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New to Japanese

Postby GalanDun » Thu 03.05.2015 5:19 pm

Okay, so I've been trying to learn Japanese for a while because I have some games in Japanese that I wish to be able to play without needing a script or a walkthrough on hand.
My method of learning so far is that I downloaded a sheet with hiragana on it and I've started copying the characters down in a notebook, followed by and equals sign, and the corresponding sound.
For instance:
あ=a
Etc, etc.
I'm doing my best to copy the characters, but I don't have a printer to print out the beginner tracing sheets. From the information I've provided, is this a good start or do I need to change my approach?
Or alternatively, provide more information?
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Re: New to Japanese

Postby shadowking1711 » Fri 03.06.2015 4:06 pm

Hello I have been Self Teaching Myself japanese On a website called memrise It can teach you hiragana and katakana its all free and its not limited to japanese so tell me what you think hopfully this helps
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Re: New to Japanese

Postby SomeCallMeChris » Sat 03.07.2015 12:29 am

There are many places you can find examples of the kana and how to write them and how to pronounce them. In fact, there are kana lessons on this site... at the top of the screen go to Learn->Beginner->Hiragana (and later to Learn->Beginner->Katakana). Using a website with audio examples (like this one has) is important so you know how they sound.

When I learned the kana, I simply wrote あ down five times. An hour later I wrote あ (or my best guess) and checked my book to see if I was right, then I wrote い five times. An hour later... yeah, you guessed it, I wrote あい and checked it against the book. In this way, I learned 1-2 rows of the kana every day. It's useful too to practice writing words that can be spelled with the kana you have learned - both as motivation to start learning some actual Japanese words and so you can practice the characters in something other than kana chart order, which breaks the tedium and repetition and makes them more memorable. I didn't really find it necessary to use any special programs or mnemonics or such, but there are all sorts of systems if you do have trouble memorizing them.

I don't think tracing the shadows is really important so I wouldn't worry about the printer. Stroke order -is- important, make sure to write the lines in the order instructed (most tracing sheets show stroke order by having one stroke in each of the first few boxes to show the correct order. If there are no arrows, then realize that strokes are generally top to bottom and left to right. )

Anyway, that's all a long way of saying your starting off fine along with a few tips that may help.
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Re: New to Japanese

Postby Ran ninjagirls » Tue 03.10.2015 11:42 am

Hi, I think copying hiragana あ=a is a good approach.
You should try to practice あいうえお (a i u e o) on the same day and keep practicing for a week.
Then next week try to learn かきくけこ (ka ki ku ke ko) :)
At the beginning it's a bit hard, but gradually you would get used to it.

Anyway we are making video series of
easy Japanese lesson for dummies by dummies.
Supposed to be weekly, please check it out!

Youtube: http://youtu.be/NVJqB5gHFis
Blog: http://www.ninjagirls.sg/2015/02/new-year-new-series-japanese-by-dummies.html
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Re: New to Japanese

Postby Ran ninjagirls » Wed 03.11.2015 8:18 am

Hi :) :) :)
I think opying the characters down in a notebook is good approach to learn hiragana.
Please try to learn あいうえお (a, i, u, e,o) (5 letters) at once
and keep practicing for a week or till you remember it well.
Please try to read aloud while you write hiragana. (a, i, u, e, o)
At the beginning it's a bit hard, but gradually you would get use to it :P

Anyway we make video series of Easy Japanese lesson.
Please check it out!
<Youtube> http://youtu.be/NVJqB5gHFis
<Blog> http://www.ninjagirls.sg/2015/02/new-year-new-series-japanese-by-dummies.html
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Re: New to Japanese

Postby GalanDun » Wed 03.11.2015 4:31 pm

Ran ninjagirls wrote:Hi, I think copying hiragana あ=a is a good approach.
You should try to practice あいうえお (a i u e o) on the same day and keep practicing for a week.
Then next week try to learn かきくけこ (ka ki ku ke ko) :)
At the beginning it's a bit hard, but gradually you would get used to it.

Anyway we are making video series of
easy Japanese lesson for dummies by dummies.
Supposed to be weekly, please check it out!

Youtube: http://youtu.be/NVJqB5gHFis
Blog: http://www.ninjagirls.sg/2015/02/new-year-new-series-japanese-by-dummies.html

That is, in fact, exactly what I've been doing!
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