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14 December 2016 @ 01:53 pm
Japanese  
I've been taking Japanese lessons for about six months now, as part of the new job.

Sometimes I can *feel* my brain protesting the strain of doing something. I'm making good progress, as gaijin learning Japanese go. But as my brain tries to decode simple utterances like "between what time and what time is the bank open?" (ginkoo wa nanji kara nanji made des ka?) I can definitely tell: this is not what the old brain wanted to be doing this morning.

Similarly, I can write okay in Japanese once I've figured out the syllables. But I can feel my brain strain to come up with the right bits of hiragana and katakana at any speed.

(Not kanji, of course. I'm only six months in. I know, like, two kanji.)
 
 
 
IANAL: avatarqueen_elvis on December 15th, 2016 04:48 am (UTC)
Three alphabets is a little much to ask of non-native speakers, ESPECIALLY when one of them is kanji. (I took a Japanese class in 2003 and have forgotten almost everything.)
Noahangelbob on December 15th, 2016 04:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Kanji's gonna be tough. Luckily I'm mostly interacting on a computer, where the cognitive load of thousands of commonly-used kanji is a slightly less imposing thing... I'm still gonna be *writing* like a kid, but it won't keep me from participating in conversation :-)