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what do you do after you know all the Kana

Postby Sunshine » Mon 08.08.2005 10:59 am

I have memorized all the Kana no, and i dont know what do do next! ANy tips? I want to not only be able to read Japanese but speak it to. Do i need to buy any books or what?? thanks
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RE: what do you do after you know all the Kana

Postby Christian_ » Mon 08.08.2005 11:23 am

Learn some kanji, basic grammer and some vocabulary. hope that helps sorta.
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1) Have decent proficiency in Japanese, enough to get around/talk/read/write.
2) Visit Japan for a week or so one summer.
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RE: what do you do after you know all the Kana

Postby Qbe » Mon 08.08.2005 5:25 pm

You'll probably want a textbook which uses the kana. I use "Japanese for Everyone" ($20 from Amazon), others like "Japanese for Busy People" or "Genki".

An audio course will also help. I liked Pimsleur Japanese because I could listen and learn while doing other things like driving or walking. Others don't like it because it's expensive and somewhat slow. However, if you get it from the library and supplement it with printed texts, Pimsleur works out pretty well.
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RE: what do you do after you know all the Kana

Postby kydancer0123 » Mon 08.08.2005 6:12 pm

x911 wrote:
Learn some kanji, basic grammer and some vocabulary. hope that helps sorta.

I agree. I use textbooks (Japanese for Busy People), but it's totally up to you which ones to use. You need to experiment to see which textbook fits your learning style. Audio Courses are helpful, because they teach you exactly how to sasy something.
Hope I helped and Good luck!:)
PS- You may want to look into the Japanese Language Proficiency Test after you've learned some Kanji.
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RE: what do you do after you know all the Kana

Postby Gakusha » Mon 08.08.2005 8:53 pm

I would say audio courses are helpful, but stay away from Rosetta Stone at all costs. It's computer software that teaches you a regional accent that only a few
Japanese actually speak.
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RE: what do you do after you know all the Kana

Postby Shibakoen » Mon 08.08.2005 9:40 pm

check out the study guides for the japanese proficiency test. you'd want to check out the level 5 first.
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RE: what do you do after you know all the Kana

Postby colind » Mon 08.08.2005 10:29 pm

there's a level 5?!?!?!? :o
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RE: what do you do after you know all the Kana

Postby kydancer0123 » Tue 08.09.2005 12:12 am

colind wrote:
there's a level 5?!?!?!? :o

Wow! Is there really a Lv. 5?
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RE: what do you do after you know all the Kana

Postby Sunshine » Thu 08.11.2005 9:50 am

Thankyou all very much^^ I am going to order "Japanese for busy people" once i fet more money, and i am on a waitning list at the library for Pimslur^^
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RE: what do you do after you know all the Kana

Postby colind » Thu 08.11.2005 10:04 am

hehe well yeh... i'm pretty sure there's not a Lvl 5...
i even checked out the website in case they added a new level and i hadn't found out...
well good luck with ur studies!
i personally have used "Japanese For Everyone" and found it very good. you can get a workbook, kanji book and audio materials to go along with it.
and of course... if u can get to a class... go for it!
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RE: what do you do after you know all the Kana

Postby Sunshine » Wed 08.17.2005 10:12 am

..perhaps i shall get "Japanese for Everyone" I bet my Local Barns and Nobles has it. I will have to call and see
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RE: what do you do after you know all the Kana

Postby Qbe » Wed 08.17.2005 4:10 pm

I've seen "Japanese for Everyone" at only one Barnes & Noble (are you in Michigan? It was the store in Portage.); they're much more likely to carry "Japanese for Busy People". However, Amazon has a great price on "Japanese for Everyone."
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RE: what do you do after you know all the Kana

Postby Kates » Wed 08.17.2005 7:02 pm

Qbe~ Woah, do you live near Portage? XD I'm in Kalamazoo, and that B&N is 'my bookstore'. ^_^

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RE: what do you do after you know all the Kana

Postby Gakusha » Wed 08.17.2005 7:32 pm

Since when is there a Level 5 JLPT???
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RE: what do you do after you know all the Kana

Postby Qbe » Wed 08.17.2005 8:35 pm

Kates wrote:
Qbe~ Woah, do you live near Portage? XD I'm in Kalamazoo, and that B&N is 'my bookstore'. ^_^


I'm in Grand Rapids. I was passing through Portage one day in February, checked out the Japanese section at that B&N and spotted Japanese For Everyone. I'd never seen it in a store either before or since. My teacher was impressed too; she'd never seen it in a bookstore. Looking at the book sold me on taking her class because of all the cool content crammed into each page...but I bought the book from Amazon at a substantial discount.

It's good to see yet another Michigan Nihongophile here!
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