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30 October 2006 @ 10:01 pm
Writing in general and specific  
First, I'll include a bit that I've learned about kanji while studying Japanese,


Originally, I thought that kanji were needlessly complex (probably a bias of my native language having an alphabet). After I've studied them for a while, though, I've found that kanji actually have a lot of nuances that an alphabetic language lacks. For example, the kanji in 好き suki ("like") is composed of two individual kanji, onna ("woman") and "ko" (child). So, "like" is what a woman feels for her child. The word for foreigner is 外国人 gaikokujin (often abbreviated "gaijin"), from gai ("other"), koku ("country") and jin ("people"). 電車 densha ("train") literally means "electric vehicle." 先生 sensei ("teacher") means "before (ahead of) students."

Some individual characters also look like what the represent. gaku ("school") looks like a roof over a child's head. ta ("rice field") and ame ("rain") also look like their meaning.

NaNoWriMo begins in two days. I'm going to post all of the novel I work on here...but I'm planning on doing it under a lock, so people aren't subject to constant story spam. If you want in on the NaNoWriMo story, let me know and I'll put you in the lock.
 
 
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Jnytesenvy on October 31st, 2006 04:11 am (UTC)
lock me in!

i am not going to post any of mine. but if i have something particularly good (according to my ever increasingly harsh opinion of my writing) i'll probably have people read it. when it's all over. when i'm not anywhere near.
Ashley <3ashiri_chan on October 31st, 2006 07:28 am (UTC)
I'd like to read it too. ^_^ I have so much time to peruse the internet on work breaks it's sick. Reading would be a good change. =D
Stastee_wheat on October 31st, 2006 01:39 pm (UTC)
Can I read too? :D
Joelkraada on October 31st, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
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*in hushed tones* I want in too, man . . .
softlykaoru: Chusoftlykarou on October 31st, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC)
I'd like to be in the writing lock, if I'm not already :)
Brian Walgrenuriany on November 1st, 2006 12:11 am (UTC)
i've been reading the things you write for years :-D why would now be any different?
jdcohen on November 1st, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC)
(I think I'll be the only one to comment on the Kanji part of your post, but here goes anyways...)

That's actually very cool - that you can combine what are basically alphabet-words to make more complex words. Much more robust than the English/Romantic equivalent, e.g. fire truck, superhero, fan-fucking-tastic, and mouthgasm (some of which may or may not be real words in common usage). Somewhat similar (and also fairly different) to Middle Eastern languages that use alphabet roots to form words of similar meanings. For instance, in Hebrew, Kesher means communication (root K-Sh-R) and Lehitkasher means to call someone on the telephone. There are even roots which differ only by a letter (or numeric value, as Hebrew is crazy like that) that are also similar in meaning: e.g. Emoona (root A-M-N) means belief and Emet (root A-M-T) means truth. However, that's not nearly as cool as with Kanji, it seems. Kanji is true doubleplusgoodspeak.

--Jeff
Sabe: NaNoWriMo 2006sabrecat on November 14th, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC)
I just saw your mention on softlykarou's journal that you're doing NaNoWriMo, and I don't have many friends or friends-of-friends who're doing it, so I'd be very interested to see. I've been posting my own progress over on catfox.