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PostSubject: Can you speak Japanese?   Sat Sep 13, 2008 9:22 am

Well, I thought about starting a new topic here ^.^ I hope it's ok.

So, can anyone of you speak Japanese already?
Or are you learning it at the moment?

It would interest me what you think about it and if you find it difficult/easy to learn.
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PostSubject: Re: Can you speak Japanese?   Sat Sep 13, 2008 12:28 pm

Hi Honey_Haru! I've only taken up to level 4 in Japanese, but my Japanese is wretched D: I rarely use it and I don't speak it everyday. I think learning Japanese is easy and fun. What I find difficult about it was the sentence structures and having to know which particles to use and stuff. I somehow always have problems with that :\ Also, learning all the kanji is , but it's cool :D Overall, it's not bad. I wish I was more proficient in it though.

Have you taken any courses or currently learning it?
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PostSubject: Re: Can you speak Japanese?   Sat Sep 13, 2008 2:51 pm

Hey, it's cool that you can already speak it!! How long are you learning it?
I've heard that learning the language itself isn't very difficult, but I have like you problems to get used to the sentence structure. It's so different from the German or English one, but I'm confident. The kanjis are nevertheless really mean -.- Some are easy to remember but a lot are so complicated. Do you know already many kanjis?

I will (hopefully) take a course in October, just to learn the basics. But I will study Japanese at university after school, that's for sure ^o^
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PostSubject: Re: Can you speak Japanese?   Sat Sep 13, 2008 4:31 pm

I don't know if I will be continuing on learning it in school, but I do try to make an effort to learn once in a while when I have free time at home. I thought about taking Japanese 5 this fall semester, but I didn't feel confident enough and it felt too intimidating since another instructor was teaching it. Yeah, the language itself is very easy to learn and understand. There are an insane amount of kanji characters to know! Yeah, some are easy to remember, thank goodness. I've learned quite a good amount of kanji characters, but sometimes I forget what it means. I can recognize and roughly make out translations, but that's about it ;_; It sucks that you can't really depend on just knowing hiragana and katakana :x

I hope you do take a course in October! It's a great learning experiment ^^; Do tell me how that goes!
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PostSubject: Re: Can you speak Japanese?   Sat Sep 13, 2008 6:05 pm

my spoken japanese is better than my written japanese because I'm really bad with kanji.
mostly I'm learning it by myself but when I was still living in NZ I also took classes.
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PostSubject: Re: Can you speak Japanese?   Sun Sep 14, 2008 6:43 am

@carshrimp: Really? You didn't want to take Japanese 5 this semester? Thats's a pity. But is the other instructor so bad that you didn't want to take it?
I read several time now that you must know about 2000 kanjis to read a Japanese newspaper properly. I think that's soooo crazy >.< Japanese people are learning kanjis since kindergarten I belive, each year more kanjis. For foreigners like us it's really hard to learn it in a short time. Can you also write kanjis well? For me it's so much easier to just recognize them but not writing them. I often said it would be so great if there were no kanjis, but just hiragana and katakana ^^°
Of course I can tell you then how it goes. If school doesn't end too late for me to take part in the lessons, this should be alright ^^

@kira: You're also speaking Japanese ^-^ How long are you learning it already?
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PostSubject: Re: Can you speak Japanese?   Sun Sep 14, 2008 4:40 pm

I had thought about it, but I thought I should finish up my required courses first, then maybe take up on it again. With my schedule right now, I don't think I would have time to study it and it would cost too much. I never met the instructor before, but my friend who took a course with her said he didn't like the way she taught the class. Maybe I'm biased too.. >_> I know! Children learning a lot of kanji right in the beginning is crazy; ~2000 kanji for a newspaper is mindblowing @_@ Oh no, I can't write kanji well. I tend to forget the stroke orders or just how to start off. Yeah, I recognize the characters more than I know how to write, haha. Sometimes I wish I woke up magically knowing all kanji and being able to speak Japanese
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PostSubject: Re: Can you speak Japanese?   Sun Sep 14, 2008 6:38 pm

So you have much stress at the moment? What other courses are you taking?
Well, your firend said that he didn't like the methods of the instructor and often others will see it the same way ^^ But it's very important who is gonna teach the course. If I don't like the teacher I don't like the subject.
It's not easy for Japanese children, they must learn a lot and are under pressure ... I believe that someday I will speak Japanese well but can't write much because of the kanjis -.- If I could have a memory so large so I can remember all Japanese words and kanjis, that would be great *lol*
When you are learning it for yourself, how do you do it? Is there any method which makes it easy for you to learn?
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PostSubject: Re: Can you speak Japanese?   Sun Sep 14, 2008 7:16 pm

Yeah, stress. I'm taking an art class, a Chinese Civilization class, which I have no freaking clue what's going on, Chinese religion class, and a Cultural Geography class. These are just required courses, but it's difficult for me to follow/understand. I don't know how I would be if I were to take Japanese 5 right now on top of these. Same here, if I don't like the teacher, then I wouldn't like the subject :x

I feel bad for the Japanese children. So much to go through ;_; I'm happy to hear that you have a lot of confidence in yourself. I'm sure you will speak and write really well :D I'm still having issues with English even though I was born in the U.S. Sometimes I get my grammar all wrong and I question myself too much on it. Learning it for myself? I guess hitting the grammar books helps me understand it. Watching Japanese videos would help too. I don't think I've come across an easy method when learning... @_@
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PostSubject: Re: Can you speak Japanese?   Sun Sep 14, 2008 10:54 pm

i'm bad at japanese >___<
it's easier to speak it than to write it for me..

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PostSubject: Re: Can you speak Japanese?   Mon Sep 15, 2008 6:26 am

Kozumifan wrote:
i'm bad at japanese >___<
it's easier to speak it than to write it for me..

I believe you that ^.^ But it's just because of their writing. Would they also use Latin letters that would be no problem ... But I think all the kanjis is something that attracts you about the Japanese language.
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PostSubject: Re: Can you speak Japanese?   Wed Oct 22, 2008 12:39 pm

I love to learn japanese...
i really like jap language .... i started learing japanese since i was in high school.... it's like last 3 years.
japanese is so fun to talk.... i hate kanji though...
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PostSubject: Re: Can you speak Japanese?   Fri Oct 24, 2008 3:25 pm

pinky wrote:
I love to learn japanese...
i really like jap language .... i started learing japanese since i was in high school.... it's like last 3 years.
japanese is so fun to talk.... i hate kanji though...
Wow, for 3 year already. How cool! So I think you must know quite something, right? ^-^
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PostSubject: Re: Can you speak Japanese?   Sat Oct 25, 2008 1:23 am

Well, i thk so ... lolz.
But, i m still struggling with reading kanji~
I read the words wrongly sometimes... after 3 years of study.
*grahhhhhhh*
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PostSubject: Re: Can you speak Japanese?   Tue Dec 02, 2008 12:32 pm

actually no.
I can say some phases,and wods.can understand some easy sentences,but thats all.
i wanna to learn it~
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PostSubject: Re: Can you speak Japanese?   Tue Dec 02, 2008 8:11 pm

the grammar isnt the hardest part for me
it's the vocab! @__@ so many words to learn~

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PostSubject: Re: Can you speak Japanese?   Thu Jan 01, 2009 1:36 pm

I can speak japanese but just a little!I don't know when if it is wrong gramar or not! XD


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PostSubject: Re: Can you speak Japanese?   Thu Jan 01, 2009 6:17 pm

i'm definitely going t learn japanese this year because i want to go to japan!
i really need to learn~

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PostSubject: Re:   Sat Jan 10, 2009 6:57 am

still studying it.. haha..


nihonggo ga muzukashikatta desu...


hehehe.. i mean it man.. i is so hard to learn.

as f now i mastered the hiragana and katakana.. and i only knew basic kanji...


tsktskk. when will i learn...??
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PostSubject: re:   Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:02 am

i really do wish i could learn..

and this year i will be enrolling on a nihonggo class.. quite a bit expensive.. but i promise i will
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PostSubject: Re: Can you speak Japanese?   Sat Jan 10, 2009 5:35 pm

I should have done Dual Enrollment at college and taken Japanese classes but they only offered japanese 2 and i havent taken japan 1 :(

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PostSubject: Re: Can you speak Japanese?   Sat Jan 10, 2009 5:48 pm

I'm going to be taking Japanese at the college in my city this summer <3, but really I just know a few basic stuff >.<
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PostSubject: Re: Can you speak Japanese?   Sun Jan 11, 2009 7:00 am

This is just basic japanese words I hope it can help you all

Words in Japanese
Basic Words
Yes: Hai
No: Iie
Thank you: Arigato
Thank you very much: Arigato gozaimasu
You're welcome: Douitashimashite
Please: Douzo
Excuse me: sumimasen, shitsurei shimasu
Hello: Kon-nichiwa
Goodbye: Sayounara
So long: jaamataashita
Good morning: O hayou gozaimasu
Good afternoon: Kon-nichiwa
Good evening: Konbanwa
Good night: Oyasuminasai
Places
Post office: Yuubinkyoku
Museum: Hakubutsu kan
Bank: Ginkou
Police station: Keisatsusho
Hospital: Byouin
Pharmacy, Chemists: Yakkyoku
Store, Shop: Mise
Restaurant: Resutoran, Shokudou
School: Gakkou
Church: Kyoukai
Traveling
Train: Kisha, Ressha
Bus: Basu
Subway, Underground: Chikatetsu
Airport: Kuukou
Train station: Eki
Bus station: Basu tei
Subway station, Underground station: Chikatetsu no eki
Departure: Shuppatsu
Arrival: Touchaku
Parking: Chuushajou
Hotel: Hoteru
Room: Heya
Reservation: Yoyaku
Passport: Pasupooto
Eating
Breakfast: Chohshoku
Lunch: Chuushoku
Dinner: Yuushoku
Vegetarian: Saishoku shugisha
Cheers! Kanpai
Bread: Pan
Beverage: Nomimono
Coffee: Koohii
Tea: Ocha, Koucha
Juice: Juusu
Water: Mizu
Beer: Biiru
Wine: Wain
Salt: Shio
family
Wife: Kanai, Tsuma
Husband: Shujin, Otto
Daughter: Musume
Son: Musuko
Mother: Haha, Okaasan
Father: Chichi, Otousan
Friend: Tomodachi
Directions
Left: Hidari
Right: Migi
Straight: Massugu
Up: Ue
Down: Shita
Far: Tooku
Near: Chikaku
Long: Nagai
Short: Mijikai
Map: Chizu
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PostSubject: Re: Can you speak Japanese?   Wed May 13, 2009 2:29 am

I can speak Japanese but just slight only.
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PostSubject: Re: Can you speak Japanese?   Wed May 20, 2009 11:33 am

yes..i can speak japanese but still improving..
right now i`m learning kanji
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