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Old February 6th, 2011, 07:19 AM   #41

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Mine is sadly only sufficient for conversational Japanese - definitely not academic Japanese, and as for my reading...
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Thanks, I'll see if the library can order it for me.

Also, I will look for the Portuguese version of his writings, as I can read that a bit and have many Brazilian contacts, I am very interested in primary sources, and I am not familiar with this one. Thanks Leakbrewgator and Naomasa.
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Mine is sadly only sufficient for conversational Japanese - definitely not academic Japanese, and as for my reading...
On my list of things to learn, after Chinese. I'd also enjoy learning Thai.
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Mine is sadly only sufficient for conversational Japanese - definitely not academic Japanese, and as for my reading...
I'm a real oddball, because I'm the exact ooposite.

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Thanks, I'll see if the library can order it for me.

Also, I will look for the Portuguese version of his writings, as I can read that a bit and have many Brazilian contacts, I am very interested in primary sources, and I am not familiar with this one. Thanks Leakbrewgator and Naomasa.
No problem. The book Naomasa recommended will probably be a better starting place because it is a LOT cheaper than Lamers' book.
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No problem. The book Naomasa recommended will probably be a better starting place because it is a LOT cheaper than Lamers' book.

Yes, I will start there, and I will have the library order them both, that way, there is no expense to me, and others will benefit as well.
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On my list of things to learn, after Chinese. I'd also enjoy learning Thai.
I read and speak Thai fluently, but I have no idea why anyone would want to learn it... "Fifty dolla love me long time" gets you a long way (and also accounts for inflation )
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No problem. The book Naomasa recommended will probably be a better starting place because it is a LOT cheaper than Lamers' book.
I should point out that I haven't personally read it, but I have seen it quoted numerous times, and I've read one or two excerpts from it.
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I read and speak Thai fluently, but I have no idea why anyone would want to learn it... "Fifty dolla love me long time" gets you a long way (and also accounts for inflation )
Haha, classic. Mostly I would like to learn east Asian languages because I currently know next to nothing about them. I have studied throughout the years in several different "exotic" languages, Arabic, Ukranian, Dutch, French, Portuguese, but never any East Asian languages. I assume they can't be too much more difficult to understand than Arabic (as every sound in Arabic sounds extremely similar haha) Which reminds me, I should start brushing up on that again, I plan a trip to Egypt soon.
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Haha, classic. Mostly I would like to learn east Asian languages because I currently know next to nothing about them. I have studied throughout the years in several different "exotic" languages, Arabic, Ukranian, Dutch, French, Portuguese, but never any East Asian languages. I assume they can't be too much more difficult to understand than Arabic (as every sound in Arabic sounds extremely similar haha) Which reminds me, I should start brushing up on that again, I plan a trip to Egypt soon.
I hope not too soon! How hard was Arabic?

Learning Japanese has been the single hardest thing I've ever done. Learning French was 123820382038544050480458 times easier.
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I hope not too soon! How hard was Arabic?

Learning Japanese has been the single hardest thing I've ever done. Learning French was 123820382038544050480458 times easier.

Yes I found French to be extremely easy as well. Arabic was quite difficult because there are several pronunciations that all have VERY different meanings, they write from right to left, and there are several sounds that are so similar it is almost impossible to discern them, unless of course you are a native speaker. I have not used it in about 4 years, wonder how well I can still speak it, never had much of a knack for reading it. Writing it? Yeah right.
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