What are some Good Japanese Books to get to learn the language?

December 29, 2008 by admin · 6 Comments 

Can anyone list me some good Japanese Dictionaries, Kanji Books, and any good “Learn Japanese” Books?

Thank you.

I came to Japan with ZERO knowledge of the Japanese Language. I studied the language for 1 year. For the first six months, we used Minna no Nihonggo I and II (みんなの日本語)books in our intensive course class. Then we advanced to Shin Nihonggo Chukyu(新日本語中級). The text books are in hiragana and kanji (with furigana or reading) but come with separate books for grammatical explanations and translations in english. You’ve got to learn hiragana/ katakana and simple kanjis first though. I would recommend these books if you’re serious to learn.

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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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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.

What is the easiest way to learn japanese?

April 7, 2008 by admin · 5 Comments 

i am trying to learn japanese since i am going (hopefully lol) in two years. i already know some vocab (phrases/honorifics)and some hirigana. isthere any tips you have for me? also is it completely nessesary to learn kanji or would i be ok if i dont really know any kanji? thanks =] =]

You need to take a course
Japanese is impossible to learn on your own
Its good you can read hiragana and have some vocab, its a good base. You will need to learn katakana, its not hard and its extremely helpful.
If you are intending to study it two years, learn basic Kanji. Some Kanji are really really easy, and you will see them all the time. I believe its something like the first 300 kanji represent 50% of the appearences of kanji, so learning the easy ones will help you ALOT. You will see tonnes of kanji in japan.

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XtremeMac iLingo English Asia Pack (Boxed Copy) – Learn English to Japanese, Korean, Cantonese …..

February 10, 2008 by admin · Leave a Comment 

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Learn Japanese Adjectives and Grammar : How to Use Japanese Articles

January 1, 2008 by admin · 25 Comments 

Learn how to speak Japanese today! This free video covers articles in Japanese. Start speaking Japanese now.

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Learn Japanese Numbers 1 to 20

September 12, 2007 by admin · 25 Comments 

Mp3 is at: http://www.genkienglish.net/genkijapan/learnjapanesenumbers.htm

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lets learn Japanese lesson 3

July 16, 2007 by admin · Leave a Comment 

This is the third lesson. if you want more just e-mail me and I will get you more. if you want the book to go along with the lessons, again, send me a message and i will e-mail it to you. God bless you and your entire family

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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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Let's Learn Japanese Basic 02 – What's that

November 10, 2006 by admin · Leave a Comment 

Learning Japanese has never been easier! There are 52 episodes (2 seasons) so look out while I upload them! Just so you know these were made back in the 80's.

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