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Re: CHAT: General Question

From:Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 21, 2001, 15:37
On Tue, 20 Mar 2001, Herman Miller wrote:

> I speak English and not much else. I had some French and Spanish in high > school, German, Russian, and a little bit of Chinese in college, but it's > been so long that I can't remember much. I have a somewhat large collection > of Teach Yourself books and similar language-learning books that I never > seem to find time to study in depth. Recently I tried learning Japanese, > and I got to the point where I could sort of figure out the latest Zelda > game in Japanese with heavy use of JWPce to look up words that I didn't > know (i.e., most of them). But spoken Japanese goes by too fast for me to > pick up much of anything.
I would probably kill for your collection; mine is quite small because unless you get 'em used, they can be so expensive. :-p This probably sounds *really* dumb, but have you tried watching subtitled anime (in any genre that you can stand--SF, comedy, drama, whatever)? I did for 3 years before trying to systematically learn Japnese (with one of those self-study books, in romaji, though I'm working on the kana separately), and you know what? Aside from the fact that if I'm falling asleep it *really* sounds rhythmically/pitch-ically like Korean, I started being able to pick out verbs (once I learned a few verbs), cognates with Korean words, and words that I'd learned from the self-study book. A lot of it *does* go by awfully fast, but since the anime club here is way cheap for 4 hours of showings every weekend, it's one way to hear lots of native Japanese speakers without spending oodles on tapes.
> Cakewalk with the piano roll. I used to do computer art with Fractal > Painter (now Corel Painter), but it's been so long since I stopped > regularly drawing that I'm out of practice. I also used to collect bird > song recordings.
Neat! I just got PAinter 6.1. There are way, way too many tools...I'm going to probably be the next 10 years figuring 'em out. But it's way fun. YHL


L. Gerholz <milo@...>
Herman Miller <hmiller@...>