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So yeah. The benefits are pretty big.
The better question is, "what have I gained from speaking english?"
I can read posts on the TJP.
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The best part is that I'm only going to get better with continued study, and the feeling of understanding and utilizing all the little things I already do understand is so gratifying that it makes further study addictive and fun.
EDIT: I realized that I foolishly left out some important things with a little more depth than entertainment. In my town, we have a Honda plant being built, which has caused a lot of Japanese to move here. It's so great to be able to have little and simple conversations with said people, which would have been impossible without studying the language, obviously. Also, if I reach a near-fluent or fluent level by the time the plant is built, it may increase my chances of ending up with a career there.
Of course, the big deal is being able to visit Japan itself and get around and have conversations. I haven't done this yet, but I hope to be able to have deep conversations and maybe even make friends with some natives if I ever do visit or move there. Well, this has become a rant, which is hard for me to avoid because I've loved the country of Japan and it's language for many years and it's exciting for me to have learned as much as I have.
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While it takes longer to reap the benefits than I'd like (I'm around beginning genki II level), I am able to play most new video games way before their release here in the states
Surely at that level (JLPT lv4 or something?) You can't really play a Japanese game and understand it properly though. It's only really helpful for being able to select はい instead of いいえ I would have thought....?
If you have no plans on ever living in Japan I don't really see any point spending time learning it though. It's not useful outside of Japan, and you can't (easily) get to a level of fluency required to enjoy their Anime/Manga/Games whatever without being able to practice speaking with natives.
For me my standard of living is much higher here since I can communicate a bit better, and life is beginning to improve even more now having found a non english speaking girlfriend and more native japanese friends
Without wanting to upset anyone, if I was in the UK with no plans on ever coming to Japan then I certainly wouldn't bother spending the time studying Japanese.
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Also, I'm not sure how genki levels compare to jlpt levels, but I don't have terrible troubles finding out what I'm responding to with "hai" or "iie". It might take longer than I'd like, and not quite as seamless as if I were reading English, of course...but it is my hope that it gets better with time. I'm not sure if this is an argument, I'm not angry or anything, I just felt like I had to explain myself further after your comments.
p.s. I can't figure out for the life of me how to input japanese text. I installed the IME and can therefore read it, but don't know how to input it, hence the quoted romaji I hate using.
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...I installed the IME and can therefore read it, but don't know how to input it, hence the quoted romaji I hate using.
I hate romaji too. See the FAQ for instructions. If that doesn't work, try the link they suggest there.
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What has any one reading this gained from learning Japanese, and has knowing Japanese ever benifited you in life?
New neural pathways that enable me to experience the world from a different perspective from my native American English.
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For example, before studying Japanese, it never occurred to me that the pronunciation of I (or eye), which we consider one sound, is actually made up of "awe" and "ee".
Also, when trying to express your ideas which were originally formed with English idioms and ways of expression, you have to think about what it really means and what you are really trying to say. Of course if you are studying Japanese without a conversation partner, this part of the experience may be lost.
(This post was made at 7am after a night of new-years revelries. Sleep sold seperately).
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Other than that, as of yet, I haven't really benefited, as I am still too far in the beginning, apart from a couple of DS games which I own (which are all in kana), which I can read and understand some-what. (I admit, they are made for little kids, but, they entertain me none the less)
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