How long does it take to learn the basics of Japanese or Spanish?

December 29, 2008 by admin · 10 Comments 

Hi, I would really like to learn Japanese and Spanish. I was wondering which one it would be better to learn first. I don't want to get them confused or slow my progress in either one, but I'm also impatient and want to study them both. How long do you think it would take to learn enough of Japanese or Spanish that I could begin studying the other without getting too slowed down? Thank you!

It really depends on your motivation, interest and practicality of language use. If you live in an area of the world where Spanish is spoken and you can watch t.v. or listen to Spanish music, then you may want to learn Spanish because it it will be easier to meet native speakers and practice the language. The same would go for Japanese.

English is a combination of Germanic structure and Latin-derived vocabulary. Spanish is a Romance (Latin-based) language, so you will find similarities while learning it. They also use the same alphabet as we do (with the addition of several letters), so learning to read it is not as difficult as say Russian or Greek would be.

Japanese is an Asian language that actually has three writing forms, kanji, katagana and hiragana that each have different characters that need to be memorized that represent different parts of speech (nouns, verbs, etc.). They also use romaji, the Roman alphabet to write Japanese using our alphabet (tsunami, sake, sushi, etc.).

I suggest becoming fluent in one of the two as you can easily get confused if you try the two before you've mastered one, then tackling the third. You might want to do Spanish first, as it will be more similar to English, then Japanese.

Good luck!

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Learn Japanese Language – Do You Know That There Are 3 Different Japanese Symbol?

December 1, 2008 by admin · 3 Comments 

Learn Japanese for a real communication for your work, school project, and communicating with your Japanese mate properly.

Many people think that Learning to speak Japanese language is more difficult than learning to write Japanese. But, it is actually vice versa, because there are 3 different Japanese symbol called Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana, if you want to learn to write Japanese.

Normally, many Westerners think that kanji symbol is the only writing form we use in Japanese. It is true that we use kanji symbols more than hiragana or katakana symbols when writing something in Japanese. However, unlike Chinese people who use only Kanji symbols, we mix up all Japanese scripts.

So, when do you have to use which script? The answer is it all depends on a type of sentence used. Generally, the majority of Japanese textbooks says that Hiragana symbol is used when a word cannot be written in Kanji symbol, and Katakana symbol is mainly used to represent foreign words, or names which have adopted into the Japanese writing system.

However, it is always the case.

For example, “Thank you” in Japanese is “A Ri Ga To U”. Normally, you will write this word in Hiragana symbol, but in a formal letter, you should use Kanji symbol. Although it is not wrong to use katakana symbol to write “Thank you” in Japanese, not many Japanese people would do so.

If you travel to Japan, you would see how each Japanese Kanji Symbols, Hiragana and Katakana symbols are used

For example, Japanese Magazine normally use 80% of Kanji symbols, and 10% of Hiragana and Katakana symbols.

Another case is the singboard of the place in a subway. Almost all the sings are written with the Kanji symbols. By the way, we can write numbers in kanji symbols as well, but normally use the numerical sign to represent.

Also, Japanese language is changing everyday. There are new Japanese words in which old Japanese people cannot understand and those words are usually written by Katakana symbol or Hiragana symbol.

Although they are not proper Japanese language, many young Japanese people use such characters nowadays, and those words are normally abbreviated words.

That is why leaning to write Japanese is more difficult than speaking Japanese.

What are some good books I can learn Japanese from?

May 16, 2008 by admin · 2 Comments 

I used to study it with the help of books and the like from my library while in school, but now that I’m graduated, I wanted to buy a good audio set to help me learn the language.
What are a few good titles out there that can help me learn Japanese?
For example, Living Languages, Berlitz etc…
I want to avoid Rosetta Stone because my computer is having serious problems right now, and my father won’t let me use his.

There are some books that are really good:

‘A Course in Modern Japanese’ (4 volumes) by the University of Nagoya Press (nagoya daigaku)


‘Minna no Nihongo’ (2 volumes) by 3A Corporation.

Both of these are used by universities in Europe in their Japanese Studies courses. They require knowledge of hiragana and katakana, but that is easily learned from online sources

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Japanese Proverb for learning English

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lets learn Japanese Lesson 2.

June 13, 2007 by admin · Leave a Comment 

there are more lessons i will upload them everyday until i have them all up. God bless you and your entire family.

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