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Condensing, condensing.
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Hi. So I have a bit of a problem. Way more often than I'd like, I get called out for being too verbose/wordy in my writings which kinds of... bums out the people I force to read my work. Anyway, in…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dryamontillado Dec 19, 2013.

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Condensing, condensing.

Hi. So I have a bit of a problem. Way more often than I'd like, I get called out for being too verbose/wordy in my writings which kinds of... bums out the people I force to read my work. Anyway, in trying to practice how to express huge concepts in the fewest words possible, I practice by writing a poem. Could you maybe critic and tell me what I could have used where to make it more minimal and what I could have left out without affecting the quality/message/general tone? And also, tips on…See More
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Taha Shaheen replied to Gail R.'s discussion I may be deranged, dear possible e-mail pen pal(s). in the group Nerdfighter Pen Pals
"So i was browsing in the discussions and exploring the ning and your first sentence was the funniest in the ning.My name's Taha. I just turned 18. I love manga. I play pokemon a lot. Not much of a gamer and not really socially awkward…"
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"I go back to the Philippines because my dad and little brother lives there, they can't come to the states. Im not too familiar with the geography but I stay in Manilla, Makati and Batangas when I visit."
Dec 1, 2012
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"I see. I think this is probably the first time I meant someone who still takes time to travel back and forth. Where is/was your, uh, 'hometown' here?"
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"Yeah, I was born in the states but sorta grew up in the Philippines when I was young. When back to the state ever since elementary school but I visit the Philippines for 3 months every few years."
Nov 30, 2012
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"Pretty much, yeah. You? Did you move abroad or were you born outside the Philippines and such?"
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"I'm Filipino. Do you live in the Philippines?"
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"Not sure if Filipino or just knew the word, lol. Regardless, hi, dude."
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"I'll probably get to reading through the site over the weekend. Or Christmas break. Or anytime school's not being too much of a time-consuming pain. Which is better to focus on first: hiragana or katakana? Or do I look at them…"
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What Kind of Nerdfighter Are You?
The "Please-Slap-Me-If-I-Put-On-The-'Cool'-Act" Kind.
About Me:
Hey there. I am Gail. I am 16 years old and saying "I am" instead of "I'm" makes me feel Augustus-Waters-Hazel-Grace smart, so I should probably stop now because I'm not fooling anyone. I come from the Philippines, that is in Southeast Asia and, for anyone wondering, I suck at Maths. Really, really suck, much to my - and my parents' - chagrin. Since my country has just now decided to adopt the normal program of having a junior high school thing (a system I don't quite understand; so there's 6 years of high school?), I don't know if it's correct to say I am a high school senior. A high school senior who should really be doing her thesis now but guesses she has a biiiit more time to procrastinate. Nonetheless, I'm Gail, I'm 16, I'm new to Nerdfighteria, I have an awful memory, I'm actually lonely and would very much like to talk with people but am actually intimidated by conversation so I am begging you; please send me a message. lolktnxbai.
Favorite Books, Movies, Music, and more
Favorite Books:

The Fault In Our Stars - John Green (I'm not trying to sound nerdfighterlike, this actually is one of my favorite books)
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
... will add more when I find/remember more.

Movies:

The Boondock Saints I & II
The Unusual Suspects
Fight Club (oh my, Brad Pitt and Edward Norton)
Good Will Hunting

Music:

Arctic Monkeys
All Time Low
Panic! At the Disco
A Rocket to the Moon
Beatles
Queen
What's your favorite thing to put on your head?
I want to put a fox hat on my head.
If you could do your happy dance with anyone who would it be with?
Can I happy dance with everyone?
Website:
http://nighting-gail.tumblr.com/
When did you start watching the Vlogbrothers?
August, 2012
Make up your own DFTBA initialism!
Don't Forget to Breathe, Alaska. Uh, I don't know? Haha

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At 4:14pm on December 1, 2012, Andrew Ilagan said…

I go back to the Philippines because my dad and little brother lives there, they can't come to the states. Im not too familiar with the geography but I stay in Manilla, Makati and Batangas when I visit.

At 12:06pm on November 30, 2012, Andrew Ilagan said…

Yeah, I was born in the states but sorta grew up in the Philippines when I was young. When back to the state ever since elementary school but I visit the Philippines for 3 months every few years.

At 8:22am on November 29, 2012, Andrew Ilagan said…

I'm Filipino. Do you live in the Philippines?

At 6:13pm on November 26, 2012, Grant Miller said…

This is the site that I found first. It has a good basic introduction to Japanese. It will teach you hiragana and katakana, as well as the proper pronunciation of them (it has sound files.) It also gives a good introduction to Japanese grammar.

I would recommend reading through that site. You don't have to memorize all the grammar, but it's good to be aware of it (and it's fun to learn about it!) I'd then recommend learning to read hiragana and katakana. I focused on reading first and didn't learn to write them (by hand) until much later. This worked well for me.

I then found some vocabulary sites with sound files. Here are two I used:

http://japanese.about.com/blsoundfile.htm

http://www.languageguide.org/nihongo/

I memorized all these words using my flashcard program. I don't recommend doing that, as that's where I got stuck. It's better to find somebody to practice new words with you as you're learning them (I will try to help you with this if you would like.) It is good for memorizing new words as you learn them, though. It was also very effective at teaching me to pronounce things correctly.

There are now a number of other sites that have audio files, so you're not limited to words from those sites; you should be able to get sound files for most new words you learn. I can help you figure out how to do this once you're trying to learn new vocabulary.

I'm a Mac user, so the program I used only works on Macs. I did make a much simpler version of it in Java once, which in theory should run anywhere. I made it for some Japanese friends for the purpose of learning English, though, so it needs some adapting. I'll try to make some basic modifications (like including both kanji and a kana reading for each vocabulary word) so that it can be used the other way around, too. Hopefully I'll get something working within an hour or two.

I do think that it is good to study in a manner where you can both see and hear the words you're learning, but don't feel obligated to use my program if you don't want to. Everybody learns a bit differently; so if you find a way that works better for you that's great too.

Let me know if you have any questions, I will do my best to answer them.

At 11:38pm on November 25, 2012, Claire said…

In regards to my previous comment please ignore the part about the bracket as I forgot to put them in but pretty much gozaimasu makes thank you formal :D

At 11:37pm on November 25, 2012, Claire said…

I would highly recommend learning hiragana first. There are some great apps on iPhone that help and just a bit of practice each day will get you learning them quickly :) Here are some words I would recommend you learning first. These are helpful. 

*note* the bracket makes the word formal used to talk to people who are older then you.

Hello - konnichiwa - こんにちは

Thank you - arigatou gozaimasu - ありがとうございます

Good bye - sayounara - さようなら

How are you - ogenkidesuka - おげんきですか

Are you ok/ I'm ok - daijoubu - だいこうぶ

My name is... - watashiwa namaewa ... desu - わたしはなまえは...です

Just so you know the Japanese use は (ha) at the end of konnnichiwa when it actually is pronounced as wa. 

Also this will help you a lot to know that to make a question for anything just add か(ka) to the end of the sentence. 

I will come up with a list of words to teach you. I would highly recommend buying a phrase book as they have many handy words you can learn. 

At 7:06pm on November 25, 2012, Grant Miller said…

Self study is hard. I did it for a year or so as well before I started taking courses at college.

You said you're most interested in learning to read? That's how I started out, but it quickly evolved into a desire to speak and understand it too. I found that getting a grasp of the language was much easier for me that way than by just reading.

You should be able to learn to read and write the Japanese syllabaries and some basic vocabulary and kanji on your own without too much difficulty. I did all these things with (computerized) flash cards. There are online resources that can show you how to write the characters; let me know if you need some help finding them.

In order to go much further than that, I needed to take a class. Learning grammar requires practice, and without somebody to tell you whether or not your grammar is correct it is very difficult to get any meaningful practice. I can speak Japanese pretty well, so I could help if you would like.

If you're interested in learning to speak the language at all, I'd recommend deciding to do so sooner rather than later, so that you can be sure to learn words with the correct pronunciations. Japanese is a relatively easy language to learn to pronounce (at least for English speakers.) I tried to learn correct pronunciations from the start. I imagine it would have been more difficult to relearn correct pronunciations later on.

I used a flash card program that displayed an English word and an image if appropriate, then would play a sound file for the word after you answered. I made it, so it was very much tailored to my needs and might be a little confusing, but I could send you it, if you're interested (and if it is compatible with your computer. What kind of computer are you using?)

Let me know how I can help. I remember how frustrating it was to try to learn Japanese on my own.

At 5:36pm on November 24, 2012, Claire said…

Hi!! :) 

I would love to help you learn Japanese. I have been learning for 3 years and would love to share my knowledge with you. Just tell me how you would like to contact etc to learn like email, private message etc. :)

Good luck with your studies!

At 8:34am on November 24, 2012, Grant Miller said…

Hi Gail,

I saw your post in Nerdfighter Tutoring and Mentoring. I'm probably not the best teacher around, but I can tell you about what I did when I decided I wanted to learn Japanese back when I was in college.

What have you learned so far?

 
 
 

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