Post Reply Looking for someone to help me learn Japanese
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Posted 7/29/17
Hai everyone, I've been wanting to learn Japanese for the longest time.

Luckily I have the option to be able to take it at the college I'm attending although I want to self-teach myself just in case I can't keep up with the course that I would be otherwise graded for.

I Don't know any Japanese but If anyone has some pointers or would like to learn some then inbox me.

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Posted 7/29/17
if you're starting out, it's probably best to learn your hiragana and katakana. you'll still learn them in the course at a slow pace, but if you already know those characters, you'll be at a significant advantage and will help make it easier to study the language.

genki japan: hiragana stroke order and sound guide
hiragana printout (pdf)

genki japan: katakana stroke order and sound guide
katakana printout (pdf)

would recommend checking genki for the pronunciation, and then printing the hiragana and katakana pages, and practicing until you know the characters really well.

genki also have several tutorial videos on the web
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if you're starting out, it's probably best to learn your hiragana and katakana. you'll still learn them in the course at a slow pace, but if you already know those characters, you'll be at a significant advantage and will help make it easier to study the language.

genki japan: hiragana stroke order and sound guide
hiragana printout (pdf)

genki japan: katakana stroke order and sound guide
katakana printout (pdf)

would recommend checking genki for the pronunciation, and then printing the hiragana and katakana pages, and practicing until you know the characters really well.

genki also have several tutorial videos on the web


oh my god, you're a lifesaver thank you!!
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Posted 7/29/17
This is anki. It is an application that you can use for digital flash cards. Long story short, it spreads out how often you review a card based on how difficult you told the application it was for you to recall the answer to the flash card. Download it and use it and you will find it helps loads with memorization for anything you want to learn. You can also download decks others have made, often meaning you won't need to make your own decks from scratch. For instance there are even decks made to go with the genki series of textbooks and such already mentioned by another user.

Anki is free to download and use. https://apps.ankiweb.net/index.html You can even use it to learn your kana and take the first step to learning Japanese.

The site wanikani is the best thing I've found for learning kanji.

While I have a copy of the recent edition of genki textbook I prefer self-studying with textfugu, which is an online textbook for self learners made by the same people that run wanikani. Textfugu has a lot of resources available even if you don't pay for their subscription.

I use a new nelson's kanji dictionary. You will have to do some research to find out what kind of kanji dictionary is going to work for you when you get to kanji, which I wouldn't put off.

Additionally, if you use audible they have several series of self learning audio books you could sample and think about.

Finally I will point out that you can turn off subtitles on crunchyroll stream from a drop down menu accessed via right clicking the media player. I'm sure most people know this or learned it early on but I was on Crunchy for over a year before I figured that one out. Rewatching or just listening to anime I've already seen before is a fun and easy way of practicing listening. Obviously a drama is going to be better because then you get to see someone's face as they form words, gives you more info to model your speaking after.

Just don't be like me and fall into watching anime more than you study.

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if OP was just self-studying, i'd recommend a book like Genki, but since he (i think) will take Japanese class and will thereofore have to buy the textbook for the course anyways (maybe written by his professor himself/herself), there's little point in recommending an additional textbook.
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If you're looking for some good online practice, I would highly recommend Nihongo Master.

https://www.nihongomaster.com/

It's free to start and offers a classroom-like structure complete with lessons, quizzes, and tests. It even has audio within each lesson so you can listen to what the characters and words sound like. The structure covers everything from hiragana through JPL level kanji, it helped me tremendously (when I was much better at studying) and even made it lots of fun. You just just have to stay motivated and make time for your lessons, got to keep practicing! Repetition is the key (online flashcards are also a great and quick study tool).

All the best though in your studies. It's a wonderful skill and easier to learn than one may think!
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I would most certainly recommend combining your learning of the language with your interests. Not only does it make you stay longer and remember more, it avoids the risk of burning out. You're in for a long haul. Don't fall into the trap of thinking that you have to learn using the same methods as others.

jalup, ajatt, and linq has more info on this. They teach a lot about learning methods and self-regulation too which is more important.
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Posted 7/29/17

RedExodus wrote:

I would most certainly recommend combining your learning of the language with your interests. Not only does it make you stay longer and remember more, it avoids the risk of burning out. You're in for a long haul. Don't fall into the trap of thinking that you have to learn using the same methods as others.

jalup, ajatt, and linq has more info on this. They teach a lot about learning methods and self-regulation too which is more important.


definitely this. if you find something you like, it'll help motivate into furthering your knowledge. as the expression goes,
learning comes from practice, and the more you get exposed to Japanese language the better.

also, don't worry too much about kanji, especially at the beginning. vocabulary would be far more important than knowing how specific kanji are written / pronounced. it's of little use to know that 揚 means "raise / elevate" and 羽 means feathers if you don't know what 揚羽 means (and no, it's not "raising feathers"). kanji should be seen as a convenient and compact way of expressing the vocabulary you already learned.
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We used in class Minna no Nihongo books. Chance is you gonna use those at your classes when you start as well. Not sure how well these will be for self-studying, but they cover grammar very well and help you really understand the important stuff of grammar from start.

Also, before you start anything, try to learn at least hiragana (don't bother with stroke orders) and katakana if you can. Writing romaji might helps with speed, but I used it only at start until I got the speed of writing hiragana.

Android apps are another great way to build up a vocabulary. So far, among better apps I found was Memrise.
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Posted 7/30/17
You can buy learning discs on any language. Or same plus go to a weekend school to learn. Japanese is very hard compared to others.
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