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Monday, December 20, 2004  
just been reading slowly along namieamuro's ihaveneverseen old song
(yes please despise me)
but i guess i realized that japanese is an excellant language for retaining your own feelings and letting others guess and interpret
it's really good at implying and waffling (to some extent)
phrases can be broken, realy broken
they function as brackets, grouping ideas and expressing denial, assurance or leaving a benefit of doubt to expectations
(speaking japanese) will be like (using brackets) (all the time)
all these brackets are words that simply cannot be translated
just like chinese does not have a word for "adore", we only have "love" "like" "agape" "enjoy" "take pleasure of" and a lot more levels in between, there simply isnt a word that experesses the willingness to forgo something else about equivalent in preference of liking something (i say "equilivalent" otherwise it can go on to become "agape")
even though chinese is known for its accuracy and extreme enormity when cursing people, it's not perfect.
reading chinese is like the SWAT team bursting into flats, using minimum time to look for target, then burst into others down the same corridor and get things done as fast and as rediculous as you can see in hollywood movies
for every character that you perceive, it lays out clues to what's going on, and you dont have to cling on to the earlier characters that you've passed
that's the candy-juicy part of chinese
in japanese, phrases may be scattered around, and u'll get to use yer excellant shortterm memory to get what's going on, like an hr of lecture without an overview.
it'll be like eating mcdonald meals for 3 days, trying out every single different meal, which ended up all tasted the same on the last day while u remember that u absolutely enjoyed the discovery on the first day and de facto u should now know which one tastes the best
somehow this language problem is not fatal, as we can see, it isnt dead yet (far from it!)
it gives a special taste for japanese
it gives japanese girls the squiky cutie (and can-be-annoying) universal skewness

remmeber how i was always confused with 'wa' and "ga" when i was trying to pick up japanese
they simply cannot be translated
yeah, subject marker, but that only explains the linguistic fuction of that syllable
but in daily life, it can make a sentence sound rude, pushy, hesitating, polite, gossipy... or anything
just like when people ask you how are u and u reply with the standard textbook answer i am fine, guess there're a million ways and different tone u can abuse the same word to mean totally something else. but that adjustment comes from your voice, your tone, or your speed
and in japanese, "ga" and "wa", arbitually equivallent to most foriegners, make a helluva difference in practice
and how?

gee, read up namie amuro's "i have never seen" (mitakotomonai) lyrics

trapped in the maze of time..6:24 AM

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