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Posted 7/18/13 , edited 7/26/13
yeah i can speak bit

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Posted 7/19/13

tropicaljewel wrote:

Yes. I've studied in Tokyo. :)


Hope it's okay to ask but, Vilka studerade du med? Språkskola?
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Posted 7/23/13
Still i am not able to speak in japanese but i llove to speak in multi languages.
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Posted 7/28/13
はい、子供の時日本人の近状と遊んだから、日本語の勉強を始めた。今、日本の神戸市でもっと日本語を練習したり、色々な場所を見たりしている。皆は漢字が難しすぎると言う。でも、日本語物の中、漢字が最高面白いと思うよ。漢字を覚える事の後で、とてもスッキリする感じがあるよね。多分、俺の日本語が未だ下手だけど、頑張る!

Yes, when I was little I played with my Japanese neighbors, so started studying the language. Presently, I'm in Kobe, Japan practicing my Japanese and seeing various places. Everyone says that kanji is too challenging, but out of everything there is to study, kanji is the most interesting. After memorizing a character, you get an awesome feeling of excitement. Perhaps my Japanese still leaves much to be desired, but I will continue to try my hardest!
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Posted 7/28/13
I can speak, read and write Japanese. I learned this as a 3rd language as an adult. I went to a Japanese school in Manila and I studied there for many years Best language ever
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Posted 8/3/13
はい、日本語ができます。Aiming for native or near-native level, but not there yet.

I had crunchyroll set in Japanese, but then I noticed I can't access these forums unless it's set in English. Oh well!
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Posted 8/8/13 , edited 8/8/13
I can speak Japanese! I studied it all throughout Junior High and High school, and I continue learning through Rosetta Stone. Listening to the language regularly through music and anime really helps too!
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31 / M / Sydney, Australia
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Posted 9/20/13
I lived in Japan for 5 years and never studied. I can hold a spoken conversation on most topics, but I read at about the level of a 7 year old.

Learning local dialects is pretty important. Very few areas speak tokyo-style Japanese, even in Kanto.
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Posted 9/20/13
No, but I want to though.
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Posted 9/25/13
i know hiragana which i am a noob at. However i can hardly say anything haha. I got a free Japanese totour now because i help her with English.

I really am scared of kanji thou T_T so much to remember! Why can't they just use hiragana for everything?
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Posted 9/26/13

jorbudy wrote:
Why can't they just use hiragana for everything?


Because the same word can mean different things. Sure, you can usually tell from context, but it's much more easy to tell when you are reading if you understand kanji.

Take sakana (さかな) for instance. If written this way 魚, it means fish. That's probably what you'll run into the most often. If written this way 肴, it means a snack served with drinks. It's probably something you'll find at a pub when you are drinking with your friends. At that time, you probably won't be getting fish. :)

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Posted 9/27/13

deadpanditto wrote:


jorbudy wrote:
Why can't they just use hiragana for everything?


Because the same word can mean different things. Sure, you can usually tell from context, but it's much more easy to tell when you are reading if you understand kanji.

Take sakana (さかな) for instance. If written this way 魚, it means fish. That's probably what you'll run into the most often. If written this way 肴, it means a snack served with drinks. It's probably something you'll find at a pub when you are drinking with your friends. At that time, you probably won't be getting fish. :)



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.
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Posted 10/4/13 , edited 10/4/13
No, but I can pronounce Japanese words correctly due to Japanese having the same vowel sounds as in Spanish.
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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.
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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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