Monday, July 10, 2006

Studying Nihongo

I’m picking up a little more each day, but not exactly fluent enough to talk to people in Hiroshima. Patience is a virtue.

How does Japanese work, you might ask? In fact, it’s easier than English. There are only two tenses for verbs, present (which is also future), and past. When exactly depends on the context. It gets a little complicated from there. There are two forms to any verb, the polite –mas form and the standard form. Generally the polite form should be used outside of the home, unless you’re trying to be rude. So why bother with the normal form? I’m not. Speaking of “not”, there is no word for not, verbs are changed to indicate affirmative and negative. For example:

Wakarimashita “I understood” (silent last i)
Wakarimasen “I don’t understand” (at first, I said this a lot, but I was tried of coming off like the ignorant foreigner, so I just took time to look stuff up in my dictionary)

At this point it’s more building my verb vocabulary than stringing sentences together, although that’s difficult too. Imagine different particles to indicate how each work in a sentence is used: ga, wa, no, e, de, ni, ka, o. Improving listening is a must.

Jolly Pasta has decent pizza.

Noteworthy events:

- I have my gaikokujin torokusho, my alien registration card (ARC)
- I have a bank account at the Bank of Hiroshima
- I have a cell phone under AU
- Internet will be installed on 7/17 supposedly by NTT and OCN
- Duncan, a teacher at GEOS, invited me to Wara Wara near Saijo Station last night for a nice party with his students. I
don’t know who that girl was, but maybe I should inquire

My view each morning:

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