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Be?ing a Iliterate...

Quite, Easy Aktually

It is quite amazing how highly adaptable the human body is. He always finds an alternative when there is a lack of something. For example a blind person will have the four other senses very developed, especially the hearing.
Being illiterate is actually the same and quite easy. I heard of this French guy who lives in Japan since over six years and doesn't speak Japanese.
The eyes are very foxy and lazy at the same time. If there is something written in Japanese and in English it is a hard work obliging the eye to read the more difficult signs. They can find so many information that you would not see or in "normal" circumstances. They can make relations between colors, shapes and former experiences. Scanning pictures and labels on products and food. It becomes so proficient that I catch myself not reading things that I actually could.
It somehow reminds me of being an kid and just watching the images and never reading the texts in comics. hee hee...
Even though this whole story is not lethal I just feel like missing/losing an incredible amount of knowledge that is close and very far at the same time.
I don't need to show you a picture to let you imagine how delightful (design-wise and taste-wise) a Japanese cookbook can be.
Of course I bought one. But I cannot read it...
Just think of me, the cookbook in one hand and the basket in the other ambulating through the food store compeering what's on the image and what' on the shelves.
"...could that be that sauce... no tha'one looks a little darker... Oh, and this looks like ground meat... yeah, must be it: the kanjis look the same..."
There are a bunch of situations in which if feel quite dumb.

Well I guess this sounds not that exiting for you but, but maybe someday you'll experience it... or maybe just try tomorrow not to read when you got to the ATM or grocery shopping :)

Posted by oliver_f 05:53

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i am sure your japanese will only getting better and the difficulty will getting smaller and smaller soon.
afterall, even if you speak and read the same language, japanese have quite difference culture.
wish you enjoy your cookbook and cook something great for us soon!

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