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I wanna learn Japanese

  1. May 18, 2009 #1
    I wanna learn Japanese, but where should I begin? Are there any good free online websites?
     
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  4. May 18, 2009 #3
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    Taking classes would probably be preferable. Proper pronunciation is very important for japanese.
     
  5. May 18, 2009 #4

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    Step 1 - Get Japanese girlfriend
    Step 2 - Enjoy
     
  6. May 18, 2009 #5
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    I have a friend who did that but he started by learning japanese so that he had reason to hit on all of the japanese exchange students. They are now married and have a son.
     
  7. May 19, 2009 #6
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    go to japan?
     
  8. May 19, 2009 #7

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    They're all married? :bugeye:
     
  9. May 19, 2009 #8
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    That's why guys love japanese girls didn't you know? ;-p
     
  10. May 19, 2009 #9
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    I must question your motive to learn Japanese. What are you going to do with it?
     
  11. May 19, 2009 #10
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    Knowing the language is not enough. You have to learn the social customs as well. Here's an intro-level documentary teaching the etiquette of sushi:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruh0TJJopn8[/youtube] [MEDIA=youtube]ruh0TJJopn8[/MEDIA]
     
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  13. May 19, 2009 #12
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    Aren't Japanese girls boring?
     
  14. May 19, 2009 #13
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    Move to Japan.
     
  15. May 19, 2009 #14
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    If you want to speak Japanese fluently, this is the best idea. I assure you that as soon as you stutter out a weak Cone itchy wa in a strong foreign accent, the natives will assure you that you speak Japanese quite fluently. Mission accomplished.
     
  16. May 19, 2009 #15

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    :rofl:

    have you been there and tried this idea of yours?
     
  17. May 19, 2009 #16
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    I lived there for nine years and according to the Japanese, I speak quite fluenty. If you speak any word of Japanese they will say "Knee hon go pera pera ja nie" which means "You're Japanese is fluent isn't it". Beginners will answer "A ring a toe." which means "thank you". Intermediate learners will reply "Tone demo nie" which means "Nothing of the sort.", the standard Japanese response to the constant Japanese flattery. When you really do become fluent you will answer "No, just one pera". Most Japanese will understand and appreciate that you trusted them to do so.
     
  18. May 19, 2009 #17

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    now nine years…. sure you’ll be fluent, seriously is it hard to learn? I do like that language and the people there, but I guess I won’t get the language it appears so hard, most words when I heard it sounds like [coughing + a lot of zeds] it’s just hopeless for me:grumpy:
     
  19. May 19, 2009 #18
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    There are some companies that offer 4 month free Japanese courses. Work is about 8 to 12 months. They (mostly finanacial - software developers) were hiring few students last year.

    There are also programs like this one:
    http://www.thecoopjapanprogram.com/

    It needs some time. If I weren't busy doing my minor I would have gone to Japan.
     
  20. May 19, 2009 #19
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    In my opinion Japanese is a very difficult language to learn. Not because of pronounciation, vocabulary, or grammar, but because of usage.
    1. There is the concept of keigo, which means respect language. There is a way to say "please open the window" in Japanese, but it is jarring to their own ears. I think it would be how a superior would talk to an inferior. More likely a Japanese would say "It's stuffy in here." Given time, a Westerner might be able to make the connection, get up and open the window, but for a Japanese, the meaning is immediate.
    2. There is the famous reluctance to say no. If you propose a course of action and the other party says "That would be difficult." or uses any negative language at all, or simply isn't positive, then they are saying no. Emphatically.
    3. There are two sources for the modern language. Actually, the same situation exists in English, but it causes a special problem in Japanese because the spelling is the same for each source. As food, lamb and mutton mean much the same thing. Imagine how hard it would be to read if both were spelled the same. That is analogous to Japanese. Yama and San both mean mountain in Japanese, and are spelled exactly the same. So the last character in Oyama and Fujisan are the same, but pronounced differently. A foreigner, upon seeing the name for the first time would have no clue whether to say Oyama or Osan. I once took a day trip to Kunitachi, a suburb of Tokyo. When my friends asked me where I had been I said Kokuritsu, because that is a common word in Japanese and is spelled exactly the same as Kunitachi. Unfortunately, kokuritsu also means international and so they asked international what? It took 15 minutes for them to realize where I had been.
    4. There is a general indirectness in Japanese conversation. Some part of it is devoted to evoking a certain emotional state in the listener. I expect that before shouting "fire" to warn people of the danger, the Japanese would start out with a comparison of Cherry blossoms to a blaze.
     
  21. May 19, 2009 #20

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    :rofl: When my boyfriend goes to Japan, he has a hard time using the Japanese he learned. Everytime someone there finds out he's from the US, they want to practice their English with him. This is the easiest way to communicate in Japan. :biggrin:
     
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