Author: Sorting Last Post on Top ↓ Message:
TOKYOTESS's Photo TOKYOTESS Posts: 681
5/11/08 11:32 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Not sleeping ... just getting through daily life is work enough. I am only finding time to Spark when Jr. takes nap.

this kid is driving me gahjah-gahjah (crazy). His Dad is on the road for 2 weeks, so I'm temp single mom emoticon .

Attempting to balance normalcy (sleep/appetite/fitness/childcare) with a bit of fun now and then.

On Mother's Day i took the kids to Joyful Honda (like Target, except w/ antiques vendor, too) and we shopped for crafty stuff. DD got to make a glass tile night light and DS got to shop for model robots, etc. I got to shop for ink stamps, and awesome Washi to wrap BFF new baby gift for shipping home (Baby-sized Sakuranbo Jinbei set, hello kitty cup and rice bowl, and several baby/toddler fork&spoon sets).

Kawaiiiiii, neh?!

edited for spelling

Edited by: TOKYOTESS at: 5/12/2008 (00:08)
~:^) Tokyo Tess

I enjoy life, in moderation, and chocolate, well ... that's a love affair!

If Real Women have curves ... then ...
"Real Belly Dancers have clothes!"

I like to dance with swords, fire, and finger cymbals, not poles or gogo cages (grimace).

"Your Life is an Occasion ... RISE TO IT!" Mr. Magorium


 current weight: 171.0 
 
171
164.5
158
151.5
145
LADYTROLL's Photo LADYTROLL SparkPoints: (23,831)
Fitness Minutes: (30,807)
Posts: 1,810
5/11/08 8:09 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
hey ,where are you people? everyone is sleeping? thank you for the the tips,i have now pimsleur ,the game,found the byki site and i'm studying hard i want to go to japan in 3-4 years.i'm learning hiragana ,i want to read raw manga.

fall seven times ,get up eight -japanese proverb
cora



 current weight: 504.0 
 
653
598.75
544.5
490.25
436
TOKYOTESS's Photo TOKYOTESS Posts: 681
4/30/08 12:20 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
DILETTANTKA,

I forgot to agree with you in my previous post.

I totally agree with you about learning pronunciation. that is one of my worst pet peeves with learning 2nd and 3rd (etc.) languages. i really can't stand it when I hear gaijin MISpronouncing simple words and phrases

ie: airy-ghetto instead of ahree-gahtoh

Koo nitchee wah instead of Ko-neetch-chee-wah

and so on.

You can probably hear my teeth grinding in frustration across the Pacific ,
emoticon .

my DH is one of the worst at pronouncing names or places emoticon

I've tried to explaining about the syllables. and basic vowel sounds, but i'm afraid he's wired for tech stuff not language.

Guess that makes us the perfect match. He can read a GPS/map and I can ask for directions emoticon

~:^) Tokyo Tess

I enjoy life, in moderation, and chocolate, well ... that's a love affair!

If Real Women have curves ... then ...
"Real Belly Dancers have clothes!"

I like to dance with swords, fire, and finger cymbals, not poles or gogo cages (grimace).

"Your Life is an Occasion ... RISE TO IT!" Mr. Magorium


 current weight: 171.0 
 
171
164.5
158
151.5
145
TOKYOTESS's Photo TOKYOTESS Posts: 681
4/30/08 12:10 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
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

I enjoy life, in moderation, and chocolate, well ... that's a love affair!

If Real Women have curves ... then ...
"Real Belly Dancers have clothes!"

I like to dance with swords, fire, and finger cymbals, not poles or gogo cages (grimace).

"Your Life is an Occasion ... RISE TO IT!" Mr. Magorium


 current weight: 171.0 
 
171
164.5
158
151.5
145
PANDAZERGZ's Photo PANDAZERGZ Posts: 584
1/7/08 5:49 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I've been playing this game online that is totally free called Knuckles in Chinaland and also another one called Slime....they teach ya how to recognize katakana then hiragana then kanji...I love learning..it is fun!! So I don't think you are weird hehe.
You are right also about writing it and hearing it too. I have some tapes from the local library but also my all time fav are PIMSLEURS tapes...those tapes REALLY help a lot. Also online there is a thing called byki.com...Before You know It...you can download free software and learn any language.
I've been watching anime...mostly because I LOVE and I mean LOVE anime...if I don't watch anime I can't sleep...it is soo weird...but I have to get my fix..in that case I must be an otaku :P But at least I am not a hikikamori!!! or a NEET :) Do you know those words?


SW 249/250 when I first started SP

RW 3/21/08
245

CW5/3/2008
238
CW 2/14/2009
229
I believe to be extra-ordinary I can't do it without God and I have to do what the ordinary person refuses to do.

I also think we can do anything if we are willing to pay the price and take the time that our goal requires. Are you willing to pay the price and spend the time to gain your goal?


 current weight: 227.0 
 
249
241.75
234.5
227.25
220
DILETTANTKA's Photo DILETTANTKA Posts: 8
1/7/08 4:34 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Maybe a new phrase every few days or something? You're right, "ja ne" is more casual, but adults do say it to each other too (younger adults). Actually, younger people also say bye bye (bai-bai) ALL THE TIME as a farewell and don't think of it as speaking English, it's been adopted as Japanese.

Before I moved to Japan, I taught myself katakana and hiragana and about 50 or so kanji, things like "north-south-east-west," "eat/food," numbers, etc. it was very useful. The Japanese test I took last December is a level of about 1000 kanji, but some of them I only know the meaning of, not always how to pronounce them. I am weird though and think kanji is fun :DD

Learning one kanji a week or so might be useful too. The problem is that you should learn the correct way to write them and of course listening to the correct pronunciation.

You can pick up a lot from watching anime! I've met other foreigners who only know Japanese from watching anime and sometimes they know words that I don't! XDD

Edited by: DILETTANTKA at: 1/7/2008 (16:35)
 current weight: 145.0 
 
233
200.5
168
135.5
103
PANDAZERGZ's Photo PANDAZERGZ Posts: 584
1/6/08 7:09 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I'm just basic level still and mostly I can do the speaking stuff. I have a native speaker in my church and so I asked if I could be her apprentice for Japanese. We will see. She tried teaching once and I think her student wasn't a good one. I just started about like 4 weeks ago. I can say greetings, here is, where is, there is, talk about weather....so yeah BASIC lol I would love to practice with people tho. I watch anime too so I get the sound of Japanese in my head and can sort of catch when people say what. I learned Ja ne...not sure of spelling...is for teens not adults...and informal. So even if you know something to say..when and to whom to say it is important too. WOW you can read KANJI??? That is really really good!!! I want to get good enough as learning hiragana, katakana and kanji to pass Japanese proficiency tests. But at the moment I am just learning to recognize the katakana...tho my pal said learn hiragana soon. How would we go about learning from each other on here?


SW 249/250 when I first started SP

RW 3/21/08
245

CW5/3/2008
238
CW 2/14/2009
229
I believe to be extra-ordinary I can't do it without God and I have to do what the ordinary person refuses to do.

I also think we can do anything if we are willing to pay the price and take the time that our goal requires. Are you willing to pay the price and spend the time to gain your goal?


 current weight: 227.0 
 
249
241.75
234.5
227.25
220
DILETTANTKA's Photo DILETTANTKA Posts: 8
1/6/08 6:57 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I'm studying it too. I'm intermediate level, pretty good at kanji and listening, pretty bad at grammar and speaking formal Japanese.. [Keigo.. yabai!!] We should start a topic to study together or something!

 current weight: 145.0 
 
233
200.5
168
135.5
103
CASSANDRA_'s Photo CASSANDRA_ Posts: 195
1/3/08 12:50 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Learning Japanese is REALLY hard! I know I have been trying to learn for about 10 years now XD!
I have found that one thing that helps is I watch A LOT of anime in Japanese and I have started to pick up a few words here and there.

"You are free to sever the chains of fate that bind you"

The Legend of Dragoon

"The only one standing in my way is........me?"

www.facebook.com/people/Cassandra-Ge
orge/1051988804?sid=7854387bdd7c0cae2e
15cf61c7a80023&ref=search


 current weight: 221.0 
 
272
235.25
198.5
161.75
125
PANDAZERGZ's Photo PANDAZERGZ Posts: 584
1/2/08 11:55 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
So I am trying like crazy to learn Japanese. At least to speak and understand it. I got a Pimsleurs CDs and am practicing katakana and hiragana etc by playing a free online game called Knuckles in Chinaland and Slime. Anyone else know ro learning Japanese???

SW 249/250 when I first started SP

RW 3/21/08
245

CW5/3/2008
238
CW 2/14/2009
229
I believe to be extra-ordinary I can't do it without God and I have to do what the ordinary person refuses to do.

I also think we can do anything if we are willing to pay the price and take the time that our goal requires. Are you willing to pay the price and spend the time to gain your goal?


 current weight: 227.0 
 
249
241.75
234.5
227.25
220
PANDAZERGZ's Photo PANDAZERGZ Posts: 584
1/1/08 6:53 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Well my pal flew back to Japan and so I have to wait like 2 years before getting to see her again :( :(
Actually 1 year and 8 months. Her son will be 2 years old by then!!! LOL
YOu guys ready for the New Year and a New YOU????

SW 249/250 when I first started SP

RW 3/21/08
245

CW5/3/2008
238
CW 2/14/2009
229
I believe to be extra-ordinary I can't do it without God and I have to do what the ordinary person refuses to do.

I also think we can do anything if we are willing to pay the price and take the time that our goal requires. Are you willing to pay the price and spend the time to gain your goal?


 current weight: 227.0 
 
249
241.75
234.5
227.25
220
PANDAZERGZ's Photo PANDAZERGZ Posts: 584
1/1/08 6:52 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
OOPS NONO don't apologize...I mean look at least you came back to try. So long as you are doing your best and don't give up on YOU then you will make it!
I got busy with holidays and didn't come here to see if anyone was chatting...sorry bout that!

SW 249/250 when I first started SP

RW 3/21/08
245

CW5/3/2008
238
CW 2/14/2009
229
I believe to be extra-ordinary I can't do it without God and I have to do what the ordinary person refuses to do.

I also think we can do anything if we are willing to pay the price and take the time that our goal requires. Are you willing to pay the price and spend the time to gain your goal?


 current weight: 227.0 
 
249
241.75
234.5
227.25
220
CASSANDRA_'s Photo CASSANDRA_ Posts: 195
12/18/07 8:04 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Sure that's cool, I am sorry to everyone I haven't been on much my diet kinda crashed and burned. I didn't gain back all the weight I lost about half of it, but I am going to restart with more motivation than ever!!!

"You are free to sever the chains of fate that bind you"

The Legend of Dragoon

"The only one standing in my way is........me?"

www.facebook.com/people/Cassandra-Ge
orge/1051988804?sid=7854387bdd7c0cae2e
15cf61c7a80023&ref=search


 current weight: 221.0 
 
272
235.25
198.5
161.75
125
PANDAZERGZ's Photo PANDAZERGZ Posts: 584
12/16/07 10:37 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hey everyone. Hope it is ok to start a thread for us to just chat in about anything and everything.
So is everyone ready for the holidays whether in Japan or somewhere else?
My pal came from Japan and it has been a lot of fun. Boy I really still have work cut out for me to learn Japanese!
Tuesday we are going to shop at the local Asian Market...so I can't wait to show her things and ask her what they say hehe!

SW 249/250 when I first started SP

RW 3/21/08
245

CW5/3/2008
238
CW 2/14/2009
229
I believe to be extra-ordinary I can't do it without God and I have to do what the ordinary person refuses to do.

I also think we can do anything if we are willing to pay the price and take the time that our goal requires. Are you willing to pay the price and spend the time to gain your goal?


 current weight: 227.0 
 
249
241.75
234.5
227.25
220
Page: 1 of (1)  

Report Innappropriate Post

Other Everything Japanese General Team Discussion Forum Posts

Topics: Last Post:

Thread URL: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x11311x10618263

Review our Community Guidelines