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Posted 7/25/15 , edited 7/26/15
So, crunchyroll users, what level would you put your knowledge of the Japanese language at? I am sure many of you are interested in learning Japanese to understand anime and manga without subtitles, because you love traditional Japanese culture, or because you would like to visit or live in Japan and would like to enrich your experiences. Whatever the reason, on a scale of 1-10; 1 being "I don't even know what desu or kawaii mean" and 10 being "I can basically communicate in Japanese as well as I can in English with no breaks in thought"; where are you now?

I would put myself at 3. I've taken a course of introductory Japanese in college. I know basic grammar and around 300 words and verbs. I can recognize and use about 400 kanji as well.

Also, for the higher ranking poll takers who estimate themselves around 7+, what resources would you recommend for us eager Japanese language enthusiasts?

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Posted 7/26/15
Barely any, haven't ever taken any Japanese but plan to take it in college. I've gotten pretty good at getting the gist of things in anime, especially the PVs. Sometimes I like to listen to them to try and figure out what they are saying, but I don't know any kanji or anything
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Posted 7/26/15 , edited 7/26/15
Well.. I'd say 2-3. I'm taking a few courses in Japanese, hopefully I'll learn enough to study abroad there soon.

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Posted 7/26/15 , edited 7/27/15
Well enough to read with only occasional help from a dictionary. I can understand spoken Japanese to some extent, but I can't follow it fast enough to properly understand continuous dialogue.

I'd put myself around a 7~ish. So I suppose I ought to share some resources I used. The thing about resources is that no one source is going to teach you everything you need to know to even get a basic grasp of the language, and all of the teaching resources in the world won't help you beyond the basics.

With that said, one of my favorite books for learning grammar rules and sentence constructs was Japanese: The Manga Way by Wayne P. Lammers. It's really great for getting the fundamentals of the language, but it won't help you that much with vocabulary and kanji. The Anki flashcard program is very useful, and has a lot of user-contributed decks for vocabulary and kanji. Plus, the program encourages you to study every day, which is probably the single most important thing to do while learning a new language.

Last, but not least, get a nice JMdict-based electronic Japanese to English dictionary. I got so much use out of Imiwa for iOS, and there are similar apps on Android like IMI. A lot of them have built in study aids as well as lists of words and kanji organized by JLPT and/or grade level. Plus, dictionaries will be very helpful when you start reading/listening to actual Japanese works. I read some bilingual manga that I managed to get my hands on when I started to transition away from learning materials to actual Japanese writing. Right now I have a system where I read as much as I can, and whenever I encounter a word that I need to look up in a dictionary I make a flash card out of that word so I can memorize it.
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Posted 7/26/15 , edited 7/26/15
Hmm well i have learn't alot from watching subbed anime and Japanese movies, as well as posting at forums and etc.
I bought some software used to teach yourself Japanese.
I know alot of words but i cant speak in sentences.
I have a basic understanding of the way letters and words are pronounced. Such as no silent letters and if there are two of the same letter in a row the pronouciation dose not change like with English.
Then there's the whole chan, san, senpai, etc thing and multiple ways to say sorry, etc.
Formal and sincere ways to say things, different ways to say things based on Gender.

Thats about it so ah maybe a 3?
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Posted 7/26/15
I do a mile every morning on a treadmill with headphones on using teach yourself MP3s to learn. I have to go through each lesson about 5 times before I'm good enough to move on but I'm slowly moving forward. I'd say 2.5 or 3 for myself.
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Around 3-4 since my school offers Japanese as a learning option. I am able to say a few good sentences and know what particles to use at what moment...
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I know pretty much nothing. I'm not really good at learning other languages.
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I'm aiming for this year's 日本語能力試験N2 [Nihongo Nouryokushiken N2] (Japanese language proficiency test New level 2). That exam goes from N5 which is the easiest, very basic Japanese, to N1, which is University Bachelors degree to PhD level. Although N2 is enough to get into a Japanese university.

I'll say 8 since I can talk to a Japanese person with not too many problems unless the conversation becomes super technical.

If you use IOS, I'd recommend "Imiwa" a japanese-english dictionary and is completely free. Also, 小学館 [shougakukan] offers a great dictionary as well, but you'll have to pay for it, but is worth it.

Also, if you're watching anime, please. DO PAUSE IT if you hear a word you might think you can look it up on the dictionary. Especially if you hear it in a sentence you know the pattern. It will increase your vocabulary. Hear your favorite songs, and instead of being lazy and just search for the -romanicized- lyrics, hear it, write it down in hiragana (kanji if you know the word) and don't bother about the mistakes, hear it till you feel you cannot understand any more and then look up for the lyrics, not before.

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Posted 7/26/15
1 .-.
But I do know what Kawaii means thank you
I literally did have to look up what desu means though
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Posted 7/26/15 , edited 7/28/15
I've taken Japanese 1 and Japanese 2 in college and had very good grades. Sensei would say my pronunciation was perfect and didnt sound like a robot like most of her students. I guess speaking spanish helps with that and watching anime.
I had my own personal Japanese-american tutor that used to give me private lessons.
We kinda dated back then, not to mention we were classmates. but anyways I forgotten some hiragana and most katakana.
But I can read short sentences if its in hiragana. No luck with kanji though. I was more focused on working than school work sadly at the time.
I used to be able to say and read numbers in Japanese but forgot most. Hopefully I can pick it up again.
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Hm, around a 2 but aiming for fluency. I actually can read reasonably well with a dictionary and I understand a lot of what is said (when said at a reasonably slow pace) but when it comes to actually putting my own sentences together... not so much. I'm going to keep working on that one for a while.
That said, I'd love someone to practice with.
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Posted 7/26/15 , edited 7/29/15
I know what the word baka means.

Therefor I am knowledgeable in such a language am I not?
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Somewhere between 1 and 2? I know random words I've learned from watching anime and dramas, and I've learned how to say my name, but that's pretty much it for now.

I have no grasp on grammar aside from knowing that the syntax is different from the other languages I have some level of proficiency in (varying from fluency to grasping the basics).

I'm planning on learning more Japanese in the future as a hobby, though.
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Just about none.
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