金曜日, 11月 14, 2003

One of the best things high school ever taught me was how to fall asleep with my eyes open. With a bit of practice, I could even manage while automatically responding someone's conversation. ("Ah....interesting....how did that happen...was it fun?" *zzzzz*)

Recently I've discovered a new skill: doing grammar drills with a partner in Japanese class while my brain is still asleep.

I'm taking basic Japanese--and it's the first language for which I've had to consciously conjugate verbs and adjectives. The more I learn other languages, the more I appreciate Chinese: no verb tenses, no plural nouns, no adjective forms....

Better yet, when I was in high school, it was the fashion to write run-on sentences that utterly disregarded traditonal parts of speech. Luckily for me, I already wrote in that manner and got high marks in class. It was the only time my ignorance of grammar earned me much praise.