(Original post by Jazmine)
Hello Tetra3 and welcome! =D
Nice to hear you are particularly enjoying the writing system - and well, nice to hear about anyone who also enjoys learning Japanese. I have to say, I merely only type Japanese so I have pretty much lost touch with how to write just about every kanji I knew. (Sad times).
Is the writing system the reason for your becoming interested in Japanese?
I've been keen to learn Japanese for a long time. I liked learning languages such as Spanish and French at GCSE but I'd always wanted to learn something more exotic - something not latin based anyway. I find Japanese culture interesting and would love to visit there so I decided to give it a go.
I started out with a simple Berlitz teach yourself language book, but didn't get very far. I found the grammar quite easy to pick up (although the particles were a bit confusing) but I got some of the vocabulary mixed up.
It wasn't until I got a hold of some kana books that I really got into learning. I found that the kana were surprisingly easier to memorise then expected and it was actually easier to learn the Japanese vocab in kana rather then romanji. I'm currently enjoying the challenge of learning kanji.
Stroke order is what helps me remember all of the characters - I can't imagine not knowing it! Still I suppose that shows how used to the characters you must get.
(Original post by ArkUmbra)
I can sort of change it to Romaji, but I have difficulty figuring out where one word ends and another begins!
Yeah! I find this problem too - it honestly takes me ages to work out some sentences. But it's all good fun. =P
(Original post by Sapientia)
In which case you will see that we should be at the same Uni this October (if you read my profile/sig).
What's your method for learning?
I've been learning with a combination of Berlitz Beginner's Japanese and the 'Lets Learn Hiragana/Katakana/Kanji' series by Yasuko Kosaka Mitamura. I've been thinking of getting the book 'Remembering the Kanji' by James W. Heisig. I don't really have a method; it's mainly just through writing things over and over until I know it.
Oh cool you're doing linguistics at Queen's? (I'm sad to admit I had to look up a lot to be able to understand your signature, unfortunately
) That's pretty neat. As you probably already read, I'll be doing Engineering.
The engineering department offers some language courses so I hope to sign up to their Japanese class.