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Post by sikago » Mon 05.29.2006 4:39 am

For a few months I've very slowly learned kana, some kanj, and some grammer. I've stepped up the pace the last few weeks and I think it's messing with my head. I can't seem to get great sleep. I seep half as much as normal. I'm making weird verbal and spelling mistakes in English. When I'm driving in my car my eyes will pick up shapes and my mind immediatly associates them with kanji. Might just be part of the reprogramming my brain to think almost backwards in Japanese.

Anyone else notice any "side effects" from studying Japanese?

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Post by Machina Maw » Mon 05.29.2006 5:08 am

I'm making weird verbal English mistakes too, far too frequently actually LOL. And I occasionally find myself thinking in Japanese or Japanese/English, or waking up thinking in Japanese.

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Post by SilEighty » Mon 05.29.2006 7:17 am

I'm finding I'm speaking/thinking German a bit.... For some reason, the activity of trying to learn japanese has brought up quite a bit of German that I learned in high school.... And the more Japanese I try and learn, the more German words keep popping into my mind..... Soon I'll be speaking Japengman....

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Post by SaigoNoBan » Mon 05.29.2006 8:05 am

When I was studying kana, sometimes I would 'spot' kana shapes everywhere too, but now that effect has subsided.

Recently, I noticed that a couple of times, while I was speaking or writing in English or in Italian, I was tempted to say things like ''The groceries, I forgot to buy bread'.
That XはYが structure in Japanese is very expressive for contextualising things, so I guess my brain is starting to like thinking that way.B) I wish western languages had Topic & focus too instead of (or maybe in addition to) subject and object. ;)
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Post by Infidel » Mon 05.29.2006 9:47 am

are you studying right before bed? try studying in the morning instead. Sometimes an overactive brain can keep you up, so if you study right before bed it can keep you up as your brain reviews your lessons and seeks to integrate it.

I have noticed the kanji problem. If a word is far enough away and square enough looking, my brain seems to attempt to associate it with kanji first instead of letters. Then I get closer and my brain figures out it was a letter after all, or just some random pattern in a square shape.
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Post by karelhof » Mon 05.29.2006 12:51 pm

yesterday I studied some kana just before going to bed, I couldn't sleep for some time and this day, at school, I saw all those kana just flying through my mind and couldn't concentrate on the lessons...


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Post by Reno » Tue 05.30.2006 6:54 am

What infidel says is really annoying, I always have that right before I go to sleep, I keep thinking and thinking about japanese and you know brain activity wont get you to sleep :p
Good luck with studying everybody and I hope one day I will be able to pick it back up.

Until then, a nice goodbye from me to you ;)

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