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Lasonax

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About Lasonax

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    Japanese, English
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  1. I think Japanese The Manga Way explains this pretty well. Here's a link to the page describing these two (Google Book preview): http://goo.gl/8cypXA
  2. I don't think I'd ever use it... So I don't think I will ever learn it either. Surely it would be fun to know how to "speak" sign language and all, but really... The only reason I could ever have for that would be if some family member got deaf, or I just wanted to be "cool" / "you never know". I think I'd rather just spend my time on a language that I'd have more use for, or well... I think I'd rather even learn a dead language than sign language to be honest. It just feels rather uninteresting.
  3. There is no "absolutely best way" of learning a new language. What works for you may not work for someone else. Personally I think that, for people who has no problems focusing/learning: self study is the way to go. Having a teacher is useful, but for people who can focus and study on their own, it's a waste of time and money to spend your time on a teacher or course. Courses may be limiting in that you'll constantly have to adapt to the rest of the class, instead of focusing on what you can learn on your own. With a private teacher, this will of course be avoided. But as I said, self-learning is probably better if you can focus on your own.
  4. Aren't we all? It feels like for every mistake that I do, the world falls apart for a slight moment. But no matter what mistakes you do, there is no point in worrying about it before it happening, or after it has happened. You just have to move on, correct your mistakes, and hopefully learn something from the failure. After all, we learn from our mistakes. Even if it may not have helped you learn the language faster or something... You may have learned something else. Just as an example, I've failed "twice" already. First, I did not learn how to write the kana. It's not THAT important for me to know, considering the fact that I will most likely not have that much practial use of knowing how to write the kana... But I still should have learned to write them, it would have speeded up the process of remembering them. Instead, I just learned how to pronounce them when seeing them, and not the other way around. It's not something huge though, as I can probably learn to write them in just a few days or so... But still. I've also done some mistakes with the kanji. First, i tried to learn the pronounciations aswell as the keywords. Did I mention that I learned i the wrong way aswell? As in... I didn't learn how to write the kanji. After doing about 50 kanji, I realised it was a waste of time to learn the pronounciation. And after about 100 kanji, I realised I had done it all the wrong way. It's pretty much a waste of time NOT to learn how to write the kanji, atleast if you're using Heisig's method. So I had to start over... Fortunately it took just a day or so before I knew how to write the kanji I had already "learned". You can't "fail" completely. You can make major or minor mistakes, but no matter how many or how big mistakes you do: you can always correct your mistakes.
  5. Well, no word is impossible to translate if you're allowed to use several words to describe the word... But many words don't have a direct translation to another language. "lagom" - Not too much, and not too little, just the right amount. (swedish) "旬" - While not really a word... or maybe it can be a word... It's a kanji that means "a ten-day-period". I think Heisig used some single word for this to refer to the ten day period, but I think that was some kind of made up word from a book, rather than an actual word. There is also a kanji for "one ten-thousand". In english we'd say ten thousands, but the Japanese says "one ten-thousand", kind of... I'm sure there are lots more, but I can't think of any else at the moment.
  6. Revenge only leads to more revenge. - Scar Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire - Oscar Schindler Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. - Ghandi There are of course dussins and dussisn of amazing Ghandi quotes, but the above is definitely one of my favorites.
  7. You should teach the kid the language which is used in the country that you live in, it's as simple as that. The first language should always be that, if you want to teach the kid your other languages as he/she grows up, then do that aswell, but the priority should really be the nativel anguage of the country you live in... So that he/she can go to school and everything.
  8. Haha, oh... I didn't know that swear-words got starred out on these forums. It was on a different forum that I got the warning of course, where swear words was not censored like that. Without having to say the swearword in one way or another, it's the swearword that could be a synonym to poop. I think you know what I mean now
  9. A quick googling tells me that it's from episode 174 (Season 8 episode 21) which was originally aired on April 20, 1997. The episode is called "The Old Man and the Lisa". It's not so extraordinary to be honest, but everyone seems to remember it either way. I think I've just seen this episode too many times to forget it... I don't even like the Simpsons!
  10. Another question that has been asked a million times already? This is getting a bit annoying. Learn to search guys! Anyway... As mentioned in every other thread that asks the same question, I want to learn japanese so that I can enjoy Japanese entertainment at it's finest, and to possibly move to Japan one day. (the second is a very far fetched and not so realistic goal in mind. It is possible that I will move there when I retire though, if I still like Japan when I grow old that is) I want to learn Japanese so I can read manga, light novels, visual novels, and just "books" in general. I want to learn Japanese so I can fluently understand Dramas and anime, without the use of subtitles. Actually, that's about it. I'm very interested in languages in general, so I don't actually need the best reason in the world to stay motivated to learn a new language. And as I said, I don't think the chance of me moving to japan is very big... I wish it would be bigger, but I don't think I will want to go there as much as I do now, when I grow old. I mainly focus on learning passive understanding, and not so much on actually speaking it/writing it myself.
  11. No, this thread is not about posting some obscure swear words, rather so is it about discussing the phenomenon as a whole, and to question common "swearwords". I recently got a warning on a different forum, because apparently I was swearing in a post. I raised my eyebrow in confusion, because I do not recall swearing out of purpose, but apparently "shit" is a swear-word. It was a bit surprising, as I never actually thought of "shit" as a swear word. Possibly not the most high-class word that you would use in a formal letter, but still, I never thought of it as a swear word. Swear words to me are words like "fuck", "hell", "motherfucker" and other word combinations of "fuck". There are of course others, but I've never considered "shit" to be one of them. Do you think that there are any, common swear words, that shouldn't actually be swear words? Do you think "shit" is a swear word? Why so?
  12. As far as english goes, I must say that how often people cannot make a differance between then and than, amuses me. I used to be one of those that didn't even know that there was a word called "than", but after being politely told how things worked, I changed my ways. It's not very complicated at all, and it's pretty weird that I was never quite taught this in school. I mean, how hard would it be for an english teacher to spend 2 minutes on telling the kids that it's supposed to be THAN and not THEN in certain situations? Shouldn't be all that hard.
  13. Is catsup an authentic word to replace Ketchup with? I thought it was just some joke that they made up to put in The Simpsons... I mean seriously, who can forget Mr Burns and his "catsup"? For a swedish person, catsup sounds a bit like swenglish. Cat = katt (eng) sup = supa = drink (alchohol, slang) (swedish) So it sounds like someone is refering to a cat who has been drinking alcohol. A cat-sup. catsup vs ketchup
  14. This question has been asked endless amounts of times on these forums, and I suggest searching before creating a new thread. It takes all between a year to ten years, depending on how much time you spend on it, if you live in the country where they speak the language you are learning, how simlar it is to languages you already know, and so on. To reach complete fluency, count with atleast 5-7 years. If it takes less time, awesome, but don't expect that to happen unless you spend a LOT of time on it.
  15. I don't actually think that this book series is very good for learning a new language, or anything else for that matter. It is true that I do not have the greatest experience with these books, but with the limited amount of experiecne that I do have with them, I feel like they're not worth my time nor my money. I feel like these books are meant more as a joke than as a really good book.
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