Thursday, December 28, 2006
Σ(´□｀；) ＝ 笑い顔
(；д；)/ヾ ＝ 泣き顔
日本語の勉強を始めた時先生は「Japanese language is very rich of expressions」って言ってた。なのになんでこんなに顔文字が使う必要なのって僕にとって不思議です。
すごく分かりにくい顔文字があればすぐ分かる簡単な顔文字もある。たとえば (^_^) これは笑っている顔、(T_T) これは泣いている顔。
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Sunday, December 03, 2006
ヒロシです... ヒロシです... ヒロシです...
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Abstract-This paper presents a comprehensive study of studying languages and its effects on the day to day life. The paper also proposes some new theories based on the modification of some old theories with some simulation as well as experimental results. The paper concludes with some novel techniques for studying new languages without forgetting old ones.
With the recent advancements in the reading and communicating ability of Japanese, the author has observed that that the rate of improvement in Japanese skills is proportional to the rate of decline in English skills. Furthermore, recent observations reveal that excessive reading of English technical or journal papers and lack of observing English movies and dramas can result in limiting the vocabulary to that found only in bulky technical papers. This can be proved by the sentence pattern found throughout this text. Writing graduation thesis or dissertation creates additional complications. Consequently, the speaking or hearing ability is also affected drastically and as a result the day to day communication takes the form of the technical paper text.
It has been proven periodically that the rules of mathematics cannot be applied to languages. However, as a science graduate, the author cannot avoid the temptation of relating a law of physics to human's ability of learning languages. Based on the Law of conservation of energy , it can be proved that
'in human brain words from one language can take form of other language. However, the total amount of words of all languages in human brain at any time is always constant.'
This can be called as 'Law of Conservation of Languages' or LCL©.
The author has studied five languages extensively including his mother tongue. Initially, from simulation and later with some experimental results it has been observed that learning languages can be frustrating at times. It can be evident from the immense pain required for the author to recollect the spelling of as simple word as 'tongue' in the above sentence. The readers can imagine intuitively the amount of pain involved in recollecting the characters and their stroke order in the Asian script. From experience, it can be further proved that at the time of recollecting word from one particular language, words from all other languages with similar meaning are popped up in mind except the one that is needed. With a little variation, it can be proved that this is true for all languages and all persons.
Present work discusses various theories and techniques for improvement in English (since it is not a language of majority in this region). Many theories have been proposed so far for the improvement of English reading, speaking and writing ability. Some old theories that are proven over time, such as reading books, newspapers or hearing news, require hardwork and patience and are not practiced by many people. Another studious technique requires appearing for some competitive exams such as TOEFL or GRE or TOIEC. But again, very few people are ready to compromise their happiness for learning English. Some of the theories invented by some lazy people include taking English book as a pillow while sleeping believing that the knowledge will get transferred in sleep (These fellows do that for other books too). But this theory has not been proved yet. Watching Hollywood movies is one of the proven way for improving communication skills, but it is not a 'cost effective' solution and may limit the communication ability to 'excessive slang'. Having an English speaking girlfriend or boyfriend is another effective way, but most of the times it turns out to be a liability than asset. One of the novel, 'cost effective' solution can be downloading illegal (or so called 'pirated') movies or dramas from the internet . However, this should be done at one's own risk and some people think of it as unethical. From intuition, it can be seen that each of the above methods has it's own advantages and disadvantages.
Adapting one particular method still remains a challenge for the scholars all over the world. One way proposed earlier by the author is starting writing a blog. Simulations results have shown that it can improve language skills as the blog can be checked by people all over the world and some suggestions can be obtained. However the effectiveness of this method has not been tested yet and remains the topic for future work.
A comprehensive study of various aspects of learning a language is presented. Law of Conservation of Languages(LCL©) is proposed based on simulation and experience results. Finally, classification of various theories and techniques for improving English is presented. It can be concluded that there is always a 'trade-off' involved among the adoption of different methods for learning English and the best method can be selected depending on one's own requirement and interest.
 A. Einstein. "The law of conservation of energy: The total amount of energy in the universe is constant, although energy can be transformed from one form to another."
 Y. Lakexiang, K. Bisar "A novel approach to download movies, dramas and software content free from internet " International piracy and hackers conference, 2005.
 K. Bisar "How to start a blog in a language without knowing it fully" International symposium on blogging and orkutting, 2006.
K. Bisar: Received his B.S. and M.S. degree in 2001 and 2006 respectively and currently pursuing Ph.D. degree. He has studied five languages; English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Japanese including his mother tongue Marathi. His research interests include learning new languages without forgetting old ones and blogging in them. He has published various articles in Marathi, English and Japanese on the blog and also in leading Marathi newspapers. Since Aug'2004, he is an active member of various Social Network Systems and an associate member of blogger community.
Friday, November 24, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
Friday, September 15, 2006
It's been years since I gave GRE and remembered this kind of weird and abstruse words (Sometimes I wonder how did I do that). But this phrase is eating my mind from last two days, so finally I decided to write a post on it. I know this post is going to be long since I haven’t written anything for long time and you are advised to read this at your own risk.
So you are ready to take the risk then. Fine. Now you may ask me why suddenly I started writing in English. Is the enthusiasm for Japanese over? Well, to tell the truth,there are two reasons. First, I cannot stick to one language for long. Second, eversince I was introduced to this new ‘Japanese’ friend I kind of started going away from the old school buddy, English. So, today I decided to have a little chat with this old friend. Have you ever experienced when you meet somebody very close after long time and want to say so many things but when you actually meet, words don't come out. Something like that is happening with me as I'm writing something from my mind in English. It is getting more and more awkward.
Today marks the second anniversary of the day when I first landed in this land of rising sun.Time for some retrospection :)
Two years down. Three more to go… Two years is not a very long time to forget the things, is it? When I arrived here, I remember very clearly when I arrived here as a guy with a typical strong Indian accent, who had lots of restrictions on food and drinks(some of them are still there), quite under-confident to try out his little Japanese skills and who used to cook everyday in home to avoid encounter with Japanese food. Well, I won’t say that all those characterstics have disappeared now. But it is interesting to look back to see how fast things changed. I remember all the wonderful moments I had in these two years. Nothing can match that fun. Those ski trips, those summer camps, picnics, long drives, hanami parties, karaoke nights, those more for sightseeing and less for education conferences and what not. I enjoyed everything to the fullest. I got some very good friends, went to some places far beyond imagination, tried some delicious food, designed some silicon chips and yes, I got a Master’s degree too.
But that’s not all. In these two years, I had just one trip to India. One and half years have passed since that trip and I've learned one thing during this long stay.. Never stay away from your home for so long. As the days pass by, I miss the things back at home. I miss the quarrels with my sister, scoldings by grandmother to get up early in the morning, conspiracies to buy surprise gifts to Mom on her birthday. I miss getting dragged by friends from home to watch movies and later cursing them for the pathetic movie. I miss long drives on the bike, all day long sessions of cricket, parties on the weekends, evening strolls on streets with friends for some ‘treat to eyes’. I miss going to a movie toghether with cousins on the first day of Diwali, the snaks, the sweets, the crackers and all night long trump card sessions. I miss HBO, BBC, Discovery, National Geographic, ESPN. Yes, I miss my home and the warmth of my wonderland everyday. You can call this homesickness, nostalgia, frustration or whatever you like. But I'm sure, if you stay away from your home for one and half year, you'll feel no different. But above all, I miss my stay at Hiyoshi International House; which we used to call 'The Heaven'. For me, it really was, until I moved out two weeks ago. One cannot stay in HIH for more than two years. The day I moved out, it felt like all the fun has come to an end, the glory days in HIH are over and life of solitude has finally begun.
But moving in a new house is a nice feeling as well. It’s all exciting imagining how the house will look like when you buy new furniture, arranging and rearranging it again and again in your mind and setting it finally. Everytime you come back in the evening all tired, a small maple tree is standing in a small garden around the house to welcome you with its fresh autumn colours. After taking the bath, you lay on the bed at night with a hot cup of coffee in one hand and a novel in the other. Well, what else do you need? From one heaven to another :)