November 2nd, 2013

youkai_aoarashi

Ima Ichiko makes the gaijin head hurt

As I may have said before. It's not just the ambiguous subject-less, object-less, conversational demotic Japanese-- with, all too often, an unindicated speaker, either someone whose face you can't see or just nobody shown at all. It's that visual decoding that other people (thesis has been proposed: kanji/ hanzi reading people) seem so good at and that defeats me. Kanji/ hanzi readers may note without thinking the difference between two people, exact same features and exact same shape of face, one of whom has bangs that curl up at the right side and the other of whom has bangs that curl down at the left, but I do not. (And if kanji/ hanzi readers are good at this because of early education, then by me the Israelis should be utter shoo-ins because cripes I can't even *see* those vowel-indicating dots in Hebrew.)
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