanji so I can copy/paste it into documents?
Gelsamel wrote:I want to see a table of frequently used Japanese phrases in anime.
I got $10 on "Sashiburi da na" now someone go do it so I can take back my $10!
Akira wrote:Edit: It just occurred to me, as I'm dressed for Halloween, to ask if anyone is involved in any of the modern Japanese subcultures? Myself, I'm a fan of Jrock, and am somewhat into the VK scene, and I also have a growing interest in the street fashion/Lolita scene. (That's what reminded me, I'm dressing as a doll for halloween, lol)
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