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I find it hard to keep up with the pace and structure of the language but I've learned a few terms from watching anime.
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Yes and No...

Yes, you can learn a VERY limited amount of Japanese from anime.

No, because what you learn you won't necessarily know how to use properly.

In other words, if you want to learn Japanese seriously you need to learn Katakana, Hiragana and Kanji at the least. It will take you a while to become fluent as well.
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I've picked up a few words, but I think when it comes to learning Japanese it does become an easier transition because you're familiar by the sound of the language anyway.
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you eventually learn SOMETHING given enough time if you're just viewing it but actually being fluent or able to read it? doubtful
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I'd advise against doing it alone..you might want to take classes alongside it just to back it up.
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I picked up a few words, but not really enough to get by, my spanish is better.
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Japanese is such a complex language that you may learn a few things.. but unless you actually dedicate time to either moving and living in Japan or taking private lessons or even self studying for at-least an hour or two every day, you will not learn the language.

Anime is a nice complimentary addition to learning Japanese as it can help you with listening and picking up a few phrases, but you will not learn the complexities of the language by only watching anime.


Also I would recommend to any one thinking of learning Japanese... Think long and hard about the reasons you want to learn Japanese, if its only to watch anime, I would advise against it, if its to have fun and maybe move to Japan, then go for it.

Japanese is a fun language to learn (Took a year of private lessons but dropped them since im going to university this summer)

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Yes but mostly no.

In my japanese class in high school my teacher, who was a native Japanese woman, hated people who spoke in "anime japanese".

If you actually study Japanese the "right way" its VERY different from how anime portrays it and how people speak actual Japanese.

I'm no expert, but it definitely has a lot to do with the different formalities that the language requires of you. If you spoke "anime" Japanese to natives I'm quite certain they would be insulted by your informalities and the way you word things.

Also, not to mention that anime Japanese and regular Japanese sound quite different. I could easily pick up about 50% of what people are saying in anime, but if there is actual Japanese involved I wouldn't be able to keep up at all.
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mesomuffin wrote:

Yes but mostly no.

In my japanese class in high school my teacher, who was a native Japanese woman, hated people who spoke in "anime japanese".

If you actually study Japanese the "right way" its VERY different from how anime portrays it and how people speak actual Japanese.

I'm no expert, but it definitely has a lot to do with the different formalities that the language requires of you. If you spoke "anime" Japanese to natives I'm quite certain they would be insulted by your informalities and the way you word things.

Also, not to mention that anime Japanese and regular Japanese sound quite different. I could easily pick up about 50% of what people are saying in anime, but if there is actual Japanese involved I wouldn't be able to keep up at all.


Different animes have different... talking styles(?). Sure there's maybe some things that you would never hear in actual life like the cutsey cutsey anime girl talk, or -dattebayo naruto style, but other than a few things, if anything it would help you with all the informal "normal" way of people talking.

But what would I know.
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What makes it really difficult is the sentence structure. Japanese is subject-object-verb while western languages are subject-verb-object. This makes it difficult to match subtitles to spoken language.
But if you're studying the language, any exposure is good exposure.
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I have casually studied Japanese on and off because of my interest in anime even though I don't really desire to move to Japan or anything (maybe visit at one point). You can literally learn hiragana and katakana in one day if you take an afternoon and practice it hard (although you will forget it if you don't practice reading Japanese for a while I use a google Chrome extension called rikai-kun to translate kanji into hiragana). Just do some beginner level lessons so you understand general sentence structure after that. I find that the first thing you need to understand is to not read subtitles along with what the characters are saying but to listen to what they say, try to understand it, then glance at the subtitles to make sense of what words you don't understand (don't pause or anything just listen before you read). Its really gratifying as you gradually start having things you understand pop up (either vocabulary or grammar). Like I remember noticing how in episode 22 of Attack on Titan at the beginning when Mikasa is talking to Levi that Mikasa was speaking formal Japanese (using mas endings) and Levi was speaking informally because he is her superior. Thats just a small example but those moments happen all the time where you will learn something and then see it used in an anime. I don't think that you will learn Japanese by watching anime alone though there is too much to be misinterpreted with no base knowledge of the language to go off of.
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I don't think you can become fluent just through watching it. You can pick up a few words and maybe phrases.
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