July 23rd, 2007

Intro +Kogepan

Hi, I joined this community a few months ago and I think it's great. I'm from Houston and I speak Spanish, fairly good Portuguese (although I'm forgetting a lot), and a few words of Arabic (Palestinian and Moroccan dialects). I can understand Galego and Italian more or less. I'd love to learn more languages, though. Alizee and Camus made me love French, and stuff like Kogepan and Shin Chan make me want to learn Japanese. I'm trying the self teaching route for Japanese, but I'm lazy and unless I'm really pressured into something I usually put it off. Plus new alphabets are really hard for me, I think I have a slight retardation or something :|
On the other hand, I don't have much trouble orally learning languages so I guess that makes up for it
I also have a pretty big interest in computational linguistics, especially machine translation, and the neurological aspects of language acquisition. Nothing too in-depth, stuff in layman's terms like from "Scientific American Mind". Out of curiosity, how many people in this community study or work in those fields?

Anyway, the real reason I'm posting is because I've had this Kogepan journal since 2002 and I've always wanted to know what the little breads are saying. I recently discovered this page which explains the background of Kogepan, but I'd really like to know what's on my journal. If you could write out the Japanese in Latin letters (edit: in addition to an English translation) I'd especially appreciate it :)

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Thanks so much!

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I have been directed here from the potc_discussion group (♥), they said that I'd be able to find my answer here. OMG QUEST FOR ANSWERS XD

Anyway... I have a minor situation that i've been trying to rectify for some time now, but to no avail.

I found a wonderful PoTC At World's End wallet at Hot Topic, and I wanted to buy it (I need a new wallet anyway >_>), but it has some Asian writing on it. I can't seem to figure out what it says. It makes me nervous when I have something, and I don't know what it says. o_O

Anywho, http://www.hottopic.com/hottopic/store/product.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302029805&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524442159712&bmUID=1185167073620

That's the wallet. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks very much, I appreciate your help :3
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Asian languages at McDonald's

Yesterday, in Seattle, I attended a Filipino festival in Seward Park. McDonald's was one of the sponsors, and so they had a big Happy Meal-shaped tent. Outside of this tent, there had a couple of the following banners. Click to enlarge...


So, obviously, they're reaching out/advertising/whatever to the Asian-American community and what not.

To the point - for those of you who speak the languages, listed, what do you think? The Tagalog one makes sense, so it's ok. But the others?
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Pronunciation help

I don't understand the official pronunciation guide (the kind used in dictionaries), so could you spell it phonetically for me?

I'd like to know the pronunciation of the name Beorn, especially as Swedes or Norwegians would say it. Is it more similar to 'beeORN', 'BEHorn', 'BAYorn'... or something else entirely?