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  1. #91

    Quote Originally Posted by iisu View Post
    I've been learning Japanese for 1.5 years already. I didn't intend to learn it, I wanted to do something to my clumsy English but failed to find courses which offered the kind of training I wanted with reasonable price, so I became frustrated with English courses and somehow ended up at Japanese courses. I have no idea why exactly I'm learning Japanese except for "LOL I want to know it". So far I've never spoken to Japanese people (well, I didn't put any efforts into putting myself in situations when I'd have to do that) and I don't even watch anime a lot.

    I didn't have time to procrastinate learning kana because I started to learn Japanese at courses, so I finished it within a month. I didn't think it was hard but I still have to think sometimes when I need to write some rarely used character like ヌ. I hardly ever see this character.

    As for kanji, I was pissed that I can't read words I know so I started to learn words together with how they are written very soon and it makes my life easier now.

    I found out that the easiest way to learn kanji for me is:

    1) Use associations with radicals if there are any. For example, I instantly learned the kanji 脱 ("undress" etc). The left part of it is 月 ("moon") and the right one looks like 兄 ("elder brother") with two short lines. I imagined such picture: it's night and the moon 月 is bright. Someone's perverted elder brother 兄 (with horns) is peeping how a girl undresses 脱 before going to bed.

    It's hard to forget such things XD By the way, the dictionary says that 脱 doesn't have 兄 in it, but it's written like that so it's not important.

    2) If there are no associations, I just need to memorise the kanji with it's radicals and stroke order if it's unusual. The best way for doing it for me is to pick one or more kanji and write them once or twice, then do whatever I was doing for some time, then write them again etc. Then cover the kanji and write them looking only at their meanings.
    When I do this, the results are much better then when I waste 5 minutes to write each kanji a hundred times - it starts being automatic after three-four characters and then it's all useless.

    Also, it's much easier for me to learn new words consisting of kanji with Chinese readings when I know how they are written. It gives meaning for all those syllables which sound completely the same even if they are different.

    Here are some pages I used or still use:

    Totally awesome dictionary
    Denshi Jisho - Online Japanese dictionary

    Adds kanji readings for web pages. Great help when you don't feel like searching each unknown kanji by radicals.
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    (this forum insists on putting a title to this link and the title doesn't feel very good O.o)

    Kana practice
    Learn Hiragana and Katakana – Real Kana

    Grammar overview
    Japanese for the Western Brain

    A small accent dictionary (no one ever teaches accents, even though Japanese language has them instead of stress - I wonder how the results sound for Japanese)
    Japanese Accent Study Website

    I completely forgot about Denshi Jisho. Such a good site. I guess I forgot because I just kind of automatically go there when I need to look up something. ^.^;

  2. #92

    Quote Originally Posted by TootsieBear267 View Post
    "Guten Morgen!" I found that on a German phrase site. German words sound so hilarious.
    I know, right? XD I actually kind of gave up yesterday because I can't get the feminine and masculine junk down. Back to studying Japanese vocab for me! :D Much happier with Japanese anyways. :P

  3. #93

    Quote Originally Posted by trinitybat View Post
    I know, right? XD I actually kind of gave up yesterday because I can't get the feminine and masculine junk down. Back to studying Japanese vocab for me! :D Much happier with Japanese anyways. :P
    There is non of that in Japanese? It's not that I wouldn't learn it, it's just so different in English. I think so anyway.

  4. #94

    I've been learning Japanese for 2 years, and I would say I am a lazy student. I can speak, read and construct sentences, but not at an adequate level, probably N4 level. I should have been N3 by now, but am too lazy, so meh.

    But until now, I still don't know when to use the conjugations (the no, wa, wo, ni, de, correct me if I'm wrong). I keep making the mistakes there, which annoy me so much.

  5. #95

    I found a cool webpage for Japanese fans.
    ACMT Japanese Club

    I hope you find the link useful.

  6. #96

    I've been self teaching Japanese for 2+ years
    This looks like an awesome thread for sharing materials

    I HIGHLY suggest you read;
    Table of Contents / All Japanese All The Time Dot Com: How to learn Japanese. On your own, having fun and to fluency. | AJATT | All Japanese All The Time

    This has help me so much in a lot of ways. Long read but well worth it.

    Also if it hasn't been said already, I suggest the remembering the kanji by James heisig.
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  7. #97

    Toire wa doko desu ka!

    That's the only phrase I know.
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  8. #98

    I haven't read through this thread, but particles in japanese are important so it's worth learning them.
    for example, hon o yomimasu is I read books (literally book I read), or pasuta o tabemasu - I eat pasta (Pasta I eat) but when saying "i'm going to ...." you use ni as the particle. for example depato ni ikimasu - i'm going to the department store.
    When saying you like something, you use ga for example pasuta ga suki desu - I like pasta.
    note this is all the formal form because I was taught japanese in school. it also might be hazy because I haven't spoken it in a while but this is a little bit of what I remember
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  9. #99

    Japanese Language Stack Exchange

    I like this site, there are a lot of interesting questions there.
    It keeps distracting me from my work.
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  10. #100

    Hey teach some Japanese phrases

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