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About rilakkumasenpai

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  • Birthday 02/14/1984


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  1. I started learning in in high school too, in 9th grade. Though since I had already gotten some Japanese related gifts from family and friends about 2 years before taking 9th grade, I started trying to write hiragana very early, not even knowing about the stroke order and what it meant. Learning hiragana came really easy to me, it's Katakana I still have trouble with.
  2. It's part of this forum, on the main page of Linguaholics. However to make it easier for you here's the link straight there: http://linguaholic.com/forum/79-japanese-language-learning/ I spend most of my time reading and commenting there. また会いましょう!
  3. My heart has always felt at home learning Japanese, so from one heart to another, go with it~ You're young and have plenty of time to learn the language and get used to kanji. Honestly in my 15+ years experience learning Japanese, I've studied the least in Kanji (though that will change when I take the JLPT). I think if you really want to learn it, you should start out with the Kana and speaking, and do really easy beginner kanji, and steadily learn it as you get older, like I have. I've enjoyed the time I've spent learning Japanese and at 30 years old, I look forward to many years more! It's really rewarding, especially if you are into manga and anime because that will only strengthen your love for it, since you'll be able to understand them all raw. Hope this helps your decision.
  4. Welcome to the forum, Kyrne! If you want to learn Japanese, I think it's a wonderful language and it's fun to speak. I even think beyond it's language, the culture itself is beautiful and fascinating. If you have any questions or want any tips, feel free to ask me or reply in the Japanese Language forums!
  5. Oh I didn't know they had that on the website! O: Thanks for the tip, it's really good for a refresher. Definitely try Meet and Speak if you can, it's also awesome for beginners!
  6. I think over time music has helped me in Japanese language. Especially because I've been to karaoke a few times. Learning how to sing a song properly really helped me understand certain words and phrases. When I was in high school, we learned easy songs as well, but well, those are meant for learning the language anyways. I've memorized songs before, and the more I sing them the more I understand what's being said in them.
  7. Thanks for the link to the website, linguaholics! I was just going to post about some tips for the JLPT.  I plan on taking it next year, and will probably start studying soon.  Plan on buying books after the holiday and going through any helpful websites daily.
  8. Haha, that's what I do. I am right around where you are too! I usually let the manga/anime build up before watching it again, since I think One Piece is more enjoyable in chunks. Especially in the anime, when some of the scenes are really slow (like when they show the marine forces standing around screaming at something for almost 8-10 per episode). It's the only current manga I really follow.
  9. Welcome to the forum, Richard. I'm also learning Japanese currently. I hope we can help each other, interested in some of the tricks you've learned. I hope you choose to share some of it in the Japanese Language Forums. Korean is second to Japanese for me, I'm really into the music and watching Korean dramas, so I was kind of interested in that, after I am more fluent in Japanese.
  10. Since my education of the Japanese language goes well beyond the language itself, I've always loved catching any television shows on Japanese culture. And the shows are also great ways to learn Japanese and how to apply it in daily life. NHK and NHK World have become more readily accessible now, thanks to the internet, and apps. Youtube has many of the NHK shows available to watch, or you can download the NHK app to your phone to catch the shows live, daily. I highly recommend them. Some of the shows I think would be best for additions to learning Japanese, or learning the language itself are: Meet and Speak: I'm not sure if this show still airs, but you can find it on Youtube or floating around on the internet. Great for newbies and beginners, each episode is short (under 15 mins long) and introducing some simple speaking, and vocabulary. Even for someone who is slightly under intermediate, I still learned from this program. Tokyo Eye: Mainly some of the older episodes, as the newer one (Tokyo Eye 2020) focuses on Japan leading to the Olympics in 2020. But many of the older shows focus on various hotspots around Tokyo, and introduce phrases, words, and knowledge you can apply to visiting Japan. Cool Japan: Cool Japan is a show where Foreigners and locals discuss one topic. For example, Bento in Japan. Various topics are covered and introduce words and other aspects on the culture. The next shows I recommend are just ones I like, more for fun to relax watching, rather than learning: Lunch On!: Various stories and settings where food is served, prepared, or discussed. Bento is a large part of this show, along with how Japan shows their love and appreciation for food. Himitsu no Kenmin: A variety show that focuses on under appreciated or not very well known items and food from various prefectures and areas of Japan. It's a very interesting show, and funny! The people who participate on the show are such vibrant folks who have lots of neat things to share. Only in Japan with John Daub: This isn't an NHK show, but John Daub is a host that appears regularly on Tokyo Eye. He has his own Youtube channel (part of Waoryu) that focuses on interesting parts of Japan, and their culture. He was one of my favorite hosts on the show. Hope this might help some of you out, and I think you'll enjoy them! If any of you currently watch any of these already, let me know what you like or don't like about them!
  11. I don't read as much manga as I used to, I stopped collecting them in the U.S. after the "manga boom" in the 2000's. So many of my favorite series come from the 80's or 90's. I absolutely love Ranma 1/2, and anything done by Rumiko Takahashi. They are also fairly easy to learn the language from, last year I acquired the first 10 volumes of Ranma 1/2 in Japanese from a thrift store. I was so excited, since I really wanted to learn to read more from reading raw Japanese comics. I also enjoy Dragon Ball, One Piece, and various others from the previously mention eras. I basically love shonen style manga, but I'll read some shoujo series from time to time. It's just harder to find ones for older ladies like myself, since many shoujo are aimed towards teenagers, and I'm not much into school dramas anymore.
  12. Personally, I would only do so once I've seen the anime. I wouldn't start a new anime, because that would be a distraction. I also agree with some of the previous commenters and I think you should be a little past a beginner to start learning from anime. Though I feel like a hypocrite because I started learning Japanese that way when I was in middle school, before actually taking Japanese in high school. It did help though! :shy: I think trying to learn from subbed anime is a good addition to any other outside non-anime related studies you are doing, but it would be better to learn it from raw anime without the subtitles. I also feel like it's much easier if you watch children's anime, like Anpanman and Doraemon. Even for someone who considers themselves intermediate, I caught these raw on television and learned a few new words from it.
  13. I wouldn't recommend Pimsleur for recognizing words in anime, as the process focuses on business or formal Japanese that you would use more in daily conversation, rather than how they speak casually in anime. As someone who watches a lot of anime, but took a fair bit of Japanese in high school, they are fairly different. Pimsleur is a good addition to other ways you are learning Japanese, but I wouldn't use it exclusively. I tried it for a few weeks, but I sort of dropped it after a while. As a female, I found some of the conversations very "male-centric" because some of the phrases and words you learn really make it seem like he's teaching you to try and talk with Japanese women. I got it free from a friend, but I don't think I would pay for it, unless you have the extra money to spend on it, and want to know how to speak it for business or formal meetings, or again, to use it on the side of other studies.
  14. Hello Caribbean! Hopefully we can expand our knowledge of Japanese together! I want to be better at Japanese too, so I am able to read comics and media. Waiting for a translation (that sometimes may never come) is always painstaking or impossible. I'm planning on becoming fluent not only to translate the language and read it, but for possible other career opportunities. I took Japanese in high school, so if you need any tips feel free to ask me, I have a general basic knowledge of the language, so I can point you in the right direction if you are just starting out.
  15. Hello everyone! You can call me Kuma! I'm 31 years old and I'm looking to expand my Japanese language skills. I took Japanese language for 4 years in high school, after being interested in Japanese culture and animation. I was even Japan Club president in high school. My Japanese teacher says I was one of his favorite presidents of all time, so I must have done a good job with it. :shy: I want to take the JLPT next year, so I'm hoping the forum can help me out. Thanks for having me and nice to meet you all!
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