Learning Japanese

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I decided to learn Japanese a while ago, but never really got around to doing so. Then I heard that the Genki books were pretty good for those aspiring to learn the language, which resulted in my purchasing of them.

I got the Textbook 1, Workbook 1, Answer Key, and Student CD 1. The latter two items were added on since I would be self-learning it and they seemed useful.

An insert in the textbook says going through the material should take roughly 200 hours for the 23 lessons. Seems like I have to somehow make time to go through a lesson a week.

So when I was in high school, they didn’t offer Japanese courses at my school. This resulted in me continuing from my 1 year in Spanish courses in middle school to have taken a total of 4 years in Spanish (3 in high school). Then the school decides to expand its horizons and offer Japanese courses the year after I graduate. I still can’t believe it. At least I learned Spanish, although I would have preferred Japanese.

Anyways, anyone else learning or want to learn Japanese? It’s always useful to add more languages to your repertoire.

8 Comments to “Learning Japanese”

  1. 2DT says:

    I avoided taking Japanese for reasons of sheer laziness: Though I was interested, I didn’t want to take the required tests to get in.

    Now… Well, I wrote a little about it, actually. It’s a few entries back, called “A Personal Note #2.” Check it out if you’d like. Good luck with Genki.

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  2. Koji Oe says:

    I’m a Japanese major and we used Genki. They’re great books for starting out and laying the foundation, I think. The first book is a little lame since you won’t really be able to read much Japanese yet.

    Also you should probably learn more Kanji on the side than what the book gives you.

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  3. Kiri says:

    I think a good percentage of otaku at least dabble casually in learning Japanese even if they never actually pursue it seriously. I’m toeing the line myself, unsure how much I want to plunge into it. I make a point to continually pick up new vocabulary from just watching anime, but grammar and learning my kana has been a lot slower. I don’t really have any study materials beyond My Japanese Coach for the DS, which is really a laughable tool, but again, not sure how serious I want to be able it yet.

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  4. Reltair says:

    @2DT: Thanks, yeah laziness is hard to beat. I’ll check out your entries.

    @Koji Oe: Nice, Japanese major – an expert on the subject! I’ll keep your advice in mind and try to learn more Kanji from other sources.

    @Kiri: Yeah, watching large amounts of anime is bound to make someone interested in Japanese. I think it wouldn’t hurt to try pursuing it seriously since it would be awesome to know another language, but time is a factor.

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  5. phossil says:

    I started to learn Japanese by my own, but I find myself with limited time for study. I should take more seriously learning japanese. 🙂

    Entonces, sabes español?

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    Reltair Reply:

    Ganbatte!

    Pues, sé un poco español. >_>

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  6. Shadow says:

    My school offered Japanese, but I was misguided and stuck to learning Spanish since I started it in middle school. I have rarely used Spanish in the past few years, while Japanese would have come in handy.

    It’s tough to learn a language on your own though, it requires more motivation that I have. Good luck!

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    Reltair Reply:

    Thanks, starting Spanish in middle school was a big factor for me as well to sticking with it in high school. =/

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