Bilingual writing / バイリンガル・ブログ

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So if you have read any of my previous posts, you’ll notice I write in English and (try to write in) Japanese. Writing in English is easy for me because it’s my first language. Writing in Japanese is more challenging, especially trying to break out of elementary sentence structure.

もしこの前の投稿したポストを見たら、英語で書いて、日本語で頑張って書いて、気づいたかもしれませんね。アメリカ人だから英語で書くのは簡単だけど、日本語で書くのはやっぱり難しいですよ。

Most people who read my posts are probably native English speakers. Maybe some Japanese people have read my posts? If they have, they probably also speak English. I don’t really know
(´・_・`)

投稿したポストを読んでくれる方は大体英語のネーティブスピーカだと思いますが、日本人も読んでくれるかなぁ?読んでくれる日本人も英語を喋れるかな。よく分かりませんね(´・_・`)

So why write in two languages? I hope some people will be interested in my relationship with a Japanese guy, or things I write about Japan and Japanese culture. Maybe mostly Americans, but maybe some Japanese people will be interested too. Maybe writing in English and Japanese will help Japanese people to understand English, or help English speakers to understand Japanese, just a little bit better.

じゃ、どうして英語も日本語も両方書いてるのかな?まぁ、国際関係とか日本の文化とアメリカの文化の違いとかについて書こうと思ったから、ちょっと面白いかな。大体アメリカ人は読んでくれて、時々日本人も読んでくれてかもしれませんよ。英語を勉強してる人も日本語を勉強してる人も、両方読める人としてちょっと役に立ってるかなと思いましたよ。

I also have selfish motives for writing in two languages. Writing consistently in Japanese might help me to improve my skills. Translating what I’m thinking about in English to Japanese, or thinking about how to translate my thoughts in Japanese to English, will hopefully help me.

ちょっとわがままだけど、日本語でよく書いたら、日本語がちょっと美味くなれるかなと思いましたね。英語の文書を日本語に翻訳したら、徐々美味くなるかもしれませんね。

It’s a challenge to write in two languages, but I plan to keep going. Do you read and write in two languages? Do you post in two languages? Do you have any advice for bilingual writers?

やっぱり英語も日本語も書いてるチャレンジはちょっと大変だけど、続けようと思いましたね。英語も日本語も両方読めますか?二つ言語でブログ投稿しませんか?バイリンガルなブログのアドバイスはありませんか?

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2 thoughts on “Bilingual writing / バイリンガル・ブログ

    • Studying any foreign language can be difficult, but kanji puts studying Japanese into a whole new level, doesn’t it? I’m not particularly good at writing kanji, but typing makes it easier since you can pick the kanji from a list. I’ve been studying Japanese for a long time but kanji is something I always have to work on. Good luck with your studies and kanji!

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