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Old 05-17-2005, 09:42 PM   #1
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it would be very helpful if i knew japanese because then i could translate japanese roms. could anybody give me any sites or resources that would teach me japanese? any help appreciated.

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Old 05-17-2005, 10:19 PM   #2
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> i would be very helpful if i knew japanese because then i
> could translate japanese roms. could anybody give me any
> sites or resources that would teach me japanese? any help
> appreciated.

It's far beyond a tutorial, my friend. I struggled to get through this past year of Japanese classes, and my proficiency is close to that of a kindergartener. Not to mention, kanji are incredibly difficult to use without guided instruction.

However, if you're that enthused to learn, I suggest an evening course at your local community college.

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Old 05-17-2005, 10:35 PM   #3
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yes i have heard that it is a very difficult language. is there any online courses that are free?

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Old 05-17-2005, 10:36 PM   #4
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> is there any online courses that are free?

Unfortuantely, there are not. You might want to invest in learning proper English before moving on to Japanese.

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Old 05-17-2005, 10:40 PM   #5
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> Unfortuantely, there are not. You might want to invest in
> learning proper English before moving on to Japanese.
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so it's impossible to learn japanese online?

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Old 05-17-2005, 11:25 PM   #6
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> it would be very helpful if i knew japanese because then i
> could translate japanese roms. could anybody give me any
> sites or resources that would teach me japanese? any help
> appreciated.
>

Step 1, Google for a list of all the kana (hiragana, katakana). Memorize them.

Step 2, if you haven't given up, go buy a book and learn grammar.

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Old 05-17-2005, 11:47 PM   #7
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> Step 1, Google for a list of all the kana (hiragana, katakana). Memorize them.
> Step 2, if you haven't given up, go buy a book and learn grammar.

Ah, the old "AI connected to the Internet learns a language" method...

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> Unfortuantely <-- Caught ya!

>, there are not. You might want to invest in
> learning proper English before moving on to Japanese.

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Old 05-18-2005, 02:06 AM   #9
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> so it's impossible to learn japanese online?

I've never heard of anybody actually doing so, but I haven't heard otherwise either. The problem is you won't read and write effectively until you speak and listen effectively. That is no small task, and much less so for a non-interactive website aimed towards businessmen learning a few phrases before heading to Japan for some important business meeting...

The only way I learned how to communicate and understand written and spoken dialect well was to practice speaking with my instructor and classmates. It's just like in English... You don't think of how you're going to conjugate a verb before speaking, do you? Neither would you do so when writing. Effective communication in any language begins with practice in communicating with someone else. And more so, it helps in this manner to have guidance to keep you on task and correct you when you're mistaken.

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Old 05-18-2005, 02:36 AM   #10
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Okay, back from my classes so I have access to my bookmarks. Of course there are places online for you to learn Japanese. The problem is that it is very difficult and you are much better off taking courses for it or getting a good textbook/workbook and sticking to a strict learning regime. The key to learning the basics is repetition.

Having said that, here's a bunch of links. Some are more useful than others for learning, and others are really good reference tools:
http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/cgi-bi...p/jwb/j-e/dict
http://www.fontgraphic.com/jfsm_beta.html
http://poets.notredame.ac.jp/cgi-bin/jedi
http://www.geocities.jp/nihongoguide/
http://syakazuka.mydns.to/contents_e...s/data_00.html
http://www.japanese-kanji.org/
http://www.kanjistep.com/index.html
http://www.j-talk.com/nihongo/index.php#output
http://papillon.ex.nii.ac.jp:8998/aaaa/
http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/wwwjdic.html

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