Charming people with witty Japanese language phrases June 23, 2008Posted by Raul in random thoughts.
For reasons that I will not discuss here, I learned (and then proceeded to refuse) to speak Japanese. The funny thing is, I rarely use it anymore. Today, while reading one of Nadia’s tweets about how she was translating a site, I came to realize that I am very fortunate to speak the languages I do. Being able to speak a language breaks down barriers in ways one cannot always fathom. For me, being 100% fluent in English has helped me establish solid friendships (and yes, in some cases, romantic relationships). Communication is key in any relationship, and you really need to be able to convey the words in the best way or you’re otherwise bound to be misunderstood and create problematic situations.
The phrase that immediately come to my mind when I read Nadia’s tweet was “Anata wa totemo kawaii desu yo” which translates loosely as “did you know you’re very cute?“. I remember how giggly and happy I was every time I heard that phrase… *sigh* Oh, the memories 🙂