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Nihon go do you speak it

  1. 1. Nihon-go, mother******, do you speak it? Andrew Grimm University of New South Wales ニューサウスウェールズ大学 (UNSW)
  2. 2. Why learn Japanese? <ul><li>To go to Japan!
  3. 3. RubyKaigi 2011 was awesome
  4. 4. Future meetups will happen </li><ul><li>Sapporo regional Kaigi
  5. 5. There will be others </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Is it worthwhile? <ul><li>16 lessons enough to get by fine </li></ul>
  7. 7. Is it hard? Vocab <ul><li>Bug – bagu
  8. 8. Hashrocket – hasshuroketto
  9. 9. Blog – bulogu
  10. 10. Party – paatii </li></ul>
  11. 11. Is it hard? Vocab <ul><li>Sake – Nihonshu – OMGWTFBBQ!
  12. 12. Alcoholic beverages - Sake </li></ul>
  13. 13. Is it hard? Grammar <ul><li>Linguistic prolog
  14. 14. Q: </li><ul><li>Nan-ji desu ka? </li></ul><li>A: </li><ul><li>Biru-ji desu. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Best approach <ul><li>Learn the grammar, not just the vocabulary! </li></ul>
  16. 16. Do metaprogramming <ul><li>Means you don't have to know everything
  17. 17. Kore o kudasai served in every restaurant I went to – even McDonalds! </li></ul>
  18. 18. How Japanese works
  19. 19. Sentence structure <ul><li>Nouns first, then verb </li></ul>
  20. 20. Verbs <ul><li>Only past and present tense, no future
  21. 21. Positive and negative forms of verbs
  22. 22. Ruby rokku shite imasu ka?
  23. 23. Hai, Ruby rokku shite imasu.
  24. 24. Rails wa sukēru shimasu ka?
  25. 25. Iie, Rails wa sukēru shimasen. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Nouns <ul><li>No singular or plural
  27. 27. Different objects have different counters </li></ul>
  28. 28. Particles <ul><li>Those pesky small words go after the noun </li></ul>
  29. 29. Hints for handling Japan
  30. 30. Train stations <ul><li>Station names, exit names, ticketing is in both Japanese and English </li></ul>
  31. 31. Loanwords <ul><li>The more modern the word, the more likely it is an English loanword (gairai-go)
  32. 32. Tend to have vowels added in to sound more Japanese-like </li></ul>
  33. 33. American English <ul><li>Bad news: you have to learn two languages
  34. 34. Good news: one of them is similar to English </li></ul>
  35. 35. English heading, Japanese body
  36. 36. Toilets <ul><li>Blue for boys, pink for girls, green for disabled </li></ul>
  37. 37. Communication – common sense
  38. 38. Pronunciation <ul><li>50% of language variations are the same words pronounced in a different way
  39. 39. Writing things down can help </li></ul>
  40. 40. Likelihood to speak English <ul><li>Tourist information desk? Pretty likely
  41. 41. Love hotel receptionist? Maybe not </li></ul>
  42. 42. Ganbette ! <ul><li>Let's organize RORO group Japanese lessons and build an even more awesome Australian contingent to the next kaigi! </li></ul>

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