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You can pick a few words and maybe a few sentences, but you can't learn the full language alone just by watching anime.
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I've learned a lot from watching anime, enough that I can often step away from the screen and have a general guess on what the conversation is about. It definitely helped when I went to work in Japan, too lol
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If you're bad at the language(close to beginner level), you'll probably learn close to nothing. If you're good enough, it's as good a method as any and you'll probably also already know of the different types of speeches by then. I do know of exceptions who managed to learn from scratch from just anime though.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8oz6ad2o1w
http://www.alljapaneseallthetime.com/blog/if-anime-is-bad-for-you
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I know that just from watching anime I can understand most of the conversations I hear in Japanese give or take a few words but I know I wouldn't be able to speak it or read it if my life depended on it.
Posted 5/8/15
Speaking for myself only.


I can't learn any language through a movie or anime. Whether it be Japanese or French. Like I've been watching anime for 11+ years now? And I only know certain words like... thank you, good morning, wait. etc.

I can't remember the "You're welcome" one, because it's rarely used. lol.
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Trying to learn an entire language just by watching something in that language is just not enough. You may pick up a few words, maybe even entire sentences but that will only get you so far. If you would like to learn Japanese I would recommend taking a few courses and immersing yourself in things related to that language, like films, music, books, etc. That would be a start.
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If they're a small child, most definitely. If they're over the age of 5 and using anime and ONLY anime, then no. I'm learning Japanese partially through anime. It's mostly listening practice (and a little bit of writing, too), and I also get to learn new words. Of course, when I think I've learned a new word, I make sure to look up the actual definition of the word then cross-check it. If I learn words from anime characters it actually makes it easier to remember them.
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Akumanomi wrote:

If they're a small child, most definitely. If they're over the age of 5 and using anime and ONLY anime, then no. I'm learning Japanese partially through anime. It's mostly listening practice (and a little bit of writing, too), and I also get to learn new words. Of course, when I think I've learned a new word, I make sure to look up the actual definition of the word then cross-check it. If I learn words from anime characters it actually makes it easier to remember them.


There are studies that shows babies can't learn just from watching shows either(this means no language parents.at.all). It's just something that isn't great regardless of your age unless you're above beginner level like in my previous post.

People will probably burn me for saying this but adults are much better language learners than kids lol. It just lies in how we do it and adults can choose to do it wrong through their indoctrinations and belief in common myths.
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you need a good basis first.
i'm learning Japanese through the Rosetta Stone program (alongside this book about kanji that has really weird illustrations) and as of level 3 I can understand bits and pieces of anime as I watch it. What I get from Anime is context and repetition. Where the program and book give only a couple examples, anime and other media shows you it in context. That's important because, if you're like me, you need a term or a grammatical structure to be triggered by lots of different things to see how it's actually used.
And of course you pick up the occasional word based on connecting it to similar words. and sometimes you come across an anime -coughdurararacough- that tries to burn a single word into your skull (thanks Saika I now recognize the word for mom on sight)...
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People can learn some patterns yeah but there are plenty of flaws.

1. This is japanese slang, pretty much you will be tagged as an -otaku- if you go to Japan talking that way. (some ppl love to be called otaku but remember that otaku or anime-baka has a real social stigma in Japan) Only friends that they know each other for more than 4-5 years might of use that language and only when they are very young (or very drunk, lol). (And I'm just talking about slice-of-life anime, on others they use language quirks that don't exist or were used 200 years ago), Pronouns like 「俺」"ore", 「あんた」"anta", 「貴様」"kisama", 「おのれ」"onore", 「手前」"temee" are never used in a normal japanese conversation.

A little comparison of how japanese do feel when ppl approaches to them talking like in anime in Japan:

Total stranger taking to you at the street: "Hey, you cheap mudda fukka, what time is it, yo?"
You: "Huh!?"



(I know is exaggerated but is exactly how they feel, lol)

2. It helps only if you are having formal japanese language classes AND you stop to hear it properly AND you use a dictionary for those new words you might hear AND then you try to pronounce it correctly. Meaning it helps you improve your listening and speaking skills if you use it properly. Vocabulary is very limited since all is conversational.

3. How do I know this? I tell this to my japanese language students all the time, I hear my japanese teacher colleages complain about it all the time :3
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I love anime and i have no interest in learning japanese but I understand japanese in anime to know whats going on. if that makes sense lol. I'm sure in real life its different.
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I've learned a couple of words, but I think it would be extremely hard learning Japanese with anime alone.
Posted 5/8/15
Limited yes, like I know what "ie" means XD

But I doubt we can learn enough to have a full conversation.
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Iv picked up on a few words. But can't say I know how to use them in a sentence.
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Limited yes, like I know what "ie" means XD

But I doubt we can learn enough to have a full conversation.


「いいえ」[iie] the vowel "i" does extend its pronunciation for the word "no".
unless you meant:
「家」[ie] which means "house". :3

We have struggles when vowel pronunciation does have extensions, but its normal.
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