Why should you feel bad about that? If you like Japanese, learn Japanese. There are hardly any German speakers where I live but that doesn't bother me.Sternkrone wrote:Hey all.
I've been really interested in Japanese for quite a while now and I think I'll finally have the opportunity to take it this summer. Anyway, I've felt a little bad for wanting to take Japanese instead of Chinese, since I live in Canada and there are Chinese people everywhere but hardly any Japanese.
I would say it's like reading a French text as a monolingual (but still linguistically aware) English speaker. You might not be able to read everything, but you'll get enough of the content words to have an idea of what it says. However, you also have to beware of false friends, which are a-plenty.However, I think I'd still get some satisfaction from being able to figure out some signs in Chinatown and whatnot, and playing around with Google Translate a bit today it seemed to me like there was a lot of overlap between written Japanese and Chinese.
So my question is: how much Chinese text can Japanese speakers understand? Does a Chinese sentence appear to you as raw kanji that you can mostly get the gist of, or not really?
Thanks, just curious.
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