質問がある

If you’re reading this, I have a question for you.

I assume that you’re reading this because (a) you’re learning Japanese or (b) you’re thinking about learning Japanese.

So the question is, Why?

I’ll start.

I like exercising my brain, and I thought that learning a new language would be a good way to do it.  If I was going to exercise my brain, I figured I might as well go all out and pick a difficult language, so I figured an Asian language would be a good choice.

I considered Tagalog, because there are quite a few Tagalog speakers who go to my church, but I decided that, since it had been heavily influenced by Spanish, which I already speak, that I would pick something different.

I vacillated between Chinese and Japanese for a little while.  I like a lot of Hong Kong cinema, and we have a few Chinese students at the school I teach at, so Chinese was a serious contender, but, ultimately, the movies of Akira Kurosawa and of Studio Ghibli, which are some of my all-time favorites, made me pick Japanese.

And here I am, about a year or so in.

What about you?

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4 thoughts on “質問がある

  1. I wanted to learn something new and I have no abilities for music so I decided to learn a new language. At first I tried learning Portuguese but as I already speak French and Spanish I felt I wasn’t learning anything really new. I also tried Korean but having more Japanese than Korean friends I finally settled for Japanese.

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    • Excellent! Thanks for answering. It’s funny to me how we get places by a roundabout path sometimes. Do you find that knowing multiple languages helps you with Japanese? Already knowing Spanish at least tells me that I have the capability of learning another language, and that kind of helped me out in the beginning.

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      • Apart from the fact that it allows me to know that I’m able to learn a new language, like you say, I’m not sure how much it helps me. Actually I just tried to speak in Spanish to one of the teacher who also speaks Japanese, only to realize that the words coming up to my mind were Japanese instead of Spanish !
        Unlike Spanish, I use French/English on a daily basis so this situation rarely happens. I guess (and hope) that if I started to use Spanish everyday it would come back more easily to my mind.

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  2. I do find that knowing that I can learn another language (because I’ve already done it) was helpful. I use Spanish a couple of days a week, in general, and I have, once or twice, found a couple of Japanese words coming out when I meant to speak Spanish, which seems to strike people as being pretty funny.

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