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  1. I think Japanese The Manga Way explains this pretty well. Here's a link to the page describing these two (Google Book preview): http://goo.gl/8cypXA
  2. I don't think I'd ever use it... So I don't think I will ever learn it either. Surely it would be fun to know how to "speak" sign language and all, but really... The only reason I could ever have for that would be if some family member got deaf, or I just wanted to be "cool" / "you never know". I think I'd rather just spend my time on a language that I'd have more use for, or well... I think I'd rather even learn a dead language than sign language to be honest. It just feels rather uninteresting.
  3. There is no "absolutely best way" of learning a new language. What works for you may not work for someone else. Personally I think that, for people who has no problems focusing/learning: self study is the way to go. Having a teacher is useful, but for people who can focus and study on their own, it's a waste of time and money to spend your time on a teacher or course. Courses may be limiting in that you'll constantly have to adapt to the rest of the class, instead of focusing on what you can learn on your own. With a private teacher, this will of course be avoided. But as I said, self-learni
  4. Aren't we all? It feels like for every mistake that I do, the world falls apart for a slight moment. But no matter what mistakes you do, there is no point in worrying about it before it happening, or after it has happened. You just have to move on, correct your mistakes, and hopefully learn something from the failure. After all, we learn from our mistakes. Even if it may not have helped you learn the language faster or something... You may have learned something else. Just as an example, I've failed "twice" already. First, I did not learn how to write the kana. It's not THAT important for me
  5. Well, no word is impossible to translate if you're allowed to use several words to describe the word... But many words don't have a direct translation to another language. "lagom" - Not too much, and not too little, just the right amount. (swedish) "旬" - While not really a word... or maybe it can be a word... It's a kanji that means "a ten-day-period". I think Heisig used some single word for this to refer to the ten day period, but I think that was some kind of made up word from a book, rather than an actual word. There is also a kanji for "one ten-thousand". In english we'd say ten thousand
  6. Revenge only leads to more revenge. - Scar Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire - Oscar Schindler Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. - Ghandi There are of course dussins and dussisn of amazing Ghandi quotes, but the above is definitely one of my favorites.
  7. You should teach the kid the language which is used in the country that you live in, it's as simple as that. The first language should always be that, if you want to teach the kid your other languages as he/she grows up, then do that aswell, but the priority should really be the nativel anguage of the country you live in... So that he/she can go to school and everything.
  8. Haha, oh... I didn't know that swear-words got starred out on these forums. It was on a different forum that I got the warning of course, where swear words was not censored like that. Without having to say the swearword in one way or another, it's the swearword that could be a synonym to poop. I think you know what I mean now
  9. A quick googling tells me that it's from episode 174 (Season 8 episode 21) which was originally aired on April 20, 1997. The episode is called "The Old Man and the Lisa". It's not so extraordinary to be honest, but everyone seems to remember it either way. I think I've just seen this episode too many times to forget it... I don't even like the Simpsons!
  10. Another question that has been asked a million times already? This is getting a bit annoying. Learn to search guys! Anyway... As mentioned in every other thread that asks the same question, I want to learn japanese so that I can enjoy Japanese entertainment at it's finest, and to possibly move to Japan one day. (the second is a very far fetched and not so realistic goal in mind. It is possible that I will move there when I retire though, if I still like Japan when I grow old that is) I want to learn Japanese so I can read manga, light novels, visual novels, and just "books" in general. I w
  11. No, this thread is not about posting some obscure swear words, rather so is it about discussing the phenomenon as a whole, and to question common "swearwords". I recently got a warning on a different forum, because apparently I was swearing in a post. I raised my eyebrow in confusion, because I do not recall swearing out of purpose, but apparently "shit" is a swear-word. It was a bit surprising, as I never actually thought of "shit" as a swear word. Possibly not the most high-class word that you would use in a formal letter, but still, I never thought of it as a swear word. Swear words to me
  12. As far as english goes, I must say that how often people cannot make a differance between then and than, amuses me. I used to be one of those that didn't even know that there was a word called "than", but after being politely told how things worked, I changed my ways. It's not very complicated at all, and it's pretty weird that I was never quite taught this in school. I mean, how hard would it be for an english teacher to spend 2 minutes on telling the kids that it's supposed to be THAN and not THEN in certain situations? Shouldn't be all that hard.
  13. Is catsup an authentic word to replace Ketchup with? I thought it was just some joke that they made up to put in The Simpsons... I mean seriously, who can forget Mr Burns and his "catsup"? For a swedish person, catsup sounds a bit like swenglish. Cat = katt (eng) sup = supa = drink (alchohol, slang) (swedish) So it sounds like someone is refering to a cat who has been drinking alcohol. A cat-sup. catsup vs ketchup
  14. This question has been asked endless amounts of times on these forums, and I suggest searching before creating a new thread. It takes all between a year to ten years, depending on how much time you spend on it, if you live in the country where they speak the language you are learning, how simlar it is to languages you already know, and so on. To reach complete fluency, count with atleast 5-7 years. If it takes less time, awesome, but don't expect that to happen unless you spend a LOT of time on it.
  15. I don't actually think that this book series is very good for learning a new language, or anything else for that matter. It is true that I do not have the greatest experience with these books, but with the limited amount of experiecne that I do have with them, I feel like they're not worth my time nor my money. I feel like these books are meant more as a joke than as a really good book.
  16. I'm not a big fan of these storywriting ideas. I mean, I've done it countless amounts of times in school for both english and swedish class, and I must say... It isn't really the best way to show your knowledge if you ask me. Some people just have a very bad imagination, and even if they know "everything" about the language, they might be so anti-creative that they can't come up with anything to write, even if you give them a good idea to work around. I don't personally have this problem really, but I still find it easier to write about something that i don't have to come up with myself. I do
  17. I'm sure some people are so cheap that they refuse to even spend a cent on learning materials or anything. They'll just download PDF files from the internet instead of buying books, and they'll use the computer for everything, so they won't have to use any paper/waste money. Other people may even go to such lenghts that they travel to the country where the language you are learning is spoken. Because after all, we all know that by living in a country where they speak a different language than you do, you will eventually learn how to speak in that language, just by being exposed to it daily. J
  18. The block between the people who use the raw Heisig-method and the people who use Heisig+Readigs is quite huge, and it never seems to settle down, because well... As with most other things, people don't very easily change opinion, and so called "debates" is more like arguing over your own opinion while still knowing that the other person will... Probably never get your point, or change opinion. Do you learn the readings aswell? Why/Why not? You can of course answer even if you're not using Heisig's method, but I assume most people use his book(s)... Most, but not all, of course. Personally
  19. Well, not really. I do remember using the old-fashioned style of flashcards back in the day, I even remember the "machine" that my teacher taught me how to make. It was kind of a flashcard system, but with a milk-package... I don't quite remember what it was for, but I think I remember what it was, for flashcards, in some way. Today I mostly just use digital flashcards, to save on paper/ink/everytyhing. I do however draw things every once in a while to get my imagination flowing when I'm practising the Kanji. Other than that, I think most digital/new methods are better than old ones. And if w
  20. Old thread, I know... But I recently got my copy of Remembering the Kanji in the mail, actually... Three days ago if i remember correctly. The sixth/newest edition that is, and I got it new from Bookdepository. I did use some old Pdf I found online before, but since it didn't include all the kanji that the new edition has, I thought I was better off buying a copy. (I think it was the fourth edition that I found on pdf...). Either way, it's a good enough book for me to want to support Heisig with my cash. Honestly I do think that RTK is a very good method. At first I too thought that it would
  21. Isn't this about the same as a flashcard system with pictures? To be honest, I don't actually see what the benefit would be of using this instead of using a flashcard program with pictures in it. Can you please, explain why one would choose to use this instead of a flashcard system?
  22. How could he possibly learn any japanese whatsoever from manga without studying japanese? You can't go in and read manga with 0 japanese language and say that it's helping you to learn the language. You wouldn't understand anything... You wouldn't even be able to read the individual syllables. The person in question does not have a status of currently studying japanese. I don't see why anyone would be on a language studying forum, and hide that they were studying a specific language... If it was that he HAD studied it before, it would be different, but if that is the case OP worded him/her s
  23. You're reading what you want to read if I were to say so myself. Surely he/she can be interested in their culture, but being interested in some countrys culture is not the same as " it has been so helpful for me learning Japanese", and neither could you claim that OP is stating that he/she WANTS to study japanese because of manga. He/she clearly states that manga is helping him/her in learning japanese. Manga translated into english/other languages doesn't help you with learning japanese...
  24. Lol, you're not currently studying japanese, you're not fluent nor semi-fluent in it... But you say that you are addicted to manga and it's been helpful for your learning of the language? I'm smelling weird spam here Anyway, I do wish I could read manga, but that's a bit too hard for me as of now. My vocabulary is limited, I only know about 20 kanji... And so on. I'm not even on JLPT N5 as of yet, and it will probably take me several months to reach N5 level anyway... But when I get better, i will read japanese manga for sure! After all, one of my goals with japanese is to be able to read
  25. I'm not really sure what you mean by this question... "FOR" a new language? If you mean the last time I studied the language I am learning... It was yesterday evening. I was doing flashcards with kanji (after reading about them in Remembering The Kanji). Yesterday was all repetition though, because I felt like I needed to repeat all the 20-ish kanji I've learned so far, because I had forgotten a lot of them. Flashcards are the most effective for everything. Flashcards will rule the world...
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