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I'd like to learn japanese
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20 / M / Austin
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Posted 10/7/12
So beginning of the summer I went to japan with my dad and got to see some amazing places, taste some great food, and walk a lot. My only regret is that I was not able to really talk to anyone i met besides a few small talks where i knew what they said and how i could respond appropriately. I am planning on either visiting there again or going to school there for a semester but I do not want to be stuck without the vocabulary to talk with people like last time. Any suggestions?
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Posted 10/7/12
Rosetta Stone would probably be a good place to start. I wouldn't mind learning Japanese myself. That would be cool!
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Posted 10/7/12
I tried Rosetta Stone and it is pretty good but it works much better for Western Languages than Eastern IMHO. Also, it was kind of costly.

The best way to learn was a few courses in College for me but when I got to Kanji I basically said "yeah fuck this" hahaha

Here's a good free site for you.
http://www.japanesepod101.com/

There are also Kanji, hirigana and Katakana flashcards on the interwebs for free.

Conversational Japanese (for me) really has to be done in a classroom or by utilizing the Rosetta Stone Native Speaker thing and I was just too bad to even try that .... so maybe I am a bit biased lol.
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Posted 10/7/12
i personaly would recomend "Human Japanese" but that is just me........ its helped me to learn japanese
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Posted 10/8/12
Real Kana, Meguro Learning center
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Posted 10/8/12
Get a textbook. Either Genki or Minna no Nihongo. Those are good for starters. If you have a DS, get My Japanese Coach. You can learn the basics there.
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Posted 10/9/12
If you want to learn online, check out my site, Nihongo Master. We are still building new content, but for a beginner, it can totally help. Instead of Rosetta Stone, we'll actually show you HOW to write Japanese from the very beginning. Plus, it's a fun way to learn with scoring points, getting achievements and talking to the community.

I made a special invite code for crunchyroll users, since we're still in private beta. Use the invite code: crunchyroll or just go directly to the registration page at http://www.nihongomaster.com/register/?code=crunchyroll
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32 / M / MN
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Posted 10/9/12
I picked up a set of 10 CDs on Japanese for ~$15 called "Instant Immersion Japanese".

Aside from that find a club, or look into something Japanese. I recently started Kendo and I'm picking up some Japanese there.
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Posted 10/10/12
I have to second the JapanesePod 101 recommendation. I've been using their site since 2005. There's lots of material for different skill levels, plus you can work on listening and pronunciation.

The biggest factor in learning: staying motivated. If you keep at it every day, you'll make progress, even if there are times when you feel you aren't.
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24 / F / NY
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Posted 10/10/12
I learned some Japanese from watching subbed anime. xD

I took a semester of Japanese in college but the professor was TERRIBLE!! T__T

Also, to help with memorizing the hiragana and pronouncing the words correctly, I'd suggest looking up the lyrics to your favorite Japanese songs and look up the lyrics written in hiragana. Two birds with one stone.

Technically, it's easier to learn a second language by reading/writing. While listening also helps, it doesn't help to just memorize some words and phrases. (although you will be doing so in the future).

Lastly, if you own an apple device, they have some free Japanese learning apps for both Hiragana/Katakana and the basics. I have the Genki textbook level I and it's "okay" (it can be confusing at moments)

Does your Dad know Japanese?
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24 / F / NY
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Posted 10/10/12
Lastly...

STAY AWAY FROM KANJI!!!!!!

Japanese kids start by learning Hiragana. It's equivalent to the "Japanese Alphabet" and you can write out every single word in Japanese phonetically using it.

Katakana would be next and it's similar to Hiragana but used for foreign words/borrowed words, etc. (Your name, for example, would be written in Katakana).

Kanji is used as characters to represent the noun in question. Leave that for a few months down once you're familiarize yourself some more with the language.

Good luck!
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Posted 10/11/12
You could try Rocket Japanese. I think it's one of the better priced online courses. I read about them in PC Mag a while back, and they got good feedback.
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Posted 10/13/12 , edited 10/13/12
I would personally recommend yesjapan.com. I've been using it off and on for several years and have learned better there than anywhere else. It's taught by an American who has been working in Japan for a couple decades and his natively Japanese wife so it has some credentials, and it teaches it in a very logical way. It actually tries to explain how and why when It teaches and tries to teach you to write slowly at the end of each chapter, then replacing the Romaji to reinforce it. The community is also pretty cool and has almost daily live video lessons you can tap into without paying. Besides that I've been just using audio tapes and anime to help learn vocabulary and see examples. I tend to stay away from immersion as it tends to make things more confusing with little explanation.
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Posted 10/13/12 , edited 10/13/12
I started learning with an App on the Apple Store called iStart Japanese or something, It's fine if you just want to get the basics.
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Posted 10/13/12
I would also suggest if your kinda busy, there's a book w/ CD called Japanese for busy people. i have a japanese tutor here in japan that uses that to help us learn japanese. it's actually really helpful.
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