30 July 2017 @ 04:28 am
just taught english to a japanese guildmate over LINE (japanese Skype)!!!

it was really difficult in the beginning because i didn't know exactly what she wanted. right off the bat she wanted to know how to say 例える 例えている 例えば etc which translates to "gives an example" "giving an example" "for example"... so i thought she meant she wanted me to give an example of "any" english, instead she wanted me to translate those forms x.X

then she wanted "do, can, am, is", which... well "do, am" are extremely hard for japanese people to learn. i explained it like this:

I = 私
I am, I'm = 私は(今)
do = する
do laundry = 洗濯 する (somehow she knew the word "laundry"...!)

she was trying to pair up can and do together "i can do eat" kind of thing, i tried to explain that we don't use "do" with all verbs, and it was reaaally difficult for her to understand...

then i taught her "pronounce, pronounciation, pronouncing". "sing?" she asked, "utau? (sing)", i said "yes it's the same! but "pronouncing" is a foreign word. and wrote it out in spelling: "pro noun sing", then she remembered it really well after that (pro is the same in japanese).

she can't hear or say the difference between "fern" and "fun" unfortunately, so she kept trying to say "i'm fun, i'm having fun!" and it always sounded like "i'm fern". she tried really hard but... i'm sorry... i can't teach how to say new sounds, especially not over voice chat that doesn't even have video so i can't show my mouth movements...

well it was a lot of fun! and we're gonna do it tomorrow at the same time (4am my time...) too!!! i'm going to slowly learn how to teach japanese people english, and she'll help me with japanese too, it's a good deal.
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sunlit_stone[personal profile] sunlit_stone on July 31st, 2017 12:57 am (UTC)
:D That sounds pretty cool! Are you going to teach her Esperanto?
lusentoj[personal profile] lusentoj on July 31st, 2017 02:33 am (UTC)
After her "family exchange week" next month I'll ask her about it! The problem is I have to make a webpage/blog post explaining exactly WHY Esperanto is good for if you want to learn English, which is pretty difficult with my limited Japanese (I've tried before, but I can try again now that I'm a bit better). Otherwise I think she (and everyone else I ever mention Esperanto to) will just go "but I want to learn English, not Esperanto!"...

Hungarians learn English 3x faster if they learn Esperanto first, similarly I'm learning Japanese a lot faster than my classmates (who don't live in Japan), of course "hard work" is still involved but if it can turn into half, or a third of the work... I just have to get that message across to people!! Man now I kind of want to keep writing my book that shows exactly how Esperanto helps with every language ever (I started it last year and Stuff Happened and I quit working on it, as usual).
sunlit_stone[personal profile] sunlit_stone on July 31st, 2017 11:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah that makes sense. I wonder if even, like, reading Wikipedia pages about grammar might help? I mean it wouldn't be as good but it wouldn't be nothing, and it would be a lot easier to explain.

Anyway good luck!
lusentoj[personal profile] lusentoj on July 31st, 2017 11:52 pm (UTC)
Wikipedia's too confusing for me lol! I don't know stuff like linguistics terms...
sunlit_stone[personal profile] sunlit_stone on August 2nd, 2017 05:16 pm (UTC)
Oh I don't mean for you though I mean for her? Like, I have no idea what the page is like in Japanese, but it might be easier for her to understand that than for you to have to explain everything when you can't completely understand each other.
lusentoj[personal profile] lusentoj on August 2nd, 2017 07:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, I thiiiink she's trying to look up stuff on her own (otherwise she wouldn't have any words she "wanted to ask me about") but frankly she seems pretty "uneducated" in general (like high-school dropout kind of person), doesn't know how to work computers etc and she seems to have a young kid (I get the feeling that she works from home during the day), so it feels like asking her to read stuff might be a bit too much haha... But my Japanese will really improve fast so I think, eventually I can see just how serious she wants to be with learning English. Because if she's super serious then I'll go find info and record myself and stuff for her.
sunlit_stone[personal profile] sunlit_stone on August 8th, 2017 08:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah, that makes sense.

Good luck!