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Posted 10/12/13
A more obvious choice. Japanese. But it's so complicated..doesn't it have thousands of kanji?
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Kubrah wrote:

A more obvious choice. Japanese. But it's so complicated..doesn't it have thousands of kanji?


[Every language is difficult in its own right. This includes, but is not limited to, Japanese.]

The kanji is the least of your worries; the grammar is what will do you in. For kanji, there's furigana. A large sum of manga has furigana, so as long as you can read hiragana and you have a few good Japanese dictionaries (preferably the Japanese-English furigana dictionary by Kodansha), then you'll be fine. Eventually, through much reading of said manga, you'll naturally pick up the kanji/vocabularly. Don't be fooled into thinking less kanji=easier, because you'll come to see that too much kana side by side will drive you mad. Kanji makes the meaning clear, kana does not. Kanji makes it clear where one word starts and ends, kana does not. And the more colloquial you go, the worse it gets. Don't play Pokemon in Japanese-- just don't.

The grammar is what's truly difficult. The particles will drive you mad; accursed things have about a million usages each.
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Probably either Italian or Japanese...maybe even both if I have the time. >.>
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Japanese, and I am currently learning Japanese in University
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Russian and Latin!
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In high school, I studied Spanish ... still not fluent in it despite multiple attempts

Then in college, I took ONE semester of German .... never kept up with it.

In graduate school, I had a Japanese professor and begged him to give me some language lessons in conversational Japanese.

Now out of school, I downloaded an app that helps me keep my spanish fresh in my head.

All these years, and I feel like Peggy Hill from King of the Hill .... except for the fact that I'm male.
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spanish because I do alot of missionary work in central america
and i dont care if everyone else says it- JAPANESE
Posted 10/14/13 , edited 10/14/13

kimmycornet wrote:

Japanese and French


TOtally!!!!!

:D Japanese and french! :D

And you know, there are only 3 significant comics industries in the world : American, Japanese, and French!
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qualeshia3 wrote:


crazysouthsider wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

After learning Japanese, I would love to learn German before Russian.
The Russian language looks difficult to learn for me, yet I wanna try.


It isn't to bad. It just uses the case system... then ends of works change.. ALLOOTTt


Explain the case system, please.


Well, it is a very inflectional language. But the case system is where the end of a noun changes depending on the use of a sentence.

For each noun in Russian there are 6 cases.
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21 / M / Brasil
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Japanese, Spanish and Italian. I'm brazilian, so I kinda know spanish 'cause it's quite similar to portuguese. I'm studying english since the last year, it's a beautiful language, currently I'm learning about pronunciation.
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Japanese, Portuguese (similar to Spanish), and Italian
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I can speak English and Japanese, and I would like to learn Chinese!

I didn't originally intend to learn Chinese, but I was walking around my campus as a guide for international students, so I had 日本語 written on my badge. Enough Chinese students came over and asked about it, and I made some Chinese friends, who are now putting up with my really bad 普通話!



BearSol wrote:

Welsh and Irish are the ones that I'll always want,


Out of curiosity, why Irish? I used to be able to speak it quite well, but like any Irishman would tell you, my level plummeted after secondary school.

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Kubrah wrote:

A more obvious choice. Japanese. But it's so complicated..doesn't it have thousands of kanji?


Hahah. Roughly fifty thousand in total. But don't fret, most people only use two thousand of those. I'm learning how to read and write it myself. The hiragana and katakana isn't too hard once you learn the rules and symbols.

I've also learned a bit of Spanish, and a phrase or two in French.
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I'm not quite sure why anyone would exhaust finite and fleeting effort to learn Japanese instead of learning Chinese, (a language in which the knowledge of would be beneficial in the business world) some people are learning Japanese, a language spoken solely on a secluded archipelago 750 miles from the greatest economic superpower today.

Really, why learn Japanese, the language of a country in which the following is the case:
- Japan is ultra-conservative, they only have a 24% approval rating of gay marriage [1], compare that to 53% in the USA.
- Japan has been in a recession for 25 years [2], and has the lowest birthrate since the Japanese ministry of health has kept records.
- If you're white, Japan hates your guts [3].

Really, don't waste 800 class hours to learn a useless language. If you must learn a language of the orient, consider Chinese.

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[1] - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Same-sex_marriage_in_Japan
[2] - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Japan#Postwar_period_.281945.E2.80.93present.29
[3] - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethnic_issues_in_Japan



Come now, you can always find some reason to not learn a language. If you want people to learn Chinese, put forward Chinese, don't knock a language you see as its competitor. People who want to learn Japanese will learn Japanese, a lot of people here like anime, and Japanese is the best way to do that. Secondly, pretty much none of the languages you'll find in the top ten most spoken will be a useless language. A year learning japanese for anime is better than a year of Spanish if you don't use it as much as you'd use Japanese (Because you like anime)
At the same time, you should push the positives of Chinese. There are economic reasons, but let me put forward some more;
It's a great language to drink in, Chinese people are fun drunks, and I have learned one or two drinking games, 乾杯!
It's universal, you can find someone to speak it wherever you live.
China is a wonderful country to visit, and one you will need Chinese to enjoy fully.

There are others, but try to be more positive about these things. A person who wants Japanese wants Japanese. This is coming from someone who speaks Japanese, I have completely different reasons and motivations for the two languages, one cannot replace the other because one is more "Useful" (And it wouldn't be more useful, if say, you watched anime all day, or planned to go to Japan, or worked in a Japanese company)
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Posted 11/10/13 , edited 11/10/13
i guess it would be Spanish, french and Japanese
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