We have a Japanese Speech Night at my college, I question whether I should do a speech on what I love, various topics I could choose, or if I should do a speech on what people will understand.
I am in our highest year of Japanese, so I may implement things into my speech that others may not understand/know.
I am divided and I feel as though I am fighting with a colleague over this:
lurking in light: Trying to figure out what I should do my first composition on for Yonogi-sensei's class
lurking in light: I'm considering Japanese linguistics, since much of it'll apparently go way over her head
lurking in light: And the thought of that amuses me greatly
yukikanou18: Hmm, I don't know why it does
yukikanou18: What aspect anyway?
yukikanou18: ...what aspect of linguistics?
lurking in light: What aspect of what?
lurking in light: Ah
lurking in light: I don't know
lurking in light: Haven't decided yet
lurking in light: Possibly phonemics
lurking in light: Particularly phonemics of words involving multiple kanji
lurking in light: Of course, I don't know that I can shrink a paper about that down to one page
lurking in light: And I don't know how she'd react to me turning in a 20-page composition
lurking in light: Probably not well, I'd guess
lurking in light: However, the urge to show off is very, very strong
yukikanou18: Why don't you save that for Speech Night, some gengo for Speech Night?
yukikanou18: Are you coming to that?
lurking in light: I don't know
lurking in light: Depends on what's going on with Comp. Sci. that day
lurking in light: Speech night starts right in the middle of my class, if memory serves
yukikanou18: (shakes head)
lurking in light: And really, I don't think a paper on Japanese linguistics would be very good for speech night. For one thing, I doubt anyone would find it very interesting, and for another, aren't we supposed to recite our stuff? There's no way I'll be able to memorize this paper
yukikanou18: The speech would only be two to three minutes. I'm not saying memorize a paper.
yukikanou18: Who cares if they find it interesting?!
lurking in light: Well, I'd prefer them to at least have some small idea what the hell I'm talking about
yukikanou18: That's where you implement code switching
yukikanou18: You present the jist of your speech, then you code switch
lurking in light: Nah
lurking in light: If I'm going to do something, it'll be all Japanese
yukikanou18: Then why not present it on something you love?
lurking in light: Because there's no point presenting it if no one will have any clue what I'm saying
lurking in light: Hell, I expect even Yonogi-sensei wouldn't be able to understand parts of it
lurking in light: Considering she told me herself she knows very little about linguistics
lurking in light: Don't know about Matsuoka-sensei or Otsu-sensei
lurking in light: But I definitely know it'd fly over the heads of every student there
yukikanou18: (Because there's no point presenting it if no one will have any clue what I'm saying) Their loss
lurking in light: Look, I tend to not think it worth bothering talking to people if they can't understand 95% of the words I'm saying
yukikanou18: I could say something, but I'll shut up.
lurking in light: If you feel the need to say something, say it. There's no point in holding back
I was also thinking of doing a linguistics speech...of some sort. =)
Thoughts? Ideas? Am I stupid?