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05 March 2010 @ 12:07 am
cramming in the balance  
1/3 of the 3 day Japanese test down.  (and sadly, mostly failed, no, really, i'm serious).  At least I have most of the weekend to study for the next two parts.

Know what I like most about Japanese?  The way kanji looks.  And the little things, like these phrases we're learning with each chapter.  They're called 諺 (pronounced kotowaza and translated as proverbs, or sayings).  These are the ones we've learned so far:

失敗は成功の基 (しっぱいはせいこのもと)
{Shi pai wa sei ko no moto} Failure is the basis for success
yeah, this is the one I tell myself all the time.  Over.  and over.  and over.

サルも木から落ちる (さらもきからおちる)
{Sara mo ki kara ochiru} Even monkeys fall from trees
More translated - everybody makes mistakes, no matter who they are

急がば回れ (いそがばまわれ)
{Isogaba maware} If hurried, go around
Sometimes the fastest route isn't the straightest

類は友を呼ぶ (るいはともをよぶ)
{Rui wa tomo o yobu} Similarities attract friends
More translated - like attracts like

千里の道も一歩より (せんりのみちもいっぽより)
{Senri no michi mo i po yori} The journey of a thousand li begins with one step

So, I'm going to try to do my best to bring the joy of Japanese back into my life.  Yes, the test sucked.  But the language itself is kind of interesting. 

Oh, and, um, if I got the email stuff right I am going to be seeing Nicholas Brendon in his play and then going to his meet and greet after in about a WEEK.  Which I still can't believe actually worked out, but somehow it did (thank you emelye_miller !).  So does anyone have any pressing questions they want me to ask?  And is anyone else going?  I've never done something like this before, so HELP! Advice? Thoughts?  
 
 
 
Emelye: Xan Approvesemelye_miller on March 5th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
Holy crap, I'm so excited for next week!!! :-D

Have you RSVP'd on the facebook page?

I've never done anything like this before - actually I think it's going to be kind of awesome for that very reason.
my monkied brain: xander - excitedkatekat1010 on March 8th, 2010 04:47 am (UTC)
EMMY!! I didn't realize you were *going* too! that means we'll get to meet! *is even more excited*

and no, I can't, because my only facebook is my school/academic face and I don't mix that with my fandom face.... but I'm going, PROMISE.


I've never done anything like this before -


me neither! but we'll totally have an amazing time.
Emelyeemelye_miller on March 8th, 2010 05:20 am (UTC)
LOL! I didn't know I was going either until last week!

This is going to be a blast!
i will write in words of fire: [dw] your stars; my heartposhlil on March 6th, 2010 07:41 am (UTC)
They're awesome! I'm writing them all down, because i'm a bit of a language nerd and Japanese is one of the pretties i've never had the chance to study yet. I wish you luck on the next two parts of the test. *big hugs*

(Also - how do you get the kanji on the screen like that? Is there a key input or a different font, or what? I know for Greek all i needed was a certain font and keyboard layout but i imagine Japanese is way more complex)
quickjamquickjam on March 6th, 2010 11:30 am (UTC)
Hello~

日本語を勉強することはむずかしいですね。
私も日本語を勉強しています。独学で・・ むずかしいですよ!
もしあなたは一生懸命勉強するなら、試験に合格します。
もうそうすれば、うまくいくでしょう!

頑張ってね!

(このコメントで漢字は分かりにくいかもしれません。
だから、ひらがなでそれは:)
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にほんごをべんきょうすることはむずかしいですね。
わたしもにほんごをべんきょうしています。どくがくで・・ むずかしいですよ!
もしあなたはいっしょうけんめいべんきょうするなら、しけんにごうかくします。
もうそうすれば、うまくいきでしょう!

がんばってね!