Originally posted by Trekn All major business is done with Japanese anyways. Maybe more of us should learn Japanese. I would guess that to be the most difficult.
I hope I can get by with my only language, English, for as long as possible...Japanese sounds, well, a bit scary.
I remember (ok, I'm not flaming on Japanese, now,) seeing a movie (maybe, "Tora, Tora, Tora," or something) in which a Japanese clerk was typing a letter. We type letters fast. Not this clerk. Each Japanese character represented a word, like "man," or "house." Should be fast, right? No way. It was "hunt and peck" at a snails pace. Can you imagine how many keys that keyboard had on it?
I wonder if that's changed, or do the Japanese still use keyboards like that, or have they developed a special typing alphabet for the computer age?
Hello, Mike? Is our resident Japanese expert (and sports commentator) out there?
I must disagree that English is a difficult language to learn. Impossible to master, yes, but fairly easy to learn. Try learning German, a language that concerns itself with the gender of the table and then you modify the verb around that gender. There is no future tense in German, you have to...aw hell, I can't explain it well enough for everyone to grasp as I still don't understand it!
Also dann, bis spater!
Learning to speak english probably isn't that hard. But trying to get a firm grasp on the english rules of grammar and spelling is very annoying. Sometimes they don't even seem logical. I met a guy learning Russian and he said it was much more straight forward than english. I can't really say myself, I am learning german, but I haven't gotten to the grammar yet. I do however, read shakespeare, and the grammar in his works is so much better than anything now, sometimes I wish I could have lived way back then. But then I wouldn't have a bike.