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Ah I have read you post! I started learning the language because of the first episode on Samurai Champloo. I then dled the whole series and went from there. I always loved anime, but never felt compelled to learn the language untill then.
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Then that's how they'll be~*
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Used Heisig's "Remembering the Kana" books to teach me hira- and katakana. I've always been art-minded, so the beauty and idea of the kanji characters were so interesting to me. Senior year, my best friend hosted a girl from Koube, Japan and my interest in the culture of Japan started to deepen.
2nd year in college, summer semester, I had 4 studio art classes and I thought "I need something to break this up or I'm gonna go art-nuts..." so I picked up JPNS 100 out of interest and it turned into a Japanese minor (my school didn't offer a major). Studied abroad the next summer to fulfill JPNS requirements. The year following graduation, I lived in Japan for a year teaching English.
Now I am struggling to learn, remember and study.... without a class I am darn-near helpless. My new friend, Tetsuya, meets with me once a week for conversation. I will be taking the JLPT lvl 3 this December, and am considering starting classes again in the Winter.
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So far i havent found anything about japan i don't like, the language is difficult but thats the whole point of learning something isn't it? The good feeling you get when you achieved it. Everything ive come across in my time in Japan was new and exciting, the food, the culture and the people (even if they do get a little startled / intimidated when you speak japanese to them)!
Kates, where did you teach, did you enjoy it?
story of my life...
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My mom had signed up as a host for the program to learn about other cultures and such, but most of the exchange students just did their own thing and were hardly ever even at our house, except during my mom's ironclad "You will be here between 10pm and 8am" rule. No one ticks off my mom, so they were there.
But Yasuko... she was the first of them, and she was the only one that spent time with our family -- including with me, the little 6 year old pest who was full of questions. She gave me books (printed in english) about japan. She told me stories and taught me origami. She let me go in her room *gasp*. I wasn't even allowed in my own sisters' rooms.
In short, she was awesome. She was definately an idol for me. Going beyond role model, really. I could get really sappy here, but I'll stop before I do.
I suppose I probably associate her behavior among our family with Japanese societal difference. Whether it's true or not, I have the impression that family is REVERED in japanese culture -- at least much more so than American families.
By the by: When she first arrived, she told me that she was scared she would get fat. All of her friends that went to America came back to Japan fat. A couple months later she discovered MnM's, and gained probably 10 lbs. When she left, she gave me one of her high school pictures, and wrote on the back "Never forget Miss Piggy from Japan."
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