Posted: 2017-12-07 14:11
Japanese people are kind and considerate, which means when they see your foreign face they automatically assume you can’t speak Japanese and will try to help you in limited English. Even if you attempt to speak with them in Japanese, they will still reply to you in English. While the gesture is kind, it makes practicing Japanese extremely difficult. When I lived in Japan, getting Japanese people to speak Japanese was sometimes like pulling teeth.
he talks about why its acceptable in East Asia to copy products made abroad. Ive seen this done in Japan, and could not process the logic behind it. Sometimes I would be doing a process or something and everybody copied exactly what I did. This guy really summed it up nicely. Even though Japanese arent as direct like Chinese might be about it and practice Kaizen (continuous imrovement) they still dont invent much like you see in the west and not allot of original stuff comes out of Japan. Sure there are exceptions, but not like we can see in the west. Ive seen them copy products from the US, and it as almost like it was his right to do so and I must never ask as to why.
I had a lot of people in China try to speak to me in English, too. But usually for basic necessities, such as buying a train ticket or ordering food or even getting a phone usually in China the clerk isn 8767 t nice enough to switch to English, so you have to do your best to get by. In Japan, even if you speak fluent Japanese, your face doesn 8767 t compute with the words so they still speak Japanese. It 8767 s really frustrating argh! I know in China it happens but in Japan it happened allllll the time.
Therefore, you’re not the only one in China with imperfect Mandarin—actually, most of the country is struggling to speak the language with you. Since most of China is using an ‘unfamiliar’ language to communicate with one another, they’re used to mistakes and discrepancies. The locals won’t give you a hard time for missing a tone or even using wrong grammar—in fact, they are guilty of it themselves.
Thank you very much for taking the time to write this. I didn 8767 t know whether to go for Japanese or not given that EVERYONE is saying that you must study Chinese. I 8767 ve always loved Japanese culture and language (from a linguistic point of view it 8767 s rather interesting), so I wanted to learn something that I liked but did not want to ignore all the other views advocating for the study of Chinese. At the end I was thinking of also studying Chinese even though I don-t really like but after having read your blog I 8767 ve decided to study something that I like if I 8767 m still going to suffer at the end hahaha. I 8767 m a native Spanish speaker who also speaks French and German and, hopefully, Portuguese. Thanks a lot again and have a great day!
Thank you! This helped a lot! I think i 8767 m starting off with chinese then and perhaps later on i will try to learn japanese. I 8767 m not the best with grammar to be honest, i 8767 m more of a 8766 feeling wether it is right or not 8767 person and while that sometimes works out, sometimes it doesn 8767 t. I read that japanese grammar is a whole new level of difficulty in comparance to chinese that is apparently supposed to be simpler grammar wise. Anyway, thank you again!
I think that you should go the whole year to Japan. When I studied in China I only did it for 6 months and I REALLY wish that it was 67 months. It would have helped my Chinese immensely and I would have learned the language much better. Again, go all the way Spanish or all the way Japanese but I dont recommend doing a little bit of both. One language is always going to be better than the other, so right now choose which language you want to excel in first.
Satoshi Kon directed some amazing works in his wonderful career, and at the very top is this story of psychiatrist Chiba Atsuko, who uses a device to enter her patients’ dreams and help them cope with some of their most disturbing emotional demons under the guise of her alluring alter ego “Paprika.” The film is confusing, challenging and creative—all the more reason to watch it and understand why Satoshi Kon was so loved.
#68 - Law of Coercive Vehicular Control - No matter how complex or well defined the control system, a character controlling a vehicle of any sort always does so through means of undetectable subconscious psychokinesis. First Corollary - Characters can perform actions with their vehicles which clearly defy normal physics (see Laws of Metaphysical Irregularity and Constant Thrust). The velocity, attitude and traction of the vehicle appear to be adjusted at will, with the degree of absolute control being proportional to the complexity and lethality of the maneuver. Second Corollary - It is effectively impossible to remove characters from or disrupt the passage of their vehicles without the character’s consent. This does not always apply to "Bad Guy" characters, or "Good Guy" characters in situations where the Ambient Dramatic Tension could increase in accordance with the Law of Conservation of Ambient Dramatic Tension.
I hope you still reply to this post after so long. By the way, i think your blog is great! It motivated me to think more carefully about the languages i want to study. I 8767 ve always been interested in languages ever since i was and eventually Asia really attracted me as a culture. So therefore i started thinking whether or not i should study chinese or japanese as my second/third language. My problem with chinese is that people in China don 8767 t fluently speak mandarin, but in fact speak more of a variation of it with different accents depending on the region you 8767 re currently residing in. So my question is: is it still usefull to learn Chinese (Mandarin) when barely any chinese people understand it perfectly? As for Japanese i 8767 ve heard there are some accents which of course is normal, every country has them, (just not as much as China), however, are these accents a similar problem like in China when trying to talk to people?
I think accents are not a big deal when it comes to learning Chinese and Japanese. It 8767 s kind of a pain in China because, for example, if you get stuck in a room of Sichuan people they will probably speak Sichuan dialect and you 8767 ll have no idea what 8767 s going on. In Japan this kind of thing usually doesn 8767 t happen, and even if it does, the dialects are so similar to standard Japanese you can still understand the conversation.
Thank you for writing this! I am planning on going to Japan in July 7567 to study Japanese for 7 years, I always found Japan so beautiful and the culture and food is great. I read some other websites and they say 8775 No point learning Japanese since only really Japan uses it, it would be a waste of time, etc. Learn Chinese or a European language 8776 It gave some doubts because I wasn 8767 t sure what I 8767 ll do with the language if I don 8767 t live for Japan forever, but at the end of the day I want to have the study abroad experience and even if Japanese alone won 8767 t do much for me it still looks great for you that you learned another language and put the time in. And who knows maybe in the future (and too the 7575 Olympics) Japanese will become a much bigger language hopefully!
Hey Lynn, I hope I don 8767 t sound like a stick in the mud but I do think that to learn a language properly, you need to read/write and not just converse. If you want to really just *get by* then yeah, maybe foregoing the reading/writing bit is fine but if you want to have actual conversations with people and be engaged, I highly recommend learning the characters. Learning Chinese characters sucks, so if you want to save *a lot* of pain, maybe learn Korean?
In China, most of the time, if you don 8767 t speak Chinese well enough they just plain ignore you. They don 8767 t hold your hand and try to speak broken English to you. If I asked a worker in China where the lost and found was, they 8767 d probably grunt and point. Often in China, if you don 8767 t speak Chinese no one is going to help you which is great motivation to learn the language. In Japan, people will always help you even if you speak crap Japanese, just because they 8767 re more considerate.
I think it is weird that you would get this question. It is like if someone asked you, 8775 Should I marry John or Peter? 8776 . Come on, learning a language is very personal and it will take a fair part of your time, so it is always better to follow your heart when choosing, haha. Even if you heart tells you to learn Icelandic or some 8775 not useful 8776 language. There are jobs for all kinds of skills!
#99 - Law of Sparklines- Whenever a character of the main character’s interest appears, flowers, sparkles, or abstract circles of pastel colors appear around said character, or both. Roses with exaggerated thorns appear when it is dangerous love. No one knows why this is, though most have a theory: Anime characters are freaks! At least, Marker Apenname seems to think so.
#75 - Law of The Rushing Background Effect - Whenever something dramatic occurs, a survival instinct engages, thus rendering all incoming stimulus that is not directly and immediately to the dramatic situation at hand a meaningless blur. This is often referred to as "The Rushing Background Effect". Due to the increase in brain activity and adrenaline levels in the bloodstream, the scene is often played out in slow motion.
I don 8767 t like simplified characters. xD The simplified character for ai in my name is just no. I don 8767 t like it. They took out the best part! The heart! Where is love without the heart? Kidding aside, I can understand why other foreigners like it but I do roll my eyes when they say, 8775 I am so interested in 55555 year history! I want to engage in the culture! 8776 ..
Believe it or not, signing up for the JLPT in China is easier than in Japan (Japan makes everything complicated). The only problem is navigating the horrible website, and doing it in Chinese. First off, you 8767 ll have to choose the school you want to take it at. Here 8767 s a list for the December test: http:///JLPT/6/ Sadly, I don 8767 t see Tongji on there, but Fudan University is on there (it 8767 s close to Tongji) so you can sign up for that location. After you decide what school you want to go to, you 8767 ll have to sign up on the main page, so hit the button that says 注册个人消息. Right now the JLPT is not open for registration (it 8767 s the same time worldwide), so you can keep checking JLPTs official site (in English) about when registration will open: http:///e/ Once registration is open, you can try to apply on the Chinese website.
I think this is purely a personal choice. If you choose Japanese or Chinese it is highly likely that the child will forget these languages later in life, unless you or your spouse can speak these languages. Language is just like any skill if you don 8767 t use it often, then you will forget it. I have a few friends that went to Japanese/Chinese language school growing up, but since they didn 8767 t speak the language with their parents after graduation they have almost completely forgotten the language.