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Great way to learn Japanese?
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Posted 4/28/07 , edited 1/22/08
I am an audible learner or a visual learner. Telling me "Domo" Means "Hello" or "Thanks" in a text book does nothing. I need to see the language in action!

Which is why I think a great way to learn japanese is to watch Jdramas (Maybe animes?)

Hmm? What do you guys think?

Not only is it good but if you watch the most recent dramas, I get the feeling you know what is sort of going on in Japan (Whats hot and whats not sort of thing).

What is your input on this? What do you think is a great way to learn Japanese?
If you know Japanese, share with us how you learned it.
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I heard going to yaoi-con to buy your best girlfriend doujinshi is the best way imo imo
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anime and jdrama is a brilliant way to learn japanese. i have a friend who learnt most of the basic language, word ordering and past, present and future tenses JUST from watching anime! i've tried the same thing but i'm more of a kinetic learner (or whatever it's called) watching doesn't really do much for me
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I used to speak German fluently when I live there. The best way to learn a language is to surround yourself by people who speak it, and put yourself into a situation where you have no choice but to use it. Then exorcise it.

I’ve thought about the dramas and the anime being a good way to learn. For some people it might be, but not me. I’ve learned like… 2 words in Japanese and my life is dominated by these things.
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means you're more of a hands-on learner... which hypothetically means if someone taught you how to write in japanese you learn it faster than normal people coz' it involves physical objects...
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I think anime and jdrama is good to learn Japanese if you remember well. I know some japanese that I learned from anime. but I highly doubt that u can go fluently that way. Learning Japanese from anime will only teach you words and pronounciation. It won't teach you hiragana, katakana, or kanji which are needed to read and fully understand Japanese.
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take a class... that's really the only way to learn it fluently. a few people have taught themselves a foreign language on their own, but it's very difficult and takes years to do.

when i was in japan i taught myself katakana pretty easily and probably would have been able to learn hiragana if i'd been more motivated.

anime and manga are good ways to practice, but you need real instruction to actually get anywhere with it. at the least, you're going to need to pick up some language CDs and books. some programs are exclusively audio so you could try that.
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ffmusicdj wrote:

I am an audible learner or a visual learner. Telling me "Domo" Means "Hello" or "Thanks" in a text book does nothing. I need to see the language in action!

Which is why I think a great way to learn japanese is to watch Jdramas (Maybe animes?)

Hmm? What do you guys think?

Not only is it good but if you watch the most recent dramas, I get the feeling you know what is sort of going on in Japan (Whats hot and whats not sort of thing).

What is your input on this? What do you think is a great way to learn Japanese?
If you know Japanese, share with us how you learned it.


Seriously: take classes. All you can pick up from anime and drama is random vocabulary. There's no way that you can learn grammar that way. Like the difference between wa and ga, I tried to figure it out for so long by listening closely to the dialogues in anime and came up with several theories...but in the end my japanese teacher had to solve the mystery.

Another thing is, if you're going to speak japanese to a japanese you better not use your anime vocabulary. Everytime my teacher asked if someone knew the japanese expression for something, she'd cringe at my answer because it'd be something extremely rude or even a curse
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This is why I think Jdrama is better to learn from than Anime.

I have been watching animes since 1997 and I started watching Jdramas since January and I learned more dialogue from Jdramas that I ever did with animes over the past 10 years.

ANyways, Hehe, you are talking to a guy who learned his ABC's and 123's from sesame street ... I AM NOT KIDDING HAhahahaha

If only I could find a show to learn Japanese for toddlers and GO FROM THERE ... OOh man I am lazy XD
Posted 4/28/07
watch a lot anime and jdrama and listen to jpop
that's the way I got a little used to it
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god what i wouldn't give for a USB port in my skull...

the product would be:

cyber-cranial universal serial bus port...

features: easy plug and play, unlimited data storage, expandable with usb hub (connect wifi and shit)

benefits: download stuff directly into your mind... online dictionaries, manga etc...
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Posted 4/28/07

ffmusicdj wrote:

This is why I think Jdrama is better to learn from than Anime.

I have been watching animes since 1997 and I started watching Jdramas since January and I learned more dialogue from Jdramas that I ever did with animes over the past 10 years.

ANyways, Hehe, you are talking to a guy who learned his ABC's and 123's from sesame street ... I AM NOT KIDDING HAhahahaha

If only I could find a show to learn Japanese for toddlers and GO FROM THERE ... OOh man I am lazy XD


Our japanese teacher sometimes shows us a show which is something like japanese sesamestreet, I shall ask her the name of it and tell you. It's pretty fun to watch too The shows give you lessons on how to purchase a bus ticket in japanese etc.
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Language is more than simply being able to learn the language by understanding all the grammar etc. the language entails. Language is also a cultural tool, and involves cultural inclusions that you cannot learn unless you actually lived their and experienced the culture.
Posted 4/28/07
I think watching anime and jdramas and stuff is a good way to get started. Builds interest and lets you get used to listening to the language. But to learn it properly you have to live in the country for a while. Even classes have their limitations.
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I have been teaching myself Japanese in my free time for the past four months, ever since a random person came up to me and gave me the Japanese textbook that we use in my college( I am not kidding). Although learning it on my own has been fun, it is very hard when you don't get any hands on experience with it, that's why I would recommend people to take a class. Also although watching anime and JDramas can teach small words and phrases, the grammar in Japanese is so different from English that you probably wont end up fluently speaking, let alone writing it.
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