Post Reply I want to learn Japanese--but it seems difficult.
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Posted 7/18/15
Hello, my name is Ryan(obviously<--- Sorry if that sounded rude it truly is unintentional)I have been meaning to learn Japanese for approximately 2 years, but again.. it has always seemed quite difficult.
I was just wondering if any of you 'know' Japanese and could possibly link me to some products(Like text books, Flash cards, etc.) Any help is great.

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Posted 7/18/15
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Posted 7/18/15
Here you go: http://forum.wordreference.com/threads/japanese-resources-%E2%80%94-constantly-updated.787986/

This is what I used good luck and it's not very hard I picked up Katakana within a month or so using these resources.
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Posted 7/18/15
Thank you so much for your help, people.
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Posted 7/18/15
The Japanese Language club might be able to help.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/group/Japanese_Language_Club#s=/group/Japanese_Language_Club/forum%3Fextra_param%3D879347%26page%3D0

This is to a learning resources thread that various members have contributed to. Lots of books are listed and several sites. Have fun learning and feel free to join the group.
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Posted 7/18/15
I can very much vouch for Japanese from zero series books. http://www.amazon.com/Japanese-Zero-Techniques-Students-Professionals/dp/0976998122/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1437206473&sr=8-1&keywords=japanese+from+zero&pebp=1437206488047&perid=0G3266YTK30MW0XB92BA

Also White rabbit flash cards. http://www.amazon.com/Kana-Flashcards-Japanese-English-Hodges/dp/0974869430/ref=tmm_other_meta_binding_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-2&qid=1437206558

I cannot stress enough that being literate in the language is a must because if you are not literate; it will not stick and you will not learn.
Also, you need to practice as much as possible and do not go further then a few days without reviewing what you've already learned.

Also, this is just my own personal opinion here. Don't sweat learning Kanji. It may be daunting at first, but if you've mastered Hiragana then you should have no problem with Kanji. That being said, it is my own personal opinion that Kanji is by far the most pointless and difficult aspect of literacy in Japanese. You don't agree with me?

Here, let me go ahead and illustrate this point in a language you already understand.
The entire group was indolent.

See what I did? I used a complicated word that you probably need to open a dictionary so that you can understand what I said. Despite the fact that I know a much easier word that you surely know and I should have written instead, I decided to be a complete ahole and use a word so that probably 1 out of 50 english readers would understand. Thats my point. If there is a way to write something in a much easier way to read and understand (yes, even if you don't completely understand it), why not do that?

Anyway, I'm off my soap box. Yes, learn Kanji. Yes, you're going to complain about it. No, there isn't anything you can do about it. Get over it. This is Japan.
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Posted 7/18/15
Japanese from zero are some decent books, You would benefit most if you can find some Japanese classes in your area to go with your reading. You can learn from books and TV alone but in everything you need a lot of dedication and a desire to learn the language. To learn a language you need to surround yourself with it. Watch shows in Japanese with no subtitles and I don't mean Anime which has very bad Japanese in it often. Listen to Japanese radio and watch the news in Japanese.

Having friends in Japan helps a lot too you want to be conversing in it regularly for it to stick. Ideally you want to spend time out in Japan without the benefit of people fluent in English. The best I learned was being on my own in Japan and being sort of forced to use mostly Japanese to get by.
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Posted 7/19/15
NuclearSpy you were correct, I did have to look that word up.
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Posted 7/20/15
It is difficult. I'm still just a beginner, but I learned hiragana (and practiced pronunciation) first. And I think this is a really good approach. It's like the basic alphabet for everything else. There are sites that can help, search for "kana quiz". After learning hiragana well-- it took a while-- katakana was quick and easy.

Then start learning kanji and vocabulary. Start with the most frequently used ones. I find it's easier to remember vocabulary for words or things that I'm interested in or use every day. Start looking at verbs and grammar, sentences and set phrases. There are a ton of useful websites, here's one:
http://jisho.org/

Get a notebook and practice writing kana and kanji too!

Super effective flashcard software: Anki
http://ankisrs.net/

がんばって!
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Posted 7/20/15
Also, in addition to what MrMoondoggie said, listen to Japanese music!~
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Posted 7/21/15
Thank you for all the support in trying to help me find a way to learn the language of 'Japanese'! I really appreciate it.
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Posted 7/22/15 , edited 7/22/15

sena3927 wrote:

Also, in addition to what MrMoondoggie said, listen to Japanese music!~


The sad thing is when you know what the lyrics are then you realise how much nonsense lyrics exist in J pop and J rock XD
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