08 August 2017 @ 01:40 pm
well i'm gonna do it  
pruned my twitter "followers" list; deleted all the annoying, boring, etc people including that racist, constantly-angry american living in japan (i'd thought they were following me because i'm pretty sure we were originally mutuals; turns out on your followers page you can see if someone's following you back or not and they weren't.) i'm actually only following THREE people who "only speak english", one of them is my childhood friend so i told them about my plans to quit english (on that twitter), they're at work so they haven't answered yet... also posted the plans on my tumblr (if i can manage to quit english i'll also be quitting tumblr by default since i only ever go on there to post in english).

hafta do a buncha stuff in general: clean out my computer files, clean room, etc. i think after that i can begin the no-english (the computer stuff at least involves a lot of english because it's just me sorting out files and books and things). i'm not sure what i'm going to do about this DW account; it doesn't really bother me because you guys are all nice on here and my biggest problem with english is Angry Mean Stupid People, but at the same time if i write in english here i'll probably slip up and write in it elsewhere as well... ahh but i have all those japanese lessons to write for the japanese community.... it's not like i'm on DW all day or anything so maybe it's fine...
 
 
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sunlit_stone[personal profile] sunlit_stone on August 8th, 2017 08:02 pm (UTC)
Twitter is nothing but terrible, tumblr isn't nothing but terrible but still has a lot of terrible.

I hope you'll let us know if you decide not to use dreamwidth anymore! Or will you still be posting at teo_japan in Japanese even if you don't write here?
lusentoj[personal profile] lusentoj on August 8th, 2017 09:12 pm (UTC)
I've had a way better time on Twitter than Tumblr but most of the people who find me on Twitter aren't any good at English, whereas EVERYONE who finds me on Tumblr knows English. The bad Twitter people I can count on one hand: 1 Canadian, 4 Americans; there was also a Russian and a Finn but they weren't "bad", just "super annoying and pretentious"...

I'll still be posting there, I'm still undecided on if I'll have that blog be bilingual English-Japanese or if I'll make a community with the same posts in English or something. I think it looks really messy and alienates people when I have like four languages in one post lol. I don't have plans on quitting this journal but I might end up posting in Japanese/Esperanto/something instead of English. I'll still reply to people in English, I think (ex. if you post in English and I read my f-list)... but I'll be minimizing the amount of English I see as much as possible so I'll be doing my best to not make NEW English-speaking friends. Because involved with that is usually a lot of shit (1 out of 100 people are friend-worthy and it takes a lot of talking to realize it).
[personal profile] december_solstice on August 9th, 2017 12:20 am (UTC)
(I read both of your most-recent posts).

I'm sorry that you're having such a tough time with English speaking folks (or flat out Americans in general). IF you did give up English entirely, I would probably google translate everything (LOL), until you share more Esperanto stuff with me (FYI I still have the stuff you gave me way back when saved in my G-drive).

I've been keeping up with you on Tumblr (similar account, as you probably figured already: december-soulstice)

I def want to keep in touch once you head off to Japan. You've been a fantastic friend, and I'd be willing to pick up on Esperanto, or simply translate it, to stay in touch.

IMO tho, I say start by weeding out ppl out slowly. Make small adjustments to your online communities. I've been enjoying Tumblr a lot more lately simply because I follow ppl I like and unfollow/block if need be ppl that are shitheads. LOL. Like, straight up, DUDE, I don't even fucks with any SJW stuff.

Legit though, you're not wrong in the slightest. Tumblr, twitter, all social media is like a cesspool of intolerance and assholery. You gotta really *make* your feeds how you want them.

Sigh, I want you to surround yourself with ppl that make you happy, comfortable, and help you be better/grow.
lusentoj[personal profile] lusentoj on August 9th, 2017 04:20 am (UTC)
I really need to finish making those Esperanto lessons!! It's one of the things I'm hoping to do this summer, after doing all this cleaning and stuff...

The problem is just that, in general I'm fine random people seeing my posts (otherwise I wouldn't have any online accounts at all), and I've made a lot of really good friends this way so I don't want to change my ways, but it's it's not even native English speakers anymore. I'm getting a ton of ESL kids who are LEARNING TO HATE from the English-speakers (magically fluent in Tumblr hatespeech and not in like, basic grammar otherwise) : /

And it's soo bad now. These guys are everywhere, they're the "new generation": they're writing fanfics, they're on every site I go on (except for, for the most part, dreamwidth/livejournal). People are telling me to go to places like Reddit, are you kidding me? That's just another cesspool!! I'm ready to leave it all behind, man!! The only way to do so is either to abandon the internet or abandon English, and there's no way I'm abandoning the internet haha.
sunlit_stone[personal profile] sunlit_stone on August 10th, 2017 04:00 am (UTC)
Oh yeah that makes sense. Well I'll just be a decent Canadian and make up for my countryperson :P

And that makes sense about everything else, too (though I admit I'm glad you're still posting comments in English). Well--whatever you do, I guess I'll just embrace the chance to practice my Japanese!

...this would be a perfect time to be able to say good luck in Japanese. If you tell me how, I'll say it back to you! :D
lusentoj[personal profile] lusentoj on August 10th, 2017 05:00 am (UTC)
generally they say 頑張って ganbatte "(please) hang in there! work hard (to achieve your goals)!". i don't actually know what the kanji mean yet...
sunlit_stone[personal profile] sunlit_stone on August 10th, 2017 09:15 pm (UTC)
According to wiktionary, '頑' means 'stubborn.' it doesn't have a definition for '張,' though.

Anyway: 頑張って!
lusentoj[personal profile] lusentoj on August 10th, 2017 09:55 pm (UTC)
I juuuust edited this post to show an example of how bad the dictionaries are on words/kanji haha:

http://learning-japanese.dreamwidth.org/6236.html
sunlit_stone[personal profile] sunlit_stone on August 16th, 2017 10:19 pm (UTC)
Haha oops!

Hmmm, I don't usually have a lot of trouble with Wiktionary? It's usually like, look up words, find 12 definitions and a list of derived terms. But maybe that's just because I'm looking up beginner words?

It's funny, I found this book about Chinese synonyms at the library the other day and I thought, 'if only this were in Japanese, lusentoj would love it.' It lists Chinese words and their synonyms with all the connotations put in, it's pretty cool.

ETA: oh, actually Chinese characters aren't always pronounced the same way! Like you've got 乐 in 可乐, cola (kele), and that's pronounced 'le'. But in 音乐, music (yinyue), it's yue! Or the 觉 in 觉得, vs in 睡觉 (jue vs jiao). But they are almost always monosyllabic, and from what I've gathered of Japanese it's true that they change a lot less.

Edited 2017-08-16 10:26 pm (UTC)
lusentoj[personal profile] lusentoj on August 17th, 2017 04:11 am (UTC)
Hmm, good to know! I was told they "don't change" but I was thinking that was "pretty fishy, but good if true"....
quabazaa[personal profile] quabazaa on August 9th, 2017 11:48 am (UTC)
Jes vi povos skribi esperante! Mi ne komentos en la angla, eĉ kiam vi skribas angle. Mi ŝatas vian defion!! Bonan sukceson!!
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