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Learning Japanese?
Posted on Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:58 am

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RandomAsianDude8

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Hey there! I've been learning japanese for a few weeks..and I was wondering if someone else here was learning too?
Would like to have a discussion Cool Walk



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Re: Learning Japanese?
Posted on Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:29 pm

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thistigersaysmeow

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Hello, I'm trying to learn Japanese as well. Happy

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Re: Learning Japanese?
Posted on Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:44 am

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Don Dio

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I am also learning Japanese (been taking classes since the beginning of the year). 

Although I can apply this to my job (but it's going to take a while), I was getting frustrated by not finding enough translated content for Scandal on line, especially after watching their DVD concerts and not knowing what they were saying during their MCs.  I  decided to learn the language, especially learn how to read it.  It's been a bit challenging to say the least, but I'm enjoying it.

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Re: Learning Japanese?
Posted on Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:18 am

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RandomAsianDude8

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Don Dio wrote:I am also learning Japanese (been taking classes since the beginning of the year). 
Woah! Unfortunately, I don't have any classes nearby so I'm using the App Memrise. So far its been going okay. I still consider myself an absolute beginner though xD


@thistigersaysmeow Hey there! Its great to see another fellow learner!



I'm still studying but I want to be good at Japanese :3 I also hope that it helps me with my future jobs etc.



What about you guys? What level are you at?



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Re: Learning Japanese?
Posted on Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:33 am

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thistigersaysmeow

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RandomAsianDude8 wrote:Woah! Unfortunately, I don't have any classes nearby so I'm using the App Memrise. So far its been going okay. I still consider myself an absolute beginner though xD
I'm using an app called Duolingo. The Japanese lesson is only available on mobile as of now, but they're working on a web version.

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Re: Learning Japanese?
Posted on Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:44 am

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RandomAsianDude8

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thistigersaysmeow wrote:
RandomAsianDude8 wrote:Woah! Unfortunately, I don't have any classes nearby so I'm using the App Memrise. So far its been going okay. I still consider myself an absolute beginner though xD
I'm using an app called Duolingo. The Japanese lesson is only available on mobile as of now, but they're working on a web version.
Oh yeah! I have heard of Duolingo! How is the app? What is your review?



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Re: Learning Japanese?
Posted on Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:53 am

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thistigersaysmeow

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Oh yeah! I have heard of Duolingo! How is the app? What is your review?
It's a good app to use as a learning supplement. The Japanese lesson is new, so there are a couple of issues. For beginners like us, it's best to check the discussions and read the comments of other users.

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Re: Learning Japanese?
Posted on Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:03 am

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RandomAsianDude8

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thistigersaysmeow wrote:
Oh yeah! I have heard of Duolingo! How is the app? What is your review?
It's a good app to use as a learning supplement. The Japanese lesson is new, so there are a couple of issues. For beginners like us, it's best to check the discussions and read the comments of other users.
I remember that I was about to download duolingo for Japanese..but it didn't have a Japanese course then..So I downloaded Memrise.
Memrise works fine but the problem with it is that you need to learn many courses. I have finished courses for Hiragana and Katakana and I'm learning 2 kanji courses (one is 100 Imp kanji and the second one is Remembering the Kanji-James Heisig). Apart from that I completed 3 courses of Japanese (without script). However, I found those 3 kinda incomplete..So I'm currently learning courses on Grammar and Verbs+verb conjugation.



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Re: Learning Japanese?
Posted on Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:50 am

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thistigersaysmeow

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I used Memrise a couple of years ago, but I haven't finished any course yet. I should probably get back to it after I'm done with Duolingo.

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Re: Learning Japanese?
Posted on Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:58 pm

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RandomAsianDude8

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thistigersaysmeow wrote:I used Memrise a couple of years ago, but I haven't finished any course yet. I should probably get back to it after I'm done with Duolingo.
Woah..cool :3
I hope these courses actually help us :3



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Re: Learning Japanese?
Posted on Wed Sep 20, 2017 6:24 pm

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tri060397

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i've learned like 200 kanji just by reading SCANDAL lyrics haha



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Re: Learning Japanese?
Posted on Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:32 pm

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park23

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I want to start learning by myself for 3 years but always I say "I'll do it later"....
I plan to use Genki books( I Integrated Elementary Japanese Course, Workbook - Elementary Japanese Course,II - Integrated Elementary Japanese Course) , this Remembering The Kana - Part 1+ 2 - Hiragana + Katakana and an app called Kanji Study. Also I have all CD as mp3 for Genki  books.
Should I use a blank papper or a notebook with horizontal lines to learn to write ??

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Re: Learning Japanese?
Posted on Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:04 pm

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Alxa

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I found Duolingo a few months ago - it's good because I use it every day.  Helps with vocab.  However the Japanese is not as extensive as the European languages.


Books are good - but you have to find a way to do it often - that's my problem.  What I know I know really well but it's extremely limited.


The down side to the Concert or Documentary is there is no CC,  Whereas if you get a Japanese movie it has subtitles in Kana - so I've spent some time translating movies.  I'd like to be able to translate the non subtitled content.   Anyway it's turning into a life long passion - I improve every time we go to Japan though if you do travel there you have to put your self in situations where you are forced to use it.  It's too easy to visit Japan and speak very little Japanese.

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Re: Learning Japanese?
Posted on Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:59 am

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Mamimilove17

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LOVE Hello!! I’m not exactly “learning” through classes but I did learn a lot from watching A LOOOOOT of anime and by listening to SCANDAL.

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Re: Learning Japanese?
Posted on Sat Oct 21, 2017 2:47 am

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thistigersaysmeow

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Alxa wrote:I found Duolingo a few months ago - it's good because I use it every day.  Helps with vocab.  However the Japanese is not as extensive as the European languages.

I agree, the Japanese course is probably the shortest course they have. It's still in beta though, so (hopefully) more lessons will be added.

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Re: Learning Japanese?
Posted on Sat Oct 21, 2017 2:51 am

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thistigersaysmeow

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Mamimilove17 wrote:LOVE Hello!! I’m not exactly “learning” through classes but I did learn a lot from watching A LOOOOOT of anime and by listening to SCANDAL.

This still counts as learning, right? Happy

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Re: Learning Japanese?
Posted on Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:19 pm

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Mamimilove17

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thistigersaysmeow wrote:
Mamimilove17 wrote:LOVE Hello!! I’m not exactly “learning” through classes but I did learn a lot from watching A LOOOOOT of anime and by listening to SCANDAL.

This still counts as learning, right? Happy

Yeeees it does!! *insert intense determination* although i’ve recently downloaded DuoLingo, and surprisingly, it really does help. Lol



Dobondobondo out! Wink


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Re: Learning Japanese?
Posted on Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:27 am

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thistigersaysmeow

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You may also want to read the community discussions, as they are helpful. Just in case you don't know where that is, click on the speech bubble that appears after you answer a question.

Good luck to us!

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Re: Learning Japanese?
Posted on Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:03 pm

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Osakashnaide

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Hello. I'm also studying Japanese myself. Next month I'll be taking JLPT exam to know if I learned anything at all. Lol.

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Re: Learning Japanese?
Posted on Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:30 pm

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Don Dio

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After almost a year I feel like the more I learn, the more I forget.  It's tough not having the opportunity to converse with someone everyday.  

Considering how much vocabulary and grammar I do know, I can read fairly well at this point; but listening and breaking out words to understand what's being said is the greatest hurdle.  I don't hear too well to begin with and sometimes have trouble in my native English.

For those interested in learning on-line, another good resource is JapanesePod101:
https://www.japanesepod101.com/

I have the free membership which emails me a Word of the Day and an occasional free lesson.  Because I'm taking an actual weekly class I don't dive into this site too much, but it's well reviewed, and from what I have experienced it could be a good alternative to a class.

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Re: Learning Japanese?
Posted on Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:28 pm

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Osakashnaide

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I can relate to everything you said. I've been studying for more than a year already and I feel like whenever I'm learning something new (or at least I thought I do) I'm forgetting the ones I've studied before. There's many time when I can read some sentence or whatever is written along the streets yet I don't know what does it mean. Lol.

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Re: Learning Japanese?
Posted on Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:30 am

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mbowie4321

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That's fantastic you all are learning Japanese. Learning any 2nd language is cool. I sorta regret my six years of Latin in high school, as it hasn't been that helpful! Now if you need an old coin translated or to speak with the Pope ... Veni, vidi, vici!

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Re: Learning Japanese?
Posted on Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:11 am

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Osakashnaide

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Well, for me, Japanese would be my third language if I can be fluent with it or at least on an acceptable level. I want to learn to speak Japanese that I make sure to study for at least 20 minutes everyday (or night). There's still many time I can't understand a single thing my Sensei is saying. (we call him Sensei but he's our work instructor)

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Re: Learning Japanese?
Posted on Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:37 pm

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mbowie4321

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Osakashnaide wrote:Well, for me, Japanese would be my third language if I can be fluent with it or at least on an acceptable level. I want to learn to speak Japanese that I make sure to study for at least 20 minutes everyday (or night). There's still many time I can't understand a single thing my Sensei is saying. (we call him Sensei but he's our work instructor)

Third (or more) language, even cooler! That's great.

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Re: Learning Japanese?
Posted on Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:54 pm

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Don Dio

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I once worked with a guy who was fluent in all the Latin-based/Romantic languages:

Latin
French
Italian
Castilian Spanish
Latin Spanish
Catalan
Romanian
Portuguese
Brazilian Portuguese

It was very impressive.  Needless to say he was a professional translator.  I hired him to subtitle movies for DVD release.

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