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by Armon
Tue 07.03.2007 1:49 pm
Forum: Translation Questions or Discussion
Topic: Help Reading an Article
Replies: 4
Views: 1423

RE: Help Reading an Article

Thanks for all the help.
by Armon
Mon 07.02.2007 6:48 pm
Forum: Translation Questions or Discussion
Topic: Help Reading an Article
Replies: 4
Views: 1423

RE: Help Reading an Article

Thanks for the help, but I still need a bit more help before I can try to translate the sentence. What purpose does "事態の側面" serve in the sentence?
by Armon
Mon 07.02.2007 11:52 am
Forum: Translation Questions or Discussion
Topic: Help Reading an Article
Replies: 4
Views: 1423

Help Reading an Article

I have been trying to read this article from an aviation magazine, and I'm having problems reading two of the sentences from a paragraph in the article. The first sentence I'm having trouble with is this one: 単に、独裁者が支配することが悪であるとか、拡大政策が悪いと言った 内容は事態の側面、一面でしかなく、 根本的な問題点ではない。 I'm mainly having problems ...
by Armon
Thu 04.05.2007 9:35 pm
Forum: Japanese General Discussion
Topic: Impossible to learn on your own?
Replies: 88
Views: 10451

RE: Impossible to learn on your own?

Chin2 wrote: There is no hope for me then... :( I want to be fluent in this language, but the closest classes around me are in Boston, which is 50~ miles away. Couldn't explosing myself to Japanese media work well, too? Like the news, or music of all kinds. And aren't there programs where you can t...
by Armon
Mon 03.26.2007 10:44 am
Forum: Translation Questions or Discussion
Topic: Newbie Question - Why use Kanji?
Replies: 102
Views: 13686

RE: Newbie Question - Why use Kanji?

Yudan Taiteki wrote: I shouldn't have even brought up the literacy thing -- that's the least interesting (to me) aspect of the discussion. Well, I probably won't have much more to say on the pro-kanji side until I can find some of those lost studies I cited, so I will be leaving the kanji discussio...
by Armon
Sun 03.25.2007 8:14 pm
Forum: Translation Questions or Discussion
Topic: Newbie Question - Why use Kanji?
Replies: 102
Views: 13686

RE: Newbie Question - Why use Kanji?

Yudan Taiteki wrote: I have mentioned both DeFrancis and Unger's book numerous times, both of which have full bibliographies that furnish quite a bit of reading on the subject. I don't feel that it is my responsibility to type in copious quotations from publicly available texts -- when I ask other ...
by Armon
Sun 03.25.2007 7:26 pm
Forum: Translation Questions or Discussion
Topic: Newbie Question - Why use Kanji?
Replies: 102
Views: 13686

RE: Newbie Question - Why use Kanji?

Infidel wrote: Going down the list and seeing how differently the term "literacy" is defined for each country, and how low the standard often is, can be educational. China's 99% statistic is almost laughable now, especially when it's based on household declaration. Not testing, but someone else's o...
by Armon
Sun 03.25.2007 3:18 pm
Forum: Translation Questions or Discussion
Topic: Newbie Question - Why use Kanji?
Replies: 102
Views: 13686

RE: Newbie Question - Why use Kanji?

Yudan Taiteki wrote: The 99% literacy rate figure is highly suspect, not the least because the studies the figure was based on has a vague definition of the term. The figure is absurd on its face; 99% literacy is an impossible goal for any country, no matter what. Once again, this topic is covered ...
by Armon
Sun 03.25.2007 12:58 pm
Forum: Translation Questions or Discussion
Topic: Newbie Question - Why use Kanji?
Replies: 102
Views: 13686

RE: Newbie Question - Why use Kanji?

Yudan Taiteki wrote: DeFrancis goes even further than I do and suggests that China and Japan should abandon kanji to raise their literacy rates. 187-220 in DeFrancis is the most relevant part here; most of it is about Chinese but it's the same basic idea (and he does talk about Japanese in there as...
by Armon
Sat 03.24.2007 6:04 pm
Forum: Translation Questions or Discussion
Topic: Newbie Question - Why use Kanji?
Replies: 102
Views: 13686

RE: Newbie Question - Why use Kanji?

Yudan Taiteki wrote: Both, I guess. I can't remember the names of any of the journals since I did not really pay any attention to the names. As for the theories, I could only find one in this topic that had backing I could remember well, so I might have been wrong about you dismissing more than one...
by Armon
Sat 03.24.2007 3:13 pm
Forum: Translation Questions or Discussion
Topic: Newbie Question - Why use Kanji?
Replies: 102
Views: 13686

RE: Newbie Question - Why use Kanji?

Yudan Taiteki wrote:

Which ones are these?
Are you asking for the name of the jornals or asking about the theories?
by Armon
Sat 03.24.2007 1:18 pm
Forum: Translation Questions or Discussion
Topic: Newbie Question - Why use Kanji?
Replies: 102
Views: 13686

RE: Newbie Question - Why use Kanji?

Yudan Taiteki wrote: They are based on linguistic and pedagogical research, yes. I've mentioned <i>The Chinese Language: Fact and Fantasy</i> by John DeFrancis before (which deals with Japanese as well). The main reason I haven't cited more stuff is that I don't think many people here are intereste...
by Armon
Tue 02.20.2007 2:17 pm
Forum: Learning Materials Reviews & Language Learning tips
Topic: Am I Doing the Right Thing?
Replies: 30
Views: 4922

RE: Am I Doing the Right Thing?

Leaf wrote: PS: Just a side question: I know about 2000 Kanji are required to read the average Japanese newspaper. How many would be needed in order to understand the average video game? To be able to read 100% of the kanji in a video game, you will probably need to know most of those 2000 kanji an...
by Armon
Mon 02.19.2007 11:07 pm
Forum: Japanese General Discussion
Topic: Uhm, Kanji scares me. A lot. Much much.
Replies: 74
Views: 9294

RE: Uhm, Kanji scares me. A lot. Much much.

Yudan Taiteki wrote: First off, 50-75% of the *kanji* does not mean 50-75% of the reading material. Second, reading is not an all or nothing thing. It's not like if you know less than 95% you can't make any sense of a reading. I was reading newspaper articles and extracting the main ideas at around...
by Armon
Mon 02.19.2007 9:06 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: hiya :P
Replies: 7
Views: 1201

RE: hiya :P

ようこそ! Welcome to forum!

It is hard to learn by yourself, but with enough effort you should be able to learn Japanese.

がんばってください!