teaching yourself to speak japanese

Discussion in 'Japan' started by moonshyne, May 16, 2007.

  1. moonshyne

    moonshyne Approved by the FDA

    I just noticed the other japanese-language thread, so nevermind. I was reading that post though, and I noticed a lot of you say you watch anime to help you out with learning. That hasn't really worked for me...it's too fast, and I think anime sometimes uses alot of slang and they're constantly dropping syllables, especially the u.

    Anyway, I do know several words, but I don't think at this point I'd be able to put a sentence together by myself other than an introduction. and as far as hiragana, katakana, and kanji is concerned, I'm a hopeless case.
     
  2. fountains of nay

    fountains of nay Planet Nayhem!

    Practise makes perfect :)
     
  3. wiccan_witch

    wiccan_witch Senior Member

    i agree with Nay, I learnt my limited Japanesen from a guidebook, practiced, and went to Japan where it improved out of sight, very easy language to speak, just dont ask me to write anything!
     
  4. Just_curious

    Just_curious Member

    Im with you MoonShyne. I am learning Japanese too and am just taking my time with it. I have put up a piece of paper with all the Hiragana symbols on my wall so I can learn to understand what each one is. Kanji scares the hell out of me haha so I am only going to do that once I get all the basics. I have found that anime really does help with my learning! I have only learnt simple words but it definitely has given me a lot of them!

    So yeah, I am learning at my own pace, until I am ready to live in Japan when I am older. Also, if you happen to see any words in Japanese then I always pluck a few out, translate them, and then look up the meaning of the word. So that way I learn but slowly. Its better to revise the words rather than just read a list of them and forget a day or two later.

    :D
     
  5. Just_curious

    Just_curious Member

    Another thing which I have recently been doing is translating songs from Romaji into Hiragana also. I have found that I am beginning to learn more symbols that way. Although I know I cannot become fluent by just looking at the words I know that it helps to understand as much as possible beforehand.
     
  6. zjqdarren

    zjqdarren Member

    who will be my japanese teacher
    i'm chinese
     
  7. Just_curious

    Just_curious Member

    Hehe if you find one then please inform me! I would love to join your class XD
     
  8. tat

    tat Member

    Here is your Janaese class:
    Now its opened for you guys! lol

    To: Just Curious
    I used to translate English songs lyrics into Japanese.
    When you translate Roma-ji into Hiragana, do you see the meanings?

    I do understand, reading/writing words is different from "speaking" or listening...
    Usually some Japanese ppl are good at writing/reading English, but they dont
    speak fluently. (listening to English speaking is easier than speaking)
    I still have some strong accent with English but some Americans say it sounds cute..
    I dont think so thou....

    Whenever non-Japanese ppl speak Japanese, they have some kinda accent,
    but its very fine. Even 2-3 words of Japanese if you sopke with Japanese,
    they would say "Whoa! you speak Japanese very good!"
    When I took my American buddy to Japanese foods restaurant and he spoke
    with the clerk, "Arigato gozaimashita", only this word inspired the clerk and
    she said "Whoa! your Japanese is very good!" LOLs

    Cheers!
     
  9. wiccan_witch

    wiccan_witch Senior Member

    HAHAHAH yeah they told me mine was very good after I said my whole 3 words that I meant!! Except for one honest guy who told me I sucked. :p
     
  10. fountains of nay

    fountains of nay Planet Nayhem!

    Yeah I used to get told mine was very good all the time, it's just the Japanese way... they are very polite. They will appreciate any minimal amount of Japanese that you know.
     
  11. tat

    tat Member

    We Japanese like the fact of non-Japanese ppl are trying to study it,
    and we appricete all the effort that you make.
    Some ppl are very good at speaking Japanese, some ppl became comedians
    who can make us laugh out loud.
     
  12. fountains of nay

    fountains of nay Planet Nayhem!

    Beat Takeshi style? :)
     
  13. mai

    mai Member

    you cannot teach yourself japanese ,
    you need to go to japan
    you can however learn some japanese vocab by yourself but putting it together would require practice
     
  14. floyden

    floyden Member

    ............................
     
  15. Yu Xing Cao

    Yu Xing Cao Member

    I'm learning Japanese too!

    I am very lucky cos I actually have a Japanese couple who are teaching me Japanese in return for my helping them with their pronunciation.

    I found a link on You Tube with one of my favourite Naruto songs, Blue Bird,

    with the English and Japanese and am trying to learn that :)

    [ame]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRKOzcV3nnU
     
  16. senseikodan

    senseikodan Guest

    It's really not to hard, just come hear and learn! lol
     
  17. Yu Xing Cao

    Yu Xing Cao Member

    Well that sounds amazing, if only I could afford it!
     
  18. Manservant Hecubus

    Manservant Hecubus Master of Funk and Evil

    Rosetta Stone has been helping me learn Japanese.
     
  19. Yu Xing Cao

    Yu Xing Cao Member

    had to look that up, lol, thought you were joking!

    Is it good?
     
  20. Manservant Hecubus

    Manservant Hecubus Master of Funk and Evil

    I like it. It took me a while to get used to the way it instructs but once you 'get' the teaching style it's really very nifty.


    Never thought of looking up Youtube songs with the words written. Neat.
    Up until know the only Japanese songs I've learned have all been drinking songs. :p
     

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