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Should you learn Japanese? You tell me.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

Before I even touch Japanese, German and Russian are my two target of languages worth learning.

RUSSIAN. LOOKS. CHALLENGING. TO. ME.


Are you trying to operate a space shuttle?

All of the instructions in it are in Russian. hahaha
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I like learning languages. Albeit I am not great at fluently learning them. I have learned German (4 years) Spanish (3 years) Italian (1 year). Pretty much I had to stop due to finances so far. But Japanese is my next I want to learn. I want to learn this more though than I did any of the others. I WANT to read Manga IN japanese, I want to have conversations IN Japanese (I have Japanese neighbors, and a few friends who have learned the language), I wouldn't mind being able to understand Anime in Japanese, but that really atm seems more like a perk than a want, some day I would LOVE to visit Japan, and whether an article says so or not, I know people in other countries do, sometimes, enjoy when Foreigners take the time to actually LEARN their language. When I went to Germany my tour guide was going practically crazy that he could TALK to someone other than the bus driver in his natural language.

Yeah obviously some people hate when someone comes to their home (or city, or country whatever) and tries to speak with them but utterly fails, but not everyone is the same, and from my experience in Germany, many people were so happy that an "ignorant barbarian of an American" took "his precious time" to learn a language aside from American English to actually converse with us!

I've also learned though that Japanese compared to many other languages is much more difficult to learn, my friends started years ago and are still learning, i've heard stories of people who took 10+ years or more and are still learning, i've heard from Americans who went to Japan to live there still having difficulties, or it takes years or decades to fully... i guess the word is assimilate? into the culture, language, and everything. But all of them have encouraged me (or others) to keep going for it and that it just takes time, and patience, and for proper learning, money.

TL;DR Go for it. It will take time, but it is worth it if you are patient.
Posted 12/29/13 , edited 12/30/13
Bluntly put, I want to be proficient in verbal Japanese, and some article won't change my mind, much less, strangers who comment on this thread. I enjoy learning it, unlike Spanish. Do I expect to need it or anything? No. I simply like the sound, how it flows off of my tongue, and that I unconsciously alter my voice to a higher pitch whenever I pronounce Japanese. Also, I'm one of those people who can be stuck with accents and whatnot for hours after listening to a foreign language for an extended period of time (30+ minutes). Even reading books set in another culture can mess up my language center for the rest of the day. So, considering that I delve into Japanese media for a significant portion of my entertainment, I might as well go along with it.

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Japanese is one of the languages I've invested time in learning over the past decade, and I know it really isn't necessary for me to learn in my professional goals, but all languages fascinate me. Japanese just happens to be the one I love the most, for the challenge, intricacies, and general fun I have while studying it.

Its funny, Spanish is considered a language that is recommended for me to learn, but I don't have the connection to it. Language is more than the words, it's trying to adapt that thought process, understanding the culture behind it.. Which doesn't mean I don't love the culture and language I just haven't connected to it (at least yet)

Also all my Japanese friends speak English (even the ones who actually live in Japan haha), so it is not about communicating for me. It will just be nice to be able to read a book, sign, or anything and not have to wait for a translation.

But that was an interesting article, because I have heard that it is true that you aren't expected to know Japanese when you visit there.
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Should I? Well, I can... I have no immediate pressing need to learn Japanese, but it wouldn't hurt to endeavor to learn a new language.
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Japanese and French are on my list. Whether I actually end up learning them is another matter. I'm great at picking up languages, if my marks and lack of effort in previous language courses are any indicator, but those were easy because, well, they were courses, and I couldn't just... not do them. Well I could. But then people would be disappointed. It's much easier to avoid disappointing people when it's a self-improvement project, meaning that like so many other things I want to achieve, it's a fleeting dream unless someone gets me off my butt to put in the time. Basically, I can learn Japanese, or I can sit around and wait for people to translate stuff for me, and one of those (guess!) is easier. I disgust me sometimes.
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If you want to learn a useful language learn Russian, Chinese since they're power countries with USA.
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You really shouldn't learn Japanese.

Learning a language with no international business purpose spoken solely on a secluded archipelago, whose economy has been in a recession for 30 years and has had a declining birthrate for 40 years for the purposes of watching anime and consuming perverted masturbation material is truly as waste of time.

Learn Chinese instead.
Posted 12/30/13
I disagree with the article entirely.


Learning a language is always better and more productive than wasting time doing nothing or just playing games for example...
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If anyone wants to get started learning Japanese, an easy thing you can do by yourself is to just learn the basic kana (Hiragana and Katakana).

You can download charts from Google image for each one, and then spend time doing writing exercises. Write each kana down 30 times every day, and sound it out each time you write it. Do this for a week and you will be surprised at how many you will be able to recall from memory.

If you take any elementary Japanese class in college, you are going to have to do this anyways, so it is best to get a head start. Once you know the kana, learning the basics will become a lot easier.

I have only taken an elementary Japanese class at my local community college, and I like how I can read a lot of signs in Anime now. Of course, the signs I can't read are ones that contain Kanji as I do not know a lot of Kanji yet.
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I should. Why ? to put it up front and flat : I'm a pervert, if you want to use that term.

I also already understand spoken Japanese and written Japanese that is not written in Kanji, Hirakana or katakana ( read : I can use some programs that convert the symbols).

So the pervert bit... I like adult games, not the rape "fest we do here nothing but fuck games", but games that take 40-120 hours to play trough and you just get one or two scenes on that time. Why ? because Sex is natural part of any relationship story. And I like games, yes GAMES, that actually have a good story bound with sex that suits it, I mean don't lie to me, no one expects coupling to happen in a love story without any sex in somewhere behind or after the scenes. Adds that extra realism to it. ( a an example Yumina The Eternal, a game I play at the moment, I am 23 hours in the game without a single sex scene as I chose "good " path in my eyes, its not that strategic, unique fight system though, but I liked Aselia the Eternal better, other game of the maker)

Or story based games with truly good stories, such as G-senjou no maou that also has killer soundtrack, hell if anyone plays that trough with the "true ending" and doesn't feel like crying in the end ( the one that comes after the game texts) they aren't human.

That said, its pain in to ass to see some of the titles that I want to play not being translated since they are too difficult ( yes talking about strategy rpg's that take butt load of time to play trough and are on total war game level in complexity, if not above, sengogu hime games for example). I love taking over countries in every game, Japanese games just let me do that and what I WOULD do with the fame, if I did so for real: Use that fame to sleep with as many women as possible, without being a total dick about it. ( Yes, Rance, you heard me, you don't have to be dick to conquer )

So.. actually being able to know the symbols would help me quite a bit, but its work on progress got 6 g worth study material from my friend who studies Japanese in Japan.

Edit : added comment about Mao.
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To me, it's disrespectful not to learn some Japanese if you are going over there for holidays etc.
Japanese people probably learn some of the local language when visiting other countries. (And besides, learning a new language gives you a different perspective / way of thinking).
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Don't let other people say what you should and shouldn't do. You want to learn Japanese, you do it.

I speak English and Polish fluently. I wanted to learn an asian language, so I went with Japanese. Why? Because it's interesting.

>It’s Going to Take Time. A Really Freaking Long Time

Guess what, getting good at anything takes a lot of time. I have a ton of time on my WoW account, what good did that do me?

The key point is do whatever you want to do in life, don't let anyone tell you why you should or shouldn't do something.
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If you want to go to Japan, then learning Japanese would be recommended ( not necessary, but it would help).

If you do not want to go to Japan, then I guess the only purpose learning Japanese would have is for the sake of learning something new.
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I'm an International Business student and minoring in Japanese language, I love it! Because I want to do it and I love the language compared to when I went through lessons of French and Spanish. I know for a fact that a few of my friends are doing Spanish or French because it's 'easy'. ><' Sorry, but that's really lazy and the European economies aren't exactly doing very well atm as well as Japan.

Damn, if you want to try learning Japanese then have a go, the world isn't going to come crashing down because you did xD idk I'm much happier learning something I love and enjoy than trying to slave at a language I don't particularly like or want to learn just because it's 'useful'. In the UK there's hardly anyone who can actually speak a good level of French let alone Japanese, that's useful enough for me.
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