At 8/25/13 07:47 PM, Glaiel-Gamer wrote:
i made a post in general and it got deleted immediately didn't realize the mods around here were still that active
That's happened to me a bunch
At 8/25/13 08:24 PM, VoidForce wrote:
I'm moving house at the moment so as soon as I get into the new one and my stuff unpacked and internet connection up, I'm going to make an aim to have Katakana done by the end of September which by most estimations from people is more than enough time.
Yeah my katakana is just passable, it doesn't really matter, most katakana will be easy to guess and it's not used that often, since it's for foreign words whenever you see it you're almost guaranteed to have hirigana/romanji/english right next to it. It's irritating because the symbols are so simplified they're hard to tell apart unlike hirigana where there are unique curves everywhere.
Most people seem to say that languages are easier to pick up when you're around people that speak it, which makes sense. Got any plans as far as going to Japan for any decent time to help learning? There are loads of people around that I've spoken to recently (mostly Korean, a few Japanese) that have been up for Skype chatting for a bit of language exchange if that would help pronunciation?
I've talked to a couple japanese people online, if you watch a lot of anime - crunchyroll subscriber here ;_; - then your pronunciation (as in accent/inflections and all that) will probably be fine surprisingly. I think the only way to get used to the homophones, which I think is the biggest hurdle in Japanese, is to actually spend time there and put yourself in situations where you need to contextualize quickly on a frequent basis, I don't think there's any substitute for that.
At the rate I'm going I'd like to pass the N4 by the end of the year, definitely N3 next june maybe even N2 if I'm feeling lucky, my only real rule for myself is not to revise/cram leading up to it, because I think that defeats the purpose, the whole idea is to objectively gauge my natural Japanese skills, so I should go in without any special preparation. I don't know if I'll ever do the N1, I'd have to double my knowledge just to have access to that last 10%, doesn't seem worth the time studying, if I ever take it it'll be after trying to just learn from experience (and of course WaniKani because that website is borderline addictive).
In my dreams I'd move there sometime in the next 3 years, and I'd need to spend at least 2-3 times the amount of time I spent studying the language for it to be worthwhile.