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Japanese Learners Thread!

Discussion in 'Squid Social' started by G1ng3rGar1, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. pixelizedchell

    pixelizedchell Inkling

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    Does anyone who watches subtitled anime have the experience where you're starting to find that you can translate bits and pieces better than some of the subtitles? I've been having that experience every once in a while watching Sailor Moon Crystal. (Then again my comprehension is much better than my speaking, reading, or writing.)
     
  2. G1ng3rGar1

    G1ng3rGar1 Inkling Fleet Admiral

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    No, unfortunately. I do get really proud of myself when I recognize a kanji or a word(or grammar particle).

    Wow, Notifications failed to notify me on my own thread. *slow clap*

    On a completely unrelated note, does 一年生 apply to high school or just college? (Or both?)
     
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    kickpunchr Inkling

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    I do. I always get stupid excited about it, too, like, "Yay! I understood 10% of that conversation!"

    @G1ng3rGar1 I think it applies to students in general
     
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  4. SyMag

    SyMag SOLDIER 1st Class

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    See I learned two different words for high school and college -- neither of which are 一年生 :confused:
     
  5. G1ng3rGar1

    G1ng3rGar1 Inkling Fleet Admiral

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    一年生 is first year student(far as I remember). I wasn't sure if it was for a high school freshman or a college freshman.
     
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    SyMag SOLDIER 1st Class

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    Ah that would explain it, I thought you were talking about actual high schools/colleges. I haven't gotten that far yet lol
     
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  7. G1ng3rGar1

    G1ng3rGar1 Inkling Fleet Admiral

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    Yeah XD

    I learned the word in a memrise course. I believe it was a Kodansha one (or was it Kodasha)
     
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    SyMag SOLDIER 1st Class

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    Is Memrise any good? I know some people who have tried it but I don't know if it's worth it or not
     
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  9. girigiriHERO

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    if you want to say you aren't good, you'd say
    "上手(じょうず)ではありません。"
    although people might understand "じょうずない" that isn't correct at all.

    How did I learn Japanese? Gaming, drinking, and just hanging out with Japanese friends. Nowhere near fluent, that takes years or immersion at a young age, but I can go to Japan and get around with no problems. My in-laws are Japanese, but living in Canada, I don't get to see them often.
     
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    I thought じゃない was just a less formal version of じゃありません?
     
  11. girigiriHERO

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    sorry I completely misread it, I thought you put じょうずない、I didn't notice it was じょうずじゃない。My mistake. However じゃない isn't proper Japanese depending on who you're talking to. I wouldn't use that if you are around older people, especially if they weren't raised in Tokyo. One of my teachers was Japanese and born in Kyoto and he hated when people used that word ww
     
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    I o know about using proper forms when speaking with elders and superiors. I figured this was a more casual peer group, though.
     
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    pixelizedchell Inkling

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    Speaking of forms, is it ok to just use the typical polite form ("desu", etc.) with most people if you don't know what form to use or do you need to absolutely figure out how to speak beforehand? (I think I just discovered an entire new level of social anxiety...)
     
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    Cuttlefish ...........Oops! I fell asleep!

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    pretty much, yeah. being formal if you're unsure is the best way to go, you can start using more casual language as you talk to people and get closer to them!

    i've found that infact, when i start talking to Japanese people, they tend to use formal/dictionary forms with me for a while, until they realize i'm familiar with colloquialisms/slang/all that :> often they're just really happy people are bothering to learn the language at all, no matter what you do, you'll be alright i'm sure.
     
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    G1ng3rGar1 Inkling Fleet Admiral

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    Sorry for being late, notifs stopped again :| :( And I think it's nice, I just wished it was a little more versatile and came with a search option (which I haven't found in my uses of it).
     
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    Dude that always happens to me, I thought I was the only one. It's frustrating! :(

    I'll give Memrise a try then!
     
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    Gonna take JAPN201 (Intermediate) next semester. Can't wait.
     
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    Hey guys, I majored in Japanese in college and now I live in Japan. I've been living here for about 4 years and my husband is Japanese. I'm studying for the N1 JLPT because I failed it a year back by a few points. T_T;
     
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    Good luck! :>
     
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    頑張って。
     
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