A couple of days ago I switched the TV over to a Japanese channel and watched a bit of a news programme. My comprehension is so low that I can only try to pick out a few words that I can recognise. This time I managed three: yes, man and a word indicating a question. This was still better than the nature programme I had tried earlier where I had recognised squirrel and a Japanese love bird, whose English name I don't know. At this rate it will take the rest of my life to understand a simple news bulletin.
For some reason, I find Japanese words much harder to remember than Khmer. That could be because I am in Cambodia at the moment and surrounded by the sounds of Khmer, at least I hope so. If it is not the case, then I will find life in Japan very hard, with every word a struggle to commit to memory.
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