Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The Joys of Language Learning

These days whenever I hear my name followed by a torrent of Japanese, it is exactly like a test you didn't study for. You react like the proverbial deer in the headlights. Your eyes widen, you perk up your ears as if you can willfully make them bigger, and catch more tender morsels of language. All you hear amongst the barrage are the words you have learned so far, "you" "office" "going" "tomorrow", and you come up with the most likely scenario involving those words. As an example with the words above you postulate that someone wants you to go to the office tomorrow, and of course the prudent thing to do is to show up at the office tomorrow and see what transpires form there. However, half the time your speculation hinges on a key word such as "don't" and you end up in places you shouldn't or don't have to go to.

2 comments:

Paul Vernon said...

Boy can I ever relate to this post. You have very clearly shared what I have tried to express so many times. Isn't funny how the little words get you? Just when you think you've got a phrase or common statement down...

I hope you have a Christmas full of understanding

Will Dykstra said...

Thanks for the Christmas wishes, some days come with more understanding than others.