I should probably be sleeping now, but I feel like posting something so you don’t all think I’ve fallen off the edge of the world. I’m still in Phoenix, but I’ll be going home tomorrow (Wednesday). Everyone else in this house has been asleep for hours. I haven’t checked my email since Monday morning. Shouldn’t be too bad, but here’s your explanation for my not responding. Anyway, a post.
I’ve begun learning Japanese again. My younger brother Heath will be trying to learn along with me, so that should help. I have some basic software and some basic books, but I’ve recently added a whole slew of books for learning Japanese on my Amazon.com wishlist. Except I added them in the order I need to get them to learn in, so they’re on my list backwards now.
(* Dangit. One of the cats here is walking around with a dead mouse or something dead like a mouse in its mouth, making noise. I don’t know what to do about that, exactly. I don’t know what the protocols are here for dead mouse disposal. Or even how to get it out of the cat’s mouth so she doesn’t try to take it to someone who’s sleeping. … Yargh. Now that I’ve tried to take the mouse from the cat, I see it isn’t quite dead yet. Graarghh. What’s the procedure for that here? … Okay, now she’s played with it to death, but continues playing with it as though it were tying to get away by tossing it away from her then running after it. What a silly animal. I guess dead mice are just as much fun as living ones for this cat. *)
Anyway, I’ve learned the Hiragana and I’m about to start on the Katakana, but I need to get some books on the Kanji. I have a Japanese 101 book and that basic software to get me started on actually recognizing some words and being able to speak them and put together sentences, but I’d also like to be able to read and write in Japanese, and to do so at intermediate and advanced levels. That could be a long time coming, depending on how much time I can devote to it, but unless my art starts selling or I figure out some other way to earn money, I don’t know how I could afford to buy the books I need.
Maybe I’m looking at it wrong, though. Each book (for most of them) isn’t too much money, and will take me a while to get through thoroughly, and could then be shared (for most books) with my brother. So maybe I’ll be able to afford it slowly. It’s only so much money when I add it all together. Much cheaper than paying for classes. Probably when I feel more confident with my progress I’ll order a japanese keyboard for my Mac and start a Japanese blog. Figure out how to program web pages in Japanese. That will certainly be a valuable skill. You know, since I never want to do Web Design ‘professionally’.
I’m going to bed. Or… well, the cat has stopped playing with the mouse. Actually, I can’t see where it left the mouse, the cat is just harrassing me now. I’m going to try to find and dispose of the mouse and then go to sleep. Grr. Arg.