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    japanese learning steps

    i've started learning japanese by a vn and ith and ive learnt all the letters and some kanji it was suggested to me to read a manga or some thing and i was thinking about trying a vn without ith but when i tried reading although the kanji is written beside it in hirigana i cant understand even one sentence from whats written what should i do?


    it was suggested to me the website wanakani.com and its method is very good and ive learnt some radicals from it however its two levels only then u have to pay for it and here in egypt (my country) we cant do so

    what should i do???????
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    Re: japanese learning steps

    wanikani is only good for learning kanji. you still need to learn the Japanese grammar to make sense of what's written.
    Tae Kim's guide is arguably the best resource for grammar, and is free (legally)
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    Re: japanese learning steps

    thank u is there anything i should do other than this to be able to read japanesse????
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    Re: japanese learning steps

    you should also have a dictionary or two handy, in case you need to look up words you don't know.
    dictionary is your best friend when learning the language. you'll use it quite often, especially in the beginning.
    online japanese dictionary
    or any dictionary you feel comfortable with. ideally, it should show the meaning and also give example sentences

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    Re: japanese learning steps

    Is kanji all you're trying to learn? Hirigana is quite easy and i have a good method if you want

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    Re: japanese learning steps

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    Is kanji all you're trying to learn? Hirigana is quite easy and i have a good method if you want

    im trying to do jeneral reading i can read hirigana and katana and little kanji the proplem is that i cant understand most of kanji and and even the words written in hirigana in other word i can read a little but i dont understand any thing i just know very little of wrods that were repeated alote in anime
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    Re: japanese learning steps

    This may not be the place for me to say anything as I study Japanese formally, but...

    ...yes, you need to understand Japanese grammar to make sense out of the Japanese sounds and words you make out. Unlike English where merely stringing words together at least make some sense, Japanese has a lot of things that are used here and there that are needed to be understood to make sense of sentences...and at times, even single word phrases.

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    Re: japanese learning steps

    whaa dont make it sound so hard
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    Re: japanese learning steps

    Quote Originally Posted by marmora View Post
    whaa dont make it sound so hard
    don't worry, the Japanese grammar is pretty straight-forward (at least before you get into passive/honorifics stuff). The hard part is arguably the kanji and memorizing new words.
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    Re: japanese learning steps

    I think you ought to work on your English grammar and spelling before attempting to learn Japanese...

    Seriously, if you want people to give you advice at least make it look like you put some effort into your messages.

    As for learning Japanese, here is how I did it:

    1. Work through "Remembering the Kanji" by James Heisig. Use a program called anki to review and get the deck.
    2. Download the core vocabulary decks via anki and cover all grammar with Tae Kim's guide.
    3. After you have 1000-2000 words memorized start reading really basic VNs (nukige tier).
    4. Add new and useful words to your own, self-made anki deck
    5. Profit

    After that just immerse yourself and read a lot of VNs, watch anime/drama's and you'll improve naturally. It will take an awfully long time and a lot of effort. If you're not the type that can obsess over something you're probably better off not trying.

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