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RE: Thinking in Japanese.

Postby two_heads_talking » Tue 09.26.2006 2:45 pm

Thinking in Japanese is nothing you can really control. One day it will happen and you won't even realize it until later. Until then, just keep trying and expanding your vocabulary and grammar and soon enough, you too will be thinking and dreaming in Japanese.
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RE: Thinking in Japanese.

Postby Tspoonami » Tue 09.26.2006 9:56 pm

I wonder how people came up with all of the extra words in language... All the words that can't possibly be imagined in your head out of context. Such as 'that,' 'be,' 'do,' etc. I find it mindboggling that humans have surrounded ourselves with such complex languages... Wouldn't it be so much easier if everyone used a system with no extra words? But alas, the human mind is too creative to be simple and easy. Hmm.

My problem with Japanese is that I don't expose myself to anything but text... I really ought to watch more videos! I start watching something, and can only pick out one or two words per sentence [if I'm lucky], and so I get frustrated... Grr! I need to stick to it! I am weak.

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... I often find myself thinking of myself as 'watashi,' and thinking thoughts like 'watashi wa pencil ga aru,' to use a spontaneous example... It happens very often in Spanish class, where I end up 'thinking' in Japanese, but replacing unknown words with Spanish and English ones. And, I use particles while 'thinking' in Spanish... It's wierd.
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RE: Thinking in Japanese.

Postby prep_girl_Nessa » Wed 09.27.2006 12:12 am

Tspoonami wrote:
Wouldn't it be so much easier if everyone used a system with no extra words?


AH! Read the book "1984" by George Orwell, then you'll see why we need such complex languages!
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RE: Thinking in Japanese.

Postby magma » Wed 09.27.2006 12:21 am

I am very non-plussed by that post, Nessa-chan.
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RE: Thinking in Japanese.

Postby prep_girl_Nessa » Wed 09.27.2006 2:17 am

magma wrote:
I am very non-plussed by that post, Nessa-chan.


Did you read that book? It was crazy! They were trying to take away all the excess words, but that would have made the people stupider. The entire point of reducing the complexity of the language was to make sure the people couldn't express their dissatisfaction with the totalitarian government! It was totally scary!

Oh, man, I loved that book. I gotta read it again...
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RE: Thinking in Japanese.

Postby magma » Wed 09.27.2006 9:06 pm

Oh, man, I loved that book. I gotta read it again...
I'm sure Mr. Orwell would be pleased.

I wonder how people came up with all of the extra words in language... All the words that can't possibly be imagined in your head out of context. Such as 'that,' 'be,' 'do,' etc.
I wonder if the historical linguists have figured that one out yet...

I find it mindboggling that humans have surrounded ourselves with such complex languages... Wouldn't it be so much easier if everyone used a system with no extra words? But alas, the human mind is too creative to be simple and easy. Hmm.

Q: How many words do you need in your language?
A: Just a few more....
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RE: Thinking in Japanese.

Postby punkgrl326 » Sun 11.05.2006 10:37 pm

Thanx to 1984, I finally know 1+1=5 ;)
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