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The second week of studying has come and gone with mixed moments of "wtf am I studying I feel so dumb" and "...but that's so easy, why don't you people understand this? :|" and I'm loving most of my professors.

Prof. Buls who teaches mathematical logic is hilarious. He likes to exaggerate and I am moving to the front of the class next lesson because this time I ended up in the back with my friends and they were distracting me with irrelevant stuff.

On the job front, things are still slow. I've had a few interviews, two of which were waitress-masquerading-as-escortgirl, one actual waitress position in a night bar, staff for a copy centre, and I have another meeting scheduled for tomorrow evening which, I suspect might be a yet another escort girl-seeking place. Nobody else seems to like students.

'kay, now I'm off to bed. Or actually, to settle in with a book on mathematical logic which is kinda-sorta-not-mandatory-except-when-it-is. Opening it made me rage incessantly because some idiot had pencil-marked the text, underlining lines and words and just aslkfhakjsdhfksad. BUY A BOOK AND DO WHAT THE SHIT EVER YOU WANT WITH IT. DON'T WRITE IN BOOKS YOU GET FROM THE LIBRARY, YOU FUCKING DIPSHITS.

'kay, I'm done. It's just... people who write in books and fold page corners make me angry.

...and on things that make me angry - I can't even fully describe how much I hate it when people, upon learning that I've studied Japanese, go "ching shau kua chong, yeah?" (or any other supposedly-Chinese sounding gibberish) and on my polite "No, that would be Chinese. I'm learning Japanese." respond with "Oh? So what is the difference between them, really?"
That makes me fume. Like, angry volcano fume. It's the same as asking what's the difference between English and French, or English and German. Or Italian and Spanish. Why is it that nobody ever asks the same question when they hear that somebody is learning, say, German? Why is it always this critically disbelievingly don't-really-wanna-know tone reserved for asking for a differences-breakdown between Chinese and Japanese. >:|
Next time somebody asks me this question, I plan to answer with a "stupid foreigner isn't that bright, huh?" in Japanese, delivered with a smile.

And now I'm off to settle down with a book and an eraser in an attempt to tackle math logic while cleaning the pages. 8D

Date: 2011-09-18 07:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
LOL I know what you mean about the Japanese. I've been around Asians all my life, so the differences in language are blatantly obvious to me...but I guess it's not as clear to some people...

But yeah. All languages are different. -_____-

Date: 2011-09-20 06:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
What really baffles me, though, is why they don't ask the same question about, say, European languages. I don't know if its knowing that each country has a different language or what, but I'm yet to hear somebody ask about the difference between Swedish and Norwegian, for example (Personally, I can't tell the Scandinavian languages apart, but I know that they are different and don't ask stupid questions like those.).

Date: 2011-09-19 12:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Japanese and Chinese are Very different, especially when spoken. At times, especially with kanji and whatnot, it is hard to differentiate them, but people should do more research before they blatantly say if something's one or the other :/

Date: 2011-09-20 06:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
What really gets to me is that they automatically assume that they're the same even without seeing the writing or even having heard them spoken when they never assume the same for, say, European languages.

Date: 2011-09-19 12:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Arghhh I hate it when people mess up books! I even hate messing up my own books, but sometimes I need to. D.< Bending paperback covers so they're like permanently curved open just drives me insane, even though I realize how unreasonable that is.

I also agree with the Chinese vs. Japanese thing. We have a lot of Chinese people in this area so we don't get that a lot, except with little kids who don't know any better.

although i will admit that, even though I'm half Italian and am learning the language, I still have a tough time distinguishing it from Spanish when both are spoken really fast.

Date: 2011-09-20 06:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
With you on the paperbacks. I usually put them at the bottom of the book stack to get them flat again.

But you don't ask on what the difference between the two is. You know that they aren't the same.
I have trouble with telling rapidly spoken Japanese apart from Korean for some reason, and I'm terrible at differentiating between the Scandinavian languages, but I don't question the difference between those, since I know that it's there.

Date: 2011-09-19 02:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Japanese and Chinese are definitely different languages, and it can be hard to differentiate.

Date: 2011-09-30 11:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
True, but I've never heard anybody asking if French and Spanish were different. Everybody seems to know that they are. The moment we turn to Asia, everybody's speaking the same language.

Date: 2011-09-19 04:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
about the language thing... wow, what trolls. japanese and chinese sound nothing alike.

"Oh? So what is the difference between them, really?"
uh, don't they know that japan and china are separate countries so logically, they'd have different languages? but then again, there are people who think that asia is a country, so. >(

Date: 2011-09-30 11:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This person lives next to Asia and knows that there's more than one country there. Yet for some reason the concept of them having different languages has somehow disappeared. -_-

Date: 2011-09-19 06:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Lol, well, you can't expect everyone to be a linguist and to know the difference. I mean, you wouldn't know the difference between Kazakh and Indonesian, for instance. Well, for them it's pretty much the same XD

Anyhow, good to hear you're doing fine with your studies. I hope you'll manage to find a job soon! Funny how there are only escort places, shouldn't there be more job openings now that most of the country has emigrated XD

Date: 2011-09-30 12:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You don't really have to be a linguist for this. You just have to realise that different countries have different languages, unless otherwise stated. Oh, I think I might be able to tell Kazakh and Indonesian apart. :'D

Thank you! Well, have you forgotten all about our country? You have to have a university degree - doesn't matter if it doesn't correspond with the job, just have it. And you have to have lots of experience. Suprisingly, but it seems that because of people leaving it's become a LOT harder to get a job.

Date: 2011-10-02 02:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, sometimes different countries have pretty similar languages, so people who are not linguists might not know that Chinese and Japanese is not the case XD

I'm trying to forget XDDD That sucks, I kind of hoped that there would be lots of free jobs now and I will be able to come back... Not in this lifetime, I guess.

Date: 2011-09-19 12:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, trust me, with you on the language rant. It's just so effing ridiculous, really. Stupid ignorant people and their dumb heads. The only better thing I can think of is if you mention Korean. They just stare at you like you are from another planet because... Chinese, Japanese, okay, you are one of those weird people into those stupid kids cartoons and comic books and sushi. But.. KOREAN?

*rolls eyes*

Date: 2011-09-30 12:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*shares in the pain*

Date: 2011-09-19 01:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I totally know what you mean about the Japanese-Chinese thing. It's like, really annoying. I imagine even more so for natives.

Date: 2011-09-30 12:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I bet it is. Especially if they pull up something in Chinese and ask a Japanese person to read/translate it for them.


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