Charlie Phillips wrote:Yeah. I originally planned to spend a year in Taiwan and then move on to Japan and ever onwards. Good luck with that.
I come from Delaware, a state in the US which has a reputation for being a bit of a "black hole" itself (I mean, have you even *heard* of Delaware before? Of course not). Obviously, I escaped its gravity and got here =] . It's not the place, it's the person... preaching to myself here. I can certainly see how easy it would be to get "stuck" here. But I have ZERO interest in "settling down" here. I studied Chinese culture in college for three years. Veni, vidi, vici. I'm ready to move on to another culture. I understand it and respect it, and honestly do love and appreciate some things about it, but don't want to live in it long term. That means that the odds of me being in some relationship that keeps me tied here is minimal, barring any stupidity on my part =] . And it's those clingy, can't-leave-the-rock Taiwanese girls that seem to be what keeps most guys here =] .
I would love to say that I have the gumption to learn Japanese on my own, but frankly, I am not disciplined enough to do all of that digging and research for myself. I'm just being honest with myself about it. You pay the money to have someone else do that legwork for a reason... either because you are too lazy to do it yourself or to save time. I kind of need both, to be honest ^_^ .
I appreciate your advice on ru verbs, though. I remember when we started getting into te form in 106, I was thinking to myself, "Why the hell didn't they start us with ru form? it's obviously what everything is built on...".
Duly noted on Taiwanese people having a funny accent. I had actual Japanese people teach me the language in college (barring one middle aged American man who had lived in Japan as a child and who knew the language par excellance
I am really kicking myself for not bringing my Genki books. Even if they are confusing at times or "backwards" in how they teach, they're a useful resource.
Hmm, yes, I really should read manga, I know that will help. Not to mention manga is cool anyway =] .
Any further ideas/recommendations are appreciated.