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13 August 2007 @ 20:56
I went to a concert with my Japanese teacher on Sunday. It was pretty good and I enjoyed myself. Just like in Bleach myu, there was an extra twenty minutes or so of randomness at the end where the audience were encouraged to clap along to a famous classical piece (which was very familiar to me, but I don't know the name), guided by the conductor.

But! She is trying to get me to take the Level 2 JLPT. I can't do that! There's a huge gap between level three and two.

Er... I also suddenly decided I wanted to learn French a few days ago. This shouldn't really be so difficult since my beginning steps involve simply remembering what I studied in school. However, the online resources seem sparse compared to something like, say, Japanese. Perhaps it's because I know what to search for though (I would focus on particles and conjugation).

I liked this lesson.

I still have a vague wish to know Russian too...

До свиданияですよ *epic language fail*
azurewolf7azurewolf7 on 13th August 2007 15:42 (UTC)
Are the levels in descending order? Like Level 2 is more advanced than Level 3? (btw JLPT: Japanese Language Proficiency Test?)

If it's indeed like that, maybe she believes you'll do well :) Foreign Language teachers are always so encouraging, I've found. I don't know Japanese (yet) but in both my German and French classes the teacher would make us leave our comfort zone and try harder and new things.

I was going to try to encourage you to continue the French learning/re-learning by writing something in French... but I'm so rusty that I fear I'd royally fail at it -.-; (I think I get how you feel now) ...I'll go check out the site you linked now.

Russian sounds nice and it's also in my list of languages to learn. (I don't know if you're interested or know it already, but German is nice too!)... :D
Williamgenkischuldich on 17th August 2007 10:38 (UTC)
Right on both counts! Honestly, as it stands now, I couldn't do it. It isn't just modesty speaking -- level two is what you need to be a professional translator (level three is what you need to be a fan translator -- haha! :P).

Yeah... I never realised how good I used to be at French -- and I was terrible! Now I understand how verbs work, it might be a little easier though.

German is very nice! But... too many languages! Although I'm tempted to get a superficial understanding of as many languages as possible -- so tempting!!
azurewolf7azurewolf7 on 18th August 2007 09:03 (UTC)
Then that's the one I'll be aiming for when I do begin to learn Japanese- I'm studying to become a translator (English-Spanish/ Spanish-English)... and since I really love languages I want to be able to translate to and from as many languages as I can! :D (that's my super-optimistic side showing *whacks it*)

I have been trying to get into beginner French lessons at the Alliance Francaise here in Panama, but since I'm not beginner they keep telling me to go forwards instead of backwards... but truth is I'm not confident in my basic Grammar. So I found some podcasts! I haven't been able to listen to them yet, but they had good reviews. Would you be interested in them? I can listen to them and tell you if they're worth it.

Also... there are communities here at LJ for people studying languages. I'm sure they can recommend sites and stuff for you! Hope it helps! :D
reichsfreiherr on 13th August 2007 18:13 (UTC)
If you find any good Russian tutorials I’d be interested in having a look at those. Since I can only order two beers in various Western European languages at the moment and need to expand my repertoire.
Williamgenkischuldich on 17th August 2007 10:39 (UTC)
I haven't found a thing, mainly because I'm just focussing on learning the writing system. Sorry. ^^
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인: sad sponge in raindilettantka on 14th August 2007 03:55 (UTC)
Funny you wrote this; I'm trying to remember the French and Russian I used to know ;_; If you ever want to study together just let me know! Maybe we can scavenge up some books or something.
Williamgenkischuldich on 17th August 2007 10:48 (UTC)
Sounds great! But didn't you used to be fluent in both? I really am just trying to learn the sounds for French and the writing system for Russian right now.

Actually, I saw this http://www.drsketchytokyo.com/ advertised in Metropolis, of all places, and thought of you. Would you be interested at all...?
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인: somethin tells me I'm into somethin gooddilettantka on 17th August 2007 11:21 (UTC)
I used to be pretty good at both but now I feel like I can't even put a sentence together. :(

.......That actually looks really fun. are you interested in going?
Williamgenkischuldich on 17th August 2007 11:26 (UTC)
Yes. But not alone. :P

It's this upcoming Wednesday, if you're up for it?
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인: dearka is a hobo (shoop!)dilettantka on 17th August 2007 11:28 (UTC)
I'll go if you'll go ;B~
Williamgenkischuldich on 17th August 2007 11:34 (UTC)
Sure! I presume you're on summer vacation now? I finish work at two, so we can either meet up with me wearing my work clothes in the early afternoon, or a little before the event at around six (but going all the way back to Musashi Koganei to change doesn't really appeal to me...). Any thoughts?
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인dilettantka on 17th August 2007 11:35 (UTC)
Meeting up in the early afternoon is fine if it's a pain for you to go all the way back home. Perhaps we can have coffee or something?
Williamgenkischuldich on 17th August 2007 11:36 (UTC)
Sure then! Do you know 100% Chocolate Cafe near Tokyo station? Or perhaps just regular Starbucks...?
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인: tarako will eeeeeeeat youdilettantka on 17th August 2007 11:39 (UTC)
Oh! Sort of! I went there one night with Erin and Jamie but we actually walked from somewhere strange.. from another station, so I don't know exactly where it is but if you remind me of the exit I can probably find it. I didn't get to try anything because it had just closed when we got there 8D;; About what time?

I'll have to find a proper sketchbook, too, I only have teeny ones.
Williamgenkischuldich on 17th August 2007 11:42 (UTC)
Okay, let's meet at the Yaesu Exit of Tokyo station at around 3.00? I will probably be early at that time, but at least I won't be late.

...I need to find mine! I still haven't fully unpacked... Teeny ones are probably okay, actually.
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인: arthur is a dorkdilettantka on 17th August 2007 11:44 (UTC)
Excellent! Are you going to send the RSVP email? :)
Williamgenkischuldich on 17th August 2007 12:01 (UTC)
Could you do it? I don't have regular access to my inbox since I'm at a net cafe.
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인dilettantka on 17th August 2007 12:08 (UTC)
Done! I'll let you know if I get a reply.
Williamgenkischuldich on 17th August 2007 12:10 (UTC)
Thanks! If you do get a reply, best to send it to my mobile though. ^^
菖蒲eye_ame on 14th August 2007 09:26 (UTC)
Well, if you ever need hel;p with Russian, i'm always there :)))
Williamgenkischuldich on 17th August 2007 10:49 (UTC)
Thanks, but I'm at a very very basic stage right now!!
(Anonymous) on 14th August 2007 18:37 (UTC)
Huu...Hello =)

It's my first comment here *wave happily*
I'm french and i would love to give you some help with your studies if you need it.

Even if i'm faaar from good in english.

Anyway, your LJ is very interesting and learning new languages is fun =D

Williamgenkischuldich on 17th August 2007 11:15 (UTC)
Hi there, nice to meet you!

Right now, I'm at a really basic stage, so I think I'll be okay for now.

Thanks for reading, Nero. :)
amelia cavendish: covet bleach rainingyami_tai on 15th August 2007 13:58 (UTC)
For French, I find this site is very good: french.about.com :-)! The BBC have an online course too, but I don't know what it is like.
Williamgenkischuldich on 17th August 2007 11:18 (UTC)
Thanks! The BBC one looks good, but it's all Flash, which means I can't save it and take it home. ^^