#1
Anyone got any idea how I can easily learn Japanese kitakana/hiragana?


I hate flashcards too and just repeating them is boring.


Any help?
#2
Can't you just start an 'official fassa learning languages' thread?
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Should you not be off playing drums not learning funny symbols?
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Should you not be off playing drums not learning funny symbols?



Should be.....*plays drums like Neil Peart*
#9
I learned by writing each character a bunch of times and coming up with mnemonics.

Here's a entertaining way to learn it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZEA54VJEdE

The problem with this is he doesn't always do the correct stroke order, so just double check with some of these other sites:


Practice sheets:
http://www.tokyomokyo.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=40&Itemid=72

Handwritten:
http://www.geocities.com/cherokeegs/Japanese/hiragana.html
http://www.geocities.com/cherokeegs/Japanese/katakana.html

Lessons:
http://www.nihongoresources.com/language/lessons/lesson-00.html
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#10
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Should be.....*plays drums like Neil Peart*


move to japan and take me with you so we can pick up some teenage japanese hookers.
seriously tokyo has hookers that are 13....


dont ask
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move to japan and take me with you so we can pick up some teenage japanese hookers.
seriously tokyo has hookers that are 13....


dont ask



But I'm a girl....


Quote by guyperson
I learned by writing each character a bunch of times and coming up with mnemonics.

Here's a entertaining way to learn it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZEA54VJEdE



Will take a look!
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But I'm a girl....


So you have told us. Many times.
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#14
Make up something to go with the characters, like a picture.

For example, the Hiragana character Hi could look like the mouth of a man laughing.
The character Ro could look like a rope
The character Su could look like a pregnant girl named Sue.


Use your imagination!
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But I'm a girl....


Will take a look!


Hookers don't care about gender.
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
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Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools
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I don't mean to flame or argue, but I doubt you can speak more than 2-3 of those fluently, if that many. This is purely assuming you were raised speaking english, and no other languages, and judging how you wanted to learn russian for a week before switching to japanese. Before that it was some obscure dutch dialect. Why be mediocre at so many when you could really learn and master a few?



I decided to wait until the summer when I can take proper Russian classes in London.

But I can speak: French (uni standard), Italian, BSL, ASL, Latin, Greek, modern Greek, conversational Serbian and standard level Makaton.

I'm learning Japanese for a very good reason.
#24
Go live in Japan.
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#27
I'd advise learning them alongside the spoken language.

The best way to learn any language is to basically throw you're self at it in as many ways as possible.

1) Get pimsluers Japanese audio lessons. They cost money but.. ahem... there are ways and means of getting them for free. They're the best audio lessons available.
2) get a grammar book
3) get a whole lot of flash cards
4) get a japanese book/ newspaper and choose one page or one article to focus on and as you go along try to decode it.


The more ways you approach a language the more likely it is to stick. because when you start to notice things crossing over from other things there's another level of recognition going on. It's like if you met an old friend in town it's likely you'd say hi but if you bumped into them when you're on holiday in holland, you'd be more likely to be enthusiastic and remember it.

Kanji, and katakana are ridiculously hard to learn, but that's my advice.

Go for it!