(Had a previous account, which due to some technical difficulties with my address, has been..erhm...compromised :p)
I am pretty new resident/student in Arizona and would loooove to connect with some of my furry comrades! I am bit....shy still as far as large public appearances and CONs, but outside that I am pretty sociable! And even in that regard...I am getting more and more comfortable, and looking to work my way up to that. I am pretty easy to talk to, but admit to being a bit of nerd when it comes to a lot of things: books, movies, music, philosophy, language...(bleeeh) but also enjoying hiking and such.
Whether is coffee or beer, I enjoy a social beverage or a social situation in general. And of course, I would love to talk to folks online as well!
Hope to to talk to y'all
You say you're a language nerd--are you more into linguistics, or learning foreign languages? I was a Japanese major and am now studying Chinese in Chengdu, so I'm always looking for fellow language nerds!!
Chinese AND Japenese?? That..... is...impressive.
As for me, yes I do enjoy learning them (as well as enjoy the former to a lesser extent). I speak Russian and moved to Arizona to study that and Slavic languages in general.
'But back to you; looks like you have more than dipped your toes in that world!...I took one semester of Mandarin and could not get a hold of tonality haha. I got a friend from Taiyuan, for example, and I can't pronounce it without it sounding like "Taiwan"..haha.
I am glad we got some other language geeks here! I hope your time Chengdu is going well. Nice to meet you, once again!
Haha, thank you! I don't feel it's that impressive though, I think we can all get there as long as we are willing to put in the time!!
Mandarin is definitely difficult when it comes to tones! I think I'm better at hearing them than speaking them, tbh haha. Pronunciation can be hard too, like ü/yu and r (rongyi, riyongpin etc.). I still can't get a hang of r!
You speak Russian though! That's awesome. I love the sound of Russian, but the pronunciation seems impossible! It seems like there are a lot of sounds in the language that come from the throat rather than the front of the mouth (correct me if I'm wrong!) and that's just so hard for me, lmao. So cool to meet another language enthusiast though.
Russian pronunciation at first is a bit tricky....but the way my TA taught me as oddly enough to imitate the very exaggerated Russian villain accents in hollywood movies, when speaking Russian lol. They aren't correct, but it gives you a good foundation and it becomes easy to build off of.
(The real trouble with Russian is the grammar ugh )
You are being too modest! Haha, Russian and slavic languages, however different than English, is still part of the larger Indo-European family, which includes English, sooo waaay waaayy back they share the same extinct parent language. Japanese and Chinese....totally...different...beasts, even from each other. Though what you say is true about putting the time, it certainly takes someone with wits to them to study both!
And good luck on your studies as well! ^ ^ I realized I just nerdgasmed in this post heh. (I wish I could reply with anything meaningful in either language. )