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broknkyboard

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About broknkyboard

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    Slang Poet

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  • Currently studying
    Japanese
  • Native tongue
    Arabic
  • Fluent in
    Arabic, English
  1. Is Katakana hard?

    It's about the same difficulty as Hiragana, you just find less occasions to use it so you get less practice. After you've learned it it's important to refresh your memory every now and then and you should be fine.
  2. Library. A lot of people come really close to getting it right then mess up the stress on certain parts, it should be Lie-Braery phonetically with no stressing on the first R.
  3. Proverbs

    My favorite proverb is an old Greek one that says something along the lines of: "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they will never lie in."
  4. Grammar Nazism

    Where I'm from the dialect is so casual and removed from the original language that it's almost impossible to get it wrong, and English is a second language anyway so just getting the words out with some semblance of order is acceptable.
  5. As a seventeen year old, what book should I read?

    I have to disagree about the limiting sci-fi thing. A lot of science fiction books contain deeper messages and complex analogies.
  6. Big words or small words - which are better?

    It all depends on the context, but I usually use more complex words in writing/chatting and stick with the simpler words when having a face-to-face conversation with someone.
  7. Yes and no, in Arabic I have a definite and obvious accent (courtesy of the local dialect) but it doesn't affect my English.
  8. What is the difference?

    Dialects are different forms of the original language. In some cases (such as Algeria in North Africa) the dialect combines two different languages. The Algerian dialect combines French (a result of several years of French occupation) and Arabic. I'm pretty sure only Algerians understand other Algerians.
  9. Unfortunately, no. There are around two hundred of them actually, some based on the area they originated from, others based on the languages of the country the language was created in.
  10. Your name in Japanese

    I've gotta say I don't think that's how it works, your name doesn't change when you say/write it in Japanese. Sure, maybe you can translate your name into it's basic definition then translate that to Japanese, but the chart would still be wrong in that case.
  11. I was watching an interview (English audio, Arabic interpreter) once and I noticed the interpreter was getting quite a few things wrong, I thought it was funny until about halfway through when things got really messed up and I realized the interpreter was messing up things on purpose (it was an infamous political figure speaking). It ended up on the news the next day and the people who messed up the interview lost a lot of credibility, it was a really stupid move and I have no idea why they thought they could pull it off, I mean we have basic English as part of our public education system.
  12. Reading the answers in this thread kinda made me question why I'm learning a third language to begin with... I don't need to communicate with more people, chances of it coming handy in my work are pretty slim, and I'm not thinking of moving to another country... I guess I'm just in it for the challenge and the new perspective.
  13. Cursing in Japanese is inelegant, vague, and harsh, but I'll be damned if it isn't satisfying. It's also famous for being open to interpretation; based on your tone one word could have several different meanings.
  14. Well in terms of amount of speakers it goes: -Mandarin -English -Spanish However many people believe that Mandarin should not be considered one of the top 3 since it's mainly spoken by the natives of only one country (China), and that country usually teaches other languages as part of their regular educational curriculum. With that in mind the top 3 should be: -English -Spanish -Arabic (the native language of several middle eastern countries)
  15. Should people use Romaji?

    I mainly use it while typing since I haven't yet figured/gotten used to typing in Japanese and I'm constantly checking the meaning and pronunciation of words with friends over chat. Other than that I prefer to use the Japanese characters as much as possible so as to practice writing and reading.