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Patricia D.


Vancouver, BC

Member since:

March 30, 2009

What's your favourite Japanese food?

unagi sushi

How did you become interested in Japan and its language?

The beauty of its art and (translated) poetry, then a year teaching English in Osaka many years ago, when kanji seemed insurmountably difficult, then recently a Japanese neighbour and discovery of Heisig's splendid "Remembering the Kanji".

What is your level of proficiency with spoken and written Japanese?

I understand maybe half of conversations in movies etc., can write/understand 2042 kanji thanks to Heisig and know about 1000 onyomi/kunyomi; can understand manga with occasional help. Speaking, however, is the pits.

What do you hope to achieve through your membership with this group?

Get over the intense embarrassment of trying to speak. Ideally, also find someone to imitate!


To meet others learning Japanese, and native speakers. I've been teaching myself via computer and tapes, with some help from a Japanese neighbour who has now moved away.

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