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Posted 5/8/13 , edited 5/8/13
'Far as I know, Nihon is pretty much normal usage. Nippon has a bit of a nationalistic connotation, from what I understand... not so much used in words as it is in titles or names.

If I remember correctly though, I think characters in Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams referred to Japan as Hi no Moto (日ノ本, I think they used the katakana there). Maybe it was referred to that way back then?
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Posted 5/9/13
I can only speak a little bit. I self studied for about 3 years. Last month I visited Japan for the first time and put my learnings to good use. I am able to ask for directions, order from a menu, and engage in small talk. But my vocabulary is still very limited and I'm faaaaaaar away from being fluent.

Anyway, nice to see people helping each other out here on their Japanese. I should visit this thread more often.
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Posted 5/10/13
Yes, a little bit. Studied for three months at EF Language School in Tokyo. I didn't know shit when I got there but now. I'm chating once in a while with japanese people at facebook. The best three months of my life I don't know how I'm going to top this. I only know that I'm going to live and work in Japan one day
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Posted 5/11/13
Well when I was little I actually knew a lot of Japanese because every summer when I was little I would go to Japan and visit some relatives. As the years gone by since I barely went to japan after that I actually forgot how to speak Japanese but I do understand A LOT of what people are saying :P. I am currently learning Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji. After that I will learn some of the sentence structures and words in Japanese so I can read/write/say different things correctly. I am planning to go for a 2 week trip to Japan in 1 years time so I have to make sure I can understand everything :). Also planning to stay in Japan for 1-3 years as an English teacher after I graduate from college in about 2 years. Anyways its pretty fun to learn Japanese especially when you mastered it since you can even read manga's that are not translated and can watch different things in RAW.
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Posted 5/26/13
I've been studying for 5 years and I"m going to take the JLPT N2 again this year, after failing it last year. I'm way ahead on Kanji versus listening. I kind of speak Japanese but I still sound like a total dork. I watch Crunchy Roll with electrical tap over the subtitles to try to improve my listening.
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Posted 5/27/13 , edited 5/27/13
中級です。I'm intermediate.
Anyone who wants to learn Japanese (or any language for that matter) should check out this site:
http://www.alljapaneseallthetime.com

It's helped me out a lot.
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Posted 5/28/13
I've passed the JLPT level 1 a few years ago and mainly use Japanese for watching anime, playing visual novels and reading manga and light novels.

Haven't studied since I passed, but all the anime and games have kept my Japanese at a reasonably high level.
Would like to study some more again, but most places locally only teach up to intermediate level.
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Posted 5/28/13
I take a Japanese course so..yeah I know basic Japanese ^~^
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Posted 5/30/13 , edited 5/30/13
yes i do, dont know what level i am but if i had to self evaluate i'd say lower advanced
ive only been studying for only four years, but im obsessed and actively use it everyday
skype, VN's etc. dont get me started
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Posted 5/30/13
よ!
ジョシュアだ!よろしく
日本で5か月日本語を勉強している
漢字はちょっと難しいけど、楽しいと思う
たぶん、教えらると思う
でも、あまり時間がない

勉強したいならJapaneseFromZeroの本を使えばいいよ
質問があれば、PMをしてください

=D
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Posted 5/30/13
漢字 can seem to be difficult, but it honestly can be learned easily if you put the time into it. Each 漢字 has a unique story that gives it meaning. I'll try to see about uploading some examples, but I want to save most of them for an app that I'll be making soon.
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Posted 6/12/13
Hai watashi wa nihon go ga hanashimasu. Nande ?
Add me anyone who speaks nihon go
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Posted 7/5/13
Yes. I've studied in Tokyo.
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To be honest I've been focusing more on my reading skills since there are a lot of books I want to read. My conversation skills have suffered because of it.
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Posted 7/13/13
I do not speak it fluently yet but I know a lot of the slang and just random funny stuff in Japanese. for example:

女は愛するより愛すれるほうが幸せなんって母ちゃん言ってた

which means my mom told me that women rather be loved then find love lol
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