As many of you know I have struggled for years to get even a basic grasp of Chinese. It is my firm belief that Chinese is the most evil of all the languages I’ve even encountered. That’s not a long list, I’m fluent in only three languages: passable English, terrible English, shitty Japanese. But I can muddle my way through romance languages based on my knowledge of Latin. So, obviously I’m a linguistic f*cking genius. All that is set up to let you know I’ve finally lost it. Like Completely.
Being back in Taiwan I’ve tried to integrate the language more, expose myself to crazy TV. Try and listen to conversations around me without letting my mind get bored and start wandering in English. All of this has had the effect of actually informing my brain we are not actually in Kansas, or even America anymore. But see here’s the problem….
It doesn’t think we are in Taiwan either. Suddenly I’m thinking in freaking Japanese. WTF Brain? Not even close. Brain doesn’t care, brains made the switch and that’s that. So now when I attempt to say something in Chinese, Japanese dribbles out like I just got my mouth shot up with Novocaine at the dentist and he’s all “here, rinse out with some of these random Japanese words.”
So, just switch back to English, Ron; what’s the big deal? Well, it seems I can’t. I went through this a few decades ago, when I was learning Japanese, where words would just drop into a sentence like “Surprise bitches, it’s Japan o clock.” it was frustrating then, but at least I was integrating the language. So, now I gotta concentrate to think fully in English. Which if I was making the transition to Chinese I would embrace and shit, but no, wrong damn country. I’m in luck though I-Ju’s grandmother speaks Japanese, sort of. She hasn’t spoken in decades, and I don’t know if we’ll even see her this month. So I’ve got that going for me.
And apparently it’s not even good Japanese, I know the sentence structure is wrong, and I’m sure my brain has reached for the wrong word a number of times. So I’m not even speaking the wrong language at a passable level. Needless to say it’s highly frustrating.