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Jecht67 wrote:

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 :D


Weekly regimen

Sunday morning : 2 hours of bulk reading, manga and light novels
Sunday evening: 2 episodes of anime of anime, no subtitles
Monday~ Thursday: 30 Minutes of Kanji writing, 5 double and triple combinations of characters a day, 30 Minutes of Kanji Flash Cards, 30 minutes of bulk reading, 1 episode of a Japanese TV show with no subtitles
Friday: Take 1 hour of online test, write down missed kanji for re-memorization
Saturday morning: 2 hours bulk reading, review Fridays missed kanji

I started learning Japanese about 25 years ago when I lived there for 3 years. I hadn't spoken or read it since I lived there. About 3 years ago I became interested in it again (actually I was interested in Tora Dora). I Decided I wanted to get my NPLT 1 (I'm at 3~4 right now, about 6th grade, hehe I just finished a 6th grade social studies book)
My wife helps me with the speaking practice (she's Japanese)


I'm old, so it takes me a looong time to learn anything
Otherwise it's a good hobby, and it's a heck of a lot more challenging than something like Spanish or German.
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At this moment, I'm trying to learn German, but once I get the hang of that language, I'll go for Japanese next!
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No.

You can't teach old dogs new tricks.
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LaughedAtByTheGods wrote:

No.

You can't teach old dogs new tricks.


I think that an excuse.

http://www.news4jax.com/news/local/80-year-old-woman-earns-4th-degree
80-year-old woman earns 4th degree
Claudette Bryant calls herself a life-long learner
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - It's the season for graduates, but there will be something extra special about one of the students waiting her turn to get her diploma Saturday afternoon in Jacksonville.

Claudette Bryant, 80, calls herself a life-long learner and is earning her fourth degree.

Bryant said she never had much confidence in her intelligence, but she is preparing to get her doctoral degree.

"I just feel like you just got to get up and do, and God will do the rest for you. I wasn't the smartest kid in school, but I am just thankful in that at 80 years of age, how I could retain and still accomplish a degree a highest degree, so I am just really thankful," said Bryant.

Bryant has a thirst for knowledge that just doesn't stop. She graduated from Tuskegee University in 1962, then traveled to the Congo and Nigeria for mission work and the Peace Corps.

Although her studies took a backseat to domestic life in Jacksonville, until 2008, when she got her master's degree at Zoe University in Arlington in Christian counseling.

Five years later, she got her specialist degree in theology. Now, she'll be getting her doctoral degree in Christian counseling.

As she prepares her graduation robes for yet another round of pomp and circumstance, she has a piece of advice for all those who may be holding back from moving forward.

"I am just hoping and praying that people will realize that age is just a number, really, seriously, and you know, as long as you have reasonable health and strength and sound mind and when you listen to the Lord, because I am a devote Christian, I believe that he will reveal to you things you never thought you could do," she said.

In addition to her studies, Bryant is the president of the alumni association at Zoe University, runs a small ministry called Women of Grace and has a foundation called the Claudette Bryant Foundation. She has also traveled to Cuba two years ago and said she'd like to go back there again to do more mission work.



http://college.usatoday.com/2015/06/08/99-year-old-woman-graduates-from-college/
99-year-old woman graduates from college
Few college graduates have seen what Doreetha Daniels has seen.

At 99 years old, Daniels has lived through a number of watershed moments in American history, including the Great Depression, World War II, the Civil Rights movement, the moon landing and the rise of the Digital Age.

All of these events pale in comparison to what happened on Friday.

In what she describes as the gratifying moment of her life, Daniels graduated from College of the Canyons (COC) in Santa Clarita, Calif., with an associate degree in social sciences.

She is the oldest graduate in the university’s history.
In a COC press release, Daniels said she wanted to finish her education to better herself. But her journey, which started in spring 2009, has been wrought with personal difficulties — from multiple strokes to sight and hearing issues to the revocation of her driver’s license.
Daniels also battled to keep up in intensive subjects — such as college-level math and statistics — becoming a regular at the Tutoring & Learning Center.

“Doreetha is a living testament to the saying ‘if there is a will, there is a way,’” COC counseling faculty member Liz Shaker said in the press release. “Her desire to get out of bed each day and come to school and face the challenges in and outside of the classroom inspired us all. She is truly an amazing woman who has impacted my life and I feel so fortunate that I was able to experience her journey alongside her.”

In a statement to KTLA 5, Daniels advised prospective students: “Don’t give up. Do it. Don’t let anybody discourage you. Say that, ‘I’m going to do it,’ and do it for yourself.”
http://college.usatoday.com/2015/06/08/99-year-old-woman-graduates-from-college/


Are you sure you are not just unwilling to try? Because these old ladies are learning more complicated crap than language.
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I can write and read in both hiragana and katagana but not doing so well in kanji. Still, I"m motivated to learn this language. Nothing will stop me.
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Yes through anime
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nope, not really. maybe i should.
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Be hard core!
Learn Japanese AND Chinese.
Well right now I'm focusing on Chinese, and will probably resume learning Japanese once I'm a bit more fluent.
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Just learn the language from watching anime... Kappa
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I bought a workbook to self-teach a couple years ago, but it is incredibly difficult. Kudos to anyone who managed to teach themselves fluent Japanese.

As for the phonetics.. I suppose I picked up the basic of basics just from listening, so if someone spoke to me I would probably "get the gist" like half the time.
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Jecht67 wrote:

So, to others learning, how much do you know, when did you begin, and how do you study? i'm curious :D


It's hard to gauge exactly (bear with me). I did a stint of trying to learn in high school a couple years back. Didn't get very far Started giving it another go in about September 2014. Which is actually when I took up using Wanikani regularly; I'd registered in 2012 but never made use of it. I hit the last level in December 2015 and from Wanikani and reading in general I probably know 2300+ kanji at least. Word count I honestly have no idea though haha. In terms of JLPT level wise I'm somewhere in N1.

I don't really actively study anymore (way too much other crap to do). Grammar wise, I used Genki I and II then moved on to Tobira. After that I picked up JLPT grammar books from the Kanzen Master and Sou Matome series. Along the way I supplemented with (free) online stuff like the Nihongonomori Youtube channel, Imabi, Maggie-sensei, questions on the Japanese stackexchange, etc. While I read and stuff I did make the habit of sticking all the things I looked up in Anki decks, pretty helpful.

I'm glad I'm kind of done really "studying". Now I can just enjoy things in Japanese as I like, woo! Reading/listening/speaking are all pretty easy at this point. I read a crap ton of manga/novels and buy way too much stuff digitally. I particularly recommend buying novels digitally from Amazon JP; the kindle apps provide fantastic features to aid in reading. Like an in-app dictionary, highlighting, notes, etc. Love it. I also play a lot of games on my Vita, some on my 3DS/PS4 (Persona 5 anyone *wiggles eyebrows*). I adore drama CDs and web radio shows and listen to quite a few of them. And I enjoy watching anime/variety shows raw as well.Then I've got some friends I chat with and it's all good
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Holy shit, how does anyone learn that quickly??? I know that when I studied, I had a limit as to how much I could do per day. If I tried to go beyond that, I wasn't learning anything. I wasn't retaining anything new. How many hours a day did you have to do to learn so quick?
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I only know simple phrases and numbers :v
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