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The Book of Na'Lon

or rather, Inane Ramblings of an Expatriot

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I have been meaning to start learning Japanese for ages now, so on Friday I swung past the public library and picked up a language course for complete beginners and a big book.

So far all I have been doing is learning to read and write hiragana (katakana to follow shortly). I can now recognise a, i, u, e, o, ka, ki, ku, ke, ko, sa, shi, su, se, and so. I can reliably write them in I do it in that order, but still get a little confused one in a while if I start with the syllables at random and try to write the correct corresponding kana. But at least I know how to write the strokes in the correct order for these fifteen kana. :-)

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For some reason, it took me several weeks before I could reliably get ki the right way round. My hand wanted to have the two first strokes slanting down rather than up. It's probably a lefthanded thing... I just hope lefthandedness doesn't come home to haunt me when I start on the kanji!

I patiently learned all the hiragana, but I've forgotten most of them now. Anything like that rusts with disuses, sadly. I'd love to learn Japanese too... the writing system in particular, fascinates me. I suppose all I have to do is go out onto the street and kidnap a tourist, and keep them held captive in my basement until I'm fluent.

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