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AlastorCrow i've heard bad things about rosetta stone as well. I also find it hard to study by myself at times which is why i chose and am still choosing to study it in college. Much more effective plus you jave people around you who want to learn with you.
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RoachSandeson wrote:

AlastorCrow i've heard bad things about rosetta stone as well. I also find it hard to study by myself at times which is why i chose and am still choosing to study it in college. Much more effective plus you jave people around you who want to learn with you.


That sounds great. I started out with Genki, then began utilizing other sources like Anki, Memrise, italki community and teachers, Kanji learning apps, dictionaries, grammar textbook, jpod101, etc. As for people to speak with, italki is full of Japanese people who want to practice learning the language. I added a few of them on Skype and until now, I still get plenty of invites to become language partners. There's also tons of excellent Japanese shows that don't utilize "anime speak" on Netflix, YT, and TV.
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AlastorCrow,

That was my mistake first semester of my freshman year of college thinking that Japanese I hear in anime is used. I was very quickly put in my place and learned the language that people actually use. To be honest since having learned it pretty well i've recently stopped watching anime. Is it because im too busy or is it because i feel it will ruin my language skills i dont know.

Do you currently talk with any of your Japanese skype partners? Do you use italki to make skype chat partners or do you use it to practice woth them on?
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RoachSandeson wrote:

AlastorCrow,

That was my mistake first semester of my freshman year of college thinking that Japanese I hear in anime is used. I was very quickly put in my place and learned the language that people actually use. To be honest since having learned it pretty well i've recently stopped watching anime. Is it because im too busy or is it because i feel it will ruin my language skills i dont know.

Do you currently talk with any of your Japanese skype partners? Do you use italki to make skype chat partners or do you use it to practice woth them on?


I usually exchange messages with my partners via italki. We write in both Japanese and English. If something is off, we correct each other and try to explain a more natural or right way to express it. I rarely speak with my language partners on Skype due to lack of time but I've tried it before. I find paying for a community teacher ($7~10/hr) or paying a professional one ($15~$25/hr) to be worth it. I recently found some Japanese members on italki who also live in NY temporarily and want to hang out in the city.

I don't think I can lose my love for anime. I understand the distinction between natural Japanese and anime-speak anyway. I doubt I'll find myself speaking like an effeminate 10-year-old anytime soon because of the shows. Besides, I got a few more years to go and I'm trying to enjoy the long road to true fluency instead of doing a sprint and getting burnt out halfway through.
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I don't have the money and patience.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

I don't have the money and patience.


Money. You don't need money (to learn Japanese).

Patience. Well, you'll need a fucking mountain of it.

Honestly, I think a lot of people start and abruptly stop a few weeks or months after because they don't understand what they have to give up in order to learn this language. It means giving up other opportunities to improve other skills or learn new ones. In the time you spend learning Japanese, you could have been doing extra workout to look buff and get laid, you could learn how to play Wonderwall by Oasis on an acoustic and get laid, you could learn how to skii down a double black diamond and get laid. Instead, you'll learn a language you can only use in one small country in the world and read books that have already been translated into English. Maybe impress a weeb or two as they reply with a loud SUUUGGOOIIIIII!!!!

You could even earn a degree that could be used to increase your income. A lot of time one could spend relaxing watching Netflix or Pornhub instead of slowly inching through every line of exercise on a Japanese textbook. If you can give up all that luxury and opportunity to dedicate enough time and effort to learning, then by all means, go ahead. If not, reconsider and find something that you'll be happy with in the long run.
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I am lazy and pre-occupied.

I might also be a little dumb.
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There isn't any classes to take at my college for it and I don't have much focus or money to do it online.
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If university wasn't free in my country I wouldn't do it. However since it is, I'm happy to currently study it full time.
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Spent 2 classes taking Japanese and 1 in Chinese
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Because what exactly am I gonna use it for other than to watch anime without subs?
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I know enough that I could survive in Japan. When I listen to my wife, family or friends talk in Japanese I generally understand what they're talking about since I can pick up key words

But my wife has made me lazy since she's my personal translator. I'll point at something in the market and say "What's that?" "Oh that's spicy seafood ramen."

Heck, even my daughter (6 years old) is better at Japanese than me. She can already read and write Hiragana perfectly and can hold a fluent conversation with her oji-san & oba-san. I guess it helped that she stayed in Japan for about a month during the summer. On the other hand my lazy ass just relied on my wife while I drank beer & sake most of my summer like a champ.
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Wow, I didn't expect this forum to grow as big as it has so thank you for all the responses. I don't actually know when the moderators are going to get sick of me or this forum so if anyone has some extra thoughts please feel free to post below, It has been a pleasure guys ^.^

Hopefully you can all find a way to incorporate Japanese into your lives one way or another. I think it's always great to learn a new language because of all the possibilities and you already watch anime so maybe one day. Until then best of luck in all your endeavors guys!!!
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Posted 10/25/16
I'm lazy. Granted, I also don't have time.
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Just because I waste my time on an anime forum doesn't mean I actually care about Japan.
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