Thursday, May 31, 2007

Let's Learn Japanese: Hamatta

Hamatta. (Hooked.)

All of a sudden, out of nowhere, it's a Let's Learn Japanese post for the first time since December! And, as if that weren't exciting enough, this is my 300th post on Chorus, Isolate, Confirm. Seems like just yesterday I was taking photos of myself with a PS2 controller cable wrapped around my neck.

Today's lesson is about the past tense of the Japanese verb hamaru, which literally means "to be trapped" (or, often, "to be hooked on something"). After fussing and complaining about Square Enix's unsatisfactory PSP port of Final Fantasy Tactics, I found myself fondly remembering the hopeless addiction to Monster Hunter Portable I experienced last spring. So the next natural course of action was to buy the sequel, known in Japan as Monster Hunter Portable 2nd. Now, after importing my fully-pumped-up MHP character data into MHP2, I am very much hamatta.

My childhood love of dinosaurs bears a large amount of the responsibilty for my adulthood love of this game franchise. When I was in second grade I used the word Parasaurolophus in a conversation with my friend. When my teacher overheard me, she jokingly threatened to give me a failing grade if I couldn't spell Parasaurolophus.

Who's laughing now, Mrs. Hansen?

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