A couple of weeks ago, Kat from
introduced me via email to her friend
Nikki (whose real name is actually Makiko, but she likes to go by Nikki).
In my correspondences with Nikki, she suddenly shoots out a question: do I
know a Kayo who lives in Tokyo? Turns out, Nikki's friends with a gal I
met in San Francisco named Kayo who attended a couple Kinyoukai
(our Japanese-studying crew's weekly Friday gathering).
So, this afternoon, I had some time to meet with Nikki. Kat had met her on
a couple months ago while she was looking for Japanese to
practice speaking with. And Nikki and Kayo were attending the same language
school in SF.Tonikaku
, we were talking about languages, and I noted that I enjoy
studying grammar. I didn't really know how to explain it before, but
thinking about it again's given me some better answers.
When I first began studying Japanese, I related much of the study of
Japanese to the learning of a programming language. Granted, learning a
programming language is in no way as complex as learning a natural
language; however, in my mind, I found similarities between learning syntax
for Japanese and learning syntax for, say, something like
What I'm trying to get to is that learning more grammar in Japanese gives
me more tools to more accurately and efficiently utilize the language much
like how learning (and eventually
a programming language gives me
full command of how I want a program to run.
In one case, I'm manipulating how a computer understands my intentions; in
the other case, I'm
... but that's a discussion for another day. :)