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Hello,

I've been living in England, to be more specific in West London, for almost 3 years and I am pretty fluent. I want to ask, what is the best way to learn Japanese, online or take a course somewhere in London? If the second, what place would you recommend me? Currently I speak fluently Bulgarian, English and somewhat half Greek language as I was born there, but forgot the language as a child (I know its lame). Additionally, 3 days a week I go to college, work 2 days at Sainsburys and 2 days at McDonnalds. I still have enough free time and I want to spend it on learning another language, in this case Japanese as I plan to move to Japan after I graduate from Uni.
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Sorry I don't know any courses online or in London but the app Duolingo (free) has helped a couple of my friends with learning languages, you can't become fluent using Duolingo alone but it definitely helps!
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When I lived in London, I used to study at City Lit. You can find out more here -
https://www.citylit.ac.uk/courses/la...asian/japanese

A search via google/bing will bring up other Japanese courses around London like FE colleges and companies that specialise in only Japanese learning like IIEL. Learning in a classroom environment is good because you meet other people learning the subject and it can be more motivating than self study.

As 'Duolingo' has already been mentioned, I would have a look at 'Easy Japanese' from NHK (https://www.nhk.or.jp/lesson/english) which will give you a basic grounding of the language through it's 50 lessons.

There are other things like japanesepod101.com and learning the language from an online tutor (like italki) but I haven't tried them really. Personally I would avoid doing things like language exchange as a way of learning Japanese until you can communicate a bit in the language first.
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hiya!! :hi: I'm trying to learn Japanese too although in a bit more casual way. I've used duolingo for a bit and really didn't like it much as it really didn't explain things that much.
another one I'm using right now is lingodeer which is very cute and more focused on CJK languages so they do have the upper hand compared to duolingo. of course there's memrise as well which is also very popular.
I suggest you check out Tofugu and all the resources linked with it. I think they have an online textbook that's pretty useful for self-learners. (but is soon being replaced with a new version or something like that)
bunpro is good for grammar and stuffs (mainly review) and it does also link to sites which explain grammar points really well.
most of my points are for self-learners but I think it's applicable to anyone learning Japanese as they can be used for review etc.
also, don't feel bad for forgetting a childhood language. it can't be helped. if you want to pick it up again, it will be easier but still..
hope this helps
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