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09 Jan 2014 - 18:55110270
Interested in Learning Japanese?
Hi! Are you interested in learning Japanese? Or perhaps you've already started?

I've been writing a blog for the last few months for people who are learning Japanese. Especially those with very little money who can't afford lessons (although lessons are always a worthy investment).

The blog consists of tips on teaching yourself, motivation, lessons, vocabulary lists, and other resources. There's also a facebook group where people exchange ideas, opinions, ask questions/advice and can request certain topics to focus on. I'm also adding weekly homework tasks (every Saturday) to the facebook group for people to practice their Japanese.

It updates every Wednesday. If you are interested please check them out.

J-Talk Online

J-Talk Online Facebook Group

J-Talk Online Memrise Courses

P.S I should mention that almost all the Japanese is written in the kanas (Japanese script). So if you don't know how to read them and you want to learn Japanese they're worth knowing: Japanese - Where to Start

You can learn hiragana/katakana on the memrise course, which teaches you the alphabets by using basic vocabulary.
Learn Hiragana and basic Japanese vocabulary

Last edited by Yotsuba (26 Mar 2014 - 10:31)
11 Jan 2014 - 14:14110315
I can read kana, but want to expand my vocabulary so I'm definitely interested!

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11 Jan 2014 - 21:32110346
Interested in Learning Japanese? Reply
Thank you.
I'm currently doing a university Japanese Studies course (so I'm already learning Japanese); but I'm going to check this out as it might be useful.

14 Jan 2014 - 16:43110444
Awesome! It's always great to hear that people are studying it.

15 Jan 2014 - 15:05110477
Just in case anyone's interested I've just finished my post for this week on practising Japanese using cooking and food.

Cooking Japanese I - Customs and Vocabulary

This post has a short article on food in Japan as well as the dos/don't of eating etiquette. This is followed by a vocabulary list of some cooking words which are found in most Japanese recipes.

Cooking Japanese II - Practice With Recipes

This post contains recipes for practising your Japanese with. All the recipes have furigana to read the kanji with, followed by the recipe again with English translation. I've highlighted words in English and Japanese to make it easier to learn the vocabulary and make sense of the recipes.
The post also contains a list of sentences that cropped up in the recipes. If there's anything you think I should add let me know.

27 Jan 2014 - 07:46110833
Cool, always wanted to learn but got no opportunity. I have a friend who is Japanese and she told me it is quite easy and simply to learn basic Japanese.

31 Jan 2014 - 12:05110940
Quote jessica.lam:
Cool, always wanted to learn but got no opportunity. I have a friend who is Japanese and she told me it is quite easy and simply to learn basic Japanese.

It really is! As long as you work at it. I was pretty lazy when I started and it took me a year to learn all katakana and hiragana, but I know people who can learn them all in 2-4 weeks. You can teach yourself pretty easily either for free using online resources or can invest in books that teach you writing and reading with vocabulary.

02 Mar 2014 - 02:34111679
I'm self-studying it so it's awesome to see these resources! Bookmarking for sure!

06 Mar 2014 - 10:37111803
It's great to see people interested in this! I have some updates I'd like to share for beginners. First of all I've created a Memrise page which has hiragana/katakana course where you learn the symbols through the use of basic vocabulary.

J-Talk Online Memrise Courses

I have also written a guide to studying for the JLPT N5 exam for complete beginners.

JLPT N5 - Study Methods and Resources

AND a Memrise course so you can study all the basic vocabulary and 108 kanji in just 8 weeks! (Although it's good to go at your own pace and review regularly so this might vary)

JLPT N5 Memrise Course

Last edited by Yotsuba (26 Mar 2014 - 10:29)
23 Mar 2014 - 13:06112202
would love to learn it but im afraid it will take too long to be good :/

26 Mar 2014 - 10:26112267
Quote Kanoe_Yuuko:
would love to learn it but im afraid it will take too long to be good :/

Hey Kanoe Yuuko! Yeah it does take a while to get good, but it's fun while you're doing it. I think if you enjoy learning it's a great hobby to pick up. I wouldn't want people to feel like it was a chore. One of the best feelings I get is learning some words and then seeing them used in anime or real life and thinking "I understood that". You can get this even at a beginners level.

Also it depends on how much time you want to put into it. They say it takes 140hours to learn everything for JLPT N5 which is the first level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, and a sign that you have achieved beginners level. Well if you only studied 1 hour a week it will take you 140 weeks (which is 32 months aka 2.5 years). If you do 1 a day that's only 140 days or about 5 months. So how long it takes depends on you.

Don't think too much about getting "good", just concentrate on the little things and reaching your next personal goal like learning all the animals or the colours. Learning a language is a personal thing and you shouldn't compare yourself to others, just yourself and getting better than what you were before.

Ahhh sorry that was a bit of a wall of text ^^;;

27 Mar 2014 - 08:41112300
This is just what my sister is looking for. I shall send her in your direction!

11 Jun 2014 - 21:41114102
For those interested I recently did a Managa Japanese for Beginners post - aimed at people who can read hiragana and katakana, it teaches you how to start reading and learning from manga.

Manga Japanese for Beginners

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