You know what PANDA I totally understand what you are saying... watching the Japanese TV programming really helps me with basic conversation. Sometimes I really have NO CLUE what they are saying, even the kids' shows are tricky. But, then I also have very little time to actually devote to studying my katakana, etc.
In fact, I've only just learned how to write my own name, and we've lived here for two years now.
I have a really good ear for language, and I am a quick tongue when I am speaking w/ someone who also speaks Nihon/Eigo fluently. But I am sometimes at such a loss for adjectives, that I usually end up slipping back into English.
I used to beat myself up over this "disadvantage", until my friend Megumi reminded me that they begin learning English in Primary school, and we Gaijin (foreigners) usually don't learn Japanese until we are adults (alot more difficult).
The Japanese that i interact w/ on a daily basis are very helpful and polite, even when I make a really tragic mistake.
I may have posted about this earlier: one daylast autumn I was introduced to a lady and I proudly told her in Nihongo that I was a prostitute.
the word i meant to say was shufu (housewife), I said showfu, WHOOOPS!
She did a little double take then looked at Megumi (what a rude friend... she was openly laughing), as Megumi corrected me. Then we all laughed a little. then we went to have tea and cookies. and talk about life.
~:^) Tokyo Tess
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