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Posted 5/14/16 , edited 9/27/16
I have been very lazily studying since August 2014. I'm currently at a lower intermediate level(maybe). What I would know is N5 level grammar, both kana alphabets, about 1590 kanji, a few hundred words that use multiple kanji, and about 2000 words. I'm not at a conversational level, and I could never watch anime without subtitles, at least at the moment, although I do understand a fair bit of what's spoken.

I currently study on just memrise. I used to use various other websites though, I just can't be bothered anymore. Username on memrise is Jecht.

So, to others learning, how much do you know, when did you begin, and how do you study? i'm curious
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I tried but I think it's easier just buying Rosetta stone or an actual college book
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Lol I used Rosetta stone early on, and believe me, it's really, really bad. You're not going to learn much at all with that.
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Well you could use wanikani, but you should have used that from the start, because wanikani has a really slow beginning, Your stuck with beginners level kanji and vocab a couple of months, but after a while it's rewarding. Other than that you could read books like japanese for busy people, remembering the kanji, genki and 501 verbs Japanese.
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Like wtf why can't Japanese be simple and use 26 chars like English or however many chars we have
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I'm trying to study Japanese in my free time or when going to or from college but I feel like I don't have enough time to make any decent progress. I can't use paid applications because I have no way to pay for them (I'm only 16 so I don't have a card I can use online and my parents aren't going to pay for me)
At the moment I'm just trying to memorise the Hiragana letters but i've been studying since October and like I said i'm not making much progress
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Like wtf why can't Japanese be simple and use 26 chars like English or however many chars we have


I know, right?? But it's actually not that hard, just very, very time consuming. Time that could be spent on learning vocab or grammar... which I also consider to be more difficult than kanji tbh.


Well you could use wanikani, but you should have used that from the start, because wanikani has a really slow beginning, Your stuck with beginners level kanji and vocab a couple of months, but after a while it's rewarding. Other than that you could read books like japanese for busy people, remembering the kanji, genki and 501 verbs Japanese.


I'll check it out.
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I've been self-teaching off and on for the last few years but only really got serious in the last few months.

I don't know that much just yet because I haven't been focused on it but I want to take the N5 sometime in the next year. I can read hiragana and katakana, and I'm slowly working my way through kanji.

I like using my Genki textbook but I don't always have the time to sit down and study, so I've got quite a few apps that I use which I talk about here: https://shannaroshoujo.wordpress.com/2016/05/04/%E6%97%A5%E6%9C%AC%E8%AA%9E-5-ways-to-study-japanese-when-you-have-no-time/#more-1200

I'm interested in taking a course in Japan so I can study at the same time as experiencing the country. Also, being immersed in the language really helps learning.
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I know everything there is to know
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I'm trying to study Japanese in my free time or when going to or from college but I feel like I don't have enough time to make any decent progress. I can't use paid applications because I have no way to pay for them (I'm only 16 so I don't have a card I can use online and my parents aren't going to pay for me)
At the moment I'm just trying to memorise the Hiragana letters but i've been studying since October and like I said i'm not making much progress


I learned both kana alphabets within 2 days, This is the website I used for them. http://realkana.com/ Just keep in mind to use correct pronunciation when learning, because that website doesn't have audio, or at least not when I used it almost 2 years ago. Even though I learned within 2 days(a day per alphabet), I really only truly solidified my ability to read them when I began to actually study on memrise, and was reading and typing kana all the time.
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Posted 5/14/16 , edited 5/14/16
@Gin_John, i've signed up to wanikani, and had a bit of a look around, and damn this looks like a good website. Why didn't I know about it earlier? thanks
Posted 5/14/16 , edited 5/14/16

Jecht67 wrote:

@Gin_John, i've signed up to wanikani, and had a bit of a look around, and damn this looks like a good website. Why didn't I know about it earlier? thanks :D


It was in beta for quite awhile and only went public not too long ago. I bought access to Textfugu to access during beta cause I got tired of waiting for an email.

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I would love to but im lazy and i highly doubt i could memorize very much of it
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JUST DO IT!!!
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I would love to but im lazy and i highly doubt i could memorize very much of it


If you do a reasonable job keeping up with it's not bad. Though you'll want to be learning grammar and practice reading to help retain them cause the kanji eventually fall out of your practice queue when correctly identied enough (burning in WaniKani's terminology).

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