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Thoughts in linguistics

Thoughts in linguistics

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Since older beginners are said to have past the threshold of native pronunciation ezine article counting edited
Since older beginners are said to have past the threshold of native pronunciation ezine article counting edited

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Since older beginners are said to have past the threshold of native pronunciation, once past that point, native pronunciation is unattainable. This may be physiologically true butwe can through practice and hard work get close enough to fake a native or two. Once our tongues have hardened or the brain function coordinated with the muscles of the tongueare stuck in our primary language, they say this usually happens around the age of 12-14,then our tongue is no longer moldable and cannot attain the shape to pronouncethings.past the point where the native pronunciation line can be drawn, we can draw near unto only a good pronunciation fter learning 1 through 10 On Counting in Japanese: astudy strategyIt is rare with so many romance languages being touted around in the USA, with Mexicosouth of the border and French Canada high on its heels behind us yet close enough tohave its influence felt. It is rare to find someone who has actually learned from a friend or a Japanese teacher how to count in Japanese. Americans are starving for some variety inthe choices our students our given in the public or private schools. Where in thecurriculum does it provide for Japanese, or Korean, or any of the 1000's of languages theworld knows.First learn the first 10 numbers in Japanese.1 – ichi2 – ni3 – san4 – shi, yon5 – go6 - roku7 –shichi, nana8 – hachi, ha9 – kyu, ku10 – ju, toAt this point, I just want to say that if you feel at all uncomfortable with the numbers upto 10 then stop and just study these numbers for a couple of days before going on. Useevery opportunity to use Japanese. Give yourself two hours each day that you only speak  Nihongo. If someone asks you what time it is answer in both Japanese and English. Trydoing any simple math that you would normally find yourself doing around the house ;any calculations you find yourself in try to remember to keep pace with your goals. The price of your Stater Bros items and even say the total in Japanese as you are waiting to pay. That is a good way to study even if you are not in Japan. Just make sure you can firstsay from 1 to 10 in Japanese frontwards and backwards with your eyes closed andwithout any help from some book, however you decide to memorize the numbers Theidea behind all of this is to get the locuter speaking more in the target language givinghim opportunity to Now on to the teens. Like most languages, the numbers become compound so 11 inJapanese is actually like saying ten one, ten two, ten three, ten four &tc.
 
11 – ju ichi12 – ju ni13 – ju san...and so forth... I'll let you finish studying the rest of the tens 14-19 Now on to the twenties. Here as in the teens the numbers are compounded so that youwill be saying two ten, two ten one, two ten three &tc.20 –ni ju21 – ni ju ichi22 – ni ju niand so on...The 30's through the 90's are also done in this fashion. Once you have recited aloud thenumbers 20 to 99 review them all and go on to do the 100's after you learn the word for 30 – san ju31 - san ju ichi95 – kyu ju go99 – kyu ju kyu100 – hyaku101 – hyaku ichi108 – hyaku hachi197 – hyaku kyu ju nana (shichi)200 – ni hyaku300 – sam byaku400 – yon hyaku500 –go hyaku600 – roppyaku700 – nanahyaku800 – happyaku900 – kyuhyaku1000 – sen1001 – sen ichi2000 ni senEtcSome of my best spent hours studying Japanese were when I recited to myself thenumbers in Japanese from zero to one million, and then back to zero again. Yes it got alittle tedious and after a while I would think to myself, “O.K. Enough is enough! I meangee… to 1 million and back… that is going a little out of the way just to learn somelanguage don’t you think?” Not to a die-hard that really wants to speak the language. Iwas extremely determined to master Japanese, that is why I recited the numbers fromzero to one million and then back again over and over again.Other things I did which are strategies worth considering was that I would count from 0to 1 million by 2’s, by 3’s, by 4’s and by 5’s, 6’s, 7’s, 8’s, 9’s, and 10’s. Some numbersseemed for some reason or another harder than the others, so I would concentrate moreon the hard ones. I don’t think I tried 11’s but it could produce the same results. It surely

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