I Speak Japanese

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    English: Failed, Japanese: A+

    Konbanwa mina! Watashi wa namae o Jazu desu. Freshman year of high school I decided to be brave and take Japanese as my foreign language. My father and step mother were against it due to it's difficult nature for an American to learn. They thought I was doomed to fail...
    jazzybelle1994 jazzybelle1994
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Sep 9, 2013

    Anyone else here a translator?

    I recently transitioned careers to become a freelance Japanese -> English translator over the past year. Since there's not a lot of resources out there for becoming one post-graduation/without a translation degree, it's definitely been a bit of a bumpy ride, but overall a...
    jlk2 jlk2
    26-30, F
    2 Responses May 10, 2015

    i'm going to japan for two months under a

    scholarship this from september until november. Last year I went to Gunma, Tokyo and this time i'm going to Hiroshiima's Fukuyama City. Anyone here any idea what to buy there? or the spots that i should go?
    Valerie0612 Valerie0612
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Sep 15, 2015

    I AM SO FREAKING CRAZY XD I take Japanese

    lessons since last summer. Once a week, two hours per lesson. I have less than 75h of Japanese in head... And ya know what?!? I gave my name for the Japanese oral contest in the novice category... Now I need to write my speech and slowly die xD ahahahaha! I'm so nervous...
    EarlPhantomhive EarlPhantomhive
    22-25, F
    1 Response Feb 15, 2015

    私の名前はブレアです。二年、私は日本語の学生です。私は四年生です。今、せんこはいっぱん供与です 日本語が好きです。よろしこう おねがいします。
    eternalmoonlitsky87 eternalmoonlitsky87
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Dec 7, 2013

    Nearly Fluent

    I speak multiple languages. But I speak Japanese the best. I'm nearly fluent, I know kana, and I'm working on learning kanji. The whole concept of language is so beautiful and complex, and I love how I can hear someone speaking a different language and my mind automatically...
    Frogsinspace13 Frogsinspace13
    1 Response Jan 5, 2012

    Japan!!! Ichiban

    I actually started taking Japanese class by mistake in my freshman year of high school. I stuck with it because I got more interested in the cultural aspects of Japan. I also came to realize that when spoken correctly, the japanese language is a beautiful one.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Sep 20, 2009

    Hey guys, I was born in Japan

    but I'm brazilian and I studied for seven years in the Japanese school. If someone wants to know about something here in Japan, please comment! (First of all, I'm still learning English) ;)
    Lolla3 Lolla3
    18-21, F
    Jan 21, 2016
    gamermikelds gamermikelds
    26-30, M
    3 Responses Oct 23, 2013


    I was always fascinated by all the different kanji and liked to hear the spoken language. I've been trying to learn Japanese for many years already but there are no courses for that language in my school and I never found very good material to learn from. I always watched anime...
    Miyazaki Miyazaki
    26-30, F
    2 Responses May 16, 2010


    わ、じぇっしか です! (that was: how do you do? I'm Jessica. I think .-.)
    bingbongtingtongg bingbongtingtongg
    22-25, F
    2 Responses May 9, 2015

    JLPT レベル N2 合格しました〜! I

    passed the JLPT N2! I'm so happy.
    alilight alilight
    16-17, F
    3 Responses Feb 5, 2015


    I've been studying for about five years on my own and I just recently found a wonderful Japanese teacher. I love the language. I can't wait to actually go to Japan..
    ainje ainje
    18-21, F
    1 Response Nov 15, 2007

    I Speak Limited Japanese...

    Moshi, moshi! Genki desu ka Watashi wa Neur0ticism San! Arigatou! Desu, desu. Kuso! That's the extent of my self-taught Japanese and it might be wrong, so go ahead and correct me anytime. I can also sing and read Romajin (spelling?), but I have absolutely 100% no idea what I...
    Neur0ticism Neur0ticism
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Mar 14, 2008

    It's Been A Long Ride!

    I don't think I ever imagined Japanese would ever be such an important part of my life. I'm married to a Japanese man so it's pretty much how we communicate at home. I can write and read texts/e-mails, but am pretty illiterate when it comes to writing kanji by hand without...
    jlk2 jlk2
    26-30, F
    Feb 16, 2013


    私は漢字を勉強するために、毎日漢字を書いたり、読んだり、「Heisig Method...
    splinterberg splinterberg
    22-25, F
    May 10, 2012

    Still Learning.

    I am a faithful student in learning Japanese, and still going. anyone who can throw a couple words in on the comments, i would really appreciate it!
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    1 Response Sep 21, 2012
    trueheartis2cool trueheartis2cool
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Feb 3, 2012

    I Love Japanese

    i speak Japanese and i love it still learning but i can speak to someone knowing what there saying and watch anime with out looking at the subs sometimes ^^
    123unhappyrefrian 123unhappyrefrian
    18-21, F
    Jul 5, 2012

    Learning Japanese!

    Konnichi-wa. I just started taking Japanese language classes in college this semester. I hope to one day be fluent in Japanese as well as learn more about the culture and history of Japan. I have already learned the hiragana and katakana alphabetes but I still have trouble with...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Oct 12, 2011

    こんにちは、ここの人ハリドくん:O方法あなたがやっ笑日本でよ!笑そううん*^ *あなたが私の日本語がように願ってい;)翻訳するgooglw使用
    KhalidNeko KhalidNeko
    18-21, M
    3 Responses May 8, 2014

    Study Buddy

    みなさん こにちは!イオです。 私は二十四歳です。 私は日本語がしこしわかります。私わぺらえらありません My name is Io(Or Bill, Whatever you prefer), I am a 24 year old American who is trying to learn Nihongo. I know some basic...
    lagomorpha lagomorpha
    3 Responses Jul 13, 2013

    I'm majoring in Japanese

    and I'm in my 6th year of studying the language.
    ginabytheway ginabytheway
    22-25, F
    Oct 24, 2014

    Well, a Little Bit...

    I've been taking it for years, and still can't really get a grasp of it.  I understand more than I can speak, though.  But I find it kind of funny that I usually forget my parents and siblings don't speak it, so if they walk in on me while I'm playing a sound or video...
    Hohnoroa Hohnoroa
    18-21, F
    1 Response Aug 27, 2007


    Tori1332 Tori1332
    18-21, M
    1 Response Oct 1, 2012

    Will Be Tested This December

    speaking Thai, Eng, Jap. Though Japanese is not a need for me but I got addicted to it somehow. Maybe I should call i'm "obsessed", and should categorize myself as "mild glossophilic". Going to test for lvl3 Jap proficiency in 7 Dec. After I mastered...
    riwjin riwjin
    22-25, M
    1 Response May 17, 2009
    AnomalousLines AnomalousLines
    2 Responses Dec 17, 2013

    I CAN Speak Japanese

    はじめまして。なまえはチャネルです。十八才です。せアロマにすでんでいます。テニスとキクバスが好きですよ。ありがと。 I'm not super good. But I'm decent enough as a non japanese c:
    starfishheart starfishheart
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Nov 27, 2013

    Nihongo Ga Suki Da Yo

    if anyone has seen my story on one of the other "i speak japanese" type groups, you'll know that i dont speak it properly (those of you who havent looked - go check it out~ get to know me XD). I'm some weird combination of self-taught and evening class, i think we're...
    jiyuunatori jiyuunatori
    18-21, F
    Sep 21, 2009


    Hello everyone. I have taken Japanese for three years at my school. I loved it. I wasnt great at studying or remembering but just having that class each day made my day. We had three teachers in those three years. The first two where Nihon-Jin and the last was America-jin...
    weakintheknees weakintheknees
    18-21, F
    Sep 6, 2009

    I only speak a little.

    .. But here goes nothing. おはよございます。 わたしのなまえは Madison...
    xXxbrokenangelxXx xXxbrokenangelxXx
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jan 31, 2015


    今日は、     僕が十年前から自分で勉強しました。高校二年生やった時から。授業中でも漫画よんでしました! そんで成績悪くなってしもったー_...
    Geza Geza
    26-30, M
    Dec 12, 2007

    I have grown up in Japan

    but my uncle made sure I spoke English.
    legendgirl legendgirl
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Sep 4, 2014

    I'm not a Japanese but I've been living in Japan

    for couple of years so I can understand and speak the language. I also studied senior hs so here I was able to improved my language skill talking with Japanese students. Not to mention Japanese language may be easy to study for sometimes but if you come and talk with native...
    iFuckenLoveYou iFuckenLoveYou
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jul 27, 2014

    Anata wa watashi no tame no hikari-desu ^can

    someone translate it ? My bf sends me that but i didn't know the meaning of that
    KinnaSha KinnaSha
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Sep 23, 2015

    I'm currently taking Japanese

    as my language in high school. I really enjoy it! Anyone want to have a convo in Japanese? Or u can comment something in Japanese below, or your experiences with Japanese. I'm only a beginner, so go easy on me haha :)
    Smileydork Smileydork
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Dec 19, 2014

    I have been studying

    and speaking Japanese for about 11 years now. I still don't consider myself fluent, but daily conversation is not a problem. The biggest jump in my ability, by the way, was when I started going to driving school in Japan. That really forced me to do a lot of reading, speaking...
    NNDY416 NNDY416
    36-40, M
    2 Responses Aug 12, 2014

    i kind of speak japanese,

    rather, i'm still learning the language and probably couldn't have a full conversation
    bromaeda bromaeda
    13-15, T
    1 Response Jul 2, 2015

    Skoshi Dake

    I studied abroad in Japan in 2010 for a semester.I studied cross cultural social psychology, gender, sexuality, and Japanese (written and spoken). So when I say I speak Japanese, I mean I have more of an understand than most Americans about the language.And I also have an...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Nov 23, 2013

    Learning Japanese For Mayumi

    So, I met this Japanese girl through a friend a few months ago and I had a date with her at the beginning of the summer. I knew very few words of Japanese then: I knew how to say 'hello', 'goodbye', 'thank you', 'my name is' and 'what's your name?'. Still, when I said them...
    Krapsparov Krapsparov
    Sep 13, 2013

    Help Me Please

    Does anybody think they could teach me japanese? Or give me a website thats free and could help? I have a trip comeing up and I really wanna learn hoe to just speak it. not really read it just yet. If you could help that would be great just comment on this or something to let me...
    Ayame423 Ayame423
    13-15, F
    1 Response May 24, 2012

    Shiawase nara te wo tatakou Shiawase nara te wo

    tatakou Shiawase nara taido de shimesou yo Hora minna de te wo tatakou
    Prevaricator Prevaricator
    1 Response Sep 8, 2014
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