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Post Reply Do people actually learn Japanese through the anime they watch?
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I have picked up phrases here and there and want to learn the language and culture more. Dream is to visit japan one day!

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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)



your taking Japanese at a university? which one?
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True and false.
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It's super informal and if you tried what you learned in anime in front of Japanese, especially older ones, you would greatly offend them. Japanese is dependant heavily of keigo which is basically the level of formality you speak with someone. In this sense it is very hierarchical, a friend or younger person you can probably use some of anime Japanese though.

On the other hand, you can pick up some vocabulary from anime, and you can practice trying to read hiragana, katakana, & kanji fast from openings and closings of many anime as the songs may have built in japanese subs + song titles & names. Lastly you can practice a bit by trying to read signs, labels etc. which may pop up in anime. ちはやふる、かるた、二せコイ。。etc as some examples for me the past day.  
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I've watched anime for 6 years almost every day.

I only know enough Japanese to pronounce words and, if I were to try and speak Japanese, to be a bon-a-fide weeaboo
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tridragon1 wrote:

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I've learned quite a few words.
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I wouldn't say I learned Japanese from anime, but it has significantly improved my listening comprehension. All of my Japanese professors were fairly young women, so they spoke Japanese with a particular inflection, which is not universal. As a result, I could understand younger women speaking Japanese pretty well, but my comprehension dropped dramatically when someone not in that demographic spoke (like the older man who ran the study abroad program I went to or my host father). Watching anime has helped me understand the non-"textbook" speech styles, so when I watch interviews or anything else in Japanese, my comprehension is far better than it was back when I was just taking classes.
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I concur with what everyone is saying. You can pick up a few phrases or words, but I imagine to really know what's going on, you'd need some formal lessons. I suppose it's sort of equivalent to a Japanese person trying to learn English through Family Guy and American Dad. You'd pick up a couple things, but you wouldn't understand structure or proper grammar. Perhaps that was a bad comparison, but it gets the point across.
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Yeah dont do it like that. At all. Ever.
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its not a reliable method but

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I think its very limited but yea.



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Picked up a few words/phrases here and there, I know a bit of the basic grammar, and I'm used to hearing Japanese because of it, so that might help... but I've been watching anime for, what, 7 years now? If I was taking actual lessons for as long as I've been watching anime, I'd be fluent. But I'm not, so learning Japanese through watching anime is probably not a good idea.

However, I haven't been watching anime with the intent to learn Japanese. I haven't been trying. So all the knowledge of Japanese I know has been acquired passively, through osmosis. If I'd been watching with the intent to learn, who knows how much I'd be able to speak and understand.
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Ehhhh...I picked up some things. Mostly slang ways for saying what I later learned how to say more formally. Some indication of particles became clear to me thanks to anime, because I noticed that certain things were said repeatedly (particularly wa, ga, and ni). Then again, I've a head for languages. In any event, I do not recommend using anime as a primary source for learning (but do recommend it as a supplement to practice with).
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if only learning Japanese was as easy as just watching a few animated series...
reality sucks.

(read: No, you don't learn Japanese from watching anime. You might pick up words and some simple expressions, but that doesn't mean that you learned the language. It's like picking up a few expressions from the "useful expression for travelers" pocket book you find in the airport, except said book probably contains more information than you'll learn from anime. Some claim that watching anime helps with listening, but that's doubtful since the characters in the series don't sound like that in real life. Others claim that you could learn or get used to grammatical constructions, but that's also questionable.)
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You can use it to increase listening comprehension but definitely NOT for increasing any sort of ability to speak it.
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I learn new words frequently. But I've also studied Japanese a long time, so it's like 'word of the day' sorts of things, when I hear it used and look it up, it sticks better.

As far as "speaking anime" yeah, in the majority of shows I've ever watched, it's "guy speech" taken to the nth degree, the characters show no respect to anyone, say things as they come to mind without regard for feelings, and they curse freely and frequently. Not how you should talk to strangers, coworkers, bosses, or anyone short of your closest friends, family and enemies.

If you want to learn to speak like an educated professional, you have a lot of studying to do. If you want to learn to speak like a pirate however, stick with One Piece.
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