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how much Japanese have you learned from watching anime?
Posted 5/21/12
To be honest the only words I picked up from watching anime are the words "baka" and "aho" LOL. It has greatly helped me with pronunciation though. But that's all. The rest I know I learned through dictionaries and chatting with my 10 year old Jap. cousin who can't speak English. I found out though that you really do not have to speak in complete sentences to be understood. You just kinda have to rely on the context all of the time(which I find very convenient). What's more fascinating is that I noticed my cousin would sometimes just combine a noun and an adjective when describing. Like, no articles and other shizz at all. Maybe it's because she's 10 years old... Maybe not. But if it is because she's a child, if ever I visit Japan, I have a feeling I would sound like I'm trying to sound like a child. Lol. xD
Posted 5/21/12
I've learned the basics I guess :DD

and still learning, especially in the anime "Polar Bear Cafe" xDD
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Posted 5/21/12
I can understand a lot of the basics, but when it comes to more complex stuff like explanations and the like quite a few words fly over my head. Been watching subbed anime for around 4 years, never got too into learning the language though.
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Posted 5/21/12
a little bit here and there. there are some points in certain situations in an anime that i haven't even watched yet where i can sort of predict what they can say before it is said but they are simple words, mostly questions like what, how, or where. i'm sure though everyone has picked up at least a dabble of japenese from watching anime even if it has been only three years. i plan on actually taking the time to learn it actually because of anime.
Posted 5/21/12 , edited 5/21/12
I haven't learned too much by just listening to anime. But when paired with actually learning through podcasts (JapanesePod101) and iPhone dictionary ($12 but so worth it) I've learned a ton. The animes are bringing up the words I've heard and I can distinguish the different levels of politeness, verb tenses, as well as slang. For me anime is a good review of words and sentence structures.

I also agree that "Polar Bear Cafe" is really good for picking things up.

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Posted 5/21/12
Lol @Carbokill.... he's just looking at people's ages & responding to what he thinks ahaha troll.
but to be honest i was born & grew in Holland...... i learned english by watching dubbed anime's like yu yu Haksusho/rounin kenshin/dragon
ball not enough to start speaking from but enough to understand. then from 10 years of age i started reading/watching manga.... so 7 years is possible to learn at least sentences & connectives like it said (I'm 18 in 2 months) it depends how flexible your mind is ... but it seems that's too hard for a 15 year old to understand lol & plus it impossible to have watched anime for 18 years lol...
Posted 5/21/12
I haven't learn much from anime.
がんばってね / がんばれ
ふじょし / ふだんし
しろくま
しね
ばか
Posted 5/21/12
Niii hao! Wo ai ni! Tai ji lung!
Posted 5/21/12
Enough to become a wapanese. :3 You baka! Watashi cool desu. Yeah!! I totally know Japanese. Totally.
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Posted 5/21/12

rintaun wrote:


Kuro_Kiri wrote:


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.)


My sister used to teach ESL classes and she'd encourage the students to leave the TV on because it always talks. Narrowing down the choice of TV show narrows down the learning curve.

I learned mainly by listening to other Japanese people talk, much in the same way I learned Russian by listening to Russians talk. Definitely not a method for everyone why I also believe that using anime as a learning source would lead to more frustrations thank actual knowledge.
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Posted 5/22/12
a few words
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Posted 5/22/12

Sugartoaster wrote:

Does no one realize that ACTUAL Japanese people dont talk the same way they do in anime? ._.


Well, not in the same tone of voice, obviously. But last time I checked, it was in the japanese language, and therefore they talk the "same way" as they do in anime.

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Posted 5/22/12
Just enough to be super annoying to people who actually know it well
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Posted 5/22/12

TimSpano wrote:


Sugartoaster wrote:

Does no one realize that ACTUAL Japanese people dont talk the same way they do in anime? ._.


Well, not in the same tone of voice, obviously. But last time I checked, it was in the japanese language, and therefore they talk the "same way" as they do in anime.



Grammatically speaking, yes, you are speaking true Japanese. It's great to watch for pronunciation and for immersing yourself further into language but your Japanese will still end seeming a bit 'off' if you talk the same way anime scripts are written. It's same as if a Japanese person learned english from watching a sitcom or watching American movies. Their english would also be somewhat 'off' because no one goes around talking the same way they do in sitcoms or movies. It's great to watch anime to help practice your Japanese and further what you already know but I don't reccomend having anime be your sole method of learning another language as Japanese.
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Posted 5/22/12 , edited 5/22/12
Anime has taught me so much! Seriously. I've been watching for like 4 years. I can almost completely understand a fluent conversation. Simply by listening I picked up A LOT of vocab, a good amount of most commonly used phrases, basic sentence structure (topic,subject,verb), and lots of kanji (from the OP/ED karaoke). Hiragana and Katana I just flash card drilled till I learned em, you can learn them in a few days... so easy. Also, the grammar is easy; the Kanji is the biggest obstacle.

My immediate goal with learning Japanese was to learn enough so I can play imported Japanese games without sacrificing the story components, and this I have accomplished. It's not that hard of a language to pick up and it's quite elegant.
My long term goal is to learn enough so I can eventually visit Japan and have a fluent conversation with some locals.

皆 日本語の勉強を頑張って - everyone, good luck with your Japanese studies!
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