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Re: Teaching myself German
« Reply #20 on: August 17, 2010, 06:22:46 AM »
NEIN DU!
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Re: Teaching myself German
« Reply #21 on: August 17, 2010, 08:52:08 AM »
SEIG HEIL!
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Re: Teaching myself German
« Reply #22 on: August 17, 2010, 02:45:40 PM »
Nihongo wo hanashimasune?
Nihon no onna no hitotachi wa subarashii desuyo!
I would but Ima hold off on anything that requires learning new characters (except Russian since they are simpler). I decided that when peaking into Farsi (a friend I work with is from Iran) and the RTL didn't help :P. Japanese is definitely on my list though.
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Re: Teaching myself German
« Reply #23 on: August 17, 2010, 02:51:05 PM »
абцдефгчийклмнопярстувшхыз
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Re: Teaching myself German
« Reply #24 on: August 17, 2010, 04:00:09 PM »
абцдефгчийклмнопярстувшхыз
Yea, but still easier than learning the crapload of glyphs for Japanese (how many are actually for the modern, "most current" Japanese?). It's still similar to our Latin-based characters which are easier to recognize and remember, at least for me. Plus, I see a trip to Europe more likely than a trip to Japan/China at the moment.

Idk... maybe not haha
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Re: Teaching myself German
« Reply #25 on: August 17, 2010, 04:26:32 PM »
哭ㄕ ㄎㄇㄊㄊ


ㄎㄋㄨㄇㄜ
ㄎㄋㄇㄎ在 工在 基苛左在基
工要在械在工枯工在和

(doesnt mean anything i just pressed a bunch of shit after activating the chinese keyboard :D
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Re: Teaching myself German
« Reply #26 on: August 17, 2010, 05:08:50 PM »
konichiwa?
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Re: Teaching myself German
« Reply #27 on: August 17, 2010, 06:03:56 PM »
Nobody's helping... lol.
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Re: Teaching myself German
« Reply #28 on: August 18, 2010, 06:30:38 AM »
How do we help if you're teaching yourself German?
We're not teaching you.
Because we're  8) like that.
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Re: Teaching myself German
« Reply #29 on: August 18, 2010, 08:33:56 AM »
No, I'm trying to workout what language will be best to learn next.

I can't decide what other language to add in though. I could finish up my Spanish, or I could do it World War style.... use English to conquer German, German to conquer French, English to conquer Japanese... though I want to fit Italian in there somewhere.
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Re: Teaching myself German
« Reply #30 on: August 18, 2010, 08:42:39 PM »
I'm learning Japanese. I have the Instant Immersion software and "My Japanese Coach" on the DS.

The Katakana and Hiragana really aren't too difficult if you put in the time. It's been a little while but I still remember most of the characters. Obviously, Kanji is the main killer here.
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Re: Teaching myself German
« Reply #31 on: August 18, 2010, 11:19:49 PM »
Yeah, really, its not the hiragana or katakana that are difficult. You learn them pretty fast when trying to read them.
The only real hard part is sentence structure. If you can get past that obstacle, its just the usual memorizing words and phrases to hook together.
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Re: Teaching myself German
« Reply #32 on: August 19, 2010, 08:49:24 AM »
I have a few friends that have taken Japanese... aren't the sentences somewhat formulaic? Like you pretty much always put the verb, DO, object, etc in a certain order?

And, say if you were to go to Japan... like what language(s)/alphabets(s) do they primarily use? Like, which do they [mainly] write on signs and product labels and stuff like that? Is it regional?

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Re: Teaching myself German
« Reply #33 on: August 19, 2010, 11:15:19 AM »
Yes. In English it's SVO((Subject-Verb-Object)). In Nihongo((Japanese)) it's SOV((Subject-Object-Verb)). I'm no master in the language so I won't be giving any examples to avoid any possible mistakes.

Hiragana is the alphabet for Japanese speech. So if I were to say, "Konnichiwa", I would use Hiragana.
Katakana is the alphabet for every other speech. So if I were to say, "Hello" or "Hola", I would use Katakana.

I have read that most signs are in Hiragana and will often have English in small print. This is also the same for most large restaurants and shops.

Much of Japanese is regional for most of the aging class, especially in the island areas away from the Mainland. I have read that Japanese is mostly constant among the younger generations.


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Re: Teaching myself German
« Reply #34 on: August 19, 2010, 11:43:31 PM »
English - The Teacher is writing on paper
Japanese - The teacher, paper he is writing on
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Re: Teaching myself German
« Reply #35 on: August 20, 2010, 12:05:08 AM »
No, I'm trying to workout what language will be best to learn next.

  i suggest you finish up your Spanish, then do your original idea.

when you say Spanish do you mean real Spanish or class room Spanish?
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Re: Teaching myself German
« Reply #36 on: August 20, 2010, 02:26:08 AM »
Learn to speak Klingon. http://www.kli.org/
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Re: Teaching myself German
« Reply #37 on: August 20, 2010, 06:13:54 AM »
English - The Teacher is writing on paper
Japanese - The teacher, paper he is writing on
               Sensei wa kami no kikimasu (I believe)

I believe that is correct.


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Re: Teaching myself German
« Reply #38 on: August 20, 2010, 08:23:12 AM »
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Re: Teaching myself German
« Reply #39 on: August 20, 2010, 08:49:16 AM »
  i suggest you finish up your Spanish, then do your original idea.

when you say Spanish do you mean real Spanish or class room Spanish?
Well, real Spanish as much as I can. I could easily get the immersion by working on one of the local farms... but I'm not going to, so I'll do what I can. I did do Spanish in high-school for 3 years and still remember a good amount, though it doesn't even compare to the understanding I would need to actually live  in it.


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