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Post Reply Do people actually learn Japanese through the anime they watch?
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Posted 12/1/16 , edited 12/5/16
NANI?!?!??!?!?!
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Posted 12/2/16
Nope. I find it hard to keep up for the most part, although I may remember one or two words if I'm lucky.
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Posted 12/2/16
No, but I did learn a lot about BL through the yaoi I watched/read.

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Posted 12/2/16
I pick up words, and know what they mean, but I can't use them in sentences. Plus, I only recognize them, as they are being spoken in an anime, but I can't recall the word at will, to use it.
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100 / M / CALIFORNIA woop woop
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Posted 12/2/16
I picked up a few words here there. baka! and soka... are my favorite ones.
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Posted 12/2/16
Yeah. Not anime only though, Japanese variety shows and children's shows too. Children's shows really help with basic sentence structures and words and such.
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Posted 12/2/16
You could, but as far as speaking is concerned the best you could do afterwards is broken Japanese with bad grammar.
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Posted 12/3/16
There was one kid at my high school a few years ago who dropped out and went full weeb watching anime and trying to learn japanese by watching all the anime he can. Not kidding.
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Posted 12/3/16
no
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Posted 12/4/16
Fuck no. You can pick up certain words or recognize them but I doubt people will be able to truly understand its message nor will they be able to reproduce it properly in a real setting. Someone forcing the use of "Japanese" they learned purely from anime is what would qualify as a weeaboo. The language is a lot of fun to learn but also quite frustrating at times because of its complexity. I believe the Japanese really fucked up on the Kanji by adapting it 7 times from the Chinese and instead of revising its use, they just piled them on top of each other so we end up with kanji characters having several different readings based on the use/context.
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Posted 12/5/16
Hmm, yes and no. Yes because it's possible to learn at least few words of it.

On the other hand, no because one needs to study in order to have a conversation in japanese.
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I am too busy focusing on the subtitles, that I don't really pay attention to what they are exactly saying. I guess the only word I learned was SUGOI?!?!
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Posted 12/5/16
No although as others have said you can learn a few words.
Slice of life anime frequently use Japanese in the same way that living Japanese people do, however, Japanese is far too different from English for you to pick it up by watching anime.

Others here have suggested that you need to learn hiragana katakana and kanji to learn to speak Japanese. You don't.

It's entirely possible to be able to talk to people in Japanese at a conversational level without learning any of them and many learners do, should take about three years of study to get there.

Learning all the kanji and their combinations to a point where you can read Japanese, is around a ten year project; less if you somehow mange to make reading Japanese part of your job.
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Posted 12/5/16
Yes its possible to become fluent. No not by casually watching. I mean hardcore otaku watching everything it airs and rewatching things. Its very possible. Of course this won't help you with reading writing, or formal Japanese, which is better to use when you are actually in Japan. You'd save a lot more time actually studying it for 30 minutes a day and casually watching anime. Don't just watch anime to learn the language hahaha. Sure it can work, but its the least effective method of studying Japanese. Also subject object verb... doesn't matter if you keep at it you can get used to the grammar. English and western languages are much harder. They don't have particles that literally tell you what part of speech every word is. Japanese is much easier (for speaking).
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Posted 12/5/16
I think that any subject needing more than a week to learn requires dedication, effort and more than one resource.
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