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823 No. 823 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Anybody here trying or planning on learning a language?

Japanese is already covered here:

So this thread is not about learning Japanese in particular, but things like what you've learned from learning Japanese that can be applied to other languages is welcome.

Anyone trying to learn Spanish? French? Mandarin? I'm interested in what you want to learn and how far you've gotten in your quest.
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>> No. 2960 [Edit]
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>If anyone's interested in learning Mandarin, I suggest learning the GR romanization
Too late for me. At this time I've been learning pinyin for too much time that relearning another romanization system would be a waste of time.

Is it really important memorizing kangxi radicals system?
>> No. 2961 [Edit]
It blows my mind when I read about people studying Chinese and Japanese. I study a Turkic language and it only has 42 letters, of which 11 are in loanwords only and 2 of those aren't even sounds but just there to make loanwords kind of work according to the grammar, and even with only that many letters, I'm struggling after a couple of weeks. I still use my alphabet chart nearly every time I read something. How in the hell does one remember hundreds of characters? It's amazing.
>> No. 2962 [Edit]
>How in the hell does one remember hundreds of characters?
Rote learning.

I've already memorized 150 characters with its traditional and simplified forms, pinyin, stroke order, and up to 20 meanings.
>> No. 2963 [Edit]
Fucking awesome job dude, keep it up. Never let yourself think that you aren't a bright man because to do that, even just rote learning is no mean feat.

>20 meanings
Lord above, and I thought that suffixes got complicated. How does a sentence work in Mandarin? Does it have characters for a lot of specific things that are understood by context, or do you have suffix-type characters to narrow down the meanings? 20 seems like a lot of things to remember for so many characters, especially if you have to consider them interacting and defining each others' meanings. It's amazing that they never came up with a less unwieldy language. How abstract are some of the meanings?

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115 No. 115 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
So, what books do you currently reading?

I'm reading Murakami Haruki - 1Q84.

I'm halfway through and I think it's okay, but pretty weak for a Murakami. Maybe I was just expecting too much, because I haven't read anything from him in a long time. But hell, it's still enjoyable.
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>> No. 2956 [Edit]
>In this case, sperm is short for spermaceti
No shit. It uses the long version in the very passage he quoted, in case you missed it.

Why would you even assume someone is unable to decipher such a simple passage? Was there really a reason to be an overt asshole over a very obvious and harmless joke?
>> No. 2957 [Edit]
Indeed, one does not read 94 chapters of a novel without acquiring some general understanding as to what it entails. Especially in material that methodically details and elaborates on much of it's contents layman might struggle to grasp.
In their defense however, it can be challenging to discern sincerity over text such as on imageboards.
>> No. 2958 [Edit]
>it can be challenging to discern sincerity over text such as on imageboards.

That's very true. I'd have paid no mind to it if they simply explained the passage, but insults over it? Seems kind of over-the-top.
>> No. 2959 [Edit]
what insults?

since this thread is sorta serious business it stans to reason anon wouldn't realize the original anon was being playful or whatever they claimed... if true then it's a shitpost and the reply is warranted

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2883 No. 2883 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
C is completely fucking useless and should be removed from the alphabet. C sometimes makes a K sound, and other times makes a S sound. Hell in coccyx it does both! That krap needs to go!
Then you got X making a 'ks' sound, I mean again with this k and s shit. That's unless it's making a Z sound like in that bullshit word xylophone. It's the word used to teach us what the letter X does in school, and it's a god damn fucking Z sound!
Both these letters need to fuck off completely.
Speaking of K, take that shit out of words it has no god damn place being in! Knot knight knack knowledge... Why the shit do these words kneed a god damn K in them? Fuck silent letters. As if the English language isn't convoluted enough as is without sticking random ass letters into words just for them to sit there and do nothing at all! P does the same fucking shit too with words like psychology pterodactyl and pneumonia. And what the shit is up with PH making F sounds? What phucking drunk phaggot thought that'd be a good idea?
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>> No. 2941 [Edit]
In Old English, silent letters were pronounced, and the bastardization of the English language with words like selfie are going to corrupt it even more. Hell, my PC even recognizes "Selfie" as a word! Slang is slang for a reason, just because it is a word recognizable to anyone with a machine that is capable of browsing the Internet, does not mean it should be a word.
>> No. 2942 [Edit]
The emergence of the soft C sound is actually a relatively modern phenomenon in comparison to the rest of Latin orthography. C is always a hard K in Classical Greek and Latin except in cases where a later pronunciation became widely accepted. Caesar's name would have been pronounced with a hard C in his lifetime (making the German 'Kaiser' actually closer to the original pronunciation).
As for the K in knack or knife, they were pronounced in old English, which was closer to Scandinavian and Germanic languages of the time. English pronunciation has changed considerably, heavy French influence being the most notable shift.
Psychology, pterodactyl and pneumonia are not native English words, they come from Greek and follow conventions for Greek transliteration.

English spelling in the Latin alphabet as it stands is actually reasonably reliable if you can make an accurate guess as to the origins of the word, which isn't too hard with a bit of conscious practice. You really only need to know English, French, Latin, and Greek spelling conventions to cover >90% of the words you'll see.
>> No. 2945 [Edit]
Tú bí chrúlí ánest, Ai jenyúinlí konsider ðí orþagrafí ðat Ai am yúzing in ðis post tú bí ðí práper form for a rívaizd Inglish spelling.
>> No. 2947 [Edit]
>a rívaizd
Ðis shud bí
>é rívaizd
kan just bí
Kil mí.

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2647 No. 2647 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit] [Last 50 posts]
Let us talk about philosophy. I read quite a bit of it and have also gotten deeply into mysticism, theology and psychoanalysis.

Existentialism - Main point is that humans are entirely responsible for themselves, which I do agree with, but the central claim is that God does not exist (and if he did, it wouldn't matter); this I think more or less is a fatal flaw, by ignoring the ultimate and the unknowable. However, I will say that I find Sartre's usage of psychoanalysis to be very interesting.

Nihilism - I don't know all that much about it, but I still like it a lot more than Existentialism. The idea of looking into the darkness and seeing the entirety of everything, rather than realizing that there is nothing, very much appeals to me. I also like Nietzsche's idea that man is constanly striving to reach the level of God, which I think is basically true.

Process Philosophy - I really like the works of Whitehead. I think that the philosophy is basically true, but needs to be refined. I'm in the process of doing that right now, although I still have to gain a few more levels in the philosophy realm.

That is all I can think of for now. Feel free to discuss philosophy.
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>> No. 2866 [Edit]
Figuring out problems that doesn't have a solution, duh.
>> No. 2875 [Edit]
I don't think philosophy per se has a meaning, but a task. Following the western tradition, from Socrates to Deleuze, I would say the task of philosophy is the crafting of ideas/concepts (just like, say, carpenters craft wooden furniture, mathematicians craft theorems and directors craft movies) that render meaning possible at all. Therefore, although mostly unaware of their origin and evolution, we all make use of philosophers' work (just like we use furniture, applied maths, movies, etc).
>> No. 2891 [Edit]
Whites can gtfo.
>> No. 2946 [Edit]
I rred some excerpts of his book (including the ending, ke) and found them really... meaningful? brilliant? So I'm actually going to read Geschlecht und Charakter. Has anyone else here rred him?

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2939 No. 2939 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Can anyone here recommend some sites or books with a unique perspective on WWII/related things? I'm looking for something that offers a theory or point of view different than mainstream stuff or general revisionism. Pic related, what I'm reading now.

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2762 No. 2762 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Is mathematics the only thing that exists?
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>> No. 2776 [Edit]
Here's one essay I recommend.

>This essay discusses the best current understanding of the relationship between mathematical and empirical knowledge. It focuses on two questions:
>1. Does mathematics have some sort of deep metaphysical connection with reality, and
>2. if not, why is it that mathematical abstractions seem so often to be so powerfully predictive in the real world?
>> No. 2930 [Edit]
No it's philosophy
>> No. 2932 [Edit]
You can't be certain that anything exists.

Mathematics in particular is defined by language, which in itself is undefined.
I can't vouch for it since it's still on my shelf but Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations is the go-to for examining the nature of language, which is essentially what questioning the objectivity of mathematics comes down to.
Worth noting here is that Wittgenstein was a prominent member of the most influential group of analytical philosophers who were attempting to ground language in formal logic, amongst other applications of mathematics to philosophy or practical uses, before he drifted into his later works (Philosophical Investigations) after realizing he had made a mistake about the fundamental nature of language.
>> No. 2933 [Edit]
Wittgenstein's remarks of the foundations of mathematics are interesting as well. He critiques set theory using some of his same criticisms he applies to the "reality" or potential objectivity of language

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2917 No. 2917 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
So next semester I'm taking Japanese and Macro economics

Japanese aside, is there anything I need to really worry about when it comes to Macro economics?
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I'm a NEET that has never been to college, so I wouldn't really know.
>> No. 2919 [Edit]
I remember self studying AP Macro back in high school and passing it. It's honestly not that bad if you can wrap your head around the general ideas and remember some equations, you should be good. It's nowhere near the amount of memorization it takes to learn a new language.

Of course if you go full NEET mode and put no effort in it, you're going to have a bad time.
>> No. 2927 [Edit]
I remember taking Macro and Micro back to back in college. I thought I'd like Macro more, but it turned out I liked Micro more.

The thing I found interesting is how neither of them really really covered the very basics of economics. I recommend Peter Schiff's book How an Economy Grows and Why it Crashes.
>> No. 2928 [Edit]
I'm in my third year of Chemical engineering.
I don't even care for it but I have to if I want to not disappoint my parents. I'm decent at it so I don't really care. The only problem is that I will probably hate my job when I do find one after I graduate.

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Are you ready for the next great depression?
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It's coming and there's nothing anyone can do about it.
>> No. 2921 [Edit]
my great depression started in 2012
>> No. 2926 [Edit]
I really hope it gets here soon. It'll be amazing.

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2922 No. 2922 hide watch quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
When did you become serious about it and how? I feel speaking/listening is a vital part but obviously due to incompetence I don't really partake in English discussion much.

Since November I've been using memrise, but honestly I only understand how to read kana (katakana is still shaky), but apart from a few phrases and all but 5 kanji I might as well be in the Chinese Room when reading this stuff. Memrise is basically flash cards and I do very little written, the pc screen hurts my eyes very quickly (corneal degradation issue, not related to mass pc use just natural, none of my family has it and they are opposites of me too so i guess im adopted) so i tend to not follow longer guides

I guess ordering a book and doing it written may help though I'm curious on how people here started taking it seriously.
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>When did you become serious about it
When I started, I guess?
I just didn't see a point in doing it half-assedly.
I learned Japanese because I wanted to play Japanese video games, read manga and shitpost on 2ch. I knew from the outset that I'd need to know at least 2000 characters to do that, so I went to work on memorizing them.
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>the pc screen hurts my eyes very quickly
That's an issue for me too.
Have you tried using a dark background color and a light foreground color? Picrelated is how it looks like when I read on my phone, which I can do for hours.
On my Linux desktop I usually work with inverted colors (xcalib)
>> No. 2925 [Edit]
Pretty much when I got into anime in general (and that happened when I got proper internet connection, in 2008). However since then I only learned kana and around 100 or so kanji judging by the tests + basic grammar and structure and then pretty much dropped any advancements. It's more or less enough to navigate japanese interwebs when the need arises or grasp a little info out of somebody's speech, but I'm still really jelly of people who can read seiyuu blogs with full understanding and listen to their radio. I feel a fake seiota because I miss all of that.

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2911 No. 2911 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
How Do We Make Society Better?
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By trying.
>> No. 2915 [Edit]
Me first *kills self*
>> No. 2916 [Edit]
>can we fix it?
I don't think so.
>> No. 2920 [Edit]
Make robotic girls perfect enough to create real competition on the gf market. By causing oversupply we crash it and the real ones will have to actively seek ways of being useful to stay afloat.

On the world scale, we need to do something with Africa, it's an entire continent with area denial that can't be used because it's infested with niggers, while spreading its metastases around the world. A couple of ways to solve, we can mass-resettle Chinese into Africa and have two problems fight each other, or we can somehow sterilize population. Either way it is unacceptable to have so much land unused when other areas are overpopulated. This reminds me of the way we fight mosquitoes, by introducing infertile specimens into the population. Perhaps specifically engineered robogirls can be of help here as well.

Finally, we need to influence world politics and get rid of faulty dogmas that can otherwise seriously inhibit progress, for example eugenics and cloning are banned. I'm thinking about a network of spies and advisers, so to say, that would gradually change the agenda into the right direction. I think you can already guess who those agents would be.

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Is the word heterological itself heterological?

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