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how much Japanese have you learned from watching anime?
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I have never actually "learned" or actually used anime as a legit source for information which I see lots of people doing. People do not understand that anime most of the time uses outdated or words that will never be used in real life; however, there are some slang and rough expressions that are sometimes used in anime that we do use in real life but being someone who does not know basic Japanese and an understanding of this will not be able to pick out those certain phrases . Anime is interesting to watch but it does not make a good reference and is very pointless and ridiculous to actually try to use it as a guide for real life interaction.


I agree for the most part, but I use anime as a reference to how Japanese sounds, not frequently. It's more for fun. I have learned some, but it's just fun to see how people may say something differently (voice actors) depending on how a situation takes place being that I don't have much to go on. I just enjoy the beautiful songs that are in the animes!
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I know enough to be able to pick up a few words from a native speaker but they speak so fast I get lost pretty quickly. That said I feel like I have made some progress from where I used to be (which was like 3 words). I'll probably pick up a few more phrases/ words before I finally decide to try learning it the proper way.
Posted 5/19/12

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PumeHana92 wrote:

I have never actually "learned" or actually used anime as a legit source for information which I see lots of people doing. People do not understand that anime most of the time uses outdated or words that will never be used in real life; however, there are some slang and rough expressions that are sometimes used in anime that we do use in real life but being someone who does not know basic Japanese and an understanding of this will not be able to pick out those certain phrases . Anime is interesting to watch but it does not make a good reference and is very pointless and ridiculous to actually try to use it as a guide for real life interaction.


I agree for the most part, but I use anime as a reference to how Japanese sounds, not frequently. It's more for fun. I have learned some, but it's just fun to see how people may say something differently (voice actors) depending on how a situation takes place being that I don't have much to go on. I just enjoy the beautiful songs that are in the animes!


would you be interested in joining my skype japanese study group?

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I have learned some words and can understand a few sentences... just a few though and not enough to actually speak to someone in Japanese.

I have learned how to read katakana and hiragana. It took months though cause I only learned by memorizing the lyrics of OPs, anime titiles and such and trying to figure out which letter is which. I also know some whole words but really few. I find it really confusing...
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Not much.........I learned through formal college education
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Sounds like you have a language problem. It's entirely possible to learn a language simply by hearing it repeatedly it's called total immersion learning, Google in fact has a new app targeted at doing just that, Rosetta Stone works on the same principal.

As for myself I've learned about 50-100 words from watching Anime for the last 18 years or so. I still have trouble with the reversed grammar and certain connective words like "I', "is", "and" things like that but I know a great many specific words to the point I recognize when translators are taking liberties with their translations to make things sound more interesting or more american.



An adult who has watched anime for 18 years. That's what I like to see, rather than bullshitting young adults or teenagers saying that they've picked it up by watching their favourite series.


I've been watching anime for 12 years, and that enough to get you the basics. Sure, I don't know the correct grammar, or how to read or write japanese, but it's enough for me to understand and talk.


Would you be able to talk to and understand other Japanese speakers? I read though this thread some and the answers some people are giving border on complete nonsense. I've watched anime for years as well but I don't consider a single work I can speak learned from it.

If a parrot learns a few English words or phrases do you consider the bird "fluent". No, right? I don't think it's impossible to mimic the words as they're heard on anime but without any informed teaching all anyone is doing with it is repeating things pointlessly like a parrot.
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Kuro_Kiri wrote:


Blackkanji wrote:


CarboKill wrote:


Auger88 wrote:

Sounds like you have a language problem. It's entirely possible to learn a language simply by hearing it repeatedly it's called total immersion learning, Google in fact has a new app targeted at doing just that, Rosetta Stone works on the same principal.

As for myself I've learned about 50-100 words from watching Anime for the last 18 years or so. I still have trouble with the reversed grammar and certain connective words like "I', "is", "and" things like that but I know a great many specific words to the point I recognize when translators are taking liberties with their translations to make things sound more interesting or more american.



An adult who has watched anime for 18 years. That's what I like to see, rather than bullshitting young adults or teenagers saying that they've picked it up by watching their favourite series.


I've been watching anime for 12 years, and that enough to get you the basics. Sure, I don't know the correct grammar, or how to read or write japanese, but it's enough for me to understand and talk.


Would you be able to talk to and understand other Japanese speakers? I read though this thread some and the answers some people are giving border on complete nonsense. I've watched anime for years as well but I don't consider a single work I can speak learned from it.

If a parrot learns a few English words or phrases do you consider the bird "fluent". No, right? I don't think it's impossible to mimic the words as they're heard on anime but without any informed teaching all anyone is doing with it is repeating things pointlessly like a parrot.


Yes, I would be able to talk to and understand other japanese speakers. I'm not "fluent", I would actually call it "broken", but I'm 99% sure that I can make the other guy understand me and actually have a conversation.
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PumeHana92 wrote:


Ceary wrote:


PumeHana92 wrote:

I have never actually "learned" or actually used anime as a legit source for information which I see lots of people doing. People do not understand that anime most of the time uses outdated or words that will never be used in real life; however, there are some slang and rough expressions that are sometimes used in anime that we do use in real life but being someone who does not know basic Japanese and an understanding of this will not be able to pick out those certain phrases . Anime is interesting to watch but it does not make a good reference and is very pointless and ridiculous to actually try to use it as a guide for real life interaction.


I agree for the most part, but I use anime as a reference to how Japanese sounds, not frequently. It's more for fun. I have learned some, but it's just fun to see how people may say something differently (voice actors) depending on how a situation takes place being that I don't have much to go on. I just enjoy the beautiful songs that are in the animes!


would you be interested in joining my skype japanese study group?



I am very interested!!
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実はですね、アニメを見たり日本の音楽を聴いたりするのが日本語を習うにはすごくいい方法だと思います。「アニメを見ただけで日本語を覚えるわけがない」といつもアニメのファンが言っているらしくて、まぁ一応その通りなのですが、まじめに日本語を勉強すると決めたら、そのアニメを見るのがきっと役に立ちます。 (Actually, doing things like watching anime and listening to Japanese music are great methods to learn Japanese. I often hear anime fans saying, "There's no way you can learn Japanese just by watching anime," and well, on the surface that is absolutely true; however, when you do decide to seriously study the language, having watched all that anime comes in handy quite a bit.)

I learned Japanese initially by watching anime; I then studied the language for several years in college, and went on to study in Japan for almost two years. Without further study, you may not be able to create full sentences in Japanese, or read what I wrote above, but watching anime does one really wonderful thing for you: it gives you a sense of what the language sounds like.

Unfortunately, whoever said at the beginning of the thread that you can learn Japanese just by watching -- that it's immersion learning, and that it's the principle that Google's Language Immersion for Chrome and Rosetta Stone are built upon -- well, you were half right. Immersive learning is a pretty established method of learning, but watching anime, unfortunately, doesn't qualify as immersive learning. It could certainly be a large part of an immersive curriculum, though, which I would very much love to see.

ということなので、頑張って日本語を勉強したら(アニメを見ただけでも)、絶対上達できます!(With that said, if you work hard and study Japanese -- even just through watching anime -- you'll definitely be able to get better!)
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Blackkanji wrote:


Kuro_Kiri wrote:


Blackkanji wrote:


CarboKill wrote:


Auger88 wrote:

Sounds like you have a language problem. It's entirely possible to learn a language simply by hearing it repeatedly it's called total immersion learning, Google in fact has a new app targeted at doing just that, Rosetta Stone works on the same principal.

As for myself I've learned about 50-100 words from watching Anime for the last 18 years or so. I still have trouble with the reversed grammar and certain connective words like "I', "is", "and" things like that but I know a great many specific words to the point I recognize when translators are taking liberties with their translations to make things sound more interesting or more american.



An adult who has watched anime for 18 years. That's what I like to see, rather than bullshitting young adults or teenagers saying that they've picked it up by watching their favourite series.


I've been watching anime for 12 years, and that enough to get you the basics. Sure, I don't know the correct grammar, or how to read or write japanese, but it's enough for me to understand and talk.


Would you be able to talk to and understand other Japanese speakers? I read though this thread some and the answers some people are giving border on complete nonsense. I've watched anime for years as well but I don't consider a single work I can speak learned from it.

If a parrot learns a few English words or phrases do you consider the bird "fluent". No, right? I don't think it's impossible to mimic the words as they're heard on anime but without any informed teaching all anyone is doing with it is repeating things pointlessly like a parrot.


Yes, I would be able to talk to and understand other japanese speakers. I'm not "fluent", I would actually call it "broken", but I'm 99% sure that I can make the other guy understand me and actually have a conversation.


I'm not trying to be mean, I'm sort of self taught too but I also believe that that's something that works for some people and you can't get there by watching television.


rintaun wrote:
Immersive learning is a pretty established method of learning, but watching anime, unfortunately, doesn't qualify as immersive learning. It could certainly be a large part of an immersive curriculum, though, which I would very much love to see.


That's the truth of it right there.
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rintaun wrote:
Immersive learning is a pretty established method of learning, but watching anime, unfortunately, doesn't qualify as immersive learning. It could certainly be a large part of an immersive curriculum, though, which I would very much love to see.


That's the truth of it right there.


Keep in mind, however, that watching anime can be a great addition to other forms of study. But there has to be some study: you won't become fluent just by hearing it. (And also, having watched a ton of anime in the past can give you an intuitive sense of what sounds right, as I said above -- which can be immensely helpful when learning a new language.)
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20 to 30 words.
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"baka" - Idiot, stupid,fool ect
"nani" - What?
"doushite" - How?
"shimatta" - Damn it
"moshimoshi" - Hello
"neesan" - Sister
"Sekirei"- wagtail


"doushite" is more like "why?" while douyatte is "how?". Just wanted to correct that.

I'm fairly fluent in Japanese (I learned Jap because I lived in Japan as an infant), but you could say I kept it up because of my bilingual elementary school in the USA combined with speaking with my Japanese mother in Japanese every day (while speaking English outside home), plus manga and anime. My elementary school did teach me Hiragana and Katakana but Kanji is much harder -.-

Also, even as a "fairly fluent" speaker I still learn words from anime or manga because my Japanese vocabulary is not as strong as someone that lives over there. Plus the most recent slangs. One in particular I've learned is what "Tsundere" people are.

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I learned enough to get by if i visit japan
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Just few words. lol
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