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  • somayyehmehri
    somayyehmehri Doing 2 cheers 2017-09-07 14:49:58

    Today's word: 大衆食堂 (たいしゅうしょくどう) taishu shokudo =a bistro or cheap restaurants that serve everyday Japanese food.

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  • somayyehmehri
    somayyehmehri Doing 1 cheers 2017-09-06 14:55:58

    Today's phrase: どうしたの? do shita no = What's the matter? It's a useful phrase to ask a kid who's crying! or when you see an unusual situation.

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  • somayyehmehri
    somayyehmehri Doing 1 cheers 2017-09-05 14:21:47

    Today's word: やばい yabai = awful, awesome! Yes, it means both! depends on the situation can mean wonderful and awful. it's a common everyday word.

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  • somayyehmehri
    somayyehmehri Doing 3 cheers 2017-09-04 14:43:39

    Today's word: 美人 bijin = beautiful person! I was called this today by my Japanese colleague after she saw my new haircut. feeling blessed I am a 美人!

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  • sagelaurianne
    sagelaurianne Doing 1 cheers 2017-08-22 17:22:39

    Found this great playlist on YouTube. It doesn't teach you how to write or read Japanese but its great if you're in a rush to get the basics down ( http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB3F2C5D8B5F81F34)

    Let's Learn Japanese Basic 1
    Let's Learn Japanese Basic 1
    YouTube
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  • Captain Bones
    Captain Bones 2 cheers 2017-05-15 05:34:37

    The basics of Japanese are not so hard, and memorizing the kana shouldn't take long. Kanji, of course, is a headache. The best thing, if at all possible for you, is to get over here and immerse yourself in the language, and when you can't come up with a Japanese word, try saying it in English with a Japanese accent. That often works, because so much English has been absorbed into Japanese. You see English everywhere, they just pronounce it differently. For example, "hot tea" is "hottoti". I heard one foreigner comment that she was happy that the train station names were written in English. I had to point out to her that that was incorrect. Station names are written in kanji, hiragana, hangul (Korean alphabet), and romaji (Roman alphabet). All are still Japanese, just written so you can read and pronounce the names. Tora No Mon in kanji or romaji is still Tora No Mon. In English, it would be "Tiger's Gate", but if you said that, no one would understand you. Anyway, keep studying, and try your Japanese out on as many Japanese as you can find. If you're ever in my hood, hit me up. Ippai nomou.

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  • khaosinkinema
    khaosinkinema Doing 0 cheers 2017-04-04 08:31:19

    Heyhey!

    I started learning Japanese several years ago, even studied Japanese at university for one year... I recently took a course in Japanese at the folk high school, but I still have the feeling it needs a lot of improvement. This time, I am learning by myself... I would love to get some help there, think tandem partners from Japan learning German, but then again, I am horrible at keeping up conversations due to other problems I am struggling with.

    I honestly have no real idea how to learn the kanji... With some kanji, I can remember them clearly, especially if there is a "story" attached to it which is easy to remember... But many kanji look like each other, only with subtle differences, and this frustrates me. I love Japanese, I love learning about the culture and history... I just sometimes have the feeling I am not progressing with this goal.

    Anyhow, this is the CURRENT state. Of course, I sometimes have days when it goes better... I just wish I knew something that would help me... If anybody has any ideas, or any study tips (esp. for kanji learning), please tell me... ^_^

    Have a lovely rest of the day & thanks for reading.

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  • pyristechnis
    pyristechnis Doing 2 cheers 2017-03-09 03:11:10

    こんばんは, I'm Pyris but I also go by Dusty. Nice to meet you all.

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  • daniandressilva
    daniandressilva Doing 1 cheers 2017-03-06 07:58:22

    I subscribed to a web site to learn

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