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What is the easiest way to learn japanese?
Posted 3/25/16
Which way do you think is easiest?
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Posted 3/25/16 , edited 5/4/16
I think both studying it and subtitles are the best way to go. Studying helps a lot, but what helps even more is being able to both hear and see the words that you're studying.
Posted 3/25/16 , edited 3/25/16
Eat a Japanese girl's heart.
Posted 3/25/16
Studying it and putting in the effort.

Though for a real answer, try to associate the words with images, like we do with English. That's a pretty basic memorization device, but it does wonders.
Posted 3/25/16
Getting a tutor that's actually from the country.
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I'm learning it directly from a college professor who lived in Saitama. The only other methods that I can even imagine having a similar effect would be going there and immersing yourself, or serious self-study. Learning Chinese first would only help with Kanji, a little, and subtitles are a pretty big no.
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Posted 3/25/16 , edited 3/25/16
Getting a tutor. I personally think subtitles would be the least effective way because most of the time the translations aren't word for word and they don't always appear at the proper time due to sentence structure differences so you are more likely to mislearn words..
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Posted 3/25/16
Go to school.
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Posted 3/27/16
Currently trying to teach myself by studying it, but I think it honestly would be different for every person, as everyone learns differently
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Posted 3/27/16
Everyone knows watching cartoons is the best way to learn about other cultures.
Posted 3/27/16
I would say repetition and using tools like apps and games but it doesn't hurt to fly out there and speak with the pretty natives.
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Posted 3/27/16
>subtitles
i loled.

easiest way is definitely going to Japan and staying there for a while. there's several reasons for that:

1. you'll be completely immersed in the language (assuming you don't just stay with English speakers)
2. you'll be motivated to use the language - you'll get plenty of opportunity to learn and practice the language
3. if you're on home-stay, the host family will also help you with learning the culture

of course, it'll be difficult if you are completely new to the language
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Posted 3/28/16
I'd say a mixture of subtitles (depends on the language of the subtitles though - don't handle subtitles that are too far from your level of Japanese), studying the language and going to Japan would be the ultimate trio in learning Japanese. That way, you have knowledge of culture as well as the four main facets of any language - speaking, listening, reading and writing. However, since we could only pick one, studying it covers most of the aspects to a reasonable degree, so I went with that.

As a person who learnt Chinese (simplified and Cantonese, although Cantonese was mostly a verbal thing for me) before Japanese, I can safely say learning Chinese will boost some of your kanji skills and may help with the pronunciation of some Japanese words but otherwise, it won't help. It might even get you confused between Chinese and Japanese if you're learning the two simultaneously.
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Posted 3/28/16
Go to Japan! just like any language...you have to full immerse yourself for quickest results even if its super hard that way...its really the only way it gets stuck in your brain.
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Posted 3/28/16
I'm studying it myself, but I've heard from multiple sources that living in Japan for a period of time is the best way to really learn.
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