Today in class we practiced using the grammatical construct ‘Nothing is as x as y.’ We had a wonderful example from one of the Taiwanese students that ‘No country is as tasty to eat as Taiwan’, which was swiftly followed by my comment that ‘No country is as large as Russia, it’s a third of the global landmass don’t you know’. Or rather it would have been if I was actually halfway competent in Japanese; I’m not and so instead my classmates were treated to ‘No country is as large as Russia, it’s a sandwich don’t you know.’ I await my call from the Russian tourist board.
Aside from the fact that Japanese is obviously just an incredibly difficult language, one of the most difficult things about the learning process is getting your head around some of the examples. This is obviously a European thing, as none of the Asian students in our class seem to have any difficulty in grasping the concept of ‘Handing someone a business card with a famous companies logo on it makes them feel relieved’, or ‘the boy continued working with the conviction of a dead man’. On the other hand, when the Spanish student in our class stated that ‘Even though I sings every day in the shower, I get no better at singing’, the teacher and non-European students could not fathom the concept of why you would want to sing whilst bathing. I wait with trepidation for the day when we discuss Worm Charming and Morris Dancing.