I bought a Japanese dictionary the other day, it's really good - Oxford Beginners.
Nice to see new people
I am now without clean water and lucky to have electricity due to flooding in the South West
P.S I never think I am going to be able to read Japanese fluently - it seems to take me ages to translate a sentence - (I know I'm a beginner, but...). Will it just click one day, or?
Last edited by LucyA; 24-07-2007 at 20:04.
I've been learning japanese a couple of years now, just did the AS and i try to use japanese I'm not quite good enough to use, so if that was full of mistakes, feel free to correct me~
Last edited by dominiclmorris; 30-07-2007 at 18:31.
I wasn't trying to be a pedant, so if that was annoying do tell me! Your Japanese was in general very good though!
(Original post by dominiclmorris)
たとえそうでも僕は日本語や日本の文化や日本の問題がとてもおもしろ いと思う。それが大学で日本語が勉強したい理由だ。(You need to decide whether you want to use the formal 「です」「ます」form or the informal form - I made it all informal for the time being)
Last edited by Excalibur; 31-07-2007 at 10:47.
Last edited by gaijin; 01-08-2007 at 23:55.
I was thinking of investing in that. My friend bought it and I haven't seen in him in 6 months, so I don't know how good it is. He's probably either still in Egypt or speaking fluent Japanese to someone.
(Original post by Simba)
*Waves to everyone*!
'Remembering the Kanji' by Heisig is a great book for Kanji memorisation. I started learning Japanese on Sunday, it's tons of fun
! I'm not good yet, but it will come with time I hope
! With the help of 'Remembering the Kanji', I've learnt around 60 Kanji in an hour or so today. Considering it took me a couple of days to learn the hiragana independently, I'd say 'Remembering the Kanji' is something special!
I personally don't have any problems with remembering to write the kanji, its just like remembering how to draw a picture and piecing together the stroke orders etc. What is hard, is the pronounciations, as I usually forget them.
My vocab also sucks.
I've also learned that pirate is kaizoku whereas family is kazoku. So if your family are pirates then 'go-kazoku ga kaizoku da' is just what you need.
I need to get some work done.
If anyone studies Japanese at uni then root around for this, if its not there, then demand that they stock it.
That's the leviathan of grammar. Practically everything you wanted to know and didn't. I would also err on the caution of picking out books from about 1960/70 and anything before. Japanese as a language has seemingly evolved at such an unusual spatial time-frame, that certain contexts of speech seem very outdated if you don't understand the context correctly.
Also if anyone is studying the language at quite an intensive level, then check out "An Introduction to Japanese Linguistics" by Tsujimara Natsuko. Quite pricey, but worth it I reckon.
Last edited by gaijin; 05-08-2007 at 21:58.
I'll just add to this, because I forgot. NO. Its best to tackle the grades or do the ones that are set by the JPLT or GCSE. You'll find if you don't go via this method, that you'll learn a load of useless kanji and that you can't slowly build on pre-existing knowledge. When you go onto harder more complex characters, you are expected to know the basic radicals that you master at the very start. Therefore, whilst stuff like 門 would seem stupid at the start, its invaluable to know for later on.
(Original post by LucyA)
I'm gonna start learning kanji soon, but have no idea of how to go about it. Should I do it like GCSE style, learning colours, numbers, jobs etc?
I'm not sure whether I should invest in a kanji book - I do have a dictionary now but I suppose a book separated into sections would be better.
I would say to get started, maybe try doing the kanji numerals. Its always a good start.
Last edited by gaijin; 08-08-2007 at 12:02.