雪のいタずち [sic!] (yukinoitazuchi) wrote in jp_ling,
雪のいタずち [sic!]
yukinoitazuchi
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A Question of Understanding

Hello.

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: (scoffs)

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

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I was also thinking of doing a linguistics speech...of some sort. =)

Thoughts? Ideas? Am I stupid?

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