日本語はかっこいいすですね

So I’m going to be officially taking a course in Japanese with the Gradschool! I need 6 more training points, and the course of 10 evening classes gives me 8 — which is pretty much ideal. Conveniently, I already know a little bit of japanese but I’m entirely self-taught. It’ll be good to have a proper lesson environment to learn in!
(Besides, when learning languages, you always feel a little silly talking to yourself…)

It even ties into my research pretty well. A number of projects and authors in astrochemistry are japanese. The Subaru telescope, the Akari space telescope, an author named Koike (whose work on silicates, I’ve been reading lately), amongst others.

Of course, this all still hinges on me being able to register in time — language courses are incredibly competitive, seeing as there are relatively few places available on the course. It’s open for registration in a couple of weeks, so I guess for now I’ll just have to wait and see!

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Molecular astrophysicist, usually found writing frenziedly, staring at the sky, or drinking mojitos.
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8 Responses to 日本語はかっこいいすですね

  1. invaderxan says:

    LOL!

  2. My boyfriend would practice Japanese while in the toilet… it was a bit weird :-P

  3. invaderxan says:

    You know, I think part of that is what appeals to me. Thinking about things in a different way… Maybe it’s the challenge of it!

  4. invaderxan says:

    Yeah, from what little I know, it seems like a very interesting language. Simple at a basic level, but very complicated the more you learn…
    Incidentally, French is pretty messed up that way too. ;)

  5. invaderxan says:

    It’s always good to know at least a little of the language in a foreign country. I always find people are a lot happier to help you if you at least make an effort… :)

  6. pax_athena says:

    I thought that Japanese was a really cool language to learn even though I just started and could not really continue – both the structure of the language and the whole writing system forces one to think so differently from what I am used to!

  7. stargzr_htn says:

    You will enjoy it, I think. Years ago I took three terms of Japanese. Found it very challenging & interesting. If there is a language out there with grammar as messed up (irregular verbs, etc.) as English, it’s probably Japanese.

  8. davidnm says:

    I’ve been taking Spanish classes recently; I figure it might be useful, since it looks like we’ll be spending a lot of time at instruments in Spanish-speaking countries.

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