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Post Reply Do you know how to speak Japanese??
Posted 10/5/13

ChuChuLain wrote:
This, and also there are no spaces between words in texts, so if everything were to be written in kana, you would have a hard time distinguishing what's what.


A string of hiragana can be quite a pain to read.

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Posted 10/8/13
actually japanese is not difficult at all aas a language-mastering writing the kanji though..thats the difficult part. Arabic I actually found rather easy as well-now cantonese..brings the word difficult to a whole new level.
Posted 10/11/13 , edited 10/11/13

rob1s wrote:

actually japanese is not difficult at all aas a language-mastering writing the kanji though..thats the difficult part. Arabic I actually found rather easy as well-now cantonese..brings the word difficult to a whole new level.

Pronunciation-wise, Japanese isn't difficult, but native English speakers might find the "r" cluster of morphemes to be difficult to pronounce correctly.

Cantonese, from what I've seen, doesn't have a widely established learning system for non-native speakers, so yes, that language (or dialect) is pretty much a pain to tackle at first. I'm not even considering the different slang, vocabulary usage, and idioms from Mandarin Chinese...

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Posted 10/21/13
I tried picking it up as a kid, but I never really put any effort into it. I learned the kana systems in about a weeks time with one of my friends, and I've remembered it quite well ever since. Since studying Chinese, and after about eight years of watching Japanese shows and listening to Japanese music, I can more or less understand it. I can navigate Japanese websites without any trouble, and I can listen to anime without the subtitles and pretty much get what's going on, but I think if I had to sit down and speak to a Japanese person, I'd probably have quite a difficult time expressing myself, even if I understand what the person is saying. I think I could probably look though a Japanese newspaper and understand what it's talking about, but I'd mostly be relying on the kanji, and would probably lose a good deal of what was being said. All in all, my Japanese is ok, even without any formal training in the language. I think my understanding is good enough that I could probably pick it up pretty quick if I started learning again now, which I kinda have been for the last year or so in my free time.
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Posted 12/3/13
I think that's crazy that someone can just watchtTV and pick up a language without taking lessons in it. I've been studying for years and am slowly learning it but putting in massive amounts of time. Ok that includes lots of anime watching.
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Posted 12/4/13 , edited 12/4/13
I am the Japanese speaking master.
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Posted 12/12/13
I learned Japanese in high school via a course, and I have since started watching anime.
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Posted 1/20/14
Enough that I can pass the JLPT 3.
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Posted 1/23/14 , edited 1/23/14
I know some words and phrases, and I consider myself pretty good at pronunciation. I know hiragana and katakana and a little bit of kanji. It's a slow learning process but I hope to be able to say a lot of things in Japanese.

はじめまして。私のなまえわかいです。よろしくおねがいします。
(It's nice to meet you. My name is Kai. Please be kind to me.)



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Posted 1/25/14
I am an intermediate Japanese student. I have enough of a base knowledge to survive. I just need to increase my vocabulary and my kanji knowledge and I would be good to go. It isn't easy to find time to learn it between my job and everything else, but I can make the time. Watching anime really does help though. Getting used to hearing it and picking out words is a good learning tool.
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Posted 2/10/14
Not really just what I could pick up from free apps and anime. I just ordered the sword art online light novel..hope it doesn't go too bad
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Posted 2/15/14
I can only speak a few words. I guess it's not surprising, but this whole forum section is so asian biased. I'm learning German, and Spanish! just to shout out to our brothers and sisters
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Posted 2/15/14
I'm taking a Japanese 1 course this spring. I've always wanted to learn another language so why not? I'm a bit nervous as it's been a (ahem) few years since I've gone to school for anything. I hope with time and hard work I'll eventually be able to learn. As it is I know a few words but the sentence structure still baffles me.
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Posted 2/17/14
I can speak Japanese unless i'm actually in front of a Japanese person ; 3;) I just get intensely nervous haha I'm kind of out of practice now.
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Posted 2/19/14 , edited 2/19/14
trying since i will be living in japan for the next 3 years, too bad im so lazy.
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