Learning Japanese
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59 / F / Las Vegas, NV, USA
Posted 9/21/13 , edited 9/22/13
I usually have a pet project or two for the winter here in New Mexico, when I finally give in and stay indoors more than two or three hours a day. I like to learn something new. One thing I've always been awful at is learning a new language

However, I decided last year that one of my pet projects this year would be to learn Japanese. At least I think it's Japanese that is being spoken on my favorite animes... and having listened to several different dubs and subs of a few of my favs, I gather there are some differences... I'd like to actually understand them.

I'd like to know what you would recommend as the best way to learn Japanese - any particular course or website, etc. that you have found especially helpful to you. I don't have a lot of money to spend, but I'd spend a bit on a good course if necessary - but I'd really prefer something inexpensive or free.

My native language is English, if that makes any difference, and I speak a small smattering of French, Spanish, and Tsalagi (my people's language), none of which seem at all similar to Japanese.

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27 / F / New Jersey, USA
Posted 9/21/13 , edited 9/22/13
I was taking Japanese in college....and failed. Can't go back to college until I get my money straight. I've been curious about Rosetta Stone though.
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36 / M / So Cal
Posted 9/21/13 , edited 9/22/13
Depends on what type of learning you're more adept at. Some people learn quicker by doing and some by being taught.

Rosetta stone for Japanese would be good, as the Japanese language is extremely easy to pronounce for native English speakers. I wouldn't recommend it for something like Chinese however.

Classes at community colleges are great, as there are usually Japanese students studying in the US, they must take the minimum level of credits every term, so they often take Japanese to lighten their load and fulfill their quota. They're usually very friendly and more than willing to help you out, especially if you give them tips on their English. Mostly they just want the practice of speaking our language.
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106 / M / The academy
Posted 9/21/13 , edited 9/22/13
dont do rosetta stone its takes forever to get used to the format i really like duolingo.com
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Posted 9/21/13 , edited 9/22/13
Yeah if you're seriously looking to learn a language, Rosetta Stone would be one of your best bets. It's an extremely fast and effective way - but the only downfall is, the price.
If you know someone who you could borrow it from, that would be preferable, but otherwise, you'd have to spend a ton of money.

If you're looking for a more cost-effective method, I would recommend finding learning books and websites. They aren't as fast, but just about as effective, and much lighter on your wallet.

Here are some links, that I've found useful:


Hope this helped, haha
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Posted 9/21/13 , edited 9/22/13
I'm learning a little of Japanese, and I've managed to start properly understanding Anime.....just barely.

I got a "Spark Notes" page from my Barnes and Noble too, it's cheating, I got it back on Tuesday too.

For small tips, remember how different Japanese is from other languages, and is highly studied because of it. Japanese has three...FUCKING 3 Alphabet sets. One for traditional Chinese based words, one for Japanese made words, and one for foreign/stolen words. I could go into detail but that's for you, and it's not too hard.

The big thing that got me interested and learning in Japanese in the first place however, was a Japanese Co-worker I had. She was straight from Japan, living in America for the past 10 or so years. But she was as Japanese as an Engrish speaker could be.

The main thing I picked up however, is the Grammar. You will understand Japanese far better by learning Grammar before you move forward to words.

Know that Japanese is SOV instead of SVO(Subject-Object-Verb! He Cart Pushed!)

And um......how to make sentances negative and plural and blahblahblah.

I know enough to pick out Japanese words from Japanese Grammars ok? I know what the he's, she's, no's, and question marks are, so I can easier recognize the actual words as well, Objects and Verbs.

I'm not that good at language...I'ma trying, but I tell you it's far easier to learn Grammar first, it's also the hardest part about Japanese.
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Posted 9/21/13 , edited 9/22/13

foovay wrote:

...I'd like to know what you would recommend as the best way to learn Japanese ...

Good luck with the learning. I see you've already received a couple of suggestions, but if you need more, here are appropriate places on Crunchyroll to ask:

In the International/Tourism/Culture forum: /forumtopic-796029/what-are-the-best-ways-to-learn-japanese

The General Help/Advice Thread: /forumtopic-1099/the-general-helpadvice-thread

locked and closed (since this is a personal thread, and those aren't allowed in the forums)
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