https://www.duolingo.com/tomigaoka

Why you shouldn’t learn Japanese

Please, don't misunderstood Ken. He's not discouraging anyone, what he experienced about the language are partly/mostly true...

So is it hard to learn japanese? Ken replied "It’s Going to Take Time. A Really Freaking Long Time..."

http://www.japantoday.com/category/opinions/view/why-you-shouldnt-learn-japanese

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Zach1337

The same could be said about any language, but it's just even more true for a really hard to learn language like Japanese, Chinese or Korean. If you are passionate about learning a language, for whatever reason it may be, then go for it.

4 years ago

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Yes, learning a language is a matter of passion, and when you achieve to master a little a language you found difficult before, what a satisfaction! I wouldn't say it's difficult, I would say it's very far from your habitual way of thinking, and you have to "unlearn" sometimes to be able. Sometimes barriers are inside the brain.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jackthelad93

Learning any language is hard and requires a lot of work. That's obvious. If it was easy, we'd all be able to speak most languages without issue.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex
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Well, I haven't read the article and I'm not interested in reading it. Why? Every language has its own idiosyncrasies and special tough phenomenons that could discourage one from learning. Guess what? Get over it and every language is of course learnable!

There are just two different point of views: Either you want to learn a language or not. Just a title as "Why you shouldn't learn Japanese" sounds discouraging and is helping nobody. Indeed, Japanese seems to be tougher to learn than e.g. Esperanto, but every language is learnable and worth to learn. Nothing personal to you, tomigaoka - I'm German and notice how cruel it can be for foreign people to learn German as well, still it's a fantastic language and worth to learn.

And to provide you something opposite and very helpful and encouraging, please read this fabulous and encouraging post why Japanese is not as difficult to learn as you might think.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/orangeant86
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@MultiLinguAlex - just for the record, as a non-native teacher of Japanese, your article was much more encouraging than the first article. Thanks for posting!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rocko2012
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The article does state it is hard to learn. Most people probably already think that though. It also suggest it might not be of a great value for an English speaker. Most people probably do not know that. I think that is the interesting part of the article. And if it is true and/or people think it is then it might kill their motivation. It reminds me of people's comments on duolingo who have learned Spanish and traveled to Spain to find people there wanted to practice their English more instead of allowing you to gain Spanish practice. It might be more extreme in Japan. Anyway I would like to see a follow up article of practical reasons of why you should learn Japanese if you speak English.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tomigaoka

Exactly brother. You got the point. He put a lot of interesting experienced in there. He didnt say its impossible to learn though.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex
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I included a link above - I think it's very interesting for you.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tomigaoka

FYI Im a japanese.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tomigaoka

@MultiLinguAlex Please you should read it. Thats what I said in the first place. Dont misunderstood the author.

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I don't know the original discussion.

4 years ago
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