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New to japanese

Postby aserath » Thu 07.28.2005 7:32 pm

I am interested in learning Japanese but I don't know where to start. There is so much out there to learn. Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji, etc. Also I live in Texas so pronunciation is sometimes a problem.

Could anyone point me in the right direction on where to start, learning materials, websites, (other than this one) and anything else that might be helpful.

Domo Arraygato (hope I spelled that right)
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RE: Hiragana

Postby Meoryu » Thu 07.28.2005 7:56 pm

I was told Hiragana was a good starting point, so I did that one first. It was something like do Hiragana then katakana then kanji.

You basically learn Romaji (at least cause you learn how to pronounce everything in hiragana, and romaji is just the pronounciation written out) and hiragana at the same time.
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RE: New to japanese

Postby aserath » Thu 07.28.2005 8:09 pm

yeah thx. i was looking at the characters and alot of katakana characters looked familiar from video games i have played in the past (final fantasy) so i was looking at that first but ill start over with Hiragana. I haven't gotten very far anyway. As for kanji just simply looking at the characters makes my head hurt.
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RE: New to japanese

Postby Gaijinian » Thu 07.28.2005 10:25 pm

The harder they come, the harder they fall, one and all.
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RE: New to japanese

Postby Qbe » Thu 07.28.2005 11:13 pm

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RE: New to japanese

Postby zabuza_ppl » Fri 07.29.2005 2:17 am

First you should start learning Hiragana and Katana(i recommend using this site for it).

Then after you're done that you should start learning Grammar using tjis current site and this one http://www.geocities.jp/nihongoguide/ (its a really detailed site for grammar).

At the same time you should learn kanji. You can use this site or any others you can find or you can use textbooks like Remembering the Kanji.
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RE: New to japanese

Postby aserath » Fri 07.29.2005 7:39 pm

Thanks guys for the info it helped alot. I did find a page called http://www.humanjapanese.com/ its got a CD for sale also a free demo of the software. It explains Japanese in laymans terms. Even the demo was helpful.
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RE: New to japanese

Postby Insomnia_ » Sun 07.31.2005 11:27 am

Have lessons of grammar too. :) I´m starting with those.

Although it seems everything about japan is found here, take a look at these lessons if you want some -> http://www.learn-japanese.info/indexg.html
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