Any course recommendations for learning Japanese?

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  1. Paladine

    Paladine Well-Known Member

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    I want to learn a second language, and since I enjoy many Japanese things, I've decided to learn Japanese. I know we have several multilingual members here, and this may be a long shot, but can anybody recommend any books or online material to assist my endevours?

    Right now I'm learning kana, and I have 30 memorized out of the 92 hiragana/katakana, and I want to be able to read it before I start going head long into grammar.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! ありがとうございます
     
  2. Roanstalker

    Roanstalker Great Baan Gaan fan

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    I cant really help in this matter but I'm surprised I could read that hiragana. I suck at Hiragana. But katakana is easy. I'd like to learn as well but I doubt I'll have the patience. Damn it.
     
  3. Sage o' G-fruit

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    I personally love using Rosetta Stone, if you haven't used that yet.
     
  4. LoC Soundwave

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    I'm currently studying Level II Japanese at the university of Dalarna, I can tell you that if you can get your hands on the Genki textbooks. Do so! They're great! The first book alone covers enough to give you a decently fluid Japanese.

    The best advice I can give you though is to see if there's any courses you can take. Pronunciation is incredibly important, and some things are hard to learn on your own.

    がんばってください!日本語を勉強してください!
     
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    Get a 'sleeping dictionary'.
     
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    I learned how to count in Japanese from a youtube video. :D  And I recognize the symbols from the Bleach captains backs. ^^;
     
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    I was gonna suggest this but Sage beat me to it.

    how cute.
     
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    Like Sage, I would recommend using Rosetta Stone.
     
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    I learned more from using Rosetta Stone for 1 month than my one year of classes.

    I heard this is good.
     
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    I'll go against the grain here and say that Rosetta Stone will not be enough to properly learn a language. You'll need at least some face time with somebody who is fluent, regardless of whether or not they are an instructor, so you can actually get some practice in conversing and learning the 'true' spoken language (RS does not teach colloquialisms or what is spoken by the general population). The drill style employed by RS is also ridiculously old school in terms of how foreign language is taught at higher level institutions now. That's not to say it won't help, it just isn't enough.
     
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  11. dyingwill3rd

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    Live there for 6 years. That's what i did. lol To remember it, i keep watching Japanese shows and listening to japanese songs on youtube and my ipod everyday
     
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    You think you're learning Japanese? You think you're learning Japanese? You really think so?
     
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    I learned a second language(english) when I was a little kid it is much harder to learn stuff when your older.My teacher didn't know spanish so it was hardfor to comunicate.Luckily it was weird how I learned I just started speaking it like in a week or 3 must have been all those transformer cartoons I watched everyday after school

    Just make sure you use a natural approach and don't just try to memorize everything take your time and start off small and work your way up.You could also try to watchb the jap only tf serious

    I guess thats the best way to do it
     
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    I'm not sure what's the best way to learn Japanese since I don't know what kind of study materials are available over there.
    However, it must be easier to learn practical Japanese than before, because there's a ton of English/Japanese websites, subtitled anime DVDs and Youtube videos these days. :) 
     
  17. Ace Convoy

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    well you can do what I'm doing

    I use a number of resources for this language

    a book from lammers called Japanese the Manga way is a pretty fun book for learning the grammar structure of the language

    I also use rosetta every now and then but my Computer hates what it does to it's 145Mb of Ram :p 

    there is also a game for Nintendo DS that teaches you almost everything including how to write I use it but not all the time.

    I also have a friend whom lived in Japan for a few years (us military brats get around)
    she helps every now and then..

    My japanese still sucks and my Nintendo ranks me as a Baby so I've still got a lot to learn before my trip there next year.


    but the most fun way to do so is watch Japanese anime with english subs :lol 

    "transformers Galaxy Force" I recommend
     
  18. SydneyY

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    :lol  I've got the picture right here.

    Paladine, good luck with your learning. I'd say learning to read and write would be challenging, speaking shouldn't be too hard if you can find someone who can actually talk to you in Japanese.
     
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    Oh hai!
     
  20. megatronkicksas

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    I recommend a college course, I'm sure you've a community college that has a course you can take for a cheap price.
     

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