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Posted 1/2/18 , edited 1/2/18
Wanted to learn Japanese for a few years but either not got round to it, wasn't willing to commit time to it are was put off by being told "its REALLY hard"

Decided I really want to commit the time and learn it, my friend who used to study languages gave me a copy of her Rosetta Stone Japanese. Has anyone here used Rosetta Stone for learning and how successful was it for you?

I am combining it with work books and usefull apps as well and doing ok, I'm just learning key words now and common phrases.
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Keep up the good work. If you put in the effort, you'll learn the language even if it's a harder one to learn. I'm too lazy to learn a new language, to be honest.
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Posted 1/2/18 , edited 1/2/18
never used Rosetta, but from what i heard, it's not worth the cost. i did take a few courses and have a grammar book handy.
would strongly recommend learning the kana first and foremost. a strong foundation is key to learning any language.
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Posted 1/2/18 , edited 1/2/18
Couple of things I would recommend
http://www.guidetojapanese.org/learn/ because it's fairly extensive and completely free
http://jisho.org/#advanced is the dictionary I've seen suggested most

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jisho is good if you want to quickly look up words while on your laptop. using the draw functionality is a pain though, if your laptop is not touch screen.

for tablets and smartphones, shirabe jisho is a really good and free dictionary. unlike other dictionaries, it's able to guess pretty accurately what you were trying to look up.
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I learned a little from Rosetta Stone 1, but that's not my learning style. It doesn't explain things, it just wants you to repeat and get the pronunciation. 'tobi-orita' is jump down. They repeated that like 20 times it felt like...

I mainly started with Japanese For Busy People and the audio CDs, among other books.
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I've used japan-activator.com for a few months. I found it to be a good place to start, striking a good balance between the language itself, its writing (kana/kanjis), and the Japanese culture. Nice little progression system, useful tools and tests to force learning and reviewing a little... It doesn't go very far and after a while you'd need to find an alternative method, but I feel like it gives a fairly solid basis!

The website is a bit quirky and rough on some edges (it's initially French, some English translations may still be inaccurate), but in any case, learning Japanese does take time. It is however, very, very interesting!

+1 on recommending jisho.org too.
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Posted 1/3/18 , edited 1/3/18
I highly reccomend against rosetta stone. It tends to jump around a lot with words with little to no explanation in between. Literally the first three things it taught me were hello, boy, and where are the apricots?
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Thanks for the resources, sure I'll fine them useful. The Kanji is what I'm finding the most intimidating
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Posted 1/3/18 , edited 1/3/18
Yeah Kanji is intimidating.

Kyōiku kanji. You should start children level ...becuase I am
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ky%C5%8Diku_kanji#First_grade_.2880_kanji.29

and keep writing daily
I need discipline
I took formal class and probably do that again because I am very inconsistent on my own. I can understand spoken Japanese well but when someone speaks to me in a long sentence, I freeze up
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Posted 1/9/18 , edited 1/9/18
We use https://www.wanikani.com for radicals / kanji/ vocab and https://www.bunpro.jp/ and Genki for grammar. The first 3 levels of Wanikani are free, so you can try it out before you subscribe!
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Posted 1/9/18 , edited 1/9/18
I also have been self studying Japanese for a couple of months. Slow going, but mostly enjoyable. I've seen most of the suggestions mentioned above, most are pretty good. I've also been using Human Japanese, which is an iPad/iPhone app (not sure if there's an Android version). Good, easy to understand lessons that alternate between grammar and vocabulary.
Bunpro and Tae Kim's guides (both online) are useful too.
Check out Joshu http://www.laits.utexas.edu/japanese/joshu/index.php It has vocab lists, listening exercises, links to you tube videos, etc. I've also been using Satori Reader https://www.satorireader.com/ which is tons of practice readings, some which extend the lessons in the Human Japanese app.
Other apps: Quizlet, a flash card type app, is really good. You can make your own decks, or download ones other people have made (corresponding to chapters in textbooks, etc.). Easy Japanese takes Japanese news stories, and simplifies the language (and has furigana) for practice reading.
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I'm using Human Japanese on Android.
Definitely going to try out the satorireader.com site after finishing HJ!
For Kanji I'm using "Remembering the Kanji" by James W. Heisig.
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Posted 1/9/18 , edited 1/10/18

Tobka wrote:

I'm using Human Japanese on Android.
Definitely going to try out the satorireader.com site after finishing HJ!


I recommend checking Satori Reader out now. There's a section titled Human Japanese extra credit, that has lots of short readings based on the individual chapters in HJ. I've found it really helpful for remembering and practicing everything presented in HJ.

BTW, HJ and Satori Reader are done by the same people.
Posted 1/15/18 , edited 1/15/18
im learning english now because i neef for graduate myself . may be in a future
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