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Do you learn japanese from animes?
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Posted 3/2/12
lmfao i only remember japanese words and phrases if its repeated throughout the anime.
if it's a long sentence that's like mentioned once or twice, i probably won't remember it...
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Posted 3/3/12
Yes, I've remembered many japanese words because of anime
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Posted 3/3/12
Anime is a double-edged sword. You learn a lot of Japanese, but its not always proper Japanese. Or so I've heard. Also theres sometimes dialect issues... but I think everyone in Japan understands the Tokyo dialect. Its whether or not you understand the regional dialects. lol

As for the question, I do learn words from Japanese, but not enough to speak the language.
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Posted 3/3/12
yeshh i do !
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Posted 3/5/12
yes I learn japanese from anime.
now I can understand the meaning of anime without subtitles
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Posted 3/5/12
I did learn Japanese words from watching anime before I formally learned the language in a class. Most of the time, it was informal and not syntactical. I try to watch while ignoring the subs just to see if I got it right.
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Posted 3/6/12 , edited 3/6/12
If you expose yourself to any language with the express intent on learning it - through any means necessary - you'll learn it. That being said, learning japanese through anime has a rather interesting effectiveness curve. It's greatest strength is also it's greatest weakness.

Starting out you'll only catch seperated phrases, "Hey, Wait!" "Let's go!" "Thank you!" and so on. Keeping track of that, say take "行く"(iku, to go) for instance, irregular verb. Picking apart it's various conjugation through context is something that either takes memorization (lame) or alot of exposure. Some instances you just have to look up. Like " 行くぞ!" Highly informal imperative, colloquial even, most commonly used by men. Imperative is easy, the male-bias on the term is not. (Atleast not obviously, though I'm finding in most situations I read about it's slightly easier for men to get away with being informal.)

I went the passive route while working on RTK 1. Don't really want to sink my teeth into the language before I can reliably reproduce kanji, so it was about 1,000 hours of exposure before I really started noticing a more rapid vocabulary retention, i.e. graduating to phrases.

And this is anime's greatest strength. It utilizes a relatively small pool of vocabulary which makes finding sentence patterns a breeze as well as trial-and-error sub to dialogue matching. The biggest issue is subtitles are often, er, given liberties on how to portray the dialogue. Often it'll be shadings of meanings, other times I find my head shaking in dismay at the abject misintepretation of the translation.

That as a weakness would be the lack of robust real world vocabulary. I haven't formally studied anything in japanese except hiragana and how to write kanji. I can understand a surprising amount of anime dialogue, with about 6,000 hours of exposure. (Even if I'm not watching anime, I'm listening to japanese, sort of deal.)

If I go to FNN News channel and watch the weeks highlights, I don't understand a thing. Well, maybe 1% of it I'll catch. And it's not really entirely speed, though that's alot of what stops me. It's the different pool of vocabulary.

Long story short, anime is a viable learning tool, but it's usefulness tapers down after awhile.
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Posted 3/19/12
yeahh i learned japanese from all of the animes XD ALL OF THEMMM

also mostly in all animes theres "baka! thing lol

and when u say naruto always reminds me of "koosoh!!!!! SASUKE!! lol he always says dang it! LOL
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Posted 3/19/12
yes, but only when i try to learn it!
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Posted 3/22/12
hai!~ so desu ne!~
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Posted 9/5/12
yes ^^ but i think J-Dramas are more suitable for learning; i.e. there are words/phrases that are more commonly used in everyday conversations in Japan.
Posted 9/5/12
yes >hentai
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Posted 9/5/12
Learn, no, practice, yes.
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Posted 9/5/12
I can't speak Japanese by any means, but I have learned a couple of words Like "Baka" through watching anime, and yes it was the subtitles that helped me
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Posted 9/5/12
I have learned a few words but that's about it.
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