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Posted 4/22/14
日本語がわかります、けどまだへたです。私は二年半日本にすんでいました。

Yeah, I lived there, but I still haven't passed N4 of JLPT (sad, I know!) Haven't given up yet
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Posted 4/24/14 , edited 4/24/14
Well, by 3 months I got to the level where I knew all kana and around 1000 kanji(never studied kanji by themselves, only with words) as well as the ability to understand people on youtube who just talk about uncomplicated stuff. It was learned all informally. I never bothered to learn to write by longhand since people in Asia don't really want to write by longhand either due to technology nowadays.

Too bad I burned out shortly after. It has been like 2 months or something since I was down and out. I think it was a bad idea to attempt to work hard at learning a language because now that I look around, most of the best language learners seems to be people who don't take it seriously and just lazy it up. They don't learn Japanese to do something, they just do fun stuff that just happens to be in Japanese and don't see it as work; they don't learn deliberately.

Ideally, learners should get to the point where they get used to spending hours and hours learning their target language everyday just like how they do the same to their native language without really trying to learn it. 10+ hours a day learning Japanese sounds hardcore until you realize you were learning English(native language) 10+ hours everyday painlessly since you were a little kid(fluency was never needed to do this). Reaching the highest levels in Japanese only takes 2000 quality hours on average which is nothing compared to what newly born Japanese kids today must spend sooooo...
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Posted 4/26/14 , edited 4/26/14
Ni hao!

No... No I do not.
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Posted 4/26/14
Yup. I think I can speak it fairly well, though I'm more proficient in internet lingo than formal language due to all the time I spend on NND. I'm planning to take N2, though it's not yet final since it'll be my first time taking the JLPT and I might just be underestimating the test. I'll take a mock exam next month after summer classes to see how I fare and plan things from there.
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Posted 4/27/14
Yes! Mon amie. Oh wait...
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Posted 4/30/14
Speaking Japanese is easy. Writing in Hiragana and katakana takes time, but its not hard. But reading and writing kanji can be difficult as can trying to understand fast talking locals who use a lot of slang or have a weird dialect. The learning curve for kanji is steep, but soon as you get there you got it. I've been learning Japanese on my own for 5 years now. Let me tell you, you cannot learn Japanese from just watching anime lol, it takes time and a lot of hard work.

I know some people who are taking it in university, it seems like a waste of money (unless its a job requirement) to me because all you really need is the internet and 30 minutes a day.
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Posted 5/9/14
I can read and write Hiragana and Katakana.. it's pretty cool.. most words I can read but don't know exactly what it means.. Kanji made me stop learning though.. I wanna get back into it but not motivated enough.. (。-ω-)ノ
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Posted 5/17/14
If you're interested in learning japanese, theres two websites that work really well, one free, that will help you read katakna/hiragana/kanji:

http://www.memrise.com/courses/english/japanese/


And the other site that is a pay to use website, but it's really in depth and well worth paying for, also has a free trial to use:

http://www.japanesepod101.com/index.php
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Posted 5/17/14
I can read a little bit of kanji and some hiragana, and verbally I feel like I will fail and somehow offend someone by saying hello
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Posted 5/18/14
No. Haha my boyfriend can though. He took Japanese in High School and lived over there (Japan) for 6 months speaking it. He's taught me some key words.
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Posted 5/22/14
Uh, at an elementary level. I did take it for four years in high school, but I was mostly a delinquent and didn't pay attention in that class.

I only started recently studying it again because my Japanese friends thought it would be a good idea for me to study in my spare time. I can order food with ease, and have SOME conversation, but most of the time I'm usually asking "wait, what does this mean?"
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Posted 5/23/14
not really..but maybe..? i dont know..
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Posted 6/8/14
I've started learning it, and as languages go it doesn't seem particularly horrific... I feel much worse for any Japanese person learning to speak English if I'm honest!

If you stick with Hiragana and Katakana, then the written part makes a lot of sense. Kanji I'm staying away from for now, but we'll see!
At the moment it just feels like learning Ancient Greek. Get the alphabet (or in this case syllabary) nailed first and it's a lot easier

Do wish they taught it at schools though, I think there's only 1 or 2 in the UK that offer it, and there's only one exam board available for Japanese as well. Not a very common language here as far as I can see. Lots of people from my school are from Hong Kong so there's a lot of cantonese floating around, not much else besides english though...
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Posted 6/9/14
Just the basics. Need a translator tho.
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Posted 6/26/14
chotto wakarimashita
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