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    Learning Japanese?

    Do anyone know how or where i can learn Japanese?

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    Regular Member violin's Avatar
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    I guess RosetaStone is teh best self-learn language product but it's expensive.
    I tried to learn the three alphahets (I'm not sure if alphabet is the correct term). It's too much characters and symbols. I failed or eventually gave up. And I don't know if it is possible to learn a language at home by your own. I learned English and German but it was with teachers in private and public schools and very often we had the chance to speak with native speakers.

    I found a very usefull site for people that like to learn languages:
    http://smart.fm
    It's very interesting and entertaining and most of all free.
    So for example try this: http://smart.fm/goals/24666
    Just press "Start" and there you are learning Hiragana

    I like learning languages and those was one of my favorite classes at school. Right now I'm not studing anything but I have the idea to either improve my german or start a new language.

    If you find any interesting site for language learning please share it here.

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    You can definitely learn the kana's (hiragana and katakana) on your own. Kanji's you can try as well but they're a little more complicated and time consuming than learning the kana's. Your best bet is to learn one step at a time and not to rush things.

    @ violin
    Yeah, that's a good link. There is also http://lang-8.com/ if you want to practice writing in Japanese. C:

    Also, some recommended books:
    Japanese Demystified
    Japanese Step-by-Step
    Japanese Kanji Flashcard by White Rabbit Press

    I wouldn't recommend you buy kana books as you can find information online and practice on your own. In the long run, you're better off investing in kanji flashcards.

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    well, I took an audit course in college, but even before i could take it, i found this site : http://www.kanjisite.com/html/start/kana/index.html useful. it was pretty much the same as our audit course,i guess, except for the assignments and tests.

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    but do I really need to know kanji's?, I mean they are really hard
    Say, can you hear that? It's the sound of the reaper... - Magus

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    Quote Originally Posted by DemonKaiser93 View Post
    but do I really need to know kanji's?, I mean they are really hard
    Surprise d00d, learning a language is really hard!

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    Quote Originally Posted by "DemonKaiser93"
    but do I really need to know kanji's?, I mean they are really hard
    to (mis)quote a teach of mine
    "If you don't know Kanji you can only communicate with small children"
    Basically just as you can be an illiterate adult (or really anything beyond elementary school) in any language, you can in Japanese, but thats not a good thing if you intend to learn the language.

    that said, to make learning Kanji easier (not easy, just easier) Learn radicals, they can make it easier to understand the meaning of more complex kanji. as an example
    木 is a the kanji for tree as well as a radical
    森 knowing that you can likely guess this means forest

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bardic-Dragoon View Post
    "If you don't know Kanji you can only communicate with small children"
    I disagree with this statement. Communication isn't based on the kanji you know, rather it is based on the number of words you know, how well you know the grammar and how well you can apply both in any given situation (for both speaking and listening, of course). Knowing kanji is critical if you wish to freely read signs/maps/books/newspapers/etc without the need to have someone close at hand translating everything for you, not to mention being able to write what you need to when you need to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ceta View Post
    I disagree with this statement...
    If you don't know kanji you can only communicate in writing with very small children.

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