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April 1st, 2011 at 06:30 PM
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Can you make some sentences using the words you learned in this video?

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January 29th, 2014 at 01:19 PM
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Wow, I'm happy for you!! :smile:

As far as I'm concerned, there are two ways of approaching a new language: focused and gereral.

While you really need to focus on details and take the step-by-step learning path to master the

language, you also need to "see the forest, not just tree".

Getting used to the sound is an important part of language learning.

Seems you're doing just fine:smile::smile:

Through some comments in past time, I've got an impression that you do have a very high skill

in analysing language and in liguistic view. So, it'd be a great step for you if you could gain a bit of

courage and put those knowledge and skill into practice.

At the end of the day, linguistics and language use are two different things which need to

influence each other. You don't have to worry about your speaking skills to join the events.

You are interested in those events, right? That's the most important part.

I'm sure the event organisers want as many people as possible at events. Who knows? You might

find a good study buddy there:wink:

There are really many Japanese people living in Milan, not just visitors like tourists.

There should be many events about Japan or Japanese cultures too. Those are things we J-Pod

cannot supply. Try to feel relaxed and just pop in to have fun!

As to asking whether someone is Japanese, I think normal Japanese people would welcome

that question:smile: It's not a strange thing at all that we meet some people who want to mingle

with native speakers. I'm sure it happened to Italians living in Japan too :grin:

So, good luck!

Natsuko (ๅฅˆๆดฅๅญ),

Team JapanesePod101.com

January 29th, 2014 at 06:25 AM
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Lately I've taken a slow rhythm and I've started following this specific course, doing about 2 lessons every 2 days.

I recognize that I am not focusing too much, but lately, with the work, I have hard time focusing.

I watch some anime in Japanese and listen some songs in Japanese...but well...I'm reading English subtitles and

I repeat the song lyrics without understanding most part of what I am singing...so I'd not think those activities as a form of "assimilation" of the language...

Today however I had a proof that, notwithstanding the slow rhythm, I am still assimilating the language:

I was out for dinner in a local restaurant and a group of Asian customers came in. Out of mere curiosity, I've eavesdropped their conversation, just to understand if they were Japanese.

I thought quite unlikely, because while there is a fair number of Japanese turists even in Milan, most Asian people one meets here are Chinese.

Obviously "eavesdropping" is a *big word* given my current understanding of the language...I could only understand some particles, a few words and definitely I'd not be able to hold even a simple conversation in Japanese since I know some words, but they are still "disconnected" in my memory...

However...I am really happy...it seems that now I am able to get the general sense of a conversation in Japanese, recognize the degree of formality, etc...which, while I had followed some videos in the courses, I really find amazing (in the videos I have the subtitles helping me)!

While I know it's rude to eavesdrop other people's conversation...well...I recognize that I still am not currently able to keep up a conversation in Japanese...I tend to miss words or to freeze...or I am afraid of misremembering words and say something embarassing...

A friend of mine keep suggesting me to go to the Japanese Consulate for some of the cultural events that they organize there. While I agree that probably it's a good idea to find here Japanese people and have an opportunity to try to speak Japanese...well...I still don't feel confident enough to do this...so, apart from this course, my main exposition to Japanese language is to eavesdrop Japanese people I come across...

However, I am *really really* happy that I am assimilating...maybe one day or the other I'll feel confident to do as my friend keep suggesting me! :)


P.S.: To be honest my friend has a good point on this: He says "But do you think that most Italian people who go to an event organized by the Japanese Consulate *know* Japanese language?" ...mmmh...given how many Italian people speak a decent English, I'd bet for "no"...but well...recognize that, while now with some effort I can recognize to know many Japanese words (and some are truly assimilated), the only thing I feel confident to say in Japanese without freezing or thinking about too much is to present myself it's embarassing! :(

(However, this suggestion is less embarassing than his crazy idea of trying to approach to chat with a group of (female) Japanese turists on New Years Eve after having asked me if they were Japanese!

Obviously I've refused both to do this madness or to help him with this madness...I might know no Japanese

person here, but at least none will go back to Japan thinking that I am very rude [and eavesdropping conversation

doesn't count since I don't think people could recognize if I understand them]!)

May 23rd, 2011 at 07:38 PM
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