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Do you remember the first sentence you learned in a foreign language class?

I remember the first thing the Japanese teacher taught was was 「残念です。」 meaning "That's too bad." I guess you can tell what kind of sensei she was LOL...:XD:

Us: "But we haven't learned this yet! How can it be on the test!"
Teacher: "ZANNEN DESU. :iconsooseriousplz:"


And then in Chinese class, the first thing we learned was about some guy named 王大中 (a super generic name that means Wang Big Medium. idk). I think the sentence was "I am Wang Big Medium." In all these years, I have not been able to use that sentence even once...


(PS Loving the new color dA. Totally wore purple today~)
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ZANNEN DESU X'D

Oh, you have japanese and chinese classes? Lucky~! I'm still struggling in this lonely path of mine 8D Too scared to start chinese by myself for now... damn, not even sure I could make it work ):

Somehow I wish they taught us you know, words and phrases useful for actual daily conversations. Which would include internet slang, of course 8D
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Well I took them in high school, and I actually dropped Chinese before entering, so... it's more accurate to say It's been a while |'DDD I do want to take more classes, but I just can't fit it into my schedule.. ;__; I'm also afraid I'll do so badly once I get in that it'll pull my entire GPA down, which is something I've heard a lot @___@

You know what you should do? TRANSLATE DOUJINSHI 8) Not only is it very helpful for learning casual (or polite! depending on the character!) Japanese, it's beneficial for the community at large too. XD I'm also starting pick some really strange things like Tohoku-ben and Ibaraki-ben just by translating Densu *__* It's probably an opportunity I'd never have gotten otherwise ufu~ As for internet slang, the best place to lurk would be...nico! Or 2chan. I know Hong Kong will often be depicted as speaking in internet slang, and I also know that I-8 (a...submarine, don't ask) from Mitternacht Marine also speaks in 2chan style.
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The first word that my teacher told everyone to repeat after him was "Yatta!" And then he proceeded to do the yatta dance. I died on the spot.
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LOOOLLLL

Yatta! Baaanzaaaiiii!!
foreversea's avatar
Well, we didn't really learn full sentences in Japanese, we learned a bunch of vocab and grammar so we could make whatever sentences. So we kind of learned a lot at once....

Though I guess the first full sentence I learned was probably なまえはなんですか。(As you can see, my knowledge of kanji is quite limited. ^^; )
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That's true... But sometimes teacher will start off the class with a funny phrase or sentence to get your interest before we do the boring things like memorize the alphabet or how to count ^^
No watashi wa..desu? haha
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Yeah, and I think my French teacher did...but that was years ago. Oh! She taught us the US Pledge of Allegiance in French. Which I thought was rather oxymoronic, but hey. :P

My Japanese prof, though, is one of those people who is really reserved and kind of intimidating at first, but gradually you discover he's actually quite funny and playful. It's only recently he's started having fun with phrases. :) He's kept the 'watashi wa' to a minimum. We drop it whenever it makes sense. XD
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I haven't learned Japanese yet, but I've learned 王大中 last year xD It means that his last name is "Wang" and his name is "Da Zhong" , but yeah, it basically means "Wang Big Middle/Medium" xDD
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kagami222Student Filmographer
Yes, I know. XD I learned Chinese for over 10 years haha
hazyfunlovelala's avatar
Ahh, my bad, then xD
I'm in a class of third graders for Chinese School, haha... ;___;
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LOL I don't remember the first sentence I learned in Spanish class was, but in japanese club when we were learning to put simple sentences together I fashioned a weird sentence with 'yogensha'. Our teacher was a missionary so we were learning from his book XD You have a japanese CLASS?? Lucky. :D

But I know a few godsend phrases like: "Wakarimasen" "Imi wa nan desu ka?" "Eigo de itte kudasai" XD hahaha
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I thought Japanese was one of the more common classes! Along with French and Spanish. On the other hand, I'm jealous of people who have RUSSIAN class...Or like...LATIN. so cool~

Wakarimasen is totally useful, and best when accompanied with a facepalm or headbang. :thumbsup:
LynneWolf's avatar
I took Latin. I loved it. Sadly, the people who learned it with me don't have any interest in continuing to use it. D:
DraconicNosferatu's avatar
yeah... Although one of the colleges I'm applying to has Russian. If I get in I am SO learning it. :D
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The first phrase I learn whenever I learn a new language is 'I don't understand'. Je ne comprende pas! So useful when going to foreign countries :D
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:XD: I always make sure to learn "Help/Save me!" too. JUST IN CASE.
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hmmm... I think my first Chinese sentance was "请问, 您贵姓?" which means literally "excuse me, what is your honorable surname?" XD

And we also had a dialogue character called Wang! Though he was Wang Peng. (王朋)
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It's the Wangs... I swear they're collaborating against us.
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:XD:

There are 93 million Wangs in China, apparently. [link] (That sounds dirty >.>)
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kagami222Student Filmographer
Not to mention in other countries and around the world...!
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AHAHAHAHAHAA I AM WANG BIG MEDIUM. HOW CAN YOU BE BIG AND MEDIUM??? OH My. idr my first sentence xDDD it was generic i bet, like welcome or hello in spanish.
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kagami222Student Filmographer
MAYBE ON CERTAIN DAYS HE FEELS BIG, AND OTHER TIMES HE'S QUITE MEDIUM. I don't knoooowww.
Hola!
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DUDE. W.T.F YOUR ICON IS EPIC!!!! did u draw it OAO
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kagami222Student Filmographer
Yes? Thank you haha
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