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Posted 4/23/15
No, being Japanese does.

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Posted 4/24/15
Oh yeah it does. Aside from the other benefits of learning Japanese that is
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I tried learning French once and got bored halfway though the unit, I have a feeling the same thing would happen with this.
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Posted 4/24/15
I do want to learn Japanese, but not because of anime.
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Posted 4/24/15
Aye. I just can't be arsed.
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It wasn't anime but manga which motivated me.

So my gateway to this anime/manga world was Rurouni Kenshin. This was back in the 90's and manga was not as ubiquitous and anime when available (on VHS) was expensive. I loved the anime, but I knew there was more to the story because of all the OVAs. So true enough, The anime only covered the first half of the manga, and the rest of it (The Jinchu Arc) was only available in manga format. So I ordered the manga (in original Japanese, because Viz didn't licence it until years later) and taught myself basic kana so I can read the furigana on all the Kanji and figure out what really happened between Kenshin and Tomoe.
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I learned Japanese because of Anime. And honestly, I do recommend English speakers pick up an Eastern Asian language, for the simple fact that it is so different from English that it will actually help you understand language better as a whole in contrast.

I'd say that Japanese is probably the most complicated of Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. For the reason that it uses 3 different writing systems and uses a crap load of words that sound and/or are written the same but have different meanings.

Korean is probably the simplest as it primarily uses 1 phonetic writing system and has straight forward pronunciations.

I can't really quantify Chinese.

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Bro! i feel the same way i started watching anime like 1 year ago and i want too learn japanese lmaoo and btw if anyone has a guest pass may you give me one lol i want too see how it feels like too not have interuptions xD thanks...
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xxJing wrote:

I learned Japanese because of Anime. And honestly, I do recommend English speakers pick up an Eastern Asian language, for the simple fact that it is so different from English that it will actually help you understand language better as a whole in contrast.

I'd say that Japanese is probably the most complicated of Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. For the reason that it uses 3 different writing systems and uses a crap load of words that sound and/or are written the same but have different meanings.

Korean is probably the simplest as it primarily uses 1 phonetic writing system and has straight forward pronunciations.

I can't really quantify Chinese.



hiragana and katakana are not difficult at all. it's like the alphabet equivalent in Japan.
kanji is another story though, but you'll only need to know ~2k to be considered fluent in the language
(compared to what, 8k characters in the Chinese language)
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xxJing wrote:

I learned Japanese because of Anime. And honestly, I do recommend English speakers pick up an Eastern Asian language, for the simple fact that it is so different from English that it will actually help you understand language better as a whole in contrast.

I'd say that Japanese is probably the most complicated of Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. For the reason that it uses 3 different writing systems and uses a crap load of words that sound and/or are written the same but have different meanings.

Korean is probably the simplest as it primarily uses 1 phonetic writing system and has straight forward pronunciations.

I can't really quantify Chinese.



hiragana and katakana are not difficult at all. it's like the alphabet equivalent in Japan.
kanji is another story though, but you'll only need to know ~2k to be considered fluent in the language
(compared to what, 8k characters in the Chinese language)


Yeah but, in Chinese 1 kanji has 1 pronunciation.

In Japanese it could be from like 1 to like 10+. The way Kanji are used in infinitely simpler in Chinese.
In Japanese some may be simple, others may be confusing as hell.

For example: There is no logical way to come to the conclusion that 小鳥遊 is pronounced Takanashi. None of those kanji in any other use or combination even hint that that pronunciation is possible.

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xxJing wrote:
Yeah but, in Chinese 1 kanji has 1 pronunciation.

In Japanese it could be from like 1 to like 10+. The way Kanji are used in infinitely simpler in Chinese.
In Japanese some may be simple, others may be confusing as hell.

For example: There is no logical way to come to the conclusion that 小鳥遊 is pronounced Takanashi. None of those kanji in any other use or combination even hint that that pronunciation is possible.


rather than thinking in terms of how a given kanji is read, it might be better to instead learn the word first, and think of the kanji as just another way of representing the word. for example, instead of learning the different pronunciations of 教, 科 and 書 and try to somehow come up with the reading for 教科書. it might be better to first learn the word textbook (きょうかしょ) and after that learn that it can be written as 教科書. knowing the vocabulary itself is more important than the representation of such word (which is what many people seem to forget). names are tricky, and you kinda have to memorize it (or use your handy name dictionary)
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Orignially it was anime that inspired me, but as I studied for the exams I became a lot more interested in the culture and history. A lot people say that wanting to learn Japanese because of anime is a weeaboo-ish thing to do, but all motivation comes from somewhere! Just remember to treat the language and culture with respect, try hard and you can definitely do it! Best of luck!
Posted 4/24/15
Nah. I love anime, but am not a big fan of the Japanese language. Just personal taste - it doesn't sound very appealing to me. Though, I often wish I knew it just so that I could watch without subtitles. That's not a good enough incentive to force me to actually learn it though lol.

Interestingly, anime made me start learning Esperanto before Japanese. Go figure lol.

I salute the people with such passion for anime that they actually want to learn Japanese though. I'm aware that some look down on it, but forget those guys! Learning any language for any reason is a good thing as far as i'm concerned. I don't limit it just to practicality or triviality.
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Posted 4/24/15
Yes, but there's other things I'd rather be able to do.
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No. Not at all. I would rather watch anime in the time it would take me to learn the language lol. I would learn if it helped me with work or if I needed to take a language in college then maybe. But so far none of those apply to me so I'm good with my subs.
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