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Posted 5/15/16 , edited 9/27/16
Im learning through Rosetta Stone and its great! It teaches you in a similar way to how you learned your first language so there arent any translations. You would have to translate (I use Jisho.org) a word you want to know the meaning of.
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You can learn a language at any age. It is true that children can learn at a much faster rate, but it is a myth that an adult cannot learn or must learn with difficulty.

When you get to learning the Kanji I highly suggest The Kodansha Kanji Learner's Course and The Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary: Revised and Expanded. These have been amazing resources to me and honestly work better than anything else I have ever tried.

As usual a solid dose of hard work and concentration are necessary, but apart from the writing system Japanese is a fairly simple language. Listening to any language in spoken form for long enough gives you a solid idea of some basics of vocabulary and can only make learning it easier. In trying to learn German I found that it was much simpler to get started after listening to German media for long periods of time. As I grew up watching anime in Japanese this has made the process somewhat easier.
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I took a couple of self-study Japanese courses when I was still in college (they were a weird hybrid of self-study and practice with a native speaker). I've only been studying seriously for about a year and a half or so I guess. My current routine is Anki with a kanji deck and the Japanese Core 6000 deck. In addition to that, I read NHK News Web Easy almost every day. I usually sit and read them on the iPad before bed without the use of a dictionary or anything. Those have gotten pretty easy for me. I also have a weekly conversation with a Japanese friend of mine via Skype. That has been extremely helpful.

My biggest issue is listening. God, my ear for Japanese is atrocious. My listening skill is easily my weakest, followed by speaking. I can read and write at a solid intermediate, but the more "active" skills are lagging. I will definitely check out some of the other resources I've seen mentioned here.

I don't think it's possible for me to become fluent through self-study, but I would be more than pleased if I could watch raw anime and tokusatsu and understand most of what I hear.
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Posted 5/15/16
I tried. I got so confused.

From watching anime constantly--keeping up with the newest anime and movies, i've learn to know couple japanese words.
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Posted 5/15/16
I just took a beginner level Japanese course at my university and it helped a lot with my learning. I've been on and off self-teaching for a while now.

Not anywhere near fluent though, I have a ways to go.
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Posted 5/15/16
I was at one point I've currently put that on hold though, I'll get back to it eventually.
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Posted 9/23/16
I started 20yrs ago....pretty much on & off thing... I bought a Japanese dictionary 20yrs ago, learned common words, Katakana & Hiragana in my teens. Self-studying usually..

Basically just based all of my knowledge in anime and visual novels. Voiced Japanese Visual Novels helped a lot since especially for Kanji since it's usually used in common words that I usually hear, and eventually, I learned how Japanese grammar is from a Beginner Class in junior college... which helps a lot.

I still would want to learn more... but I think it's because I want to play more Japanese Visual Novel that are not translated in English yet.
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Posted 9/23/16
I started learning in spring of 2014 and I on and off self study. I have textbooks among other many resources. I also took one college Japanese class. I know hiragana, katakana but only a few kanji :/ I can speak a lot of basic things in Japanese but not enough to hold u a conversation. I want to study abroad at some point because I hear immersion is one of the best ways to learn a language. I also here Lingualift is a good language program site but I have to wait a bit to get it it because its like $99 a month.
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Posted 9/23/16
Attempting. Hardest part is Kanji no doubt. And particles, but that can be learned rather easily. Sentence structure is okay if you're making simple sentences. I think Korean would be easier since they have a rather logical alphabet.
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