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Old 08-10-2004, 05:18 AM   #1
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I am learning Japanese now. Can anyone recommend any good learning resources. I have a Living Language learning book and CD set. I dont find it very good. It does not seem to be organised well. It does not give you...the goal of each lesson.

Beyond that, my fiance is helping me out with pronounciation. I was just wondering is someone could recommend decent learning websites and some decent Japanese shows or anime that i can pick up.

Ofcourse, it will be a little while before i can do that.

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Old 08-10-2004, 01:08 PM   #2
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My Boyfriend/fiance is being taught by a friend of his, I'll have to ask him to ask his friend if he knows anything and then I'll get back to ya.... Good luck! or should I say... Gokouun o inorimasu

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Old 08-10-2004, 04:33 PM   #3
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learning japanese, i think i'm learning japanese, i really think so

(sorry, i couldn't help myself)

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Old 08-10-2004, 05:09 PM   #4
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I've been majoring in Japanese in college for 3 years now. Honestly, speaking and actually using the language are the most important things. But if you're looking for something to study on your own, I recommend finding some way to cram vocabulary. Forget grammar and idioms, you'll need a teacher and/or immersion for that. Half of the entire ball game is simply how many words you know. It doesn't matter how simple the sentence is, if you don't know a crucial word, you aren't going to be able to say it.

Before I started taking classes I bought a CD-ROM set called "Instant Immersion Japanese". Like most teaching software it didn't get me far, but it did include a program called JQuicktrans, which is really a glorified dictionary. It's got a study list feature with flashcards, though, and I use it a lot. If you like, I can send you this program.

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Old 08-10-2004, 07:22 PM   #5
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Immersion for me is not that much of a problem. I have a Japanese fiance. She is teaching me one on one! It is just that the Living language book does not seem set up in the most logical way! In eed to find more ways to immerse myself adn hear the language.

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Old 08-10-2004, 07:23 PM   #6
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> (sorry, i couldn't help myself)
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I don't understand.

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Old 08-10-2004, 07:26 PM   #7
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> I don't understand.

It's a [bastardization] of a song, yo.

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Old 08-10-2004, 07:38 PM   #8
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Go live in Japan. Easiest way I know of to learn the language.

I was disappointed when I came back from Japan and quite quickly lost my grip on the language without using it constantly. I also found myself muttering in Japanese around my friends alot, which pissed them off. I suspect that if I went back, i'd pick it up rather easily again, as tends to happen with the other language I 'speak' but almost never use.

Also, get used to saying 'baka gaijin' a lot if you plan on going to Japan.

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Old 08-11-2004, 12:28 AM   #9
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I've heard the Rosetta Stone series of language CDs are pretty good.

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Old 08-11-2004, 04:53 AM   #10
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> Also, get used to saying 'baka gaijin' a lot if you plan on
> going to Japan.
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Don't you mean HEARING "バカ ガイジン" as opposed to speaking it?

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