After learning a bit more Japanese, 34-year-old Greg Egan has also realized how much he doesn’t know just that little bit more.
Egan was prompted into thinking about certain aspects of Japanese linguistics that he didn’t even realize he was ignorant of before pulling out a JLPT textbook this morning to study the phrase, “I went to the supermarket to buy some cheese”.
“Holy moly, if I just realized I have no idea about that aspect of language skill development, I wonder what I don’t know that I don’t know,” thought Egan.
Egan has yet to contemplate, for example, his ignorance of millions of cultural references used in daily Japanese life known only to people who grew up in Japan as children.
He will figure this out about seven years later.