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Why did I start learning Japanese?

Ok, so today I wanted to share with you why I started learning Japanese a little over two years ago.

Here’s the thing, I love learning a new language and I love when I’m capable of understanding things in the same language they are written, like reading books in English that were originally written in English, reading books in Spanish that were originally written in Spanish an watching TV shows in English because they were made in the U.S. or England. Why? Because I think that there is a lot lost in translation when you are reading something that’s been translated. You are not listening or reading the original words that were meant to be there, you are listening to the words a translator used and most of the times, it’s not the same.  The jokes, they are not the same. There’s something special about a comedy, especially comedy, that it’s really funny in its own language but once it’s been translated… it’s not so funny anymore.

Well, this exact thing here is one of the reasons I wanted to learn Japanese, in order to be able to watch anime and read manga in Japanese, understanding the meaning of every word that’s supposed to be there.

Also, I like learning a lot about different cultures and I think that learning the language it’s a huge way to understand any culture. There is so much said (or not) with words, it’s such a key component of our life that if you are able to understand how people from a culture talk, you learn to know how they think.

For example, in languages like English or Spanish, words aren’t everything. There are a thousand ways to express things, let’s take sarcasm for example. Or here in Argentina, we tend to add so much meaning to the way we say things, you could say the same word twice but if you say it differently, it’s not the same. On the other hand, in languages like Japanese, words are EVERYTHING. It doesn’t matter how you sound while saying anything, the only thing that matters are the words you say.

But you might be asking, what does this have to do with the fact that I study Japanese? Well, I’ve always felt intrigued by the Japanese culture and I have always wanted to know more about it and what better way to understanding it than learning its language? Also, I would love to be able to watch anime or read manga in the same language it was created, without the help of translators. And last but not least? It’s actually really cool, I can read it and I can write it. I like learning languages, I speak English and Spanish fluently and I know a little bit of French and now I’m learning Japanese, which I think it’s pretty cool.

So, these are the reasons as to why I think learning a new language it’s really cool and interesting and why I choose Japanese.

So I would love for you to tell me: What languages do you speak? Do you want to learn another language? Do you think that learning a language it’s a key part of understanding that country’s culture? I would love to know what you think about this topic, so please let me know in the comment section below!  Also, if this is the first time you are reading ITBC please feel free to check the rest of the blog out and subscribe or follow me on any of my social media so you can be notified whenever there is an update on the blog.

I hope I see you next time… bye!

-L.S.

I’M BACK! Did you miss me?

Hello! I know, I know, it’s been a while… again. Yes, again. Actually, I’m getting pretty tired of having to write these same things every time I’m out of business for a while. But what can I do, I guess I’ll have to try to be consistent with my writing. I guess I could try that.

I know I haven’t been posting a lot this month; it’s just that I’ve been going through a lot of changes and a lot of new things.

Besides from being a Biology student, getting my masters and living by myself; I have also gotten an internship in a laboratory and I’ve had surgery on my left hand. All those things are making it hard to adjust and I’ve fallen behind schedule.

I’m trying to have a schedule up for October, but I can´t promise anything.

I’m going to try to make it up to you by answering  10 questions about myself that I found interesting, so I hope you like it and you get to know me a little bit more.

  • If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

I guess I would write some more, I would use the time to work on my blog. I would also finish that online course I’m taking on web development. And I guess I should use that time to study for college, but I’m too tired of that.

  • What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?

I’ll have to say scuba diving. I did it once and I loved it, I would like it to be a hobby.

  • What fictional place would you most like to go?

Oh, this is a good one. I would probably be killed by a monster or die from a bacterial infection but I would love to go to the Sengoku Jidai from Inuyasha.

  • What job would you be terrible at?

Mmmm… I guess I would be a terrible surgeon. I mean I almost fainted when I had to cut a dead frog open, so cutting a living human being? No thank you.  I would be fainting all the time!

  • If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance of winning a medal for?

Being organized and achieving a lot of stuff on a day. Also probably binge-watching a lot of TV shows and remembering little details and characters’ names.

  • What job do you think you would be really good at?

I’ll guess I would be a really good wedding planner. But I’ll be so stressed and I wouldn’t want to deal with crazy brides so… no, thank you.

  • What are some small things that make your day better?

A perfect weather, waking up next to my boyfriend and having some extra time to talk a little, cuddling with my cats… all those sorts of things.

  • When people come to you for help what do they usually want help with?

Relationship issues.  Personal issues. I’m the type of girl you come to when you need help figuring something out. I’ll listen to you and we’ll talk a lot until you feel better.

  • What’s something you like to do the old-fashioned way?

Making a to-do list. As I wrote in my previous post (here) I like to write things down, I don’t like using apps to keep track of all the things I have to do. I need to write them down and cross them out once I’ve done them.

  • What are you most looking forward in the next ten years?

To everything changing. Everything is going to change and I can’t wait for that to happen. Maybe I’ll be living in a different country… I don’t know, but I guess you could say I’m ready.

Anyway, I guess that’s all for now. Did you like it? Do you want me to answer some more questions about myself? If so let me know in the comment section below! Anyway, like I said before I can’t promise you anything about being on schedule and I think I’ve lost all credibility but all I can say is that I’m going to try it. Thank you so much for reading this post, if this is your first time visiting be sure to check the rest of the blog out and subscribe so you’ll get an e-mail every time there is new content on ITBC!

See you next time… bye!

-L.S.

 

My New Year’s Resolutions

I know, I know. It’s been a while. I’ve been busy with a lot of personal stuff that I had to deal with before I could focus on my blog. Now that I took care of that I can focus on bringing you a lot of quality content because the fact that I haven’t been uploading doesn’t mean that I didn’t work on my blog. Which means that you’re going to see a lot of me from now on.

I know it’s a little late (It’s the end of january) but this post is going to be about my New Year’s resolutions.

I am not the type of person that writes down a list of resolutions at the beggining of the year but there’s something that I do like to do and that is to give each year a theme. And the 2017 theme is going to be: taking control.
I want to take control over my life, I want to take care of myself. I want to be more organized, to save money, to see the doctors I need to see, to lose some weight (not because I want to look pretty, because I gained a few pounds and I want to go back to being healthy), I want to focus on my blog, I want to work more… I want to do a lot of stuff! I want to take control over my life. Last year was about making my life stable (because let’s face it, it was a mess) and now I want to make it better.

I’m not a big fan of specific goals (kind of “I want to lose x pounds”, “I want to save x amount of money”) but I just want to feel that by the end of the year, somehow I took control over my life and that I’m happy with it. And if I can accomplish that, it would make me very happy. And let’s hope you stick long enough to see it happen.

And what about you? What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Have you ever accomplished your resolutions? Let me know what you think in the comments below! See you next time… bye!