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#1 The Robstar

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Posted 16 March 2014 - 06:00 AM

As some of you probably don't know I want to live in Japan.

 
I'm going to apply for the New Zealand JET Program come October so i thought it would be in my best interest to surround myself with as much Japanese content as possible. My Facebook and Twitter accounts have already been saturated with Japanese Learning material to keep me motivated, some of which have proven to be extremely helpful.
 
At the moment I know enough Japanese to barely survive as a tourist so I've created this thread in the hopes that other like minded individuals would step fourth and share their knowledge and/or experiences with us. 
 
I encourage you to post ANYTHING Japanese related in this thread. Traditions, phrases, sentences ANYTHING. :)
 
I'll start us off....
 
こんにちは。私の名前は ロバートです。よろしくお願いします
Konichiwa. Watashi no namae wa Robato desu. Yoroshiku onegai shimasu.
Hello. My name is Robert. Please look upon me favorably.

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#2 The Robstar

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Posted 16 March 2014 - 06:15 AM

This one will definitely come in handy for me :)

 

コーヒーをお願いします

koh-hi o onegai shimasu

A coffee please

 

いくら ですか

Ikura desuka

How much is that?

 

ありがとう ございます

Arigato Gozaimasu

Thank you very much


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Posted 16 March 2014 - 07:41 AM

I would suggest this: http://bit.ly/1gq92KY

 

Go on some of there and only talk on japanese.


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Posted 16 March 2014 - 07:50 AM

Hey thanks for the suggestion. What exactly is this site? A movie database forum of sorts?


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Posted 16 March 2014 - 07:58 AM

I would suggest this: http://bit.ly/1gq92KY

 

Go on some of there and only talk on japanese.

Also this: http://lang-8.com/

 

This is a wonderful little site where you create a journal and write in the language you're learning and people will come and critique you on how you used the language. I think teachers mention in it class in Japan for anyone who wants supplementary practice for English because a good chunk of the population of the site is Japanese. They're more than willing to help with your Japanese if you help with their English. I had a journal there for a while but I spent so much time making friends by helping them with English that I barely made any journal entries haha. I was the top critiquer for like a month because I'd be giving comments on all the journals entries I saw.

 

Of course it's a bit difficult with Japanese because you have to be able to read/write alright before you start. Most comments are in the native language as well, so most people who correct your writing will correct it in Japanese



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Posted 16 March 2014 - 08:21 AM

Also this: http://lang-8.com/

 

This is a wonderful little site where you create a journal and write in the language you're learning and people will come and critique you on how you used the language. I think teachers mention in it class in Japan for anyone who wants supplementary practice for English because a good chunk of the population of the site is Japanese. They're more than willing to help with your Japanese if you help with their English. I had a journal there for a while but I spent so much time making friends by helping them with English that I barely made any journal entries haha. I was the top critiquer for like a month because I'd be giving comments on all the journals entries I saw.

 

Of course it's a bit difficult with Japanese because you have to be able to read/write alright before you start. Most comments are in the native language as well, so most people who correct your writing will correct it in Japanese

 

Word. I'll sign up. Reading and writing are definitely my weakest points. I only recognize a handful of characters but the ones I do know I am able to guess and construct the sentence to get a general idea of what is being said.

 

I don't mind reverting back to my childhood days of writing about what I did in the weekend. This could actually be pretty fun and hilarious.

 

Thanks for the suggestion.


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Posted 16 March 2014 - 08:30 AM

I don't recommend Rosetta Stone, unless you want to be proficient at saying useless crap like "The red ball in on a wide table"

 

lol I guess we gotta start somewhere.

 

I'm actually eying up the site Sushikitten threw me. Seems pretty legit and a step up from that. 


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Posted 16 March 2014 - 09:36 AM

Yeah I really want Roestta Stone to be good so I can pick up Spanish. :<


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Posted 16 March 2014 - 04:39 PM

I heard it's not worth buying unless it's supplementary to your learning, and then it's not worth buying because it's supplementary.

 

Apparently if you get it you best get it on sale or 2nd hand. :/

 

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Posted 16 March 2014 - 04:52 PM

www.memrise.com

 

I used to use this for Japanese, it's sort of like an online flashcard thing. You do some learning, then you get tested on it, and you keep doing it and doing it so it gets drummed into your head. Then you move onto the more complicated ones and repeat.

 

RosettaStone was a waste of time for me. It was mildly useful, but definitely not useful enough to warrant paying for it, at all. 


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Posted 17 March 2014 - 02:38 AM

www.memrise.com

 

I used to use this for Japanese, it's sort of like an online flashcard thing. You do some learning, then you get tested on it, and you keep doing it and doing it so it gets drummed into your head. Then you move onto the more complicated ones and repeat.

 

RosettaStone was a waste of time for me. It was mildly useful, but definitely not useful enough to warrant paying for it, at all. 

 

That could be pretty neat. I found these hiragana cards today where the characters have been made into pictures, like "na" for example is a nun kneeling down praying and "hi" is a smiley face laughing. Very good way of remembering them.

 

As for Risetta Stone, Everyone seems to bash that site therefore I have chosen not to bother with it :)


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Posted 17 March 2014 - 02:37 PM

I just wanna say that there are some AWESOME links in this thread with some majorly useful stuff.

 

Rock on, guys!


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Posted 26 March 2014 - 05:56 PM

www.memrise.com

 

I used to use this for Japanese, it's sort of like an online flashcard thing. You do some learning, then you get tested on it, and you keep doing it and doing it so it gets drummed into your head. Then you move onto the more complicated ones and repeat.

 

RosettaStone was a waste of time for me. It was mildly useful, but definitely not useful enough to warrant paying for it, at all. 

I was bored at work so I decided to check out this site and it is pretty awesome.  I like the concept of it and I like the way it works and really challenges you to remember what you learn.  Great suggestion


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