I continue on my quest to become a polyglot. I think to gain that title, I have to speak at least six languages fluently. I already speak English and Spanish fluently (plus I know them very well) and I am in the process of learning Japanese.
That is to say, I am making very little progress in learning Japanese. I have accomplished a number of things in the first month however:
1) I learned the Kana (Hiragana and Katakana)
2) I’ve learned around 20 Kanji.
3) I’ve learned a number of phrases.
4) I’ve listened to enough Japanese by native speakers that now, Japanese has a structure when I listen to it.
But my biggest accomplishment this month, has been to solve the mystery of desu ne. As I was watching videos on YouTube by native Japanese speakers, I noticed that the phrase desu ne occurred often in their speech. So I looked it up. Everywhere I looked, I was told that the phrase meant isn’t it? However, the sheer number of times the phrase occurred led me to believe that this phrase wasn’t being used that way. I mean, I watched an interview in a Japanese documentary and this man, by all appearances a business man, used the phrase about 25 times in the space of a minute or two!
So I finally found a website where this phrase was explained to my satisfaction. It turns out that desu ne is also a phrase akin to the Canadian eh or the American you know? and equally as overused.
So there, that’s my report on my polyglot experience thus far.
Oh, I also received my Pimsleur Quick Vietnamese course on the mail! I really like it! It’s all audio and so far the method makes sense to me. The Quick Vietnamese course consists of 8 lessons in 4 compact discs. The course was only $9.99 but there is a caveat; I will receive in the mail, additional materials on this language and if I decide to keep them, all I have to pay are four easy payments of around $70 each. Now, I like this Pimsleur stuff already and I think I may bite on this easy payment thing. I’ll keep you posted.
Also, my language list has been revised thus:
I think these 4 languages will get me my Polyglot title and you know I will be making me some business cards when I finally get there!
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