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    (Original post by RedTide)
    So. How good are you all at Japanese language? I've never had the opportunity to study it as an in-school subject, so I've really just taught myself the basics.
    Did a 20 credit module at the uni I attended previously and wrote JLPT N5 in July. But I've not revised over summer other than the required kana.

    Everyone starts off from zero anyway, so it's a good chance to learn everything properly and without confusing "shortcuts" my previous teacher insisted on. :x
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    Guess I'll be seeing everyone on the course in around 5 weeks time (yes it's that soon!).

    I've been self-taught for around 2 years with some private tuition on and off as finances allowed. It's hard to quantify what vocab I know, but I know the rules of politeness forms, sentence structure, -te verb forms, inflections, couple of dozen post-positions and a load of other stuff I can't think of at the moment. Writing/reading wise I can read katakana and hiragana, write hiragana (though I'm out of practice with katakana), understand about 200-ish kanji, read around half of that and then write half of that again. :P

    I don't know where that is on the scale of what people enter the course with. I like to think I've got a good foundation for the course though.
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    ^ Pretty much exactly that. It's good to know I'm not the only one who doesn't already have an A level in it.
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    I'll be starting the course as well with some basic skills in the language this September.

    I've visited an evening course for the last two years (once a week, 6 months per year), where I learned to read and write Hiragana and Katakana, and some Kanji (though only about 40). Also we did some basic grammar (KOSOADO, Te-Form) and finished off this year with time and dates. Maybe I will revise some of that in the following weeks, but as the course will start off at zero I don't think that there really is a need. I might just try and improve my handwriting with the Kanji
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    (Original post by RedTide)
    ^ Pretty much exactly that. It's good to know I'm not the only one who doesn't already have an A level in it.
    Don't worry RedTide, I don't have a A-Level in it either. I'm self taught like Donbar above buttttt he/she seems way more advanced then me.

    (Original post by Chain)
    I'll be starting the course as well with some basic skills in the language this September.

    I've visited an evening course for the last two years (once a week, 6 months per year), where I learned to read and write Hiragana and Katakana, and some Kanji (though only about 40). Also we did some basic grammar (KOSOADO, Te-Form) and finished off this year with time and dates. Maybe I will revise some of that in the following weeks, but as the course will start off at zero I don't think that there really is a need. I might just try and improve my handwriting with the Kanji
    Nice to meet you Chain

    I read that we have a kana test in the first week so practising your handwriting would be a good idea. Mine is soooooooooo bad in both English and Japanese -_-. I need to practice too!



    Is everyone getting excited now?
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    I don't think I'll ever be content with my handwriting in Japanese. I think I'm doing okay until I realise that my last kanji in the sentence is five times the size of the first one.

    I'm pretty excited, though I'm not sure if I'm excited about the course, or just going to Uni in general.

    How many anime/manga fans have we got here?
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    (Original post by 07734)

    Nice to meet you Chain

    I read that we have a kana test in the first week so practising your handwriting would be a good idea. Mine is soooooooooo bad in both English and Japanese -_-. I need to practice too!
    Nice to meet you too
    Well I guess I'll be pratctising then. Surprisingly though my handwriting in Japanese isn't anything near as bad as my handwriting in English. Writing in Hiragana works actually quiete good already, but some Katakana and especially Kanji are still pretty bad



    (Original post by RedTide)

    How many anime/manga fans have we got here?
    I guess I'm one of them.
    However, I used to watch/read more than I do at the moment, so don't ask me about new series. The newest Anime I watched in the past few months was "Katanagatari".
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    (Original post by RedTide)
    I think I'm doing okay until I realise that my last kanji in the sentence is five times the size of the first one.
    Are you using lined paper? If so, that's why. Try boxed paper.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genk%C5%8D_y%C5%8Dshi
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    We should all meet up in intro week and have some コーヒー。AND archery.
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    Archery on horses while wearing umanori → live-action Japanese history.

    And +1 for coffee.



    This thread was missing one of those cheesy countdown timers btw.


     
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    Speaking of which, I'm gonna be joining the archery and aikido clubs. Anybody else?
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    Hopefully we're all in the same group together.

    I'm worried about this kana test because I absolutely for the life of me can never get か right, it always looks weird. -_-

    Plus I still have a hard time differentiating between シツ, ソン when it's handwritten. I can manage it fine when it's typed.
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    I have real problems with ふ; it looks different every other time I write it. But I'm more worried about my kana neatness in general. The people who came up with them must be rolling over in their graves.

    Laugh at me.


    I always envied the Asians in the previous Japanese class. They wrote all the characters perfectly within a week or so. There was one kid who could only string together the most basic sentences, but whose handwriting looked like that of a native speaker.
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    (Original post by GuineaPrig)
    We should all meet up in intro week and have some コーヒー。AND archery.
    (Original post by avila)
    Archery on horses while wearing umanori → live-action Japanese history.

    And +1 for coffee.

    This thread was missing one of those cheesy countdown timers btw.


     
    (Original post by RedTide)
    Speaking of which, I'm gonna be joining the archery and aikido clubs. Anybody else?
    Me!!! I wanna meet up too 私は コーヒーを 嫌い、でも ホットチョコ レート が大好き。Can I come to? I wanna try archery as well but my hand eye coordination is beyond terrible. No one is allowed to laugh!

    I was thinking of joining a club but not sure which one. Maybe a self-defence one too.

    I love the timer Avila. XD Also, your characters look way better then mine! I'd upload a sample but my scanner is in the U.K and a litttttttttttle too far away for me to use it. Sometimes my characters look waaaaaaaaaaay too big on lined paper. I use squared paper too but I like to practice on lined as well to see if I've improved.


    (Original post by GuineaPrig)
    Hopefully we're all in the same group together.

    I'm worried about this kana test because I absolutely for the life of me can never get か right, it always looks weird. -_-

    Plus I still have a hard time differentiating between シツ, ソン when it's handwritten. I can manage it fine when it's typed.
    I hope we're all in the same group too. I met some....em....questionable people on the open day who were moaning among them selves about studying with non-A-Level people and being "pulled" down . I hope I'm not in stuck in their group. I know we'll all even out by Christmas but I don't want to listen to complaints until then about it being too easy or something.

    My handwriting also makes ソ and ン look too similar and ツ and シ. I've been practising with maths paper (as it's cheap) and my characters have gotten better BUT I seem to go right back to really messy different sized characters when I used lined paper again. :'(
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    (Original post by 07734)
    Me!!! I wanna meet up too 私は コーヒーを嫌い
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