Course, I say that a lot, but that’s only because it’s true. I was actually thinking about only writing something short and heading to bed, as I’m trying to shift me schedule a bit, but the page for my PbP D&D game is currently under maintenance (gotta love when it does that just as you hit send =\), and will be for the next 20 or so minutes.
So, since I have some time to kill anyway, I might as well try to entertain everyone here. Course, I could get started on my review instead, but that wouldn’t be as fun. =P
Well, I started putting together something with Anki, but it’s rather hard to decide what specifically to cover, and then I have to try and verify the information. It’s a slow, but hopefully effective process. Besides, it might end up working out really well for me. They say, “if you want to learn something, try teaching it to someone else.” I’m not sure how well this actually works, as I’ve never actually tried it, but it does seem like an interesting idea.
So, what’s new, exciting, and Japanese related with me? I’m working on my pen-pal ad again. I still haven’t gotten a reply from my current pen-pal, which makes it 22 days since I sent last sent a message. I thought it was going well, but there’s little I can accomplish by worrying about that.
What did I learn from my last/current language exchange partner? I really need to make sure I share more interests with the next one. Sure, with my current one I could chat about various things going on in the world, or what’s new with each of us, but I think having a shared hobby would be better.
It seems kind of obvious when you think about it, but I fell into the trap. See, when they list things like liking movies or anime, it doesn’t necessarily mean what you think. I’ve actually watched quite a bit of anime since I started studying Japanese. It’s one of the few sources I have for regularly hearing people speak in Japanese, and it’s helped me at picking out various words quite a bit (and even learn a couple). But, someone who puts that they like anime might only like One Piece and Naruto (don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Naruto, but I was hoping for a little broader range of discussion).
I’ve also got an extensive movie collection, a truly massive list of VHS tapes (for the younger audience, it’s what we used before DVDs =P) from every genre. Course, I like older movies, so someone who says they like movies might only watch the more recently released theater movies, which I consider to generally be lackluster.
So, I end up somewhat struggling with things to talk about. It’s not that they aren’t nice, but we don’t have nearly as much in common as I was hoping. The sad thing is that if we both fluently spoke each others language I don’t think this would be a problem at all. When you don’t have things like television shows, games, or just plain hobbies that you both like, it becomes rather difficult to find things that you actually can discuss. I’ve found it’s rather difficult to talk about things like the economy, world events, and religion when we’re both so new with the language. Sure, it can be done, but it’s slow going, and I found it somewhat difficult to get a good conversation going.
Ah well, I guess that’s the dangers of searching for a language exchange partner. The worst thing is, there’s little you can do about it. Unless they specifically mention what they like, they’re likely to pick a broad category and you’re stuck guessing. So, my goal is to write an ad that’ll hopefully show off my interests well enough to find someone I can get into a good rhythm with. It’s funny, in English, I can find something to talk about with anyone, but it’s much harder to do when I lack the vocabulary. =P
Alright, it looks like my message board should be back up by now, so I’m going to head off to sleep. おやすみなさい！ =D