J for Japanese

About a week after I borrowed In Other Words from Kwench, I received an email in my office inbox. They are going to teach Japanese to people who are interested.

having read In Other Words, I know learning a language is not going to be easy. And I’m really not comfortable with the way Japanese and Chinese alphabets (if at all they are alphabets) look. They look like hieroglyphics to me!

But anyways, two other guys in my team signed up for the course, and I realized I didn’t want to miss out on the experience.

I already know a few words in Japanese: Arigatou, which is Thank You. Classes start from Tuesday. I am so excited about the new challenge!

26 thoughts on “J for Japanese

  1. anankhan98

    Japanese is uses over 3000 Chinese characters (which are individual words, if you want to know) plus two forms of Japanese alphabets, Hiragana and Katakana. Some of the Chinese characters are easy to understand, but if you’re learning Japanese you can write using just hiragana/katakana.
    Heavens. I really should learn Japanese fully.
    Shinpainai yo. Kimi wa daijoubu!

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      1. anankhan98

        Haha! I would’ve given you a translation, but want you to figure it out yourself. And this is a challenge, ’cause google translate won’t work on this. 😉
        I’m the sort of person who gets really wrapped up in something and but when it’s really challenging I buckle out. Or at least that’s how I used to be. Which led to me never really completely learning to speak Japanese, or finishing that Chinese or German course. :p Someday though. Someday.

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  2. Annie

    Japanese language has always fascinated me. I *almost* took a class couple years ago. (Yes, almost, it’s the thought that counts, right?) I’m so happy you decided to take it up. Looking forward to reading about your experience in the class 🙂

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      1. Trudy

        Since it isn’t the same alphabet but symbols, I think it would be too difficult for me . Although I have heard that even Japanese born speakers don’t know all the alphabet.

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      2. anankhan98

        You don’t really have to know all the characters Nippon borrowed from china. If you know Hiragana and katakana you can read everything, provided, of course, that the bigger characters are transcribed in hiragana and katakana. On of my friends can read, although she’s not a full-fledged speaker yet. She’s not even trying now, tbh.

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      3. Arpita Post author

        Yeah I just got back from office half an hour ago. It’s close to 11 pm now and I was rehearsing the words we learnt today with my roommate. We are both taking the class, so it’s much fun! 🙂

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