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02 December 2006 @ 02:04 pm
Anyone speak Spanish? If I was to do the odd entry in Spanish for practice, would anyone read it?

I know a couple of you are learning Japanese. I'm pretty sure you've done kana. How about some kanji? I might do a sentence or two of bad Japanese. Maybe C would correct it?

I'm more caught up with the bookcrossing stuff now. I've all the books to hand jounalled, though there's probably others around, a couple more registered, and four envelopes packed and addressed, ready to go to the post office.

I did that seduction meme & I'm a bubble, but I must have missed something cos I don't have the graphic that the rest of you have.
With thanks to exigently,

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the femme dandy highwaymanglitzfrau on December 2nd, 2006 02:27 pm (UTC)
Bad bad Spanish. But I would love to read Spanish entries, if only to bolster my vanity and belief that I can, actually, still understand the language...
omly: bookomly on December 2nd, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC)
Go you on getting caught up on some bookcrossing stuff!

I sm larning spanish, but orally so I don't know how well I would read it. I would be interested in trying though.
a very caring potato: procrastinatorsmollydot on December 2nd, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC)
But did I bring any of the address packages in with me to town... that'd be a no.

Spanish is the easiest language to read that I've come across. Once you can say the alphabet, nearly everything is pronounced the way it looks. English is the worst, but having it as a native language helps a lot!
a very caring potato: parsnipmollydot on December 2nd, 2006 07:14 pm (UTC)
Cool. I find that trying to use a language is the best way to not forget it all/relearn what you have forgotten. Feel free to ask for translations or explanations.
exigentlyexigently on December 2nd, 2006 07:24 pm (UTC)

  1. Kanji! I'd love to learn a little. No idea how I'd even start to try translating it. Maybe I should get a book or something…

  2. I did the seduction meme twice and got bubble one time, Midas the other. 'cos it was a dodgy flash thingie, it only gave the link for the graphic for the most-recently-done one. In any case, here's the HTML blob for the bubble answer:

    <center><a href="http://www.seductiveshorts.com/#goods/quiz"><img src="http://www.seductiveshorts.com/images/blogs/bubble.gif" border="0"/></a></center>

a very caring potatomollydot on December 2nd, 2006 07:58 pm (UTC)
1. Well, I would direct you to site I had if it was still there. Been meaning to recreate it for the last year or so. Maybe this will be the push to get me started. The previous site was aimed at people who could speak a little, but were using alphabet (romaji) all the time. If I keep the same prospective audience, you could always ask me questions.

I find http://www.solon.org/cgi-bin/j-e/jis/dict is a wonderful dictionary. If it doesn't work, as sometimes happens, googling Jeffrey Japanese brings up other mirrors.

Do you want the thrill of knowing little bits, or do you want to be able to really read some? If the latter, you'll need to learn hiragana, which is doable in a finite amount of time, as there's 46 characters, rather than thousands. Of course, you'd need know some Japanese too! Eg, for the former, you can learn 木=tree, but for the latter you'd need to learn き=ki=tree (among other things).

2. Thank you! Have edited entry.
schmoomomschmoomom on December 2nd, 2006 08:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes please on the languages! I want to learn kanji (I know *nothing*, but love all things Japanese), and have years of French, so this will keep the jellifying mind sharp :-).
a very caring potato: persistence - cat on wiremollydot on December 2nd, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC)
Done! At least one entry is.

I love Japanese things too. Did you see my comment above to exigently? If I do re-create my Japanese learning site I will post about it.