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Posted 10/21/13 , edited 12/3/13
Need some advice for how to get started or keep up with learning a new language? Running into something particularly tricky you want a little help with? Ask here!

Have some great tips for what helps you when learning a new language. Share here!

Want to discuss your progress or share info you've found about language learning? That's fine too.

No ads please, but recommendations and opinions of sites or products based on your personal experience are welcome.

Here are a few related threads that you might find fun or useful (These all happen to be related to Japanese, but you can talk about any language here).

(Threads are routinely closed if they become inactive, so some of these may no longer be open, but you can still read what others wrote)

/forumtopic-805071/what-foreign-language-do-you-want-to-learn-or-would-like-to-learn

/forumtopic-1164/list-of-japanese-words-youve-learned

/forumtopic-5919/what-is-your-favorite-japanese-word

/forumtopic-794857/do-you-know-how-to-speak-japanese

/forumtopic-781562/for-those-who-are-learning-kanji

/forumtopic-801455/rosetta-stone-has-me-confused


These are some older, closed threads that may still contain some useful information. If you posted in one of these, please feel free to repost your advice in this new thread:

/forumtopic-796029/what-are-the-best-ways-to-learn-japanese
/forumtopic-778123/id-like-to-learn-japanese
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Posted 10/21/13 , edited 10/21/13
I've used Livemocha ( https://www.livemocha.com/ ) for quite some time now. It's so alike to Rosetta Stone that I swear sometimes that they're partnered. Make sure to use the Legacy version though, as it's a thousand times better than the new version.

I've also had a lot of success with QQ for Chinese. If you're looking to practice, or you need new textbooks, look at the QQ groups for foreigners studying Chinese, since most actually have textbooks and online resources within the group sharing folder. For those who are learning either Japanese or Chinese, Nciku (http://www.nciku.com/ ) is also very helpful, as both a comprehensive dictionary and as a study tool. Nciku enables the user to input Kanji/ Hanzi into the dictionary via writing it in, in much the same way that can be done with the Japanese Microsoft IME, which can be extremely helpful with those pesky un-studied or forgotten characters.
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Posted 10/22/13
I have near to no experience with the language as of yet, the only thing I know is some words that stick out while you watch an anime xD
But I once went onto this site http://www.freejapaneselessons.com/ And found out that it's a pretty neat website for being free and all, it teaches you how write your name in Katakana, also all the "alphabet" for both Hirigana and katakana, basic vocabulary, grammar and more.. It's a nice site for anyone that just wants to get a jist of the language :)

*saying all that and I didn't even finish doing all the lessons -___-! Damnit!*
Posted 10/23/13
@JayVeeDees: The official term is "syllabary." Just thought I'd let you know. :-)
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Posted 10/30/13
Don't use Rosetta Stone. Biggest waste if money and time.

If you are serious about Japanese go to textfugu.com and check out the first season (it's free). You will learn a lot of the basics from there

Go to alljapaneseallthetime.com read some articles there. I learned so much from This site it's not going to teach you japanese but it teaches how to study japanese. And it's perfect for people on crunchyroll because he promotes watching anime to learn japanese.

Watch your anime with the subs off, call me crazy but this is a good method. It forces you to listen an learn, I suggest watching an anime you already know the story to in the beginning. I do this on a regular basis, once you start watching with subs off you enjoy the show so much more, I would never go back to reading subs.

Go on lang-8.com an start posting stuff in Japanese. This site is great because native speakers will correct what you do wrong, and you make a lot of friends this way that you can continue to have conversations with.

Ur going to have to study vocab somehow. There's a program called anki that's FREE . It's basically a flash card program, and you can download free japanese learning decks right from the program. Anki saved my life for Japanese learning! I would pay $1000 for it if I had to.

Like I have stated these are all FREE resources (aside from crunchyroll membership) an with all of this you can learn japanese if you commit yourself to it. It won't be easy but you will learn :)

and most of all have fun, the key is to make japanese friends and talk to them. That always kept me motivated, an watching anime without subs is a very satisfying feeling.

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Posted 11/9/13

ShibooyahDJ wrote:

Watch your anime with the subs off



Is it possible to watch anime on Crunchyroll without the subs ? I don't know how to do it, if possible.

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Posted 11/9/13

j12ohn17 wrote:


ShibooyahDJ wrote:

Watch your anime with the subs off



Is it possible to watch anime on Crunchyroll without the subs ? I don't know how to do it, if possible.


With some shows, yes. It depends on whether or not the subtitles are hardcoded. For more info see:

/forumtopic-804909/ability-to-turn-off-subtitles#43303241 (and the post directly below it).
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Hi, I speak Japanese to a good, but not fluent, standard, I socialise in it regularly.
I would agree with Shibooyah DJ's resources, I've tried most of them and they're pretty good.

I'll add http://www.guidetojapanese.org/learn/
A grammar guide a child could use. His teaching method is the most rational I've seen from a grammar book yet, and it's completely free. He realizes you start from scratch, and every lesson builds on the last.

https://www.erin.ne.jp/en/
The only edutainment I'd ever recommend. Its made by the Japanese government, but for a first time source for some easy videos with all types of subtitles that's easy to enjoy, I recommend.

Also, right click on most Crunchyroll videos turns off subs.

Good luck anyone giving this a shot!
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If you are learning kanji or about to start learning kanji I highy recommend Kanji Damage! The guy who run it is extreamly funny and I have learned close to 250/1000+ kanji from it.

http://kanjidamage.com/
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Posted 1/28/14 , edited 1/28/14
i speak English, Spanish, and some Swedish. i will Definitely check out some of the links above.
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I put up a group before and posted in others before teaching people, but they say I tend to be a bit technical, so I just end up answering peoples' questions, in general.

Online lessons are helpful, but you should find someone you can practice with if you really want to get fluent.

As for resources, I highly recommend O'Neils Essential Kanji. I've worn mine out cover-to-cover and it's helped me memorize over a thousand different Kanji. Unless you're serious about learning Japanese, you SHOULD dish out even a little bit of money on something - and this should be at least one of them.
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Posted 3/8/14 , edited 3/8/14
@TheSleepyFox thanks for the useful link, I have started in on a couple of the lessons and see if this old dog can learn a new trick or two!

@KurisuRadii the links that you provided are going to come in handy as well.

thanks to both of you for the information!
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Posted 3/18/14
Here is an interesting language and culture resource: The Hello Kitty Guide To Japan. It is surprisingly good and informative. Plus it is in English and Japanese. I find the dual language books essential for helping my understanding of a language.
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Posted 4/30/14
It is said that one should learn the 1,000 most common daily conversation words in a language, before attempting to immerse in it. The idea is that this would be enough to work around words you don't know as you continue to fill the holes in your vocabularly.
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Posted 5/10/14
Hi i am trying to learn Japanese and i am thankful for all these links here. If anyone has any hints, tips, or advice, i gladly welcome and appreciate it! I hope I will become a decent part of the crunchyroll community. So please add me as a friend and talk to me freely! Thank you in advance for any and all help!
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