I was a culture vulture
I think your title needs to be changed from "Administrator" to "Culture Vulture"
I was a culture vulture
Sitars?El Moppo wrote:......Also, I like that plinky-twinky music...oh, and sitars. Sitars.
chikara wrote:Sitars?El Moppo wrote:......Also, I like that plinky-twinky music...oh, and sitars. Sitars.
The sitar is an Indian instrument. Do you mean shamisen?
Victory Manual wrote:
Japan is not as popular as you think. ESL is a bigger and more lucrative business in Mexico and various places in the Middle East, and so more native teachers head out to those places.
University students are more interested in China and India, based on economic forecasts that either one of those countries could be the new major economical power within the next 20 years. Other students who just want to get out and see the world usually choose a European destination (and so a European language).
Highschool students who study Japanese are rare - Yes, it's true that in Hawaii it is the biggest second language, but that's only because of its proximity. In California most students learn Spanish. Elsewhere, French and German.
Australians tend to lean towards German as their second language. Candians learn French.
Japan is pretty low on the popularity ladder.Harisenbon wrote:Japanese and think that they basically turned a form of abstract art into a language. Very pretty to look at compared to the Latin Alphabet.
I may be mistaken, but I beleive that the latin Alphabet also arose from pictographs. I remember I remember reading somewhere that A came from an image of a cow's head, or something.
Sorry, but you are mistaken. The Phoenicians invented the source of our modern roman alphabet. At around the same time, there were writing systems in Sumeria, China, and Central America, but all of those were symbols used representing objects. The Phoenicians were the first to create a system of characters that stood for a single consonant, so that putting them together you could form sounds, and you could read a word you didn't know just by sounding it out.
The Israelites, Moabites, and Greeks adopted the same system (in Greek historical documents this is explicitly stated - that the letters were introduced by the Phoenician prince Cadmus, the same person who founded the city of Thebes).
All modern alphabets, even though some of them are quite strange, are distorted versions of the original Phoenician alphabet.
Schattenjedi wrote:Oyaji wrote:
Is there some new Japan craze beyond that that I'm not aware of?
There is a fairly large fan community that loves Asian dramas, especially Japanese ones. I don't think it could become a craze though without actually being broadcast on TV. Proof of the community:
Recently I had the occasion to attend a beginner-level japanese course, thanks to a friend of mine who teaches japanese. Can you guess what kind of people I saw on my short visit? Most of them were there because learning japanese is the cool thing to do, because they are anime fans or because they thought it would be easy or even because they thought japanese is cool, easy and above all used in anime (these guys usually bail-out after the first weeks, though).
Most of them have extremely distorted views of Japan and think its some happy anime wonderland with cosplayers running around and crap. .
I must admit, I myself used to find these people annoying. But as I thought about it I came to the decision that they have fallen in love with a idea. They wish that the work was more like it is portrayed in these stories, filled with honorable people and unbreakable friendships (and they don't feel that cute characters are banned unless they are totally absurd and have names like jar-jar Binks *shudder*).
Ezrach wrote:Sumi wrote:
I haven't really noticed a Chinese or Korean boom.
Wow. You must not get out much. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, just as a start.
As for Korean, let's start on TV's most popular "Lost". There is also the film "Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring."