Like in many places in the world, I’m not really able to go anywhere except for necessities. This has given me a lot of time to think. One of the things I’ve been thinking about is: Why am I so frustrated with Japanese right now?
I have settled on an answer: because I do not learn things the way people like to teach them. If I can find the underlying pattern to something, I never forget it – but if I have to memorize things, it never works.
So with that said, I have the following questions, which I feel like I need to find the answers to, to progress.
- Why is Japanese a postpositional language?
- Why are words conjugated the way they are?
- What are the rules for rendaku?
- As a generalization of the above question, in Japanese, when are consonants modified?
- What are the actual underlying patterns to kanji, and is there a way to chart those patterns in a visual way?
- Why are some adjectives “na” and some “i”?
- Are there patterns in okurigana? If so, what are they?
- As a generalization of question 1, how do Japanese people think, and how is that expressed in their language – and vice versa?
Basically, I feel like I need to learn how the language works. And I’m sure I will have more questions as my research progresses.
Wish me luck…