English reading and listening – I am learning Japanese

English reading and listening - I am learning Japanese

Todd: So, Eli, how are your Japanese classes going?

托德:艾丽,你的日语课怎么样了?

Eli: They’re going OK. Japanese is a very difficult language and I think as someone who has never learned another language before I’m struggling more than other kids are. I feel that a lot of the other, say European kids, that this is there third or fourth language, that they can speak fluently, they pick it up very quickly, and for me it’s slightly more difficult. As I say, our school is quite advanced and it moves very, very quickly in conversation. We’re not learning any Kanji, which is kind of difficult cause that’s one thing you really do need to learn if you’re living here, but the conversation moves very quickly and we learn a lot of new stuff, so it’s quite difficult to practice it all. I think that’s the problem I’m finding, and a lot of my friends say the same thing: they’re learning it all but then they don’t have time to practice. It’s actually crazy to think, you’re in Japan but it’s quite difficult to actually practice the Japanese language. You see all my Japanese friends they want to practice English with me, so, you actually end up being very lazy, and not talking that much Japanese, so I think that is the problem, just you have to have conversation through conversation all the time and I’m not really doing that at the moment, so yeah, it’s difficult. I think I’ll get there. I’m just about starting to understand stuff now.

艾丽:进行得不错。日语是非常难的语言,我想就像以前从没学过其他语言的人一样,相比于那些孩子们,我的学习更艰难。我觉得,日语是那些欧洲小孩的第三或者是第四语言,他们的日语说得非常流利,而且他们学得非常快,而对我来说日语学习就有点难。就像我说过的,我上的学校非常先进,对话进行的非常快。我们不学习日文汉字,这个非常难,因为如果你要在这里生活就必须要学习日文汉字,但是因为对话进行的很快,所以我们要学很多新东西,所以很难都练习到。我想这是我发现的问题,而我的许多朋友也说了同样的问题:他们学习了所有的东西,但是他们没有时间练习。实际上这很疯狂,你在日本,但是你很难练习日语。你知道,我所有的日本朋友都想和我练习英语,所以实际上完成英语练习时就非常慵懒了,不再说更多的日语了,所以我认为这就是问题所在,你必须要一直进行对话练习,而我现在就没有在用日语对话,所以,这很难。我认为我会做到的。我现在只是刚刚开始明白这件事。

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