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Posted 12/15/15
Umm H-hii Senpaii, XD jk but I would like learn Japanese and I'm wondering what I should use, I'm thinking Rosetta Stone but I would like to hear your ideas first. Did you learn Japanese? If so what did you use. Thank you to anyone who leaves suggestions it really helps a lot. btw this is my first forum post
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Posted 12/15/15 , edited 1/29/16
I don't recommend using Rosetta Stone. I think it's a large waste of money and that there are better ways you can learn a second language -- even Japanese.

The first step is to learn to read and recognize hiragana and katakana--then learn how to write them while understanding there are some letters that look differently when written by hand rather than typed (just like with the alphabet).

From there, you will need to start memorizing nouns, verbs, adjectives and start familiarizing yourself with basic grammar. I recommend the Genki series for beginners because it comes with a wonderful book that focuses on conversation and CDs for listening skills. Second, there are a lot of wonderful websites and applications I recommend making use of.

Aniki Aniki which can be found on the Google Play Store (not sure about the Apple App Store) will allow you to make your own flash cards for memorization. It has a wonderful technique where it won't let you go on to the next chapter until you acknowledge that you actually know the word. Tofugu's Wanikani website is really well done for when you're ready to use kanji.

Next I recommend finding an online group where you can practice Japanese. You can actually hire a tutor to meet with you for 30-60 minute sessions over Skype and they can be pretty affordable to (6-10 bucks per lesson). I recommend https://www.italki.com/ because you can try to set your rates for a tutor if you're interested in that. You can also just find people to chat with textually. There's also another wonderful application called iTalk that allows you to find people who speak Japanese and are willing to let you practice. In return you may have some people looking to practice English with you from somewhere around the world -- it's a great experience and I've never had a situation where creepos ask for photos or ask for age.

For beginners, you need to create a vocabulary. Through texts like Genki (I'm sure you could buy a used text book and find the CDs online somewhere ripped for download) it will slowly introduce you to new grammar with great -- and hilarious -- examples.

I learned Japanese from university, a summer language intensive program and eventually just living there for 4 years. I am not yet fluent, and I've since moved back to America. My one word of advice is to surround yourself with it daily and to set aside at a MINIMUM of 30 minutes of day to practice what you do know and try to teach yourself something new. Learn something new and attempt to use it somewhere at least three times that day. If you do not set time aside, if you let that part slip, you will forget what you have learned. Watch some Japanese drama television shows aside from Anime. Watch some game shows. Listen for the words and phrases you may have learned; and always ask for help if you heard something you can't make out or don't understand.

https://www.reddit.com/r/LearnJapanese/ is a great subreddit to ask questions like that. :)

Hope this helped.
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Posted 12/16/15 , edited 1/29/16
The advice above is pretty good. The key, of course, is practice whether or not you take courses. If you are good at self learning, then online resources and books are a great help. If not, then you probably want to find some cheap community college courses. The classes are great since you can find more people to practice with.

We have a group on CR for this too: http://www.crunchyroll.com/group/Japanese_Language_Club. The activity in the group has slowed down a bit over the past few months, but there are a number of people that are willing to help answer questions. The reddit group is great for that too. You can also try https://japanese.stackexchange.com/.

I also highly recommend http://www.japanesepod101.com/. They are a language learning group that puts out a huge number of free podcasts. You can subscribe on iTunes. You can also pay for higher levels of membership which provide you some great tools.
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Posted 1/27/16 , edited 1/29/16

trvpbasedsensei wrote:

Umm H-hii Senpaii, XD jk but I would like learn Japanese and I'm wondering what I should use, I'm thinking Rosetta Stone but I would like to hear your ideas first. Did you learn Japanese? If so what did you use. Thank you to anyone who leaves suggestions it really helps a lot. btw this is my first forum post




Try Mango Languages. It's a useful app (as long as you know hiragana and katakana first. Just pracrice a chart for both) To make an account you will need a library card though. Unless you want to try out the trial first
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Posted 1/29/16
I have bought this book "Basic Japanese" from Tuttle Publishing by Samuel E. Martin & Eriko Sato, that comes with a CD-ROM. Would that be helpful?
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Posted 1/29/16
w-wow!
I'm in college right now taking japanese 102 and we've been using the Genki textbooks. I find them very useful. I was interested in this thread to see what others offered in terms of helping you, and WOW have I found amazing resources through this!

You're all very helpful and I just wanted to post and say a huge thank you.
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