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Posted 3/8/13

sky4uu wrote:
it requires you to memorize thousands hiragana and katakana.


You mean Kanji, right?

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はい、僕は日本語が少し話せますが、とても難しですよね。僕の先生にありがとうございました。皆さん、頑張りますよ!


sky4uu wrote:

watashi no namae wa sukaira des [...] it requires you to memorize thousands hiragana and katakana.


desu, not des. While it is not uncommon to hear です pronounced like "des" in spoken Japanese, it is never written like that. All Japanese kana, with the exception of ん, are always paired with a vowel. Also, you're thinking of kanji. There are only a few dozen kana.


danam wrote:

Nihongo ga sukoshi hanashimasu. I'm scared of kanji though......


While I wish you'd write in kana, I'm glad to see you write politely! On any anime forum I ever visit I tend to notice people try and jump right into casual everyday speech and slang reserved only for close friends and other intimate relationships. I love the polite, humble quality of -Masu form And don't be scared of kanji -- just remember, it takes the Japanese years to learn it too! All the way from 1st grade through highschool. It takes years. If you pace yourself though, it's doable!


Deceipter wrote:

Watashi wa kotogaaru kotoninaru gakusuu sore okero hantoshi hannen.


Yeah, I have no idea what you've written there. The part that makes the least sense to me is "hantoshi hannen". 半年 / han nen / han toshi all mean "Half a year". So you've ended your sentence with "half a year half a year". The rest leaves me scratching my head too.

After reading through this thread, I have to say: for anyone actually serious about learning Japanese, please do us all a favour and lose the romaji!

Typing Japanese in a Latin script is not only a headache to read, it's also practically useless, in that nobody bothers to use romaji except for lazy westerners who can't be bothered to at least learn the kana (hiragana and katakana). Most people can learn kana in well under a week, and once you know it, you'll never have to use romaji again, so there's really no excuse! Do it now!

Plus, you'll never be able to read actual Japanese until you learn the kana, so there's extra incentive.





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Mono-no-Aware wrote:
Most people can learn kana in well under a week, and once you know it, you'll never have to use romaji again

Yup, learning the Kana can actually be done in a day if u use James Heisig's method of "imaginative memory" which reassembles the kana into images that fix the sound of each particular kana to its writing. His method was how I learned it right away. But one must be ready to exercise their brain for a few to several hours - but I believe it is worth it in the end.

One can find his book Remembering the Kana on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Remembering-Kana-Reading-Japanese-Syllabaries/dp/0824831640/ref=rec_dp_2 or u might be able to even borrow the book at a local library or university. I think most public libraries (or at least the libraries around me do) have an online catalog available to make things even easier so u don't even have to leave your home to check for it.
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i had no choice T_T it was either learn or sit there like an idiot every conversation. it was worth it, i guess. we now speak it at home in the states, i don't have to wait for subtitles for tv shows.. etc etc etc. now if only i can practice my reading. *sigh* someone is gonna have to force me to do that, too, dangit.
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I learned how to speak japanese when i was 5 from my grandpa until he moved to korea. Then i took classes in middle school & high school. I also attended a private japanese school in my hometown . Make a long story short , Yes .
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Ive always wanted to get that pimsluer stuff, how good is it does anybody know?

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HGandRAZ wrote:

Ive always wanted to get that pimsluer stuff, how good is it does anybody know?

-HG

I've used it. Those 30-minute lessons are very, very good. I think I went up to like lesson 35 or so before it started to get a bit difficult for me, lol. Also, the CDs or MP3s are quite expensive, so if you could borrow it at a library or university, the better. You probably could do an online search on your local libraries' or universities' website to see if they have it.
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Posted 3/10/13

suikojay wrote:


HGandRAZ wrote:

Ive always wanted to get that pimsluer stuff, how good is it does anybody know?

-HG

I've used it. Those 30-minute lessons are very, very good. I think I went up to like lesson 35 or so before it started to get a bit difficult for me, lol. Also, the CDs or MP3s are quite expensive, so if you could borrow it at a library or university, the better. You probably could do an online search on your local libraries' or universities' website to see if they have it.


thanks i'll look into it !

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わたしはアレックスです。にほんごをすこしはなします。にほんごをいまべんきょうします。
I just started studying around a month ago heh katana and hiragana are fun! but kanji even better! i love the way you write "kin" (gold)
not that i'm greedy thou ;p
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子供の頃にアメリカに引っ越してきた日本人なので若干はなせます。

For those who are currently studying, how are you studying? I've sort of reached a wall because I can understand enough to enjoy most Japanese media but I'm horrible when it comes to conversation or expressing ideas.
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Hai, sukoshi.
Mada jouzu jaarimasen... Mata ne, taberu tsumoridesu.
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My Japanese is perfect.
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Posted 3/12/13 , edited 3/12/13

PrincessLunza wrote:
Also, Pimsleur Japanese is great, that's an audio thing, I don't know where you can download it, besides a website that kinda... Does illegal downloads, but I'm not encouraging you to do so.

You can legally buy the mp3 versions of it on the actual Pimsleur website: http://www.pimsleur.com/Learn-Japanese Only a mere $335 for the mp3 set, or a cheap $695 for the CD bundle set!
I'm sure Ebay also has them, probably for cheaper too.


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My Japanese is perfect.

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Well, I am taking a Japanese class. I'm getting better at it, but it's a little rusty. I can read characters, such as Katakana and Hiragana. I am so much better at reading Hiragana though. I just barely got into Kanji so I only know shiro, aka, hana, yama.. I can't remember the rest.
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I'd like to start taking classes soon. Maybe teach myself using online sources, but I'm too busy or I'd just watch anime or roll around on crunchyroll.
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