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1. I'd feel like a weeaboo
2. I don't want to spend what time I have working on a language
3. If I plan on learning a language, it's going to be something I know I'll use.
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I want to learn, but I've had trouble retaining the information. I took 2 years of Spanish in high school and I just barely remember the things we were taught. Sure I had good grades in that class, but it was on paper. Words on a piece of paper hold no meaning to me if I don't know how to speak them or pronounce them. And that's the problem, it was mostly on paper. We were barely even taught how to hold conversations with each other that didn't involve writing it on a piece of paper.

And honestly, if I'm not enjoying learning another language, then what's the point.
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I would love to but I'm always side-tracked and also I want to learn the family language - French
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no money and no time and no dedication--- a fan of anime/manga/games often is not enough

also no one to practice Japanese with

best way to pick up a language is to move to that country and live there for a few years

there's no better motivation to learn the language when no one will understand you unless you are speaking their language.. so to survive you will have learn

a co-worker of mine learned Portuguese when he lived in Brazil for 1 year.. he's now can interpret for people as well if needed
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It's a lot of fun learning Japanese; the way kanji is structured is very interesting and somewhat poetic and I love how the literal meaning behind words like -なければいけない tends to circumlocute around its English counterpart. Kanji like 秋 or 好 have deeper cultural context when you examine the meaning behind the radicals. Whereas the autumn kanji just shows tree on fire, the one for like (or love, depending on context) symbolizes a pregnant woman and a child, which does coincide with the patriarchal values in China, where it was adapted from.


I posted this link on another site but it's still relevant to the topic here. I don't think learning Japanese is for everyone. It's certainly hard to fuel the desire to learn more on wanting to watch anime without subtitles alone. Some might but rarely do you see them go past the 3 month mark before losing interest and going back to binging anime series. If money is the only thing holding you back though, I'm glad to tell you it costs very little to nothing to learn Japanese. You just have to find the right sources. I can link a Genki I textbook or direct you to Tae Kim's guide now if you really wish to start.
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Joey823 I am currently studying at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. What about you?

Once again thanks everyone for the good conversation, I'm off to bed but please feel free to post any other comments or concerns before this gets locked. It's been a pleasure.
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RoachSandeson wrote:

Joey823 I am currently studying at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. What about you?


Ahh nice. I'm at Nanzan in Nagoya.
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I'm lazy and it would have no real use. I've only been to Japan once, and most people you'll need to interact with in the major cities in Japan will speak enough English, and the restaurants that don't have pictures on the menu. There is no situation that I would need to speak Japanese.
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I'd love too! I personally think it'd be a cool language to know, but my grandpa is currently teaching me spanish. (He's mad at my mom for not teaching me how to speak, write, or read it when I was younger LOL)
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Meh, I have no interest in learning it.
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There are forums talking about if you would like to learn Japanese but I want to know why you are choosing not to learn Japanese if you want to? Are you lazy? Don't have the time? What is keeping you from learning Japanese? I studied by myself for a year before going to college to pursue a major in it. I am currently a junior and I am in Japan right now getting better each day, so tell me what is keeping you from entering the amazing world of Japanese?


The question, "Why haven't you learned Japanese yet?" implies that everyone should learn it. There is no reason for me to want to learn that language. I'm already bi-lingual with English and Spanish. Where I live it makes sense to add French or Italian or Portugese or even German to the mix. I probably will never visit Japan but I will be visiting some of main land Europe and places in the Caribbean. People I know speak Spanish, English, Portugese, French, Italian, Arabic and some African languages.
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I'm working on German right now, slowly. But it would save a lot of time to hear the language and understand it. Suggestions on where to start?
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I did an intensive language study for a year, got a foundation, and now its relying on self studying which is friggin hard. If I can get back over there or after I finish this other course I am taking, I probably will continue studying it since it would be helpful towards getting into a history PhD program.
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Good morning all,

tkyatI did specify that only if you WANT to learn Japanese, what is keeping you from starting or continuing. I never said nor do I mean to make the implication that everyone should learn Japanese. I have made the educated guess that more people on this website have a desire to learn Japanese than on any other websites that I know of.

Tips for learning Japanese: For one learn all the hiragana and katakana which anyone can do within in a week easily, I did. Just make flashcards and you will pick up on them easily. As for the rest, if you are looking into a textbook, I have never used but everyone and their mother recommends the book "Genki I". The book I used in college was Nakama 1 and 2 but people tell me Genki is easier to understand.
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I'm self studying Japanese and Chinese (Traditional Chinese, not the Simplified crap) at the same time, so it's a little hard juggling both languages at once. But I really love Kanji/Hanzi and I love seeing the difference between Simplified/ Traditional Hanzi. At the same time, Japanese grammar is way more difficult than Chinese grammar, so that's why it's easier for me to communicate in Chinese, albeit I'm only comfortable writing in Chinese since my Chinese pronunciation is horrible. However I won't give up studying both languages~!
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