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  1. There are websites online to help you practice conversation. I forgot the name, but here is a Java site hosted by Rosetta stone where you can opt to chat/call with a person fluent in Japanese (of course there are also other languages). Hope this helps.
  2. Haha this is very convincing and I hear this from other of my friends as well! Kidding aside, I just feel good whenever I can read characters. I chose this over Korean, Chinese, etc because also of my passion with Japanese food.
  3. You will eventually get the hang of those as you spend more time studying Japanese. broknkyboard's suggestion is also correct, but it will not be quick and will take you years :-)
  4. Of course, but it depends on the type of student you are. If you're interested more when you're in a group, then it's better if you enroll in a class. Otherwise, if you're comfortable with studying on your own and reviewing with the use of a computer, then this is suggested. Hope this helps.
  5. Very, very often! In SMS, work chat client, even in emails! It's easier than actually typing a smiley since L is close to O hahahaha! Also, whenever I pretend to have interest in someone's story, I always use it too. Guilty as charged. I know others are too!
  6. Definitely subbed. That way I can listen to actual pronunciation and discover slang! Sometimes though subtitles are not accurate, well anyway there are Japanese words without direct English translation.
  7. When in business, Japanese use keigo. This is actually the aspect of Japanese language that I really find difficulty. Like English, the longer the sentences are, the politer they get (or maybe it's just me). In any case, yes honorifics become different as the ranks go higher.
  8. My method was listening to a podcast. I listened to japanesepod101 and it kept me interested for about half a year then I shifted to studying in school so I can really practice speaking. Hope that helps.
  9. Master pronunciation. English words have many mixtures of consonants, not really syllabic like Japanese. And like others, watch anime!
  10. Oh yea, I also did this. It helped master pronunciation and also paid that my native tongue's pronunciation is similar to Japanese.
  11. I get asked this question a lot of times. To keep it short, I love Japanese technology, specifically transportation. Also, my favorite is Japanese cuisine. Makes me proud of myself when I can read recipe instructions in Japanese.
  12. I don't like Romaji, it's spelling is also difficult! However, if the purpose of studying is for survival purposes, like a week in Japan for business, then it's convenient.
  13. I feel motivated because I treat studying the language as a hobby. I don't feel it's a burden every time I have to face the deck of cards to practice vocabulary. I'm still shy though in speaking straight, a little scared to avoid mistakes.
  14. Admit this is a good reference material. Thanks for also including the stroke order! Actually nowadays I find it difficult to read characters all written in hiragana..
  15. I self-studied Japanese for a year, this includes Hiragana. Perhaps that's the reason why my Japanese handwriting is bad. :bored:
  16. Hi guys, I intend to stop studying in a Japanese language school. Actually there's only the Advanced level left and I do not think the class will gain the minimum required number of students to start this semester. As a result, I am contemplating on enrolling in an online school. I want to practice conversation primarily, followed by grammar and writing. Would you have recommendations? Have you tried any? How was it? Appreciate your advice! :wacky:
  17. I do not have good imagination like you guys, so I rely on software to aid my memory. I use Anki, a flashcard program to enhance vocabulary. It doesn't have the feature to teach the stroke order, but it does help me familiarize with the radicals!
  18. For me, it depends. When I want to study conversation, of course I'd go talk to my Japanese friends. Otherwise, if I want to improve writing, grammar, etc., I would go attend classes here in my country. My school doesn't have Japanese teachers except when you're already on advanced level.
  19. When I was in Osaka visiting the local tourists spots, I would often hear Ookini(おおきに), basically meaning thank you. Even Peach Airways' receipt say this! :grin:
  20. I also use the one posted above by linguaholic. At the same time, I also go to the Japan Foundation to study. Do you have one where you live? I also use the Mimi kara oboeru series. If you have an iPhone, you can download the imiwa application, it lists all the kanji according to JLPT level with stroke instructions too. Good luck!
  21. Has anyone tried using Anki? It's a very cool software for learning vocabulary. I think it's similar to other flashcard programs, but this is free! I use this everyday to study kanji and sentence patterns.
  22. For me it's really using polite Japanese. I am so used to casual Japanese that I forget to shift to polite! I don't use Japanese at work, but as I want to use it to earn money (perhaps via translation), this is truly becoming a challenge. Kanji is also difficult. There are just so many of them and sometimes words usually written in hiragana are kanji-nized (hahahaha)
  23. In my case, I started listening to JPod101's podcast. This was I think late 2008. It was really helpful as their dialogs indeed illustrate realistic scenarios in Japan. After few months I enrolled in a class and pretty much did the same as you guys did.
  24. 皆さんはじめまして!私はジリアンです。フィリピンに住んでいます。すぐ25歳になって、緊張しています! Miyaさんの日本語はすごいですね。教えてください!あるいは、いつか話しましょうか?時間があったら、ぜひ連絡してください! お互いにがんばりましょう!
  25. はじめましてアンドリューさん!私はジリアンです。フィリピンに住んでいます。すぐ25歳になって緊張しています! 日本語能力試験をう受けたことがありますか?
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