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Re: Japanese Language - First Steps
« Reply #15 on: August 18, 2007, 02:22:26 PM »
(Endy's eyes spin around) Sounds like Chinese. We also use 'san' for 3.

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Re: Japanese Language - First Steps
« Reply #16 on: August 18, 2007, 02:33:42 PM »
Well, the Japanese language took quite some elements from the Chinese language. Among that the kanji, of course, which usually have two types of reading, a Japanese (kun-reading) and a Chinese (on-reading).  The numbers in Japanese have two versions, too - a Chinese version and a Japanese version (used mostly for the numbers 1-10).

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Re: Japanese Language - First Steps
« Reply #17 on: August 18, 2007, 02:43:57 PM »
I guess that ancient Japanese people were used to be ancient Chinese who moved to Japan???

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Re: Japanese Language - First Steps
« Reply #18 on: August 21, 2007, 03:43:11 AM »
Well, my Japanese teacher isn't a native speaker, but she's really good and tells us a lot about their culture from a Pole's point of view, so it's really interesting.
Speaking of sites, my favorite would be www.mahou.org It's really useful.

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Re: Japanese Language - First Steps
« Reply #19 on: August 21, 2007, 04:15:23 AM »
Japanese sounds weird :) In samurai movies, their intonation sound as if they were angry.

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Re: Japanese Language - First Steps
« Reply #20 on: August 21, 2007, 12:26:05 PM »
I think samurai movie actors are supposed to overdo every line. xD In anime, though, it sounds very normal (and in those seiyuu live events, and live anime musicals, too).

One thing that does sound weird in Japanese is the Kansai accent. It sounds very relaxed, and it always makes me think about hicks. xD Gin Ichimaru, aka Kouji Yusa, in Bleach overdoes that accent in such a funny way. xD



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Re: Japanese Language - First Steps
« Reply #21 on: August 22, 2007, 08:48:17 AM »
Yeah, in other japanese movies, the japanese tone sound normal. Esp if it's a girl who speaks it, sounds very soft. But smaurai often stresses their words. Sounds depressing LOL It's over macho if u ask me :D

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Re: Japanese Language - First Steps
« Reply #22 on: August 23, 2007, 01:10:30 PM »
I've tried to learn Japanese a lot but every time I try I just cant speak quick enough. They speak with such a quick tongue its unbelievable !
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Re: Japanese Language - First Steps
« Reply #23 on: August 23, 2007, 01:37:59 PM »
There is a big difference between what you learn and what they say in the everyday chit-chat. It's almost as if the Grammar rules we are taught are all wrong and we need to learn everything back from scratch.

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Re: Japanese Language - First Steps
« Reply #24 on: August 23, 2007, 04:57:04 PM »
Arigato gozaimaz..... :D

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Re: Japanese Language - First Steps
« Reply #25 on: September 29, 2007, 09:03:37 PM »
I think it's actually baka na, not baka ra. Or am I wrong?

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Re: Japanese Language - First Steps
« Reply #26 on: September 30, 2007, 06:30:07 AM »
Apparently Prince of Tennis has helped me find new words...

teikyu: tennis
ubai toru: plunder one (ubaitoru: to plunder)
nuiteru: pick out
doko ni mo nai sa: it is nowhere to be found
nurui: lukewarm
shippai: failure
gekokujou: juniors dominating seniors
tsubame: swallow (=bird)
gaeshi: return (?)
higuma: bear (?)
otoshi: drop (?)
hakugei: white whale



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Re: Japanese Language - First Steps
« Reply #27 on: October 05, 2007, 08:12:23 PM »
Here's a link to learn some basic Japanese:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K89FQIiEEzI
I found it very helpful :)

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Re: Japanese Language - First Steps
« Reply #28 on: October 17, 2007, 08:45:03 AM »
Here's a very nice site that will help you learn popular expressions in anime:

http://spider.ipac.caltech.edu/staff/brentb/jal/jal-home.htm

Nothing useful if you really want to learn Japanese, but plenty if you want to kick start your anime experience. It also gives a lot of insightful remarks about the use of suffixes.

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Re: Japanese Language - First Steps
« Reply #29 on: October 17, 2007, 11:32:46 PM »
The best this for you my friend is find a Japanese "LANGUAGE EXCHANGE" partner. Try google and try to find someone in your city.

Japanese people like to travel and they are ALL over the world. Many go out of Japan to learn English.

I live in Toronto and I have had MANY Japanese friends who have come here to Study English and they have helped me improve my Japanese!

EVEN if you are NOT residing in a Major Urban City, you can still communicate with Email! Best of luck.