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RE: How Long did it take you to learn Hiragana?

Postby makisuki » Mon 09.03.2007 7:40 am

I didn't mean that I'm best than you, I just mean that I thought that kana took just some hours to be learned ;)

I hope that it's not the case in the USA but in France, there is a kind of stupid competition between japanese studients.
As I'm studying in 2 different departments, I almost never see the other japanese studients but, I remember that at the beginning of the first year everyone was saying things like:
"I've learnt 50 kanji last night" or "I know every kana just by reading them once"...
As they were saying that at the beginning of the year, I thought it was right and that this kind of competition hadn't already started.

sorry, as it was what I heard by other people learning japanesse, I thought that kana could be learnt in less than 1 hour without been abnormal or giving the impression to say : I'm the best.
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RE: How Long did it take you to learn Hiragana?

Postby Mike Cash » Mon 09.03.2007 7:50 am

Treating Japanese as a contest is a long-standing tradition among Japanese learners.
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RE: How Long did it take you to learn Hiragana?

Postby makisuki » Mon 09.03.2007 8:00 am

As I started my studies in an other department, this notion of competition didn't existed at all. that's very strange to see that this kind of behaviour existes also in studies were there's no selections.
well, my idea of how fastly japanese can be learned is totally twisted by this competitions.
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RE: How Long did it take you to learn Hiragana?

Postby NocturnalOcean » Mon 09.03.2007 8:00 am

If you manage to learn kana in 30 minutes, you kinda need to have photographic memory, as you kinda need to learn around 1 every 30 seconds. And I am pretty sure most of us don't have photographic memory, oh boy do I wish though.
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RE: How Long did it take you to learn Hiragana?

Postby poppop » Mon 09.03.2007 8:03 am

learning how to read Hiragana and Katakana is like learning how to read over again. so.. practice practice practice. it wouldn't take more than a week to memorize Hiragana or Katakana if you study a few hours a day though.
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RE: How Long did it take you to learn Hiragana?

Postby makisuki » Mon 09.03.2007 8:17 am

anyway I've always had a good memory. :)

but to come back to the first question, the questions about how long japanese can be learnt are often asked on forums and the only really answer that can be given is that it totally depends on your memory (or even on the kind of memory you have)
If you tend to have a memory that use your hearing (sorry I don't know the english word for it), learning kana and kanji will be harder for you.

I advise you to try defining what kind of memory you have (hearing, eyes, writing...), because I think that japanese is one of the language that needs the most memory.
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RE: How Long did it take you to learn Hiragana?

Postby Madscotsman » Mon 09.03.2007 9:04 am

It took me about 3 weeks at about 6 hours worth of study a week (all done during work hours :D)

I also like this site for testing what I have learned :
http://nihongoresources.com/language/lessons/lesson-00/practice.html
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RE: How Long did it take you to learn Hiragana?

Postby Miyu-rin » Mon 09.03.2007 9:16 am

Hmm, I think it took me, like, 1-2 weeks. xD; Yeah I know, I'm sad.
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RE: How Long did it take you to learn Hiragana?

Postby shima_no_ko » Mon 09.03.2007 9:38 am

Hiragana wasn't much of a problem - maybe a couple of days... but for some reason I find katakana harder to remember (I suppose they're not used as often in my textbook, so I have a greater tendancy to ignore & forget them)!

Of course the difficulty of remembering the kana doesn't really compare with my next challenge of trying to learn the endless supply of kanji out there...! @_@
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RE: How Long did it take you to learn Hiragana?

Postby tanuki » Mon 09.03.2007 11:30 am

It took me about two weeks to "learn" hiragana. I still need more practice to read them faster and I sometimes have to think for a while to write some of them (ゆ comes to mind) but I don't really "forget" them.
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RE: How Long did it take you to learn Hiragana?

Postby gollybype » Mon 09.03.2007 11:44 am

sugoi...... people here were just smart...... :p :p :p
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RE: How Long did it take you to learn Hiragana?

Postby Gundaetiapo » Mon 09.03.2007 12:25 pm

Treating Japanese as a contest is a long-standing tradition among Japanese learners.


Supplementing with inflated self assessment makes for a mighty combo.
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RE: How Long did it take you to learn Hiragana?

Postby Mike Cash » Mon 09.03.2007 2:38 pm

Gundaetiapo wrote:
Treating Japanese as a contest is a long-standing tradition among Japanese learners.


Supplementing with inflated self assessment makes for a mighty combo.


Two of the things that can make being around fellow gaijins an annoyance sometimes.
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RE: How Long did it take you to learn Hiragana?

Postby burstandbloom » Mon 09.03.2007 4:47 pm

yeaaah 5 minutes beat that.

ok actually like 2 - 3 weeks.
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RE: How Long did it take you to learn Hiragana?

Postby katafei » Tue 09.04.2007 4:58 am

Well, hiragana took me a few weeks, I guess. As for katakana I still don't have that down....bit of a blind spot, I'm afraid.
so every now and then I go back to this SITE to practise some more.
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