2009年1月2日金曜日

Role models in language learning

Oddly enough, I've never actually talked to a native Japanese guy. I've talked to plenty of girls, even know a couple here in Arizona, but I can't find a native Japanese guy to learn from.

When you get into manga or anime to learn Japanese, people tell you "people don't talk like that in Japan". I've been told that using things like ぞ, ぜ, or 俺(おれ) and お前 are not used and make you sound like a child. People tell you this, and who do you end up learning from? Did you know for a while I actually was in the habit, even though I knew better, of putting わ after everything? I have to wonder if it's not the speech that makes you look like a child or makes you rude, maybe it's just the idea of being a man. After all people don't come from speech, speech comes from people.

Recently I read a manga called "Deep love: Real". It's about a guy named 義之(よしゆき) who goes to work for a host club. Their job is to go out and pick up women, then bring them back to the club where they'll spend money (a great read for people who are familiar with the black arts). The thing I noticed was that the guys who were really good at it spoke differently from the guys who were tools, and 義之 was really awesome at it. I actually started talking like him after a while. In a way I was role modeling him in my language.

Not to try and sound like Tyler Durden, but maybe us guys need to learn from men, not children or women. Maybe we need to find people we can look up to and role model.

1 件のコメント:

  1. In the US, most Japanese teachers are female. I have some male Japanese friends but I met all of them through my girlfriend, they're mostly pretty shy and hard to meet otherwise. I think you'd have a lot of fun if you saved up some money and spent a Summer in Japan, slumming it up in youth hostels and capsule hotels :)

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