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RE: [JapaneseSeattle] Can an adult really learn Japanese?

From: Margie B.
Sent on: Monday, February 6, 2012 3:59 PM
Hi Michael,

Perhaps get some Japanese kids' books (nearly picture books / beginner
readers type).  They're all in hiragana, so great reading practice, and your
daughter won't mind you having to sound out the words. :)  

Oh, and FWIW, I'm 39 and currently in Yokohama studying Japanese for a year.
The immersion helps, but regardless - I'm still an adult, and it turns out
my brain still retains enough flexibility to absorb a new language.
(Although, it will be tough at the beginning - like the others have said,
find ways to use what you're learning daily, otherwise retention is really
hard!)

Best of luck!
Margie


On Feb 6, 2012, at 12:35 PM, michael_98101 <[address removed]> wrote:

> Thanks to her Japanese mom, my 2 year old daughter surpassed my extremely
limited knowledge of Japanese a couple months ago.  Someone said I should
start by learning hiragana.  I see that hiragana is already more complicated
than the English alphabet, and is only one of the three writing systems used
in Japanese.  But adults must be learning it somehow, I guess.  Any tips on
how to make this less tedious and intimidating?  
> 
> Yeah, I know about the meetups.  I haven't been coming to the meetups,
partly because I don't think I've reached the bottom rung of the ladder yet.
> 
> --Michael in Seattle
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