February 9th, 2004



I only have a couple minutes to write before class but...

These days have been so long O_O I feel like I am back in my first semester of college all over again and I don't like it one bit. It's like I am all over stressed cause my mind is multitasking and - like a computer - it is starting to freeze up. I spent most of the weekend doing homework: Sat from 1pm-3 am and Sunday from 2-sometime in the evening at which point I gave up and decided to take some kinda break...*sighs*

It would be ok if:

I. I had a paper topic for Lowy-sensei..which I don't..and for which I am growing uber freaked cause I am running out of time...kyaaaaa
II. If I did NOT have my Art 120 course. It is the pits. I do not like my prof at all and she makes my mornings miserable with paranolia and makes my afternoons sour with distain.

So, I have gotta figure out a way to get those things settled and finish my application to Kansai Gaidai AND to teach myself Japanese - as my classes surely are not doing too much for..*sighs again* But I am working on music lyrics and also reading manga/listening to anime that is lagging so it forced me to sound stuff out ^^ Maybe I will be able to speak Japanese one day...but I will definately have to work on ym own outside class time to do it I am afraid.
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Manga and anime teaches us things

I think it is more useful to use manga as a textbook and anime as an audio guide for learning Japanese than going to class.

It seems like after a long day of class that I have no mental energy to retain anything and I don't have the energy to care enough about it. I just want to sleep it off.

After watching anime or reading manga, however, I get this overwhelming desire to "dissect it" peice by peice and study it and diagram it down to its last bits!!! I wish I had the enthusiasm while in class!

But I think it goes along with my whole love of problem solving. Mainly I only like to study languages when I can problem solve them: take a phrase and lemme track it down to figure out what it means, where it comes from, and why it is there.

(I did that once when a friend from California gave me a random phrase from an AIM away message. He didn't even tell me what language it was in, but it turns out that it was Taglog and it meant something to the effect of: leave me alone - which seems appropriate for an away message^^ The point being that I ran around the internet till I figured it out cause the problem solving was so fun!!!)

That's also why I love names.

Did I mention that I used to read name books as a child? I did ^_^ They may look as boring as a dictonary but I ate them up like grilled cheese!! I still love them. I own a ton of them XDXD I sometimes use them when naming characters in my stories but usually I just like studying the meanings and roots and languages! :D:D Names are amazing! I even have a slightly "controversial type" name book which explains the character traits which possibly go along with certain names - it is very fun to compare the entries to my family and friends and see how they compare^^ Buahaha! I think Megans (from Margaret->from Greek for Pearl) are known to be travels! yay thats true enough! ^_^

Anyway, I think I will stick to doing language learning the hard way (aka - translating random phrases by hand) because that turns out to be easier for me to learn! O.o