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Posted 10/29/12 , edited 11/7/12
Hey guys, I'm in the process of learning japanese. I use 'http://www.japanesepod101.com/' and go through each lesson making notes (at home). I don't know whether a post like this has been opened up before, but I would really like to know the opinions of the other people out there.

I have mastered all of the Hiragana, I will move onto Katakana but when I glanced at Kanji, my mind went blank for some reason :S

How long, approximately, a week, would a person be able to learn Kanji characters? It seems quite hard, but i will give it a show anyway, since i hope to go to japan in the future.

Are any of you having trouble with any part of the japanese language, either writing or speaking? Post here :D


EDIT: I have now mastered Hiragana and Katakana, and a few Kanji. Once you learn Hiragana, it takes half the effort to learn Katakana
Need to seriously learn Kanji now and start to learn some new grammar / Vocabulary.

Thanks
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Posted 10/29/12
Hey! I am learning Japanese ATM as well. Memorized Katakana and Hiragana about a year ago, and so far I've only memorized about 85 kanji (cries in corner) but it isn't too difficult. You just need to memorize the basics, and then some words start to magically make sense. For example, the word to like or love 好き (suki) is compromised of both the kanji for 女 (onna) woman and 子 (ko) which is child. (So, in a sense, it's like the fondness that a mother has of her child, easy right?) And then there's the meaning and combination of kanji. Like fireworks. Fireworks kind of look like fire flowers in the sky right? That's why it's called 花火 (hanabi) or literally (hana) flower (bi) fire.
But besides that, if you're determined, you could probably learn a kanji per day (even that's going to take forever, but at least it's progress)

For my troubles, I'd have to say that the particles and verb conjugation gets me. Also, it really confuses me when you have to change your sentence depending on the amount of respect you wish to convey to the other person. Ugh, honorifics.

But I'm able to pronounce Japanese well because my native language (Norwegian) is kind of similar to Japanese. The only difference really is the way we pronounce O or the kind of melting of words like konbanwa.
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Posted 10/29/12

anime4fantasy wrote:

Hey guys, I'm in the process of learning japanese. I use 'http://www.japanesepod101.com/' and go through each lesson making notes (at home). I don't know whether a post like this has been opened up before, but I would really like to know the opinions of the other people out there.

I have mastered all of the Hiragana, I will move onto Katakana but when I glanced at Kanji, my mind went blank for some reason :S

How long, approximately, a week, would a person be able to learn Kanji characters? It seems quite hard, but i will give it a show anyway, since i hope to go to japan in the future.

Are any of you having trouble with any part of the japanese language, either writing or speaking? Post here :D


I've been using japanesepod101 for years. It's great.

Kanji requires dedication. If you set aside an hour each day, there's no reason why you can't learn all or most of them within a year. The best thing to do is follow a system. White Rabbit Press used to sell a laminated chart that I used with Heisig's "Remembering The Kanji" books. I'd study a set with flash cards, cross them off the cart, and move on to the next group. Anki is a good program for using spaced repetition.
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Posted 10/30/12
I study Japanese as well :3
Hiragana & Katakana are down and I got about 100+ kanjis by now? ^_^
Key is dedication and time.
Kanjis will be the most difficult due to many of them having multiple pronunciations and meanings
but with time, you'll learn to remember.

It always helps to use the langauge in daily life by speaking verbally or online with others.
That's how I keep things I know and learn more. (^__^)
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I have been studying Japanese for a year and half now. I went to Japan for three weeks this past summer too. The grammar is very technical in my opinion. As far as kanji goes, the more you expose yourself to it, the easier it becomes to recognize different words. I'm not really sure how many I can recognize. I can't write them though. I have little familiarity with stroke order and most of the time I type Japanese on the computer.
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hello i want learn it
iam knw 4 langujes then i like to learn japanise
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I really, really, REALLY want's to learn Japanese. But it's hard finding a Danish > Japanese training course. And my English suck ass, so that will be hard for me, to learn from a English > Japanese...
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I'm also self studying Japanese. Been studying for about 2 years now, on and off. I can read and write hiragana and katakana and a few kanji. Japanese is an easy language to learn actually. It's just the kanji that's difficult.
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I'm self studying Japanese for a while now and I think the key is to remember that you are doing this because you love Japan and Japanese culture. Find your method and enjoy it. If the method doesn't work anymore, change it and don't look back. You are doing this for you and no one else. Peace.
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I started learning with this app on my tablet http://www.humanjapanese.com
Although my university is offering free language modules next year, so I may see if I can fit one in to study Japanese.
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Are you intend to study japanese in the next and you want to have a powerful tool to help you. this app is one of the best tool like that, it'd been made follow the "minna no nihongo" books content.
With this app you can:
+ easy to trace vocabulary for each lessons

+ easy to learn all the useful grammar.

+ listening to have exactly pronunciation for all the lessons. from that you can easily to communicate with japnaese.

+ you can see many basic communicate examples in the japanese daily. this is one of steps to make japanese more friendly with you
+ share you experience with your friend on facebook with just some clicked

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/minna-japanese/id572786433?ls=1&mt=8
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Considering that there's over 2100 Kanji you'll need for reading a newspaper, you need to break them up. I know people that swear by "Remembering the Kanji" (book) as a fantastic method.

I went with more of a brute force method to learn the first 1000 or so. That's what's learned in elementary school, grades 1 through 6. I focused on one grade at a time. I'd drill 20 kanji at a time until I could get the meanings right for all the kanji in a particular grade, then I'd move on to the next grade. After completing the 6th grade, I went into review mode, reviewing an entire grade at a time (grades 1 and 2 were combined, for reviewing). I'm still reviewing these, as it's so easy to forget what I'm not using.
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I've been slowly learning for about half a year now, I really wish I would dedicate more time to it. I have Hiragana and Katakana down and am going to start Kanji very soon.

My Japanese tutor makes learning quite fun and is good at teaching.

I'm travelling to Japan in March by myself, it shall be interesting. I'm really excited.

However, I do have a family friend there and my tutor is trying to set me up with her family/friends, not romantically of course.
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stoneroth wrote:

I've been slowly learning for about half a year now, I really wish I would dedicate more time to it. I have Hiragana and Katakana down and am going to start Kanji very soon.

My Japanese tutor makes learning quite fun and is good at teaching.

I'm travelling to Japan in March by myself, it shall be interesting. I'm really excited.

However, I do have a family friend there and my tutor is trying to set me up with her family/friends, not romantically of course.


So you have a tutor but you have only mastered Kana so far in half a year ? How does that work ? No offence, just curious because this seems like a really slow pace. I hope you have a good time in Japan and having some friends there who can guide you around is always a good thing. You'll be able to learn lots that way

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Really slow pace would be correct, as much as I love Japanese I really struggle to study. Being exhausted after work really doesn't help either.

I've been learning different bits and pieces and it's starting to come together though, but yeah, I really need to study a lot more.

Okay, starting tomorrow I'll try for an hour a day.

I wish I studied Japanese in high school.
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