I Love the Language

Japanese is too me the most beautiful language of all. I've wanted to learn Japanese for a few years now, but can't afford a proper course, so I'm stuck learning from downloaded material and online guides. It's not the same though. I don't think I'll ever have a firm grasp on the language untill I run a course.
TCat TCat
26-30, M
5 Responses Jun 20, 2007

There are three elements to spoken Japanese<br />
Pronunciation -- this is phonetic and almost totally regular, with very few exceptions. EASY<br />
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Grammar: limited tenses and effectively no plurals. EASY<br />
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Vocabulary: having effectively one root language, the size of the vocabulary needed to normal and even business conversation is far less than in English. EASY<br />
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The written language is a long, hard grind to master Kanji

...Japanese is a hard language to learn since its so different from English....:(...but u can do it...:)

Phrasebase.com has a lot of nice sites listed in one of the forums. I found this site quite helpfull http://www.learn-japanese.info/<br />
Also go to http://www.word2word.com/coursead.html#japanese

There is a website on the internet that you can download, you get to study Hiragana, Kanatana and Kenji characters all in your own time.

Despite the fact that most people begin to learn a language in a class, most experts (and anecdotal evidence) suggest that the best way to learn the language is immersion. In other words, keep doing what you are doing, and read through some of the pop culture material available on the web as well. There are all sorts of Japanese anime available online, and simply watching it will help you get a firmer grasp on the language. You can learn to speak Japanese, even without courses.