Ragevx1 wrote:Wow, Clay! Your not Japanese?? Since I got here I've always thought you were Japanese, which is the reason why you would try to teach people Japanese. I'm impressed.
I never had that idea, I always thought the people in this forum are willing to help the beginners as they have also went through the same beginner's stage at some point in the past and can more or less emphatise with people who have the interests and are trying hard to master the language, and of course perhaps there is also some conscious/subconsciously notion to flaunt one's supremancy in the language to others who aspire to become as skillful as them someday. ( I don't mean it in a derogatory way, I think it's healthy)
Instant Radical wrote:In 2006, I began actively searching for new music. Having an awareness of a large Japanese music industry but never particularly impressed by anything I heard - J-pop and those awful visual kei glam metal bands - never held the slightest appeal to me. But I nevertheless asked around, and quickly discovered that Japan has a vibrant, innovative, and flat-out excellent indie rock scene.
Wow, this is like speaking exactly
anyway I thought about it and realised I am not learning Japanese because of my love for the japan indie punk scene. I only discovered it after starting to learn Japanese. It is not possible to learn the language without an immerse interest in the culture, and also impossible not to experience and discover more of the culture while learning the language. Learning another langauge really opens up an entirely new world.
The first time the idea of learning Japanese hit me was when I was studying for my diploma and realised my school has a Japanese course, and I wanted to check it out but never did due to my part time job commitments. The thought stayed with me but I do not know where to start. I then had a bad experience with a language centre that never helped to motivate my interests. The only thing I learnt for the entire course fees was hiragana and katakana, which is a start. But I still had strong interest in Japanese and eventually found TJP and bought Genki from the online shop and started.
I think I would surely have given up if not for this site. Hence here, I wish to sincerely thank Clay-san and TJP for providing the platform for people like me with interest in the language, and also all you peeps who have been responding to my queries. I remember you.
Instant Radical-san - I pm you my youtube channel, do check it out.
May people with similar interests connect. \(*^O^*)/