近海る (Kin Kairu)

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Linguistically on the Job

I had my first dream fully in Japanese the other day. Not to say this is a first: I’ve had plenty of dreams in the past that involved the other language. But this was the first time I had a dream almost completely in Japanese. Yes, I know dreams are just one of the things people should never talk about, so I won’t bore you with the details. I will say the dream had me speaking some pretty fast and wild Japanese, with words and phrases saved only for the dramatic. Out of what I remember, at least.

Most likely this happened because I’ve been actively studying and hearing the Japanese language every day for the last two years. I like to believe I’ve come far in my Japanese studies, but I still have a while to go. However, there are many times right when I’m about to practice I run into an all too familiar situation:

What happens when the other person you’re speaking to only wants to speak English?

Not only an issue in Japan

Not only an issue in Japan

http://www.itchyfeetcomic.com/2013/11/second-mother-tongue.html#.Ve5xlNK8PGc

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