すみません

Spring blossom vert nihongoすみません」 is a multipurpose Japanese expression which means something like “I’m sorry” or “excuse me”.  I’m apologizing because I haven’t posted anything in a while.  I’m apologizing in Japanese because it’s all Japan’s fault!  Not really.  But kind of.  I’ve been studying Japanese since January 2012 and I love it.  Most days I do about an hour to keep things ticking over.  At the moment though, all of my craft projects are at the gestational stage (i.e. I’m thinking rather than doing) so I’ve been putting a bit more effort into my Japanese studies.  It’s not all books and flashcards though; I get to play games.  In order to memorize the 2000+ kanji* I play a game called Slime Forest.  It’s not a sophisticated game by current standards but I’m of the generation that got excited when Pong came out!

So, will you forgive me if my posts are few and far between?  I will post as soon as I have something to show you.

*Kanji are the complicated Chinese-style characters like the ones on the left here.  These are pronounced “nee-hon-go” and just mean “the Japanese language”.

 

http://www.tofugu.com/2013/10/24/sorry-for-saying-thank-you-the-many-uses-of-sumimasen/

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Posted on August 4, 2013, in Japanese and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. You have a lot of talents Sarah, all of the different crafts you do plus you are now learning Japanese, I have troubles with English 🙂

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    • 😀 Thanks, but just because I do lots of things doesn’t mean I’m any good at them! “Jack of all trades, master of none.” I’ve been studying Japanese for over a year and a half and I’m still useless at it. But I don’t mind, I’m a lot better than I used to be and that’s all that matters to me.

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  2. OMG, that is awesome to study another language. Of course, take your time and learn. That is more important. Maybe your next post will be in Japanese characters. 😛

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  3. サラさん、頑張ってね。

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  4. Wow, I’ve got to give you kudos, Sarah, for learning a language that, to me, looks so daunting! It’s such a beautifully written language, and I’m so glad you’re really liking it! Blessings as you continue in your studies!

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    • Thank you. Yes, one of the reasons I like it is because I like calligraphy, and the Japanese characters are so interesting to draw.
      I hope you are getting better.

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