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Sun Jun 30, 2019, 06:36 PM

expressing feelings in Japanese

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Reply expressing feelings in Japanese (Original post)
yuiyoshida Jun 2019 OP
soryang Jun 2019 #1
yuiyoshida Jun 2019 #2
soryang Jun 2019 #3
yuiyoshida Jun 2019 #4
Haggis for Breakfast Jun 2019 #5
soryang Jun 2019 #6
Igel Jul 2019 #7

Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Sun Jun 30, 2019, 06:58 PM

1. When the actors in Korean historical dramas start speaking Japanese...

...I just have to read the subtitles. Taking on another Asian language is a bridge too far for me. I tried to start learning Mandarin but it actually impaired my comprehension in Korean so I gave up after a few months. When I see people who know multiple foreign languages (and claim to be proficient) I'm amazed.

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Response to soryang (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 30, 2019, 07:01 PM

2. One of my best friends got a job at SFO...

She speaks
Japanese
Mandarin
Cantonese
Korean
and
English. She speaks them all fluently. She was my tutor for a while with Japanese..

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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 30, 2019, 07:23 PM

3. Wow.

I tell myself I'm too old. I've heard some neuroscientists say that if one learns a foreign language as a child, then the facility to learn languages is enhanced. I didn't, so it's a handicap. I read about one person who was like that and one of the parents was professional linguist so that explained a lot I thought.

Even the people I knew as a student or early in my career who were competent interpreters in European languages were raised as children in Europe.

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Response to soryang (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 30, 2019, 07:29 PM

4. My friend learned from family...

Her parents and grand parents speak Mandarin and Cantonese, her brother lives in South Korea and she lived with him for a while, learning Korean. She went to High School in Japan and learned Japanese there, and later learned English... before coming to the USA. She told me that English was the hardest to learn, which I thought was funny because to me, learning Kanji and learning to read Kanji seems difficult ...


日本語で漢字を学ぶことさえ難しいです!
Nihongo de kanji o manabu koto sae muzukashīdesu!

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Response to soryang (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 30, 2019, 07:32 PM

5. NEVER too late to try. You're smarter than you realize.

Think of it this way. IF you were placed in a different situation where you HAD to learn, you would find your way through. Motivation is a powerful tool. Start small and be realistic - a few words a day. By the end of the week, two or three sentences. By the end of the month, a small conversation. Try to find someone who would be willing to endeavor on this adventure with you.

Don't sell yourself short. You never know where this journey may take you.

Good luck.

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Response to Haggis for Breakfast (Reply #5)

Sun Jun 30, 2019, 07:50 PM

6. Yes, thanks for the encouragement

This is what I've been thinking about Korean for the last five years or so.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #2)

Mon Jul 1, 2019, 07:14 PM

7. I'd imagine that Mandarin and Cantonese would cross-contaminate.

I know my Russian suffered when I learned Serbocroatian--they too easily mixed.

Same for Czech and Slovak, so I quickly stopped Slovak (except for passive knowledge) when I realized my Serbian/Russian problem was about to repeat. (But my Polish, Czech, Bulgarian, and Russian all nicely staid separate. I shied away from Sorbian. And don't ask about Belorusian and Ukrainian.)

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