Lately, my daughter has been learning conversational Japanese, and even just a few months into her studies, she has far outstripped my own meager abilities.  On the one hand, it’s great to see her excited, but on the other, I’d always kind of enjoyed being the one who could read Japanese, even a small amount.  It would be my language of choice to learn, followed closely by expanding my Spanish and finally actually getting to figure out French pronunciation, which I’m legendarily bad at.  Indeed, it’s the kind of thing that leads us to today’s Rosetta Stone query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) might also enjoy becoming fluent in Chinese, which would allow me to understand the cursing in ‘Firefly’, asking: If you were ordered to learn another language tomorrow, what would be you language of choice?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Jarmo Seppänen on

    After four years of casual Japanese study and still two thirds of kanji I need to learn left..that one.

  2. Probably one of the more used programming languages. I find talking to computers much more interesting/engaging than talking to other humans…….

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