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by TrashTreasurer
Wed 01.30.2008 5:45 am
Forum: Culture and Info about living in Japan
Topic: Japanese concerns.
Replies: 55
Views: 12134

RE: Japanese concerns.

I feel I need to share this not just to make guitarplayer feel better, but to let others know. I've had good discussions with him on here about music and other topics, and he's the only reason I was able to get my IME to type out in kana/kanji (don't know why I couldn't figure that out before). I ju...
by TrashTreasurer
Mon 01.21.2008 6:25 am
Forum: Learning Materials Reviews & Language Learning tips
Topic: Should I move to Japan?
Replies: 19
Views: 3968

RE: Should I move to Japan?

What really bothers me about 2008 is the sheer amount of times we have needed the hammer's help before February even starts.
by TrashTreasurer
Mon 01.21.2008 2:57 am
Forum: Learning Materials Reviews & Language Learning tips
Topic: Should I move to Japan?
Replies: 19
Views: 3968

RE: Should I move to Japan?

The fact that the username contains "lol" kind of makes me wonder how serious this is. Of course, this is assuming that it's the same "lol" we on the internets have been using for years.
by TrashTreasurer
Sun 01.20.2008 11:07 pm
Forum: General off topic
Topic: Being a polyglot and its social implications
Replies: 50
Views: 15279

RE: Being a polyglot and its social implications

Where I live, a Honda plant is being built, which has caused a massive influx of Japanese to this area. Every time I see a Japanese person while I'm shopping or running other errands, it takes a lot of effort for me to avoid walking up and trying to say hello and start a conversation in Japanese jus...
by TrashTreasurer
Fri 01.18.2008 11:19 am
Forum: General off topic
Topic: Being a polyglot and its social implications
Replies: 50
Views: 15279

RE: Being a polyglot and its social implications

To Keatonatron: Thank you for that angle of the topic, as it was one I didn't fully think about. I stated in the op that the questions weren't meant to be directly answered, but rather to inspire thought on the topic I was trying to bring about. I hope you didn't feel any pressure to come up with di...
by TrashTreasurer
Fri 01.18.2008 6:21 am
Forum: General off topic
Topic: Being a polyglot and its social implications
Replies: 50
Views: 15279

Being a polyglot and its social implications

I just figured I'd start a thread that had nothing to do with heisig's methods, the usage of "ga", pokemon, or politics. ;) With that out of the way, I found myself being very curious today at work about what it means to be a polyglot in today's society. I just basically wanted to know everyone's op...
by TrashTreasurer
Wed 01.16.2008 9:25 pm
Forum: Learning Materials Reviews & Language Learning tips
Topic: How to do this...hmmm...
Replies: 7
Views: 1625

RE: How to do this...hmmm...

Ah crap, now I'M the one who looks like he started an insane thread for no reason! All my hard work is now in vain! No really, I don't care. ;) It is an annoying thing to do for those reading the thread for the first time, though.
by TrashTreasurer
Wed 01.16.2008 9:19 pm
Forum: Japanese General Discussion
Topic: Anglicisms in Japanese?
Replies: 9
Views: 2788

RE: Anglicisms in Japanese?

My guess would be that if people did successfully grasp the fact that "famicom" meant "family computer", convincing them that "SUUPAA FAMEEKON" was to be interpreted would be a whole other creature. Kinda like how the Japanese are supposed to pronounce "Xbox 360" out loud. I'm not sure though, I jus...
by TrashTreasurer
Wed 01.16.2008 9:11 pm
Forum: Culture and Info about living in Japan
Topic: Adding a language requirement to the visa application
Replies: 73
Views: 17763

RE: Adding a language requirement to the visa application

Yudan Taiteki wrote: Constitutional amendments to make English the official language have been tried, but people in the US tend to be extremely reluctant to pass amendments to the Constitution, no matter what the subject. It's a very hard thing to do. EDIT: Especially this kind of amendment -- maki...
by TrashTreasurer
Wed 01.16.2008 6:16 pm
Forum: Learning Materials Reviews & Language Learning tips
Topic: How to do this...hmmm...
Replies: 7
Views: 1625

RE: How to do this...hmmm...

As you already know, in the book a story is introduced and then the vocab and grammar used to construct that story follows it. Once I reach the vocab list, I place all of them on flash cards. (You can use a program like http://ichi2.net/anki/ , but I need something tangible to study cause I'm retard...
by TrashTreasurer
Wed 01.16.2008 7:40 am
Forum: Culture and Info about living in Japan
Topic: Adding a language requirement to the visa application
Replies: 73
Views: 17763

RE: Adding a language requirement to the visa application

I spent about a month all around France a couple of years ago, and I even prolonged the trip by about half a year so I could really get my French down and not look like a jerk, expecting everyone to know English just because I was a tourist. I could see myself visiting Japan with my limited knowledg...
by TrashTreasurer
Mon 01.14.2008 6:55 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 6
Views: 1288

RE: Hello

I did some digging on the kanji, hopefully these help you out! http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~ik2r-myr/kanji/kanji1a.htm#intro http://www.yosida.com/en/learning.html http://www.jlpt-kanji.com/ And if you've got a DS, I use this lovely application: http://www.play-asia.com/paOS-13-71-9g-77-3-49-en-15-ka...
by TrashTreasurer
Sun 01.13.2008 11:40 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 6
Views: 1288

RE: Hello

はじめまして! Pimsleur's courses are great for training proper and strictly spoken Japanese, which is great but not ideal if your goal is to enjoy anime and manga in their native forms. Many here recommend a textbook such as Genki (available at this site), or if finances prohibit there are great textbook-...
by TrashTreasurer
Fri 01.11.2008 5:14 am
Forum: Learning Materials Reviews & Language Learning tips
Topic: Materials...
Replies: 3
Views: 1313

RE: Materials...

Since he's not on, I'll point you in the direction of richvh's story. http://www.citlink.net/~richvh/ . He's added the option to read the story with furigana, which means that there is hiragana alongside the kanji so that it can be phonetically prounced without knowledge of the kanji. For me, this i...
by TrashTreasurer
Thu 01.10.2008 5:01 pm
Forum: Grammar Questions and Problems
Topic: Particle - が
Replies: 5
Views: 1042

RE: Particle - が

The problem with referring to が as the subject marker is that the idea of "subjects" means something different in Japanese than it does in English. Basically, you really can't apply the idea of "oh, in English this would be a sentence subject, so I'm gonna stick が after it". For me, it was one of th...