How long should it take to learn Japanese? What should I do?

November 13, 2008 by admin · 5 Comments 

I speak english and was required to take two years of spanish (which I took reluctantly) and can speak a little of that, but I was never really interested. My HS doesn't offer Japanese, and it what I am planning to go to college for, but Id like to get a jump start, so Im not clueless when I get there. How long do you think it'd take for me to learn it, and what do you think I can do to begin learning?

'hiragana' and 'katakana' are easy characters to master. my husband mastered all in less than 2 weeks.

japanese conversation… less than 2 yrs

'kanji' is different…
it takes looooooong time.
normally japanese children learn kanji for more than 12 yrs. (which means highschool degree) some 3,000 kanji characters are in common use in modern japanese, but an asahi shimbun survey says that 94% of written japanese communication is in 1,500 characters

my husband couldn't speak japanese when he came japan.
but he can speak japanese fluently now.

try this one

and make some native friend
japanese love to help people

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Learn Japanese: Mary had a little lamb in Japanese

November 5, 2008 by admin · 25 Comments 

MP3 and Translation at:

Here’s a Japanese song you can learn in 10 minutes. It’s bound to impress your friends!

There are also lots of really useful Japanese phrases in there, for example:

の = no = which means ‘s. For example Madonna’s CD is “Madonna no CD” in Japanese.

All the other words are explained on the page at:

There’s also the mp3 version to buy and listen toon your ipod everyday ( to get it stuck in your head, and to support us making more videos!), and a poster for your wall!


Be genki,

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Let’s Learn Japanese Basic 1: “I’m Yan” [Episode 1, Part A]

August 19, 2008 by admin · 25 Comments 

Episode 1, Part A of Let’s Learn Japanese Basic 1.

THE 3 PDF’S OF THE TEXTBOOK ARE INCLUDED IN THE TORRENT, LIKE I SAID ON MY CHANNEL. HERE’S THE DIRECT LINK TO THAT TORRENT(has all episodes from both series and the textbook, and you can choose the ones you do and don’t want to download):

Now please stop bothering intelsilver.

Anyways, good luck in your quest of learning the Japanese language, but before you begin, here’s just a little warning of what you’ve gotten yourself into:

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Is Learning Japanese Really That Difficult and What Type of Person Does It?

August 3, 2008 by admin · Leave a Comment 

Is learning Japanese really that difficult and what type of person does it?

The answer to the first question is "Yes". For most Westerners coming from one of the romance family languages Japanese is going to be more difficult languages to master than say, Eskimo. Regardless of what you’ve heard, regardless of what you’ve read and regardless of how many "Learn Japanese in your toilet time" book titles you’ve seen at Kinokuniya, the Japanese language is extremely hard to handle for most of the Gaijin world. Not content with a perfectly good alphabet in hiragana the Japanese have four alphabets (if you include romaji) and two systems of pronunciation, multiple interpretations, with the same kanji character. Then there is the distinct speaker – listener status that is specific to the Japanese language. These are all factors that can guarantee you’ll have a harder time learning this language than perhaps even Chinese.
So given that learning Japanese is some kind of bizarre masochism what kind of a person undertakes a lifetime commitment to working around the subtitles of a language based in hidden convention and working out all those little squiggles. Without being overly stereotypical there are two distinct groups.

The first group of learners pick up the language along the way and can often found in load boisterous izakayas having a riot and speaking very bad Japanese. Surprisingly these people are actually excellent communicators. They always have a huge circle of friends and appear to have a secure happy out going nature. However they are often frowned upon by the second group for their poor Kanji ability and less than serious attitude. The second group can usually be determined by a slightly geeky appearance and mis-shaped cranium. Obesity and baldness are also a common factor. They take great pride in their Japanese Kanji ability collecting Kanji in a similar fashion to a train spotter collecting train identification numbers yet they remain ignorant of how the transport system essentially works.. Usually the study of Kanji starts during high school or undergraduate life at university as they become socially isolated. Finding recognition in Japan they sadly are still unable to express themselves normally or communicate thoughts meaningfully. These people have a small circle of friends, usually Japanese who are forced to work together with them. There is a high correlation between members of this group and having Japanese partners who are inept.
Yet the western Japanese speaker remains a select group. There are only about 2.5 million student who study Japanese in institutions: 1.5 million being Korean and Chinese, 300,000 Australians, 150,000 Americans and around 200,000 Europeans. Although these figures refer to millions of people they are extremely small in comparison to German or Spanish.

Depending on your language learning skills, on the quality of your teachers, courses, books and the amount of time you spend on learning Japanese, it could take you between 2 and 3 years to make a basic dent in the language. That is an investment of about fifteen thousand dollars and a lot of time. Obviously living and working in Japan facilitates the learning experience yet sadly for many of the second group, the geeks, as much as they wish to become Japanese they will always be outsiders. But being anal, this will not occur to them for a further decade. As for the first group, they’re to busy to worry about this fact and rarely care.
At some point the Japanese Language learner will want to sit the Japanese language Proficiency Test (JLPT) or Japanese External Trade Organization (JETRO) administered by the Japanese Government. These tests are not cheap and not for the faint of hearted. Significantly, the first group of boisterous party goers will not study until the last few days, although they may carry a text book around and talk about it dismayingly, they rarely open it. In contrast the second group is by nature extremely studious and live to tell all and sundry exactly how hard they study, and just how hard that study is. Finally both groups have a deep inner desire to integrate into Japanese society and at times this illusion may seem attainable. But the truth is no matter how long they live in Japan they will always be Gaijin, because exclusion is intrinsic to the society they love so much.

How to Use Japanese Counters to Express Quantity

June 15, 2008 by admin · Leave a Comment 

How To Use Japanese Counters To Express Quantity

One of the biggest problems and frustration most beginner Japanese learners face is to study Japanese grammar counters. Mastering Japanese counters can be quite tricky since each counters has a different set of rules that will affect how a quantity should be pronounced.

For simplicity sake, let’s use the basic Japanese counter hai which is used to measure how many cupfuls of liquids. You normally use this Japanese counter for water, beer, tea and so on.

Now, the interesting this about Japanese counter is that the quanity will change the way you pronounce a Japanese counter. For example: One cup is ippai. How about 2 cups? Well, it’s nihai. 10 cups? Juppai. See the difference here?

Most beginner Japanese learners find this inconsistency very annoying and bothersome and I agree with them totally. But such strange rule is not constructed without a valid reason. The true reason behind this is simple: It sounds better. That’s right.

See, ippai sounds better than ihai. Try pronouncing it for yourself. I’m sure you will agree on that. Nippai doesn’t sound as good as nihai. Nippai sounds a bit silly. Juppai sounds more in quantity than juhai.

There are many more Japanese counters that you can learn to expand your knowledge on classifying objects in Japanese. For example, counter for people should never be used for anything else and vice versa.

To learn more about basic Japanese counters, you can view the original article here:

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Easy Learning: Talking Dictionary (Ages 4-9)

June 8, 2008 by admin · Leave a Comment 

Easy Learning: Talking Dictionary (Ages 4-9)

The Talking Dictionary is ideal for kids as they learn better language skills through sound and animation. The result is a multilingual reference tool that is not only educational, but also fun to browse through. * In English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese and Japanese * Pronounces words and

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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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Instant Immersion Japanese 2.0

April 13, 2008 by admin · Leave a Comment 

Instant Immersion Japanese 2.0

A popular Japanese language system, with over 3 million units sold! Meetings in Mito? Holiday on Hokkaido? From Kitami to Kyoto, now you can join the conversation with Instant Immersion Japanese v2.0, the dynamic 5-disc language learning system on CD-ROM. Talk More Japanese reinforces your

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Japanese Language Accelerated Learning Techniques

September 26, 2007 by admin · Leave a Comment 

Japanese is anything but an easy language to learn, regardless of one’s mother tongue. Still, it is one of the most popular foreign language choices in America and Europe, for two main reasons: the economical importance of Japan and the numerous businesses contracted between Japan and these areas and the fascination for Japanese culture that mainly formed up through modern Western media. Regardless of which reason you want to learn it for, the Japanese language cannot be learnt easily unless you know how it works.

Japanese is spoken by over 130 million people all over the world, obviously most of them being in Japan’s mainland. The Japanese language’s grammar is usually very complex to foreigners because it uses a specific speaker-listener status vocabulary that is unlike anything English or other western languages can offer. Another showstopper when learning Japanese is its writing style, which uses a combination of three alphabets: Chinese characters (also known as Kanji) and two syllabic scripts known as Katakana and Hiragana. In addition, modern Japan uses the Latin alphabet for more and more purposes, which makes it slightly easier for English speakers to grasp this new language than say, a hundred years ago.

Many Japanese learning courses and books start off slowly, in a gradually increasing order of steps. Although this is the correct way to go with any language learning process, it takes a lot of time and you might simply not have that available time to invest in it. For this reason, there are a series of accelerated learning techniques that skip through some of the basics and try to accumulate these fundamentals over more advanced chapters, naturally. Take note that although this is definitely a faster way to learn Japanese, there’s a good chance that someone that takes the “stepwise”, slower technique will almost always speak and write better and more correctly.

One of the most common Japanese language accelerated learning techniques is to plunge you head first into some easier texts, as soon as you know the basic alphabet, then provide a translation in English (or your mother tongue) of the same text. This obviously skips a lot of steps such as basic grammatical structure, pronunciation of words, punctuation and so forth. However, this accelerated learning technique has the advantage of building up your vocabulary quickly. Doing several of these translated reading exercises per day, you will soon get some of the grammar and spelling foundations that you’ve skipped in the first place, up and running.

The next step in most Japanese language accelerated learning techniques is to play a tape followed by a translated text. After you’ve built on your Japanese reading and understanding skills, the audio technique is the logical step forward. This will correct any pronunciation problems and will also have a positive effect on your vocabulary gain. There are several sources offering Japanese language accelerated learning techniques, including books and courses. You can find some very useful sources online, on sites dealing with Japanese language learning, Japanese language translations and tests.

Learn Japanese Numbers 1 to 20

September 12, 2007 by admin · 25 Comments 

Mp3 is at:

Fun Hip Hop track to learn Japanese numbers.

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