Re: Re: How do you become fluent in 11 languages?
Japanese is incredibly simple, the completely different vocabulary notwithstanding. The writing is a bit complex, I give you that, but:
|Originally posted by Vector A |
Your opinion of Japanese's ease is not widely shared among people trying to learn languages, at least from the reading I have done on language learning forums.
See? Not that hard, is it?
- It's got just 5 vowels, none of which should pose a problem to the average speaker of European languages (the "u" is a bit different, but pronouncing it the way you already do is fine);
- No consonant should pose a problem to European language learners. Even the "f", which isn't really an "f", shouldn't be much of a problem if you never get the distinction right. Oh, and the "r/l";
- The language is extremely regular - if you know how to conjugate one verb, you pretty much know how to conjugate every other verb... with the sole exception of two odd members, which aren't THAT different to begin with;
- Case marking is pathetically simple: Just put a morpheme after each word and you're done. There are no exceptions that I can think of. "Inu" is dog. "Inuga" means "Dog as subject", "Inuwo" means "Dog as object", "Inuwa" means "Dog as topic"; "Burayanga" means "Brian as subject", "Burayanwo" means "Brian as object" (kinky!), and "Burayanwa" means that Brian is the topic. See? No surprises.
- There aren't many verb tenses. At least, not to me (Portuguese is the Romance language with the most tenses, as I recall it). Verb agreement is non-existent.
- No plural (except for a few reduplications and special pronoun forms). No gender.
|Originally posted by aNYthing |
Russian? Не шути, Маз.
Haha, ya uzhe zabyl to, stho ya uchil'sya 10 let nazad. Mne nado uchit'sya russkiy yazyk esche raz
|Originally posted by Sushipunk |
Pretty cool. Though Afrikaans and Dutch are very similar.
|Originally said by Maurice Moss|
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