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Yuushi-sama
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 5:34 pm    Post subject: Wanting to Learn Reply with quote
Konnichiwa!

I would like to try my hand at learning Japanese. I am kind of 'trying' to learn through reading.

Are there any web sites out there you all would recommend? I will be doing this at home, on my own. MY pronunciation needs a lot of work.

Also, are there any CD Japanese language programs you would recommend?

Arigatou!

Ki o tsukete,
Yuushi
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Nasty meanness out of the way first:

You're not going to learn Japanese, especially proper pronunciation, in a vacuum. Not sure where you are located, but your best possible bet is to find a native Japanese speaker and talk with them. If you're just starting out, classes are best to build the basics of grammar and structure. Learning Japanese isn't like learning Spanish or French--you have to learn 3 whole new different writing systems, and it doesn't work well if you try to learn Japanese without at least learning hiragana, katakana, and basic kanji.

Okay, that said--there's a couple of things I recommend if you're not around native speakers.

1. Get on Itunes and download Japanese podcasts. Start with the basic 'learning Japanese' podcasts on the US Itunes site. If you've moved beyond those, go to the Japanese Itunes (simply switch your country) and download some podcasts and listen to them.

2. Speak into a recording device, play it back, and listen to how you sound. Compare your voice to what you're hearing on the podcasts. Adjust what you're doing wrong to sound more like a native speaker.

3. Download/watch whatever Japanese TV you can. Variety shows are the easiest to understand, and they often have whatever important that is being said highlighted in subtitles across the screen. Much of learning to be "fluent" in a language is as much physical as verbal. Watch the body language, the manner in which ideas are expressed, etc.

More comments later, as I think of them.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
There are probably dozens of posts on this subject - eyeballing this sub-forum brought me these:

http://forums.samurai-archives.com/viewtopic.php?t=2244

http://forums.samurai-archives.com/viewtopic.php?t=3586

http://forums.samurai-archives.com/viewtopic.php?t=4429

http://forums.samurai-archives.com/viewtopic.php?t=1545

http://forums.samurai-archives.com/viewtopic.php?t=3523
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