https://www.duolingo.com/LukaLogar

Tips on learning Japanese (especially new learners)!

Hello there! So you are probably viewing this post because you just started learning Japanese, and I'm here to tell you a few tips when learning a new language especially if it isn't similar to any languages you have spoken before. First of all if you are using duolingo, you should never rush lessons and skip them because of quests or such. Its way more effective to finish each lesson not only once but at least 3 times (you could do til fifth but i usually do fifth and fourth as a practice while continuing the course). Another very important thing is that, if you're serious about learning a language, to not use duolingo as your primary primary source of knowledge since you can't really learn to speak complex languages like Japanese on courses like that. Of course you can learn the basics but duolingo limits the learning since the course isn't yet good enough to fully understand Japanese (i recommend using textbooks). Also u can learn a lot by watching anime and reading children's books or manga to expand your vocabulary. And the most important thing is to never give up since learning a new language is a really good thing and when you see you understood something in that Japanese cartoon you just watched or read on a poster, that's where you are going to be really proud of yourself, so strive towards that and i wish you the best at achieving your goal. Sincerely Luka

February 23, 2019

33 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/BlueBayliss

I would add one thing to this: When Duolingo gives the full audio for the phrase try repeating it out loud.

February 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TyrantRC

this is called shadowing. In case anyone wants to look more into it.

February 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LukaLogar

Agreed i even write down the phrases in my language (how they would be written if they would be in my language) with that you always have a source to look at when you're not sure about the pronunciation.

February 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille

I highly recommend not using romanization. You don’t get the most accurate pronunciation and you can get dependent on it.

February 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ravenclawreads

I agree with @FrenchCamille! You will have a much stronger grasp on the language if you learn to read hiragana and katakana and use that for pronunciation. You can learn both alphabets in a week or two; they're pretty easy in terms of writing and pronuncation. I'm so glad I learned the kana first, as it has enabled me to understand so much more in my Japanese textbooks, look up words I don't know using a Japanese dictionary, and write my notes using as little English as possible.

June 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Paul.II

+1

February 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ClarenceBishop

i am very old (80+) and need help

February 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TyrantRC

not sure if legit, but if you really need some help, try reading the discussion threads for every phrase or new word, they usually have a lot of information, this is especially good on the Japanese course for some reason,

February 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/JosephCruz-Cole

If you are on the browser, there are also tips on each lesson when you click on them. The key icon is to test out, and next to that is a light bulb. This helps explain the grammar and other words and sentence structures that you are about to learn. I've started using it to practice and review skills I've learned, as well as target areas where I see that I am struggling (such as verb tenses). It's a small bit of reading, and arguably not as fun (or even as noticeable) as some of the other functions, but it's very helpful. You can also go to www.duome.eu/ your username /progress, and it will give you a bunch of data on what you already have completed and what you still have to learn. It also gives you access to every tip from each lesson, even the ones that you have not completed yet, so that you can always study and refer back to them. There's also a dictionary there with all of the words that you have learned, and a function that allows you to practice specific words. Every day I keep finding new things on Duolingo, so I encourage you guys to explore both the app version as well as the browser to see what tools you can find. There's quite an impressive amount of content on here for something that you can access entirely for free.

February 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/0kSC5

I appreciate your post. By the way, I don't know which anime is good for beginners. Do you have any recommendations?

February 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ASalaryMan

Sword art online, Attack on titan, My hero academia... anything mainstream is probably a good start

February 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TyrantRC

shows with kids in it are especially great since you see the dinamic between adults and children speaking. You also get some basic sentences that you can start to understand.

Here are some good shows like this:

Mitsubusho colors Anohana

Barakamon

Erased

Flying witch

Made in Abyss

Nichijou

Non non biyori

Usagi drop

Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san

I also recommend site likes animelon, daiweeb and anjsub, they have several shows with japanese subs whom you can activate furigana for, this is definitely the best way to use anime for learning since using any other types of subs forces you to think in that language instead of japanese.

February 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/0kSC5

interesting! i checked your recommend. if i watched All that anime, can i talk about that in Japanese with you?

February 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TyrantRC

Not sure I understand you, but if you wanna hang out and talk about Japanese or anime I'm usually online on discord at RC#8475, you know since duolingo does not facilitate making friends. I'm also starting with Japanese so I'm really just a beginner, but maybe that's the best kind of feedback?

My recommendation was based on how I learnt English, I used to watch shows in English and that's how basically I taught myself since I didn't have the money to pay for courses.

February 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Qeint

Can I join in on this?

February 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/0kSC5

Can i join too?

February 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/TyrantRC

yeah my dude, add me if you want, I was talking to Qeint over there too. Let's be weebos together, lmao.

February 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/alexnb33

I recommend you start with animes that you like, for example if you like dragon ball, but you saw it in your original language, you could start it in japanese becuase if you don't like some anime it's boring

February 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/0kSC5

I know what you mean. but I can bear boring as long as i want to learn language.

February 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Barado-San

One Piece seems to have a lot of the vocabulary that you'd find in the Genki Japanese books if you're looking for something to pair it with. And they even supply you with the furigana if you grab the original Japanese prints for the manga :).

February 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/0kSC5

Can you read original Japanese manga? what kind of manga do you like?

February 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Koezumi

What I used to do when I was really hooked to anime : download the episode, watch it then compress it to an audio format like mp3 and put it into my phone, then when I was doing something else than learning Japanese, I was passively listening to it and I was learning things without any efforts. When looking for anime in Japanese you can always check on Google by writing the name of it + 第1話...

What you can also do is translating Japanese songs you like, it's a powerful exercise and you can always check if you've done a mistake in the translating by looking at another fan's translation and it's free.

Don't forget to use Anki or another flashcard system, it is really helpful.

日本語の冒険は今から始まる、頑張りましょう!

February 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/jickidoll

I looked on Youtube for the Top 5 Anime to help learn Japanese and one of the recommendations was to watch Death Note. It helps! I'm not even on Hiragana 4 yet and I was surprised on how well I could recognize some words that I learned here. I watch Subs and generally put 2 and 2 together. Its best of you start with an Anime that is in somewhat "proper" Japanese (Hiragana) so that you don't get confused with slang terminology. Like, Cowboy Bebop is hard to watch Subs because none of the words that I have learned yet are used for the words I have gone over already.

February 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Mandersmand

Thank you :)

February 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/teddy.bear.jelly

thank you

February 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/alexnb33

Good tips! Greetings

February 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Iwillbeapolyglot

Thanks for the tip!

February 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Carlos-M.-Lino

Just watch One Piece, dude. +800 eps will certainly helps you out. But only if you have the basics, of course.

February 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/typhoon33

Do you know of any good textbooks to buy online

March 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Iwillbeapolyglot

There are a bunch of textbooks that focus on different things, so it really depends on your needs. Whether you're learning kanji or hiragana, or just trying to get some basic vocabulary, and the skill level you're at are all important. However, if you're don't care about any of that, then the book I'd recommend is the "Japanese from Zero!" series. You get all the info from there and it has a bunch of different books according to skill level. It's worth the money because you learn so much.

March 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/GCMangaGirl

i loved everything you just said but when you said watch anime... anime doesn't help it might help the tiniest bit ever but dont do it if our trying to be serious or anything

February 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SoundOfWinter

Actually it very well could

The important thing though is if you're watching anime to learn Japanese, do not watch it with English subtitles. If you're watching it with English subtitles you're going to subconsciously just focus on the subtitles and you won't actually learn anything no matter how much you watch. There was a study on just this thing about subtitles and learning languages. However, if you watch anime with Japanese subtitles (best) or no subtitles (2nd best) you will actually see improvements in your listening comprehension of the language. This isn't just something to apply to anime though this is true for all forms of media in all languages and is a really helpful method for learning any language you would so choose.

February 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LukaLogar

Actually anything that you can listen to in Japanese is ok doesn't have to be anime, it is just that I found it the most useful (why wouldn't it help? It uses just as much vocabulary as any other media)

February 24, 2019
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