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by gfunk
Wed 09.10.2008 3:47 pm
Forum: Learning Materials Reviews & Language Learning tips
Topic: College level Introductory Japanese class?
Replies: 15
Views: 4312

Re: College level Introductory Japanese class?

Judging by the reactions of a lot of people on this board, it's as if they think fluency is having exactly as much knowledge about the goal language as your native language. Unless you altogether stop speaking your native language and start speaking another language, this will probly never happen. ...
by gfunk
Mon 09.08.2008 12:39 am
Forum: Learning Materials Reviews & Language Learning tips
Topic: College level Introductory Japanese class?
Replies: 15
Views: 4312

Re: College level Introductory Japanese class?

My JPN101 class covered half of the Yookoso! 1 textbook (until right before the te form). First we went through katakana and hiragana for a week, and did introducing people, greetings, and classroom expressions. Also in the introduction part of the semester we did the numbers, asking and telling tim...
by gfunk
Thu 08.21.2008 6:35 pm
Forum: Culture and Info about living in Japan
Topic: Jobs in japan for foreigners
Replies: 13
Views: 7777

Re: Jobs in japan for foreigners

You see that search box at the top corner of the website? Yeah, do work on that box... cause many of your doubts can be answered through it. In the end, almost any job available in whatever country you're from will be available in Japan. The problem is why would a company hire someone who doesn't ha...
by gfunk
Sun 08.17.2008 12:41 am
Forum: Culture and Info about living in Japan
Topic: hello everyone, new board member, need advice
Replies: 15
Views: 5403

Re: hello everyone, new board member, need advice

So you're fluent in 2 languages? Don't you think it would be better to improve a fluent language rather then learning a 3rd fluent? Unless you mean your bilingual and not fluent.[/quote] She's from Puerto Rico, big boy (besides the fact she wrote that she IS bilingual)... Which means yeah, she's bil...
by gfunk
Wed 08.13.2008 7:07 pm
Forum: Culture and Info about living in Japan
Topic: Yakuza's
Replies: 24
Views: 7073

Re: Yakuza's

Surprised to hear that, I have always thought they were thugs and reckless people It's not like they're European soccer fans, if that's the idea you had. You might want to call it "football" if you don't want to see our recklessness Mr. Cash. :wink: While walking back home with my roommate (an Engl...
by gfunk
Mon 08.11.2008 5:06 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: のころ?
Replies: 5
Views: 1176

Re: のころ?

Think about it in the same way you use とき in, for example: 小さいとき、。。。 or 子供のとき、。。。

I think ころ conveys a less specific time than とき. (Around the time... whaterver)
by gfunk
Sat 08.09.2008 8:08 pm
Forum: Japanese General Discussion
Topic: How do you keep yourself motivated to learn?
Replies: 10
Views: 4691

Re: How do you keep yourself motivated to learn?

Take advantage of the insomnia. That's what I do. It's my most productive moment of the day. But in reality if you don't have that inner-motivation at a beginning stage... you've got a hard path in front of you. Think about WHY you wanna learn Japanese, and what's pushing you. You're always gonna ha...
by gfunk
Fri 08.01.2008 10:20 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Explanation ので Situation
Replies: 9
Views: 2507

Re: Explanation ので Situation

Duh... I should have read the sentence twice. Makes perfect sense.
I didn't think about the connotation of the one you mentioned though.

Thanks Yudan!
by gfunk
Fri 08.01.2008 9:57 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Explanation ので Situation
Replies: 9
Views: 2507

Re: Explanation ので Situation

On richvh's post, why is it 何を買えばいいの - か - 分からなかった。? I was thinking the same thing, but I thought of が instead of か. :oops: Oh and for Kirtar, The ば conditional is pretty easy... class 1 goes to え dan +ば, class 2 is root + れば, and class 3 is すれば、来れば. i adj goes root + ければ, then na is root + ならば... a...
by gfunk
Fri 08.01.2008 9:38 pm
Forum: Learning Materials Reviews & Language Learning tips
Topic: What are we getting into?
Replies: 42
Views: 8447

Re: What are we getting into?

Yes that's what I mean, is my English that bad? lol. If I learn to read Japanese or Hiragana here, will we also learn to be able to understand what is written in Hiragana. or if you didn't understand that either... i'll just quote picking up Japanese reading material and being able to read and unde...
by gfunk
Thu 07.31.2008 4:27 pm
Forum: Anime and Manga Discussions
Topic: Good Anime for listening comprehsion
Replies: 13
Views: 5247

Re: Good Anime for listening comprehsion

talking of 'nuts' and 'insane' I can't help but remembering Excel Saga xD Not only the theme song but also every bit of it was truly crazy! Specially when Excel speaks... she does it so bizarrely fast at times! I'd rate it as veeeeeery hard to understand (not so 'listening comprehension friendly' :...
by gfunk
Fri 07.11.2008 5:29 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Ageru and Kureru as Auxiliary Verbs
Replies: 7
Views: 2551

Re: Ageru and Kureru as Auxiliary Verbs

Oh ok, now I get what Bucko meant by omitting the ageru... Thanks Yudan
by gfunk
Fri 07.11.2008 4:40 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Ageru and Kureru as Auxiliary Verbs
Replies: 7
Views: 2551

Re: Ageru and Kureru as Auxiliary Verbs

You don't hear ageru much when it's a person talking about themselves doing something for someone else because it denotes that a favour is being done and kinds of sounds a bit arrogant. For the second sentence there you'd probably hear someone say simply "watashi ga anata no kuruma wo naoshimasu" I...
by gfunk
Tue 02.19.2008 5:14 pm
Forum: General off topic
Topic: Language sounds
Replies: 20
Views: 5999

RE: Language sounds

tanuki wrote: English sounds different depending on the dialect. Some British and Australian dialects (and maybe some American dialects) sound like the speaker has a potato in their mouth. Exactly! Trying to imitate southwest USA accent hurt my tongue so much... but let's say... southern london-ish...
by gfunk
Tue 02.19.2008 3:08 am
Forum: General off topic
Topic: Language sounds
Replies: 20
Views: 5999

RE: Language sounds

English sounds like it's coming from the back of your mouth... like you force your tongue too much. Also, the vowels fill too much of your mouth. Unlike Spanish which has subtleties with the tip of your tongue and the rolling r's.