I've never taken a class in Japanese, though I hope to next year, so this is mostly what I've picked up here and there. It's kind of hard to put things in context when you've never actually spoken or written in a language. So thaks for the assistance.
Are you sure about the が particle, though? It seems like that would translate more as "Is it Japanese that you can speak?" Which for all I know is exactly how you would ask such a question in Japanese.
Glad that the thread's useful.
I wouldn't worry about it, man. Japanese is a grammatically complex-assed language, and it takes quite a while to understand some of the subtleties that aren't really present in most Western languages.
What's important is that you enjoy it and are always looking for opportunities to improve
I guess I've got my mind in the right place then. Although, it might be more accurate to say that Japanese is morphologically complex compared to English, whereas the syntax is simpler.
You're right: Japanese is significantly more morphologically complex than English, but I wouldn't go so far as to say that it's syntactically more simple. Once you delve deeper into the language and start exploring their literature, sentence structures can become so complex that you can't tell your linguistic ass from your elbow. Haha.
That was my experience, at least.
Youtube, huh? I would never have thought of that. Good tip.There are a lot of good programs out there to teach you the kana. Human Japanese is cheap and effective. There's also a youtube series that does kana and the 80 kanji they teach to first graders.
Soap- 語 is ご, and it means "language", basically. I'm not sure how you can have trouble with romaji if you know kana, though...
My kanji are very limited as well. I can read maybe 150... Writing is easier of course, since the comp transliterates automatically from romaji.
Youtube, huh? I would never have thought of that. Good tip.
Ah, ok, "go". That makes sense now.
Romaji trips me up, I think, because I want to write things like "she" instead of "shi" and use "g"s instead of "j"s and then there are the chisai tsu, ya, yo, yu, etc. I can read them and pronounce the words correctly, I just have a hard time writing them in English. If that makes sense.