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Anyone else learning japanese?
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Posted 11/7/12

stoneroth wrote:

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.


Then solve the problem ! Find new techniques to study that work for you. Just repeating and copying word lists is boring and you eventually forget what you've been studying for weeks. Even better is when you can combine it with hobbies or things you love to do. An hour a day would be ideal. Try to find some cds to learn with, so you can play them in the car on your way to work or on your mp3 / iPod. There are so many ways to study Japanese and if you really want it you'll get there.

If you would have learned it in high school then there is a good chance that they would have used the Japanese school method. There are different ways to tackle Kanji and you can bet that they would have taught you in the worst method there is.

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Posted 11/7/12
Learn both Hiragana and Katakana shouldn't take more than a week if your dedicated, but if you like to take your time, it should take no more than am month, if you learn on weekends
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Hey i know i new to the community but i also am putting myself through the struggle of learning Nihon-go myself. I love this culture and am planning in
getting my degree hear in the states at Ohio University glad to actually talk to people who are like minded like me
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I started self-studying Japanese two days ago.
I've been exposed to the Japanese language since a young age due to anime and music, in the past 2-3 years I've been reading a lot of manga too (in English). Whenever I memorized lyrics to Japanese songs I would learn it in romaji form. I was always too lazy to learn anything more than the common phrases and street slang I had picked up over the years but now I am dedicating myself to self-studying Japanese.

I've currently learnt 36 Hiragana and memorized several dakuten and handakuten and what changes it makes.
It's only been two days but I'm already able to sing a lot to songs using lyrics in hiragana - which is a great way to practice and memorize each character.

I'm starting to learn about sentence structure, particles and pronouns. The only resource I've used so far is My Japanese Coach on Nintendo DS and printed off copybooks for Hiragana that I've found on the internet. I plan to purchase more materials in the future as well as dictionaries.
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Posted 11/28/12

eleventhirty wrote:
The only resource I've used so far is My Japanese Coach on Nintendo DS


I've heard good things about it, but I've never seen or tried the series. What do you think about it? How advanced does it get?
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deadpanditto wrote:


eleventhirty wrote:
The only resource I've used so far is My Japanese Coach on Nintendo DS


I've heard good things about it, but I've never seen or tried the series. What do you think about it? How advanced does it get?


As I haven't completed the game yet, I can't give you an accurate answer but just an overview of my thoughts. Let me quickly mention that I don't believe it is sold anymore as it has been discontinued, from what I've heard. I'm sure you can purchase it online on sites like eBay or Amazon but also if you have a DS Emulator on your computer/laptop, you can also download it and run it in that manner.

I've completed 14 lessons. The lessons are split into 3 categories in the learning menu, lessons 1 to 29 and two more options which are currently locked. You have to "master" the words/characters/etc that you learn in earn lesson before the next lesson is unlocked and you are allowed to progress. You earn points to "master" each word by playing games, which you also unlock more of after time, these games help you to memorize words, hiragana, and so on. Personally I find it helpful, words you previously learnt may also be included in the games you do because that way you don't forget things you learnt in older lessons.

The game offers you words (for instance, the lesson on colours) in both romaji and hiragana (for green, it will say みどり and when you click it - it will show the romaji 'midori', you are also able to hear how native speakers pronounce it and record your voice and compare it with the original and, of course, there is a function where you can learn to write the word in hiragana - character by character, with stroke order shown.

So far it's taught me things like basic personal pronouns, hiragana (reading, writing and memorizing) and grammar. I have a very positive image of My Japanese Coach so based off of what I've played so far, I'd recommend it. Here are some other sources; people's opinions on the game.
My Japanese Coach Review
I'd also recommend Ryuzaki1311's videos for some pointers on resources to use
Ryuzaki1311
Definitely look online for reviews and learning resources and such, to see if it would be suitable for your learning style. I definitely think it's a good starting point in order to get a feel for Japanese.
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I'm fluent in speaking both Japanese and Korean. My father is Japanese/Korean but I still had to learn to speak it since I am not exposed to it like I'd like to be. Speaking Japanese was not hard for me really.. it was the breaking down when I started trying to be fluent. I really didn't pay much attention to verb conjugations and particles, I didn't even know such a thing existed. I just spoke. Like speaking fluent English even though grammar may not be your best subject. You just know what to say. So, in my opinion... learn to speak the phrases 1st.. then kinda do a backwards turn and learn the break-down and it will all make much more sense if you are having trouble with learning it.

Don't be shy when you go get your nails done at a Korean nail shop or go to a Japanese market.. speak it to them, if it is wrong they will correct you. This is especially good if you don't have someone to talk Japanese to on a daily basis. I grew up with this but doing this more has helped me become fluent.

Writing it is easy for me to do now... I learned it at an early age but lost interest in it as I grew up and moved on with my life, surrounding by literally no Japanese people until I just recently found out there is a Japanese society here in Houston. Wow! Look for things like that in your community. Really having someone to talk to that speaks it fluently (native preferrably) is key.
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