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moodydog
12-05-08, 18:50
hey.. i want to start learning japanese..

but to start off with i want to learn off something free (or relatively low priced), simple and sorta online (or downloable program).. has anyone ever used any software or been on a learning website that looks
a) very attractive (proffessional looking)
b) makes the learning part fun (rather thn having loads of words in a list with transalations)
c) very good and interactive

if there is a program (even a trial of a program, i dont mind) ... then please can u tell me...

here is an example of a spanish program that i used to help me learn spanish http://www.discoverspanish.com/.. but is there the same or similar (looking for a website or downloadable program) that works this way

thanks in return! :)

ajrich17901
12-05-08, 18:54
Im actualy learning japanese been studyin for almost 6 years, i learn from Books and audio cds, also watch japanese shows wit english subtitles, then without to test my skills.

Honestly dont trust anything on the internet, music in japanese is so beautiful:D, i actualy reccomend learning some japanese songs itll get ur pronounciation down fast thats how i did it.I can reccomend some good songs if u would like. Just pm me =D

BoA - Everlasting
http://youtube.com/watch?v=hedYFjaFu1I

If you like japanese u should try ur hand at korean on the side also its also a very awesome language

BoA Everlasting Korean ver
http://youtube.com/watch?v=mD5UQjsO764

Melonie Tomb Raider
12-05-08, 19:05
I use a program called "Unforgettable Languages". I haven't finished it, but after doing it for just a little bit, I know some Japanese. Very quick and effective way, I just need to get back to it though.

Here's a link: http://www.unforgettablelanguages.com/

TRfan23
12-05-08, 19:21
I admire the Japanese for their intellegence, learning their language would be cool. Go round school talking in Japanese, no one will understand lol!

(Yay 100 posts at last!)

ajrich17901
12-05-08, 20:53
I admire the Japanese for their intellegence, learning their language would be cool. Go round school talking in Japanese, no one will understand lol!

(Yay 100 posts at last!)

Ive actualy done that alot not on pourpose just happens when im mad haha

Ikas90
13-05-08, 12:49
I've used www.byki.com to help me learn languages. It's for free; all you do is download the language pack and start learning. And it's pretty effective, because it kinda forces you to remember the words and phrases. You can download as many language packs as you want.

But if you want to truly become fluent in a language, you could try this program, and get a course book. I'd recommend the Teach Yourself or Colloquial series.

mizuno_suisei
13-05-08, 13:56
Yeah, thanks for suggesting me Saki :vlol:

I've been learning Japanese for 9years, I think I'm moderately ok, If you want to send me a PM I'd sure like to help out :tmb:

moodydog
13-05-08, 16:56
Yeah, thanks for suggesting me Saki :vlol:

I've been learning Japanese for 9years, I think I'm moderately ok, If you want to send me a PM I'd sure like to help out :tmb:

yes thanks i will if i need to :D :D :)

Wrebbit
13-05-08, 20:06
Ive actualy done that alot not on pourpose just happens when im mad haha

Haha I always unintentionally say hai if I mean yes. Lot's of funny faces people make when they here that:D

lisa_croft
13-05-08, 20:09
you should go on www.about.com and search 'japanese lessons'

That is what i use.....its easy, simple, free, professional....and it updates all the time.

petujaymz
20-05-08, 13:45
Can someone please translate this flash banner from www.capcom.co.jp/sf4.

http://img31.picoodle.com/img/img31/4/5/20/f_translatem_79d5bbe.jpg

Ta very loads!

:wve:

lisa_croft
20-05-08, 13:48
do you want ONLY the white? or the whole lot?

It is in either katakana or hiragana.

a few in kanji too. i could try to find out. but knowing me i will be slow, so anyone else willing to help, go for it!!

petujaymz
20-05-08, 13:55
The whole page if possible. :)

:wve:

lisa_croft
20-05-08, 13:56
I will be able to translate the katakana but not the kanji, kanji is real hard =/

mizuno_suisei
20-05-08, 14:09
Im going to have an attempt at translating..

Roketesuto (Sorry, can't understand the kanji)
(In the Red Box underneath) Something about downloading.
Underneath the Red Box,
Tokyo : Akihabara (A Suburb of Tokyo, Shopping)
Osaka : Haitekurando Segaabion (High-Tech Land.. something. Im assuming its a shopping district)

Sorry, Tried my best :wve:

lisa_croft
20-05-08, 14:12
http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s42/leeserr_2007/TRF1.jpg?t=1211292546

roketesuto (the last 2 symbols are kanji)

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s42/leeserr_2007/TRF2.jpg?t=1211292618

These are kanji, sorry i can't translate.

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s42/leeserr_2007/trf3.jpg?t=1211292650

For some reason i can't find the first symbol in hiragana or katakana. The 2nd is kanji. The rest says:
haitekarasodosegaabiso.

I'm not sure what it says in English. sorry.

Sorry i was only a little help.

Edit:^I told you someone would be faster than me :p

Uhm what is the difference between 'n' and 'so'?

mizuno_suisei
20-05-08, 14:18
Hi lisa-croft. You are very good! :tmb:

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s42/leeserr_2007/TRF2.jpg?t=1211292618
Tokyo: Akihabara (A shopping district in Tokyo/Suburb)

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s42/leeserr_2007/trf3.jpg?t=1211292650
Osaka : Hightech Land SEGAABION (Don't know what Segaabion is, But Im assuming its also a shopping district in Osaka) :)

lisa_croft
20-05-08, 14:22
Yeah, sounds like it.

Thanks, i am currently learning Japanese...going kinda slow thought tbh, i'm too busy to sit down and cram myself with it at the mo.

Uhm i noticed i translate the so and n symbol wrong, what's the difference, if you know?

mizuno_suisei
20-05-08, 14:26
I also used to have that trouble with N and SO xD
Hopefully you can read japanese on your computer, so.

N ン
SO ソ

Its hard to tell the difference, but I guess I can because im more used to seeing N rather than SO in any word. I guess you can say the Tick on the N character is at a 45degree angle, and the tick on SO is more of a maybe 60degree angle. I dont know how to explain it :p

lisa_croft
20-05-08, 14:30
that actually makes sence when you put them so close together, thanks alot :)

mizuno_suisei
20-05-08, 14:36
(Does Lara's "Aha" sound effect)

Also, If you notice the tick on the N kanji, is actually above the right hand side of the stroke, but the SO tick is level. I made a little pic to explain it better :p

http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/303/nsouf8.jpg

petujaymz
20-05-08, 14:36
Ok...

So what exactly's happening in these Tokyo shopping districts?

Can you tell?

:wve:

mizuno_suisei
20-05-08, 14:39
Well, Prehaps their having a screening of the game. I know for sure they're not advertising to buy it, because they wouldnt have an ending date :p Sorry. I dont know for sure.

lisa_croft
20-05-08, 14:41
Thank-you :) & it's katakana isn't it :P

Kanji is so hard. and thanks for the pic :D

TombRaiderCool
12-07-08, 10:32
I've been learning japanese for about 4 and half years now, though I'm still not great at informal speech. I still not an expert on kanji either, I know about 500. If anyone knows more more than a 1000 tell me now :eek: . I got the chance to live in Japan for a year with a nice japanese family I know in tochigi and go to school there. I actually arived back 2 weeks ago.