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katana means Japanese sword and keikaku means plan

i know japanese
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I'm actually taking a Japanese course right now, although I'm just finishing level 1 (out of 9). I would say Im about 2-3, since I can definitely understand some words in a conversation and can say very basic sentences. Also, I already know (or I am supposed to already know haha) all hiragana/katakana, with a few kanjis... so you can say I know how to read without too many kanjis (even though I don't know the meaning of 90% of what I read lol)
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I was planning to take classes this year. I looked into when and where and how much. That was as far as i got.
Starting work so early and always being tired plus lack of funds were my excuses... ^^;
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This could actually be a pretty useful thread for me, as i am planning to go to japan for a couple of weeks next year. I cannot read Japanese nor can i speak it, if any of you have ever been to Japan how much would you suggest that I try to learn prior to going. Last year I spent about a month in Europe mainly Italy, Switzerland, Greece, and Germany but felt pretty equipped tackling navigation in the areas without preparing at all for the trip, but I'm a bit hesitant of doing the same for my trip next year due to the extreme differences in phonetics and density of people. Advice would be much appreciated.
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None.
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Kylar_Stern wrote:

This could actually be a pretty useful thread for me, as i am planning to go to japan for a couple of weeks next year. I cannot read Japanese nor can i speak it, if any of you have ever been to Japan how much would you suggest that I try to learn prior to going. Last year I spent about a month in Europe mainly Italy, Switzerland, Greece, and Germany but felt pretty equipped tackling navigation in the areas without preparing at all for the trip, but I'm a bit hesitant of doing the same for my trip next year due to the extreme differences in phonetics and density of people. Advice would be much appreciated.


It depends on how much you would like to experience and what you plan on doing while you are there. Japanese people are very kind but don't know much English at all since it isn't a heavy requirement for their students to actually understand how to use the language.. even if they learn it in high school. So I would say at least know your way around and make sure you plan everything beforehand.. but the more you know, the deeper the experience will be ^^ This is my philosophy about visiting other places, at least.
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I got a B in GCSE japanese. My vocabulary needs improving but I'm probably at the stage where I know as much Japanese as Japanese people know english.
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Maybe 8-9. If we focus on reading though, it falls to 3-4.
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Not a single word, except for obvious ones like "Konnichiwa" or "Baka".


So I'm basically Japanese now.
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I know your "typical anime words", that's about it. It'd be cool to learn Japanese but I don't really see myself learning it.
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I know a lot. I can read manga in Japanese and watch anime without subtitles. My Japanese level is almost better than english because my native language is finnish and I dont study english on my own. I can communicate with japanese people. If you want to ask something about studying Japanese I can answer. My level is probably 8 or 9. I cant read well newspapers because of difficult words. 私は日本語が喋るけど流暢といわれたら結局まだ早い。私の使った情報源は色々あるんだが、初心者として一番役に立った勉強方法はジャパニーズポッド101のレッスンを聞くことかもしれません。今はアニメを見たり漫画を読んだりして学ぶ。知らなかった単語は単語マスターという携帯電話アプリに保存します。こうやって難しい単語は後で楽にチェックすることができる。I wrote about my studying methods in Japanese bacause there was difficult words and grammar and for me easier is to write in Japanese. I hope you understand my Japanese.
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I can understand most of the grammar and vocab used on the JLPT 3, but since my kanji is still abysmal... I can't actually pass it >.<

http://www.jlpt.jp/e/samples/forlearners.html

That link has some test questions for each level of the JLPT, which is, as someone mentioned before, one of the more widely recognized Japanese language tests.

Give it a try and see what you can do. You will need to be able to read the kana though, and you will need to be prepared for the peculiarities of japanese language tests. They're ...well, wacky. Multiple choice questions where every sentence is exactly the same except for two particles, and those two particles have very similar roles. Then there's my personal favorite, long listening portions with lots of matching vocabulary stuffed into the wrong answers to trick you. Have fun!
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falcoillusion982 wrote:

I know a lot. I can read manga in Japanese and watch anime without subtitles. My Japanese level is almost better than english because my native language is finnish and I dont study english on my own. I can communicate with japanese people. If you want to ask something about studying Japanese I can answer. My level is probably 8 or 9. I cant read well newspapers because of difficult words. 私は日本語が喋るけど流暢といわれたら結局まだ早い。私の使った情報源は色々あるんだが、初心者として一番役に立った勉強方法はジャパニーズポッド101のレッスンを聞くことかもしれません。今はアニメを見たり漫画を読んだりして学ぶ。知らなかった単語は単語マスターという携帯電話アプリに保存します。こうやって難しい単語は後で楽にチェックすることができる。I wrote about my studying methods in Japanese bacause there was difficult words and grammar and for me easier is to write in Japanese. I hope you understand my Japanese.


はなしをちょっとわかりました。でもかんじがいっぱ

So basically I write in Kana like a four year old, which Japanese people of any age find hilarious.

どんなアプリをだいたい使っていますか? さいきんは私のつかっているアプリがちょっとふるくになりました。あたらしソフトがない。日本人とはなすことができるけっど、私の日本語がまだへたです。まいにちべんきょうしてもかいわいがまだむずかしです。
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Butonz17さんの日本語は全然悪くないと思います。もっと漢字を使ったら読みやすくなります。漢字の勉強をする必要があるかもしれません。私のもっともとくい部分は漢字です。書道も少しできる、それに中国語を勉強しています。Your Japanese is not bad but if you would use more kanji I could read your text faster and know the exact meaning of words. My strongest part of Japanese knowledge is Chinese characters. I know simplified and traditional Chinese characters a lot because I am studying Chinese too.
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