Learning Japanese - The Nihongo FAQ

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  1. Sonic Angel Knight

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    I saw a game on wii u and steam that supposed to teach me japanese, i didn't buy either one. But if anyone else wanted to know, just sharing. :)
     


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    Well, what was the name of it? There are plenty on steam, but I haven't found any that are actually good so far.

    EDIT: I guess it's "Ohayou! Beginner's Japanese". Totally worthless, and NOT worth the 5 bucks they want.
    All it does is teaching Hiragana and Katakana. There are countless free apps on phones that does that, or an infinity of webpages helping with that.
    I even made my own computer program to quiz yourself on Hiragana for a programming (and user interface) course. I learned the hiragana from the bug testing alone, in a week.
     
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    I think it was called "GO!GO! Nippon! My first trip to japan." Or something like that. :unsure:

    Lol look at what i found :P
    http://store.steampowered.com/app/438270/
     
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    Atleast it teaches you unlike other hentai VNs on Steam.
     
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    There is hentai on steam? :wtf:
     
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    Devs give uncensored version to their games, you didn't know that?
    [Although you have to download it first]
    Just look at that shitty Nekopara or Huniepop, it's a disaster.
     
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    Well i know of hunnie pop, but i don't consider it a hentai, is just a dating sim and puzzle game. It was on sale last weekend during some anime sale weekend with a bunch of videos from crunchy roll. :)

    I looked it up, it was $2.50 compared to the standard $10, i did research, is not classified as hentai, is classified as game with dating sim and puzzle matching. :P

    Besides, don't hentai games have to be made in japan, by japan, for japan? That means chances of english localization is very low for other countries and may be unpublished or sold with strict censorship laws or something even steam wouldn't touch right? :unsure:
     
  8. Xexyz

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    Here's my kanji progress so far, just a couple of months and I'll pass 1000! :yay:
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    やった!I finally passed 1000 kanji! :grog: 1300 more to go!
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    Congratulations! Keep up the good work!
     
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    So...can you just read them or also write all of them?
     
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    I can read them and write them.
     
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    I see you're using Anki. Do you mind sharing how you set it up? :) I tried it out myself once, but couldn't find a proper flash card database at that time.

    I'm also curious how you're learning the Kanji, I mean how you're deciding which kanji to learn. Just random, or following some pattern?

    I like how it lists percentage on all the different levels in your screenshot. :)
     
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    I am learning kanji in a specific order that is taught in this book because it groups similar looking or kanji with a similar reading based on a phonetic piece. To review, I've been using this pre-made anki deck, also the kanji statistics are shown with this plugin.
     
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    Nice! That's really useful stuff right there!

    I really want that book, I tried finding it on the... internet library *cough* but no luck... haha :P
     
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    I actually have do have a *cough* copy *cough* so I can read it when I don't have access to my book. But you know, the site rules. :ph34r:
     
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    I certainly do :P *looks at my title* I guess I have to search some more for my library card... :ninja:
     
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    Not sure if anyone has mentioned Duolingo's mobile Beta, but it's a thing!
    Oh, and yours truly hosts a North American club :creep:
     
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    I've been studying Japanese for quite a long time.
    I was very excited with it, as I learned to read Hiragana and Katakana, and basic phrases within 1 month.
    My tools were this little game called: My Japanese Coacher for the DS.

    Then, I learned about the Kanjis, and ever since, everything went downhill.
    Fucking Kanjis, they're so complex to learn.
    Then someone told me: Learn them by radicals. And in one hour I learned 10 of them.
    But something is pulling me off the learning process, It takes much more time than I thought, and obviously I don't have the time to spend on just one language that I will barely use.
    So I learned French and I decided to study German, Italian and Russian instead.

    But I still have some handy tools for my learning process with Japanese. These are:
    - Kanji Sonomama Rakubiki Jitten for DS
    - Minna no Nihongo I (books, two of them)
    - Aedict Dictionary in my OLD Samsumg Galaxy Ace
    - My Japanese Coacher for DS

    Now, if someone could tell me how to tackle Kanjis faster than learning them one by one (honestly, I still confuse many, as the strokes are the same in many of them) that would be appreciated.
    This is why I decided to learn other languages, the time I spent learning 10 kanjis can be used to learn more than that in Italian, German or Russian.
     
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    See Xexyz post, four posts above yours :) That's one way to tackle kanji in an effective way (apparently).

    Another method that some like is Heisig's "Remembering The Kanji" https://www.amazon.co.uk/Remembering-Kanji-Complete-Japanese-Characters/dp/0824835921/

    Still, you will have to learn them one by one in most cases. But learning them through radicals will help you out a lot. Often, people make up stories to each kanji and radical. For example:
    This kanji. The top radical is the same as the kanji for sunand the bottom radical is the same as the kanji for eye 目.
    If you look at sun, it's a risk. You might hurt your eyes. means Risk.
    This is basically the Heisig method.
     
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