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Slightly. I really want to learn it because if I could make my dream jobs work I would be over there quite a bit. Anime was the thing that got me interested in learning, but as I calmed down from the "otaku" phase I still found it interesting.
lmao idk how good I'll ever get seeing as I'm self teaching.
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proxydata wrote:

just learning Japanese for anime is a very shallow reason


To be fair, learning a new language, espically one so different from english, is pretty admirable. If someone wants to do something like that, I think its pretty cool regardless of their reason.
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Well anime is just what opened me up to the language and from it I've learned to love the sound of how all the words flow. Personally I would love to learn.
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Naimulz wrote:

Okay so, I always watch anime basically. As a new member of the otaku world, I just feel like I need to learn Japanese.
For some reason I can't stand having to look at the text and reading it. Yeah you're probably thinking, " why not just watch the dubbed version?" My answer to that is, I just can't! Someday I'll learn Japanese and enjoy anime without feeling like I'm communicating with aliens. What about you?


I learned Japanese by watching and enjoying anime! Make me feel great!
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proxydata wrote:

just learning Japanese for anime is a very shallow reason


But it's a start, and sometimes that's all someone needs.

Anyway, I learned Japanese because I started watching subbed anime. If I did not watch anime, I doubt that I would've even considered learning it, especially with every person who's tried it and stated it as being too hard. If you've got a personal interest in something, even if it turns out to be more difficult than you expected, you'll push through. Also, as you learn the language, you'll come to find more reasons to continue learning it. So if you're embarrassed that your first reason for learning Japanese was due to anime, you can at least use your second or third reasons to answer someone if that question comes up. Although, I personally prefer to go with the anime answer, but if I don't feel like explaining what anime is in the first place, I'll just give the old, "Oh, it's just such an interesting language," reply.

Besides that, people no longer ask me (antagonize me?) why I'm watching something in Japanese when I don't understand it, and if they do happen to, I can reply with a, "Yes, I do understand it."
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On this topic, me and my wife been thinking about learning it too. Anyone able to suggest a good program for doing that? other then the $400 one?
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I think I wanted to learn Japanese before I knew what language it was. My father served in Korea during the war, when I was 5 he taught me to count to 5 in what I later found out was Japanese. So I guess you can say I've been interested in the language and the culture for most of my life
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Posted 4/20/15 , edited 4/20/15

HuntikAnimeFan1017 wrote:
I learned Japanese by watching and enjoying anime! Make me feel great!


アニメを見るだけで日本語を学ぶなんて、中々難しいと思うけど。
簡単な日本語しか学べないだろう。挨拶とか。

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Ristor wrote:

On this topic, me and my wife been thinking about learning it too. Anyone able to suggest a good program for doing that? other then the $400 one?


if you actually intend on learning the language, then it's recommended getting an actual textbook such as Genki
ideally, you would be taking a Japanese class, but you can theoretically learn by yourself. Just don't get that overpriced and useless learning pack that teaches through repetition and cost an arm and a leg.
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Anime, Japanese bands, and Youtubers make me wish I spoke the language. I think it sounds the best out of any language I've heard by far, I like how the spoken language flows and sounds very expressive. But I've spent enough time studying German and French to know that I don't pick up on languages easily. Trying to learn the language would most likely just be a waste of time for me.

I think music makes me want to learn Japanese more than anime. Subtitles for anime are easy to find, but a lot of lesser known japanese bands can be really hard to find song lyrics. I want to know what these great-sounding songs are actually about!! Same for a lot of comedy-related Japanese youtubers.
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Yes, it definitely did. I don't know if I'll ever be conversant, but I take japanesepod101's word of the day, and I've just about got the kanas memorized. A lot of phrases come up often, like "daijoubu desu ka?", I don't have to look down to read that one.
I just approach it as something fun to do, good for the brain. But no hurry, no specific goals.
Is this where I have a Kimi ni Todoke spasm and shout "let's all do our best!"?
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I'd like to learn another language. Spanish or Korean would be more suitable, since it would help me to communicate better with the sushi chefs who work in my department. I've taken college courses for Spanish, but, while I do fairly well with written work, I can only recall a few basic phrases when I try to apply it orally. I don't seem to have an ear for it, either. Unless the professor says a phrase by itself, and does so slowly, I can't figure out what I'm being told. I don't seem to have much of a knack for other languages, though I do have the patience to work with the sushi chefs in order to figure out what they need from time to time. That's gotta count for something, I hope.

Oh, sorry. No, anime does not make me want to learn Japanese. It would be convenient, to be sure, but I don't mind subtitles, and I'm not so pretentious that I can't enjoy English dubs.
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Yeah, I know a little n I already know there are a lot of bad translations x3;
Also I wanna be able to focus more on what's goin on then the bottom of the screen~ Aheheh
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of course, then i wouldn't have to wait for subs to come out

but tbh it's not the top of my list to learn. I'd rather learn Korean actually.
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Posted 4/20/15
Yes and no.
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