July 23rd, 2009

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Latin, 'I ...'

Just wanted a quick confirmation of the Latin here and whether these can all be used as statements in their own right?

Spero - I hope
Scio - I know
Vivo - I live
Amo - I love
Somnio - I dream
Sentio - I feel

Any help appreciated - thanks so much.
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Single English/Japanese speaker seeks Korean-learning resources (pics plz)

So somehow I roped myself into going to South Korea in 4.5 months with a group of friends, and this is...a little intimidating for me.

I'm an American living in Tokyo, and until coming to Japan, I'd never been outside of America (and in America, never north of, say, Arkansas XD;). Here, now, I can now say "I've never been to a country where I didn't have at least a conversational grasp on the language". Meaning, I've never been to a country where, if I found myself lost on the street, I couldn't somehow navigate myself home with the help of the kindness of strangers.

So, now that I'm headed to Korea in a matter of months, I'm keen to speed-learn as much of the language as possible! This is where I'd appreciate some basic help.

1) Any good teach-yourself-Korean books? I'm not talking Pimsleur or Rosetta Stone or anything like that, just a typical, shortish book you might find browsing Borders or something. For example, I learned Japanese from 2 books (this and this) and filled in all the rest with anime/manga/native speakers to perfect pronunciation and learn the subtleties of the language. It was far from the ideal method, but it worked for me, as I'm a very do-it-myself, in my own way, kind of gal. I liked the books for teaching me the basics--like how to identify verbs, adjectives, etc., plus kana deciphering and particle usage. A nice base like that really helped me find my feet in what was otherwise about the furthest you could get from English, my native language. Are there any good "teach yourself Korean" books? I'd prefer something with as little romanization as possible, as I'm sure that'll just confuse me in the end ^^

2) Any good teach-yourself-Korean youtube videos (or any site, really), for help with pronunciation? I think what frightens me most about the language is probably this! I've always prided myself on not sounding "foreign" when I can possibly help it, and the 10 or so vowels Korean apparently has is really intimidating me (yes, the English speaker is intimidated by a few extra vowels, go figure XD).

3) Any idea what level I can expect to get to with casual studying on my own for 5 months, with the intention to actually USE that knowledge (so, studying with a purpose, and hopefully studying more intently then)? I'm definitely not expecting to be able to philosophize with people on the street, but basic things like asking for directions, being able to read street signs, maybe ordering from a menu (or at least being able to READ the menu)? I understand no matter how well I may pick up grammar/memorize the alphabet, vocabulary will always be tantamount to my understanding anything spoken to me, but barring that, what are your thoughts, Korean speakers/students?

Thanks for delving through the tl;dr above, and if you've got any relevant communities to pimp, please do!

PS - Given my familiarity with Japanese already, can I expect to have ANY easier a time learning Korean? And are there any built-in Windows utilities for typing in Korean?
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Looking for volunteers who love Japanese music to translate Finnish (and more)

We are musicJAPANplus, a free webzine all about J-music that also touches on Japanese food, fashion and culture. We feature rock, pop and visual-kei artists, and are expanding our features into several foreign languages.

At present we really need more volunteers for Finnish translation.

*Interest in J-music or Japan (or translation?)
*Some free time
*Ability to translate from Eng-Fin or Jpn-Fin

You can choose your workload to accommodate whatever free time you are willing to devote.

For more information and the link to join, please click this link and e-mail as directed. (Feel free to skip "favorite artists" if you are not a fan of J-music, and include only a basic address (eg city, country) if that makes you uncomfortable.)

Aside from Finnish, we would also love to have more Malay, Polish, Indonesian, Korean, Swedish, Hungarian and Dutch speakers. If that's you, please join us!

Thank you for reading, and we apologize if this post may be inappropriate.