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Nope. In the process of learning it.

I only know 100 kanji (recommended learning +2000) and 400 words.

Go through them once a week (flashcards) for retention. No point in learning any more currently since I am in the process of integrating into the military. Once I get out, I plan to start learning again though.

Learning to support my hobbies. I like to play games (seen a lot of interesting looking games on youtube/combined with the fact that a lot of games have REALLY late releases in English.), would like to read RAW manga which would also be very helpful to the people publishing as the alternative is reading illegal fansubs, would like to watch anime raw and be able to purchase content in it's original language/ how it was meant to be consumed.

Plus, it's been keeping my mind sharp. It's not like learning calculus or anything, but it's a lot better than just sitting around all day not doing anything that involves my brain.

Edit: Forgot to answer that I'm using Rosetta Stone. It's actually really good at teaching and teaches in a very similar fashion to how I learned Spanish in high school(minus the teacher of course). Pretty expensive which makes it kind of iffy, but it's great especially for learning at your own pace. However, you do have to go out some times and do a little research on what you learn for expansion.
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I'm a senior in high school and I've been taking Japanese for 4 years now. I'm actually enrolled for the AP course, so I'll be taking the test in May whether or not I'll get credits for college. I know about 300 kanji currently, (I believe the chapter we are on is 320-330 or so). I like to think of myself as a pretty good visual learner, so I can recognize kanji and match it up with it's English counterpart. To add to my further studies of the language, I'm enrolled to Ball State University in Muncie Indiana; that is where my Sensei in high school took Japanese. I really want to continue my study of the language past high school. I would love to travel abroad and stay with a host family for a year, which is a program that Ball State offers. It's nice to see other people who are just as interested in learning the language as me

Quick Edit: I forgot to mention that last summer I was given the greatest opportunity and take a trip to Japan with my classmates. We stayed there for 2 weeks, and the experience was something that I can't put into words. I learned a lot about the history and people while I was there. Getting the learn somebody else's culture amazes me more than anything. I guess that's why I plan to major in some sort of social studies while in college, and minor in Japanese, or vice versa. I love both so much, I still have a few months to decide though.
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私の 日本語 は 悪いです。
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No, but it would be interesting to learn.
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i wish
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Yes I can speak Japanese. I am currently taking language classes in college. I am in the level 200 classes. Japanese is my major and I want to use it for many reasons. One reason is to get around Japan easier and to work in an environment where Japanese is required. To me majoring in a language opens a lot of doors to many different job possibilities vs for example a degree in engineering, one would work simply in anything engineering related.
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yes im fluent in japanese kawaii desu anime konichiwa anime daijoubu

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Nope!
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A little bit.

I know a bit of the basics of reading and writing the characters, though I do not know many of the Kanji. Though, in time that will change (hopefully), since I learn this as a hobby and as a subject at school.
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I took most of a semester of introductory level Japanese at school and have been using Rosetta stone, my textbooks, and a kanji book, but have fallen kinda stagnant with it. I need to get the motivation to get back into it since my goal is a TEFL position.
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I cannot. I just recognize a few words.
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Īe. Watashi wa nihongo o hanasu koto ga dekimasen.
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Posted 1/18/16 , edited 1/18/16
いつかペラペラになりたいと思う。今は挨拶ぐらいしかできないけど、頑張ります。
漢字を覚えるのが苦手だけど、毎日少しでも勉強しときたらいつか日本の新聞でも読めるようになるはず。敬語はやっぱり難しいけど>。<
日本語を学びたがるみなさんも頑張ってください。

some translation:
I want to become fluent in the language one day. I'm not very good at it, but i'll try my best.
Kanji is pretty difficult, but if you study a little kanji everyday, then one day you should be able to read even Japanese newspapers.
Keigo is hard though.

on another note:
Japanese is difficult, but pretty fun :p
unless you have to write a formal letter, in which case it's the opposite of heaven.
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a few words and phrases, that's about it
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I understand mostly basic Japanese from watching subbed anime, and Tokusatsu much later on when I was younger. This includes very simple words e.g. Hai (Yes), Kawaii (Cute) and Arigato (Thank you). Then as I got older my knowledge started to broader from learning more words to understanding basic phrases e.g. Hajimemashite dozo yoroshiku (Pleased to meet you), Ohayo gozaimasu (Good morning), Gambatte ne (Good luck) to understanding the differences between male and female pronouns, honourifics and numbers. But like I said, this is mostly from growing up watching subbed anime and Tokusatsu, if I learned the actual language from scratch then it'll be quite difficult as most people say it is, especially in written form.

I actually once talked to at least two Japanese people on Pixiv since I have an account, but had to use Google Translate to save my butt since sentences and kanji (and possibly hiragana) are beyond my comprehension. They actually understood what I said, which was nice and even one of the two spoke to me in English, but probably knew my Japanese is pretty crap, that and I'm not actually Japanese, due to using a language translator. And honestly, I get nervous when trying to pronounce the words correctly as I'll most likely screw it up so I tend to hide that.
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