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

From: Zach
Sent on: Monday, February 6, 2012 5:01 PM
I would highly, highly recommend Tae Kim's guide to Japanese grammar. It is by far the most rational and intuitive 'textbook' that I've read and I've read a lot of them. He explains some core concepts early on that I was not told about until I'd been studying for over a year and a half.


Like a lot of others have said, you'll want to focus on hiragana and katakana first. Trying to learn Japanese using romaji will only end up crippling you in the end.

Kanji is something I constantly struggle with and I think that's going to be a life-long battle for a lot of us. Heisig has a book called 'Remembering the Kanji' which helps you become familiar with all of the core kanji by teaching you keywords for each symbol. That's it. You do a single pass through every one of them to become acquainted with their shapes and meanings. This gives you a leg up on learning their readings and meanings, in the same way that a Chinese student learning Japanese would already have a familiarity with most of the kanji.

On Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 4:19 PM, Mike Harris <[address removed]> wrote:
Hiragana and katakana are intimidating at first its all about the approach... I would be more than happy to talk to you about learning H&K  and what my approach was.  I hate learning forma book and don't have Japanese friends... So my struggle to keep what I have learned has not been easy



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On Feb 6, 2012, at 15:53, "Gerald F. Shields Jr." <[address removed]> wrote:

I don't know. It's been tough, but I'm starting to remember the basic stuff and I'm working on my Rosetta Stone program almost every day so it's possible.

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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?
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