How long would it take to learn japanese (or any other language)?

December 29, 2008 by admin · 8 Comments 

I’ve always wanted to learn Japanese but never had time to do it, or was committed to it. I plan to practice 1 hour a day with rosetta stone…for how long I don’t know. But how long do you think it would take me to be able to keep up a conversation? Not perfect, but at least to keep one going.

If you go to the National Virtual Translation Center – nvtc.gov, there is a page listing the language difficulties for English speaking people of different languages. It shows the approximate time it would take an average person to learn the desired language in a classroom setting. (Japanese being 88 weeks or 2200 classroom hours).

But the time to learn depends on if you want to just be able to listen to and speak the language, or if you also want to learn how to read and write the language.

I’ve heard Rosetta Stone was good, would like to try it myself someday. You may want to try recordedbooks.com. You can rent audio books from them. They have Pimsleur language CDs (and tapes) for many languages. You can rent Pimsleur Japanese Course I, II and III for $15.95/month each. (Note that each Course come in parts A and B, but you still get a lot of lessons for the price. I used the Japanese lesson a few years ago and it was like 17 lessons on 8 CDs just for part A)

For some free resources check out:

http://japanese.about.com/ – has some grammar & writing lessons
http://www.japan-zone.com/forum/ – great forum to learn more about japanese culture and get help with your language questions
http://www.japaneselearning.com/ – lessons & forum
http://www.learn-japanese.info/indexg.html – lessons

Stick with Rosetta Stone and consider using Pimsleur audio CDs. Those together will really help.

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Im trying to learn japanese does anyone have any suggestions?

December 29, 2008 by admin · 5 Comments 

Ive been trying to learn japanese, because Im going to be taking a trip to japan in a few months. Ive been using the books and CD’s but nothing has worked out to well, does anyone have any suggestions on the best ways to learn the language? I want to learn as much as i can and maybe someday be fluant.

you have to learn a foreign language as you learned your mother one but how can you do that? first at all you must be surrounded by it. You need to hear it all the time, on the radio, on the tv, read it in the newspapers etc even if you don’t understand it. But this all helps in pronunciation and correct word order then learn the structure grammatical of the language but not focus on it just the basic and the second try to speak japanese continually even if you don’t speak correctly then you speak on the right way it’ll help you to speak fluently, so you have to understand you are a baby in this case at the beginning you have to learn to crawl before you learn to walk.
That’s it good luck

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What is the best software to learn Japanese?

December 29, 2008 by admin · 2 Comments 

I notice Rosetta Stone is an expensive program, but I think it sucks. Using it to learn Japanese is kinda useless, because there isn't much instruction in the program. This program does no even go over hiragana, nor katakana. It just throws symbols right in your face like it is expecting you to know these things.

Are they any other good software to learn Japanese with, without leaving my home?

i know some free site

http://www.nhk.or.jp/lesson/

http://www.saiga-jp.com/pronunciation_voice.html

http://www.freejapaneselessons.com/

http://japanese.about.com/library/blhiragana.htm

if you have money to buy software, you better go language school. or find native tutor.

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Speaking Japanese: Learning the Language and the Cultural Etiquette

December 11, 2008 by admin · Leave a Comment 

The Japanese language is considered by many to be easy to learn. Whether you wish to speak Japanese for personal reasons like travel or for professional reasons, it is important for you to consider that learning Japanese etiquette is as important as learning commonly used words and phrases.

Why is it that learning to speak Japanese is relatively easy? To begin with, there are only 5 vowel sounds:

·A is voiced as “ah,” or the way English speakers pronounce the a in “la;”
·I is pronounced as the English e in words like “need” and “tea;”
·U is vocalized in much the same way as “oo” in words like “cool” and “soon;”
·E is spoken with the same sound of the first e in the word “letter” and the e in “set;”
·O is expressed as it is in the word “told.”

Knowing how each of the vowels sounds phonetically makes speaking the Japanese words less difficult.

In addition, the Japanese language is less complicated than many others because nouns are not tied to gender or number – the same word is used for one tree or many trees – and verb remains the same regardless of the subject. Unlike English, Spanish and French (and other Latin-based languages) in which you must learn different ways to conjugate the verb based on the subject, when learning Japanese, the verb will be either past tense or the present tense (ongoing actions or the suggestion of what may happen in the future are expressed with the present tense verb).

While pronunciations can be simple once you know how the vowels are spoken, and nouns and verbs are relatively easy as well, one way in which you may stumble with the language is word order. While in English sentences are typically in a subject – verb – object format, in Japanese they are presented in the order of subject – object – verb. Of course, just as we have prepositions in English, there are a number of articles in Japanese. One article used often is “ka,” which is used at the end of the sentence to ask a question (which is important because the question mark does not exist in Japanese).

Though challenges like punctuation exist in the written language, learning to speak and understand Japanese can be accomplished. There are many resources available online, books and flashcards, as well as computer software. By finding the one that will be most beneficial to you and practicing often, you will surely be able to learn the language.

Once you have learned the language, and even while you are learning, it is important to keep etiquette in mind because how you act has as much of an impact on how you are received as the words you use to express yourself.

Make sure that you keep the following in mind:

·Unless you are very familiar with the person you are talking with, you should avoid using casual phrasings;
·Avoid being loud to get someone’s attention. It is better to wave or to approach them with a bow and then speak;
·Use a quiet tone when speaking;
·Be cautious with your body language as much of the communication that takes place is unspoken;
·Always show respect for the person with whom you are speaking.

By maintaining respect for the people and cultural etiquette – you will find that beginning to communicate in Japanese is simple and, in time, you will become quite good at it.

What is a good software to learn japanese?

September 16, 2008 by admin · 4 Comments 

I will be traveling soon, and expect to spend alot of time in Europe, China, and especially Japan. What is good software to learn how to speak japanese?

japanesepod101.com, if you have an ipod you can get the podcasts for free. If not, the site itself has SOOOOOOOO much you can use.
http://www.guidetojapanese.org/index.html#contents is good too
I was recommended to this site http://byki.com/ too

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TELL ME MORE JAPANESE BEGINNER-INTERMEDI (WIN 95,98,ME,NT,2000,XP)

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