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I would like to start japanese, any advice?

I recently hosted a japanese student who had come over to England for a month after winning an english speaking contest. Ive become good friends with her (she stayed with me for four days) and I would love to be able to write in japaanese to her or speak with her in japanese on the phone.

I already know some and being with her has made me really intrested and almost, well it feels like the japanese cluture and the way they live and speak is just so amazing I would love to learn about it.

All answers and experience ANYTHING is welcome!

i got a book called japanese for busy people of amazon for 0.1p, not including postage, also, give google a good scan for free language software - and sign up to japaneseonline.

Its really easy I learned over thirty words in my first two days trying. My favorite word is baka. That means idiot.

well, thank you:)
ahhh,,, the way i learned english is talk, talk talk.. just talk.
no matter what pple say,(w not right pronouceation n wrong words, whatever) TALK, speak...
ofcos books, online studying helps. find jpnese there n talk.,
good luck. n hope you can visit here some day

So you want to learn Japanese eh? Great choice! The language is fun, the culture is fascinating, and the food is delicious!

Here's a few tips to get you started.

1. Study everything! Don't look for one or two resources and expect to learn everything from them. When someone asks which book, CD, computer program, or website is best to learn from, I say, "All of them!" I learned something from every Japanese language-related book I've ever read. Study a lot and you'll learn a lot.

2. Start with the basics. The book "Japanese: The Manga Way" by Wayne P. Lammers gives a good, fun overview of the language. So does Tae Kim's "Guide to Japanese" website ( ) which is very detailed. Kim Allen's "Japanese for the Western Brain" site ( ) gives an overview while focusing on the differences between Japanese and English, and is very helpful. If you need an online dictionary, ( ) is a great site to use.

3. As you continue your study, develop each of the four areas of language learning: Hearing, Speaking, Reading, and Writing
--Hearing: Go to ( ) and sign up for their free podcasts. They range from beginner to advanced and will be a great resource in your study.
--Speaking: Talk to Japanese people every chance you get. Shared Talk ( ) has voice chat through which you can talk to Japanese people and they're generally very supportive.
--Reading: Memorize the hiragana ( ), then the katakana ( ). After that, you can start memorizing kanji and reading japanese manga (which you can purchase from Amazon -- )
--Writing: Start an online blog at Lang-8 ( ). When you post, native speakers will correct your sentences. It's a great resource.

4. Take a class. The good thing about taking a Japanese class is that it forces you to study, even if you don't want to. It also provides a nice structure for learning the language, along with someone who can correct your pronunciation.

5. Go to Japan! This is the number one, fastest, easiest, guaranteed-to-work way to learn Japanese. Even if it's just for a visit, being immersed in the language is a huge benefit to study. Japanese people are usually really supportive of foreigners learning their language and their encouragement will be a great boost for you.

6. Never give up! Japanese is a really hard language. It requires a lot of memorization and practice. Don't expect to be fluent even after a few years of study (especially if you're not studying in Japan). Language learning is a life-long pursuit.

7. HAVE FUN! This is the most important tip I could give you. As long as you're having fun learning the language, then you will be successful. Always try to find ways of making the learning enjoyable.