reason why you are learning japanese
why are you guys learning Japanese ? I know its a lame question but I'm genuinely curious .
my reason is mostly because of anime and because my friends made me practice it cause they're all mostly fluent in Japanese .
Originally I wanted to learn because there are a bunch of stage shows by this theater troupe I found online maybe a decade ago that I absolutely loved, but not a single one of them has subtitles. I'd watch them over and over to try to figure out what exactly was going on and try to pick up words. I used to follow the member's blogs as well running the entire thing through a translator to pick up any info about the shows I could. My goal now is to get good enough that I can maybe subtitle them myself so other people in my situation back then can also understand and enjoy it. I like anime too, but that didn't push me so much since if there are already subtitles or a dub version it wasn't required to understand.
Now that I've got more free time after all these years I'm finally picking the language back up. I think it's a really pretty language and culture and since the words are easy to pronounce and there are so few syllables I feel less speaking anxiety about getting pitches and vowel sounds correct than I would with most other asian languages. I'm also just really interested in learning a language with a completely different writing system to english.
So I started just to understand something I enjoyed and am continuing because it's comfortable for me. :)
Started learning it on a whim three years ago. I knew I wanted to take it more seriously than the languages I was messing around with on Duolingo at the time, but I didn't know I would end up taking it as seriously as I do now.
If you went back in time three years and told me that I would fall in love with the Japanese language and culture, learn ~1000 kanji, spend two weeks at a Japanese immersion summer camp, spend four weeks on a Japanese immersion program in Tokyo, reach a point where the vast majority of my media consumption is Japanese, and be able to at least get a gist of what's going on in an anime or manga without English before even reaching college and then enroll as a Japanese major once I'm at college and seriously plan on living and working in Japan long-term (perhaps as an English teacher), I would have honestly thought you were crazy.
It's kinda strange to think how differently the past 3 years of my life would have gone if I just hadn't though "hmm, I kinda want to learn Japanese."
I learning so I can like you, watch anime with no subtitles, and go to Japan someday. I'm not even in high school yet, but I think I might pursue my career in Japan. I'm hoping to do something in video game design. I also find the language fascinating with all it's intricate symbols. It truly is a beautiful language. I'm glad I chose it.
I think because when I was a teenager I loved anime, and back then I wanted to learn it but thought it was too difficult. Only last year I started learning and found out is not that hard, or maybe hard but not impossible.
anime, manga, video games, and a lot of kawaii stuff..
1) I wanted to learn something that wasn't an European language
2) I occasionally run into Japanese speakers and their children where I work
3) There is a lot I like about Japanese culture and Japanese people are fun
I have a few different reasons. My original interest came from anime (like most others). Being able to watch anime or play games in Japanese has been a childhood dream of mine, one that I still hope to accomplish.
Exploring Japanese entertainment products also lead me into becoming interested in other aspects of the country like the culture, political life and history. Particularly in how Japan differs in some aspects to western countries. When I was first learning about the country it was like looking into an alternative way of existence because of how little those aspects are talked about in the west. While I may not view it in quite the same way today, the knowledge I have gained still expanded my view on a lot of different topics. I feel like learning the language will help me understand more.
As I am majoring in Economics, I would also like to try utilizing knowledge in Japanese to further my career and combine many different interests. I realize this is kind of difficult to achieve purely through Duolingo (particularly with languages that have different syllabaries) which is why I have been taking separate Japanese courses. Duolingo is more of a supplement rather than my main learning tool.
My main reason Hayao Miyazaki. His movies are gold and I own the English translation of all seven Naussicaä manga books (which I think are better than the movie overall despite having a different tone). Pokémon, anime TV shows and an interest in Shinto philosophy might also have helped me maintain interest in the language. I really want to be able to read Japanese well. I have known some Japanese since I was 12 but I didn’t really pick up my studies until I became invested in studying languages.
Well I want to learn Japanese for 1 reason only: to make life easier for the kids that are going to be born within a decade. I find it funny on how when you tell yourself that you want to do something this tiny voice in your head says no and you can't do. I fell angry at times when learning Japanese, but that is what makes it fun. Constantly reading Manga when you don't know what their saying and only getting bits of information. The constant grid of Kanji, listening, reading, and writing. It's just the thrill of Japanese of it being hard to learn it and actually understand in ways of it. Also like everyone mainly to understand something like anime you've been watching anime your entire life and you want to understand what their saying in the native tongue. I think Japan is my future, I want to learn Japanese to live and breath the air there. I want to raise a family in Japan. I just don't want a simple human life. I want to learn everything I can. I want to learn programming, learn about AI, biology, quantum mechanics, the universe, the atoms it makes. I want all of this in my life so I can experience something different. I want it all to come true, so I'm not going to stop at this opportunity.
This is what I always say: You are a human being who has the power to do anything. Why not live a life that can make people happier along side of what your doing. Just make life count on what you want it to go. The only one that can stop you is you. So keep it up daily. If no one else is going to do it, then you do it.
That's why I want to learn Japanese.
Next Month I'll be going to Japan for the fourth time. Every-time I go I just want to see more, or see the same things again. I love. it. I want to see as much of the country as possible. The first time I went I learnt the tourist phrases, but the sensation of being unable to read at all was very jarring for an English speaker. second and third time I had basic hiragana and katakana. and enough kanji to recognise street signs. I want to see more of the Japanese small towns and countryside. and I feel I need more Japanese to get around there. Also when I am visiting I just feel I am being more polite and considerate when I make an attempt. People I have interacted seem partly assumed, but also happy when I can say a few things. I've found it common for some (mostly older) Japanese people to avoid you all together if they think your going to expect them to speak english. I like to be able to at least ask where the bathroom is.
I've never had proficiency in another language. I only did french and irish in school. For English speakers in Europe its hard to pick a language to learn if you have no relationship with that country. So since Japan is my favourite place to visit, and I plan to keep returning, it makes sense for to be the language I pursue.
I want to visit Tokyo someday. I gave you like a ton of lingots btw. Dont mention it! I'm rich! well, not anymore haha.
I am learning Japanese because of my culture's history. I am Chinese and we generally hate Japanese but I don't. I want other people of my culture to understand Japan and hopefully make peace with them
I want to work and live in Japan. I do like anime and manga so that does influence my decision but I likes those things because my God Mother was married to a Japanese American which is how I got into those things in the first place. I have been to Japan and I really loved it. I would like to live there for a few years. I also work in IT so Japanese is a language that can help me future my career as well. I also wanted to learn something that was not European but useful. I think I also want to show appreciation to my God Mother's husband and parents who took the time to help raise me. His parents were straight off the boat Japanese and would help my single mother with my siblings and I.
I enjoy the language and culture. All the way down to how it's spoken, traditional singing, grammar, kanji (haha, YES. I love kanji so much), unique words, formality, and so on. I love it all. If someone told me to write kanji all day, I would and be happy to do so.
A part of my inspiration isn't only that though; it's also due to one of my favorite utaite's known as Mafumafu! I would like to be able to understand what he's saying when he makes videos aside from music ones, like gaming, challenges with friends, etc. But for now, he's great practice for my Japanese :)!
Though originally, my inspiration was just from it being "cool" to me. I have a few interests that correlate with Japanese (music, games, utaites, etc) as well.
oo, my friend told me about Mafumafu ! she wants me to look him up and listen to his music, etc.
You should :)! Especially his original songs. He is a human angel. I recommend Berserk, Suupa Nuko Ni Naritai, anything from After The Rain too, since his duets with Soraru is just perfect in my opinion.
Note: Berserk gives a great example of his range, you will be amazed! Soraru has a crazy one as well, considering he's sung Last Night, Good Night 4 keys higher than the original. They both have a Youtube Channel as well. Mafu's is purely in hiragana, Soraru writes it "properly" as a mix of hiragana and katakana.
Links: Mafumafu - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOTR1tcOAhjgi6YukrPpZxg Soraru - https://www.youtube.com/user/soraruYT
My desire to learn Japanese like others started in high school when I discovered just how bad some of the dubbed anime translations actually were. I have also been exposed to bits and pieces of Japanese culture throughout my life and have grown very fond of it. Oddly enough, Japanese seems to be the language I tend to encounter most often in my professional life, more than any other foreign language and I believe the potential for its use is tremendous. A the heart of it I think both the spoken and written form of Japanese are incredible beautiful and interesting.
Well, I watch lot of anime and I do not respect any dub - only original japanese sound with subtitles. And it's not a secret that any language is more easy to learn if you contact it every day. So I decided to combine a pleasant one with a useful one. After all, it'll be a shame if I'll listen japanese speech every day and won't even try to learn this language.
The second reason - one day I discovered, that I'm no longer interested in anime only. I wanna learn more about Japan generally. Its history, its mentality... and its language, of course.
And the third reason - hey, why not? I started to learn german to swear on it when I'm angry. Why shouldn't I learn japanese to, I dunno, write hokku on it when I feel romantic?
I'm learning it because I want to watch anime and J-dramas without subtitles. I also listen to some Japanese music and I'm going to visit Japan one day.
The language is so challenging but i like japan. i dunno why. i like the country, the culture, etc. just because i interest and i want to know more about japan, included the language. hmm... someday i hope, i can visit and learn something more, in japan.
Personally, I would have preferred learning Latin with Duolingo, but as they didn't offer that (yet), I went for Japanese. I like some aspects of the Japanese culture (not limited to anime/manga, albeit I admit part of the (medium-term) goal is being able to view/read them without subtitles or translations). Also I always regretted not taking up a third language in school, but they say one is never too old...
Of course, the long-term goal of learning Latin still exists, but it will have to wait until I'm at least at around B2 in Japanese.
My mother was stationed in Japan when I was in elementary school, so I was exposed to the language and the culture at a young age. I figure now it is time to learn the language officially.