General Discussion > Linguistics

Japanese and Navi

(1/2) > >>

sefuheron:
I have a question. I am currently trying to learn Japanese, just after I started on Navi... I cant help but notice how similar these two languages are. I am beginning to believe that it will be almost impossible to learn both, as one will probably overwrite the other.

Any opinions on this?

Fnua Atxkxe:
What similarities do you see? Just out of interest, I was thinking of learning Japanese at some point. Don't they have like, three alphabets? Sorry can't answer your question :-X

jparachoniak:
I tried learning Japanese a while ago (lost interest/didn't know how)

The similarities have to do with word order freedom and the concept of Noun cases.  Something really new to us English speakers.

Those are the similarities I've noticed.  ;D

wm.annis:

--- Quote from: sefuheron on February 20, 2010, 05:27:55 am ---I have a question. I am currently trying to learn Japanese, just after I started on Navi... I cant help but notice how similar these two languages are. I am beginning to believe that it will be almost impossible to learn both, as one will probably overwrite the other.
--- End quote ---

For two glorious semesters in college (lo, those many years ago), I had classes in Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese and Sanskrit.  While it's true I wasn't expected to produce spoken Sanskrit on the spot, nonetheless there was never really any confusion.  The languages are all different enough.

While there may be some superficial similarities between Na'vi and Japanese, they aren't deep similarities.  Frommer doesn't know Japanese.  I can't imagine them interfering with each other while you're studying both.

Nyx:
I know some people who studied Spanish for 3 years, and when they tried Italian they couldn't tell the difference any more. And a similar thing happened to me with German and Dutch. It takes quite a bit of work to get out of that gulf. But those languages are so similar that they sometimes sound like they're only accents. I think you're safe with Na'vi and Japanese, they sound very different from each other, and the similarities in grammar might be a huge help as you could use patterns from one for the other. Don't quote me on the last part though, I haven't studied any Japanese :P

Navigation

[0] Message Index

[#] Next page

Go to full version