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Post Reply Do people actually learn Japanese through the anime they watch?
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You can pick up phrases. That is about it I reckon.
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henohenomoheiji wrote:


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Haha you do it very well.


Yup Yup. (´・ω・)b



Amazed that anyone else didn't notice it before. Σ(・ω・ノ)ノ!lol


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Words: Yes
How to properly structure a sentence in Japanese: No
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I think, "yes" ! Somehow you can learn a few words or phrases from it, but not to the extent that you'll be great with the language ..
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AllTsunNoDere wrote:



Omg please be my buddy


It will be my pleasure. (´・ω・`)ノ

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A few words but that's it
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Yes and no. If you're good at listening and you read the subtitles, you will eventually remember which words go with which subtitles. It's the most basic concept of learning, reading something out loud (or in your head) will eventually make it into your memory.
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I think if you have a skill for learning languages, anime is a good way to pick up some basics and probably improve your performance when you actually decide to study it. But, I have no such skill. In spite of studying it briefly in college, several language programs and avid anime watching, I would not be able to get by in Japan without help.

I love studying languages. I took French, German, Japanese and Spanish. But I wouldn't trust my skill in any of them. That's why I have a deep empathy for folks who come to the US and never learn enough English to be comfortable in a conversation. And a deep admiration for those who pick up languages easily.
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You can't learn Japanese from anime without any separate instruction. Once you've learned the basic sentence structure and the alphabets and stuff, you can begin picking up words and phrases from the things you hear – anything you don't understand, look it up! I started learning Japanese in July 2013, and with the help of my good friend anime, I was able to pass the JLPT N3 in December 2014, within 15 months of beginning to memorize hiragana.

I do have a background in kanji, because of my Chinese heritage, but to be honest I am terrible at reading/writing, so it did help in the beginning, but doesn't really help anymore. On the other hand, I guess I learn new Chinese words from Japanese kanji.
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I imagine it could be a decent aid to learning. I watch some stuff (basically whatever I can) on TG4, and I feel like it's helped me a little bit with my Irish. It helps to hear the language spoken fluently and to have new phrases thrown at you. But, I don't think it is possible to get further than a few phrases without using other resources to learn a language.
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I only learned what baka and dobe means nothing else tho
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You won't learn Japanese. You'll just pick up some words.
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You can learn vocabulary, sure. The grammar on the other hand, forget about it.
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If learning to say kawaii counts as learning Japanese then sure. If you actually want to learn how to speak to people then no.
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I've learned a few words in Japanese via Anime, but none of it stems beyond basic phrases - so, for all intensive purposes, no.
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