June 7, 2010

So Working isn’t out yet. The subs I mean. Raws seem to be hanging around, but hey, guess what, I don’t speak moonspeak. I speak English and Spanish, and ole Hylian knows some Korean. But hey, guess what, this shit doesn’t come out in Spanish or Korean.  Now, I once studied a bit of Japanese. It’s actually not that hard. Speaking that is. Sure theres the horrifying grammar that turns anyone off any language, but it’s no worse than the mindfuck that English is. Reading and writing, however, can be quite a bitch. There are 3 alphabets. The 2 Kana, and Kanji. Hiragana is probably the more useful one since it’s used more. Hiragana consists of about 40 or so characters. The vowel sounds are “a i u e o”, and you’ll have to learn to pronounce them properly (pronunciation is really important in Japanese) Then you have the consonant sounds added to the vowels, like “ka ki ku ke ko”. There is one consonant that can go without a vowel and that is “n”. However, you cannot start a word with just n (Single “n” and the hiragana with vowels are completely different kana) Oh by the way, try not to use romaji, it can turn out to be a crutch and really interfere with your learning. There are also other things, like ten tens which change the pronunciation such as “sa” becoming “za” and the combinations, like “ki” + “ya”=”kya” Those turn out be rather easy to write, just use the regular base (“ki”) and a smaller version of the other kana (“ya”) And then theres small tsu, which is well, a small tsu kana that sort of doubles a consonant (zatsushi is actually zasshi) Christ that’s alot huh? And then theres katakana. Katakana is used for foreign words and it’s used a lot in advertisements. The characters are drawn rather sharply and if you understand the concepts behind hiragana, you’ll be fine. If you’re a weaboo that dreams of moving to Japan, I’d recommend learning this. And then theres Kanji, which are the complex looking chinese characters. They are used to represent whole words and ideas, so theres a lot, and they can be a pain to write (theres also the furigana and such, but thats more advanced). If you really want to learn, then you’re in for hell, but persevere, you’ll get there. Learning a completely different language is not easy, but don’t get discouraged. There are plenty of resources from websites to books. That being said, I don’t really have much excuse for not learning it myself other than laziness. Maybe one day, I’ll be able to fluently translate my animu~


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