Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Learning 3 Languages in a Week: Day 3 Japanese and Spanish


I've found a source for my Japanese articles. Unfortunately, its also presented me with a great deal more work. The source is http://news.google.co.jp/, and sadly, the articles are written in a mix of kanji and katakana, of which I have issues.


Here is the next Spanish article in the meantime
Here's time for review. Before I started devoting hours to learning an entire new alphabet (hiragana), I had begun to learn the grammar that structures sentences- given that nouns and verbs are so many (I didn't want to merely focus on vocabulary).

Learning How to Construct Sentences (Spanish)

Essentially, all sentences in English have a subject and a verb, whether apparent or implied. Given that English and Spanish are so similar (even though English is not a Romance language like Spanish), I've decided to treat it as being the same in that regard.

Thus, I decided to first compile a list of pronouns to become familiar with. In English, we have things such as "Him, Her, He, She, Them, We..." because they show up so commonly.

Here is a list I stole from Wikipedia
Additionally, I've also added two things:
  • Esos- "These"
  • Estos/Aquellos - "Those"
To decipher this chart, i've made a few notes:
  • Nominative- refers to naming who is doing the act (much like I, He, She, They, We)
  • Accusative- refers to the direct object (such as Him, Her, Them)
  • Dative- is similar to Accusative, but it is indirect rather than direct
  • Prepositional- Used for objects and complements (I can't find an english equivalent) 
  • Comitative- Complementary uses that are preceded by "con" (with me, with her, with us)
In addition to this, I am complimenting my learning of the grammar with Television. I'm watching the BBC's special spanish learning program "Mi Vida Loco". Which, while a bit cheesy, is at least in spanish that I can follow.

In the meantime, i've been trying to immerse myself in spanish sentence construction the best I can. I essentially communicate through text using spanish only- to the chagrin of my friends.


I've taken a look at Katakana, and decided that despite it being longer than Hiragana, shares a lot of things in common. So perhaps I will be able to learn it more quickly this time. Update soon.


  1. I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post
    ld hardas