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Posted 2/8/12
Hi
I joined this website very recently (trail version). I chose to sign up so that I could learn Japanese more effectively then I am currently doing and had heard that this site had a teaching set of videos that could help me learn Japanese. Could some one please tell me if this is true since I am desperately trying to learn and don't want to waste more time then I already have searching the site for a way to enhance my learning that may or may not even be there.
Thank you for your time.
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I suspect most people on this site are here to watch anime or dramas and/or chat away on the forums, but I think there does happen to be a series of videos on Crunchyroll called Japancast which focuses on teaching Japanese language. I've not watched any of the videos, only read the summary information, so I can't vouch either way for quality, effectiveness, or content, but maybe that's what you're looking for.
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Posted 2/9/12
thanks I'll have a look at it. but while I'm here could I ask what animes I could watch ... I've run out of them T_T
Posted 2/9/12

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thanks I'll have a look at it. but while I'm here could I ask what animes I could watch ... I've run out of them T_T


Try going to NHK Worlds help u out more don't no if it's in the USA but yer try there
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Posted 2/9/12

AndrianTalehot wrote:

thanks I'll have a look at it. but while I'm here could I ask what animes I could watch ... I've run out of them T_T


What genres do you like and which series did you like the most?
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Posted 2/9/12
Hi! I am actually trying to learn Japanese on my own, thanks to the intellectual wasteland I inhabit >.>. If you need pointers, sites, books to get or other advice hit me up.
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Posted 2/9/12
looking for help with learning Japanese too. thanks!
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Ok there is a bit to say so I'll start with Neoncool.
could you please explain I don't believe I've heard of the term NHK. Also I live in Australia so since I don't know what the first part means I'm not sure how it will affect the ... NHK (whatever that is) :p
sorry I should have mentioned what types of anime genres I like. I generally tend to like supernatural as my fist choice and then branch of in many different directions. As for the best series I've ever watched its a bit hard to determine which I like the best so I'll just write a few of my faves.
Code Geass
Guilty Crown
(please don't laugh at this ones name) Legend of the legendary heroes (surprisingly legendary)
full metal alchemist brotherhood
there are plenty of others I just can't recall the names of them at the moment but if you need more I'll post them up a bit later as well
as for learning Japanese (back to original topic)
I've recently got myself a Japanese ... (don't know how to spell it) a teacher who helps me learn Japanese after school hours...
but thanks for the offer maybe we can help each other out then since we're both learning ... I'm starting to think that this topic will end up becoming a place where people help each other out with Japanese. I've only been doing Japanese for a year how long have you been doing it?
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Posted 2/10/12
I have been using yesjapan flash cards to learn, It has helped me remember every charecter from Hiragana and Katakana.
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I don't have any troubles with hiragana and katakana but rather kangi word meaning and the like. My Japanese teacher told me recently that I have good comprehension and understanding of the Japanese language but I get nervous when speaking. I also know that I often have some trouble rembering how words are spoken and how to write them. Thanks though for the flash card idea . I have to make flash cards of the words that I'm currently having trouble with. ありがと
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If you are having trouble with meanings of Kanji then you should check out Rikaichan. It tells you every meaning when you hilight a Japanese charecter and then pressing shift.
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Posted 2/12/12

AndrianTalehot wrote:
could you please explain I don't believe I've heard of the term NHK. Also I live in Australia so since I don't know what the first part means I'm not sure how it will affect the ... NHK (whatever that is) :p


He's referring to the NHK network, which is basically "Japan Broadcasting Corporation" in English. Their website features some lessons that can teach you the basics, should you need it:

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/lesson/

If you were to ask me, though, the lessons are quite trivial. Still, you can learn quite a bit.


Another useful link is Kim Tae's Guide to Japanese Forum, here. There are a lot of fluent speakers, there - so you can learn quite a lot. If you have an iPod/iPhone, you can even download his app and learn a lesson or two on the go.



Lastly, if you have any questions, feel free to ask me. I speak enough Japanese to order puffer fish without batting an eyelash, so yeah.
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Posted 2/12/12
im going to try all of this...pronounciation is pretty easy except for the super long words though
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Posted 2/14/12
See if your library has Mango. It's an online language teaching program. All you have to do is type in your library card/pin number and it will let you access it even when not at the library.
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For thoose wanting to learn Japanese. I was very interested myself. I went as far as buying the full version of Roseta Stone software. I worked okay but from a repeat and sight understanding, you never really knew what you said meant other than the phrase was this meaning in english. I have a friend here in Japan who did nothing but study via Rosetta Stone and he has done okay, but he is really lacking in kanji, katakana and the ability to form a sentence because he doesnt understand the gramatacal structure. I, after I played with Rosetta Stone for a year decided to take a few college classes if your lucky enough to have a college nearby that teaches Japanese. That was by far the best. So how does this pertain to learning? I personally suggest learning hiragana and katakana first, there are alot of programs for this or just search on google, there are a few great apps for smartphones like Midori, or kotoba, midori being my number one favorite, there is also a study app for the jlpt which allows you to study kanji, vocab etc. Other than that any site claiming to be able to translate accurately is not accurate. Maybe for the sentence structure try some of the other options suggested in this thread but in my opinion after I have done the same I didn't really learn much till I took actual classes.
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