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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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bitmoo Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010
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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kagami222 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Student Filmographer
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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Mekimek Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
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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kagami222 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Student Filmographer
LOOOLLLL

Yatta! Baaanzaaaiiii!!
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foreversea Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
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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kagami222 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Student Filmographer
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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foreversea Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
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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hazyfunlovelala Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
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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kagami222 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Student Filmographer
Yes, I know. XD I learned Chinese for over 10 years haha
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hazyfunlovelala Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
Ahh, my bad, then xD
I'm in a class of third graders for Chinese School, haha... ;___;
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DraconicNosferatu Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
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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kagami222 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Student Filmographer
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:
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LynneWolf Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
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:
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DraconicNosferatu Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
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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CoconutDragon Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
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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kagami222 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Student Filmographer
:XD: I always make sure to learn "Help/Save me!" too. JUST IN CASE.
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Classicalmusicrocks Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
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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kagami222 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Student Filmographer
It's the Wangs... I swear they're collaborating against us.
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Classicalmusicrocks Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
:XD:

There are 93 million Wangs in China, apparently. [link] (That sounds dirty >.>)
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kagami222 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Student Filmographer
Not to mention in other countries and around the world...!
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starrelly-chan Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
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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kagami222 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Student Filmographer
MAYBE ON CERTAIN DAYS HE FEELS BIG, AND OTHER TIMES HE'S QUITE MEDIUM. I don't knoooowww.
Hola!
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starrelly-chan Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
DUDE. W.T.F YOUR ICON IS EPIC!!!! did u draw it OAO
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kagami222 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Student Filmographer
Yes? Thank you haha
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starrelly-chan Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
grrrr its so sessy! where is the full picture of it?
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kagami222 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Student Filmographer
over here: [link]
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starrelly-chan Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
coolll!!! thanks 8D
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elegentmess Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
In mandatory French, German and Japanese, the first sentences we learnt were something along the lines of-

I have *insert number* *insert pet*.

Because that's very important to know when talking to someone from a foreign country.
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kagami222 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Student Filmographer
Because talking about our pets is a totally valid way to start off a conversation with a total stranger. :nod:
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golden-eggs Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
The first thing I learnt in Japanese was "I am Japanese." I'd be lying if I said I've used this phrase.

ZANNEN DESU!! OH IF I HAD A DOLLAR FOR EVERY TIME SENSEI SAID THAT. :iconimhappierplz:
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kagami222 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Student Filmographer
....for some reason, I feel like it'd have been more useful to have taught "I am <your country>-jin" instead....lol

WHY DO THEY DO THAT TO US??! FFFFFFFFF Q_____Q
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golden-eggs Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
I've been asking myself the same question for the fast 4 years.

THEY'RE MOCKING US ;;;A;;; JUST BECAUSE THEY KNOW A LITTLE BIT MORE JAPANESE THAN US, IT DOESN'T MEAN THEY CAN USE IT TO THEIR ADVANTAGE :iconotlplz:
life as a student is hard.
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Tylia24 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Student General Artist
My first foreign language would be English :/

NAW KIDDING. My local language is like a foreign language to me just because I love English so much. DARN YOU, IGGY.
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kagami222 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Student Filmographer
You like English!? But there are so many rules and EXCEPTIONS, it's so difficult! I'm so glad I learned it when I was a child, otherwise I don't think I'd have ever been able to hold a conversation, let alone master it... @__@ I'd probably be all..."This is a pen." "I am a pen?!" "You are a pen!"
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Tylia24 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Student General Artist
"WE'RE ALL PENS!" :dummy:

Well, thanks to mum and dad, who exposed me to English books, (CARTOON!) shows, movies, yada yada as a child, I'm quite used to it 8D

NOW, I have problems with my own local language. Pffft. Extra "N", extra "G", extra "K". Is the "Di" connect to that word? e___e
And I think most languages have tons of rules that make you go nuts XD;
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Random-Rebellion Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
I learnt normal things in my first jap lesson(not that I'd be able to remember), but the first thing I learnt in Spanish was "do you want some beer" but I can't remember how to say it even though I learnt it last year.
Purple FTW! Even though da put up the Spirit Day thing up a day after it happened here, lol, a day behind.
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kagami222 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Student Filmographer
aha! But a more useful phrase probably would've been "Do you have some beer?" or maybe "Do you have any money?"
Yeah, putting it up earlier probably would've been best (It wasn't up until nighttime for me), but I'm just glad they did something. :3
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Random-Rebellion Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
The only reason we were taught "do you want some beer" was because the teacher that taught it to us wanted us to say it to a spanish speaking teacher at our school, weird for a student to be asking a teacher such said question.
I am glad to, I wore a purple braclet to show my support.
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