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Can anime help your Japanese?

If so what anime's can help you learn Japanese, if anyone knows please help

March 8, 2019

24 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/N.u.N

A big, resounding YES. I learned quite a bit from dragon maid actually. and also the show 'Gamers'. but don't depend on anime to TEACH you japanese, just to help a little. ( also please not that some things they say in anime are NOT things normal people would say, but who am I to say? I'm not normal. PS, I like your profile pick, it's....calming.

March 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Zyberg

The problem that one needs to be aware tho, is that the stuff that characters in anime say usually is far from what a "decent" Japanese man would say to a foreigner. Anime hardly has formal speech, meanwhile in real life a foreigner hardly speaks in the informal manner (and, as you have probably guessed - anime is abusing the informal speech).

March 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SuomihhiChang-e

I tremendously approve both of your statements - anime is surely a massive motivational resource for those who've been learning Japanese, nevertheless the characters in anime seem to usually speak too colloquial phrases for the learners trying to learn from them; I sometimes recognise people on the Internet saying outlandish things which seem to be cited from anime because of their idiosyncratic shades, and then I can't help but feel kind of awkward.

Depending on one's level of the integrity of the basic grammar of the language or absence thereof, reading Japanese grammar books for example can be much more efficient than watching anime, I reckon.

March 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Borger1735

ooo i love dragon maid! that was a good anime.

March 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/_.gabby._

kirishima!

March 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/KeelyGooch

I know a little Japanese, and I watch anime SOMETIMES. But, now I think I might watch it more often. Thanks for the tips, N.u.N. And thanks for making it clear that it won't TEACH you, just help you a little. So, I'll try to make sure that I don't DEPEND on anime to teach me.

March 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AishahSaza

While on a beginner Japanese course, a friend suggested Shirokuma Cafe. As I love puns and the anime has pretty light storyline , it helped me picked up words easily. Also, you can check out Top 5 Best Anime for more suggestions.

March 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/elizadeux

In addition to Duolingo, I'm taking two Japanese classes. I'm finding that watching anime and other shows in Japanese helps reinforce what I'm learning. It helps me practice my listening skills and I'm beginning to recognize/hear more words like ichi-mai (from Chihayafuru), ashita, kino, kookoo, and so on that I didn't recognize the first time I watched the same show in the past.

Before I took classes, I also picked up a little vocabulary like okaasan, gomen nasai, sumimasen, nani, and so on, but the rate was much, much slower then.

I tend to prefer "slice of life" anime, so the speech might be a little closer to "real life" in Japan as compared to some anime. However, I agree that it's important to be aware that not everything you hear is appropriate in all situations or might not even be appropriate in any situation. It helps to check with a Japanese person. "I heard this, is it okay to say?" Or, "when is it okay to say that (if ever)" as understandably it can vary a lot depending on where you are, who you are, and whom you are talking to.

March 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/GabrielUniverse

yeah, it can help

but you have to know how to study with

March 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/soupqueen94

i know this is late but i strongly disagree with most of the comments here. as someone who is now fluent I can say with certainty that anime is one of the best things a Japanese learner, especially one who already likes anime, can do for their Japanese. First I’ll address the argument that anime characters don’t speak like people in real life. Even if sentence endings and tone of voice can be overdramatic or rude in anime, the majority of what you will hear is words, phrases and grammar that ARE still used by real Japanese people (either in real life, or live-action media like movies and dramas) and in real Japanese media including books and manga that you will read.

Just because you personally don’t want to speak like a Yankee or a Kawaii Shoujo does not mean that you’re somehow hurting your Japanese by knowing how to understand the type of speech that those characters will use. The primary skill to develop in language learning is understanding and comprehension, NOT just your own speaking ability. Therefore avoiding anime because you don’t want to talk like an anime character is ridiculous. If you also get input from real Japanese people speaking in everyday language then you will be able to decipher what type of speech is normal for daily life and what type is exclusive to anime, movies, etc — just like you can in your native language. And again these differences usually boil down to nothing but tone of voice, pronouns and sentence endings. They’re still speaking Japanese!

I owe my current fluency to extensive studying using audio, sentences and vocab taken directly from anime and studied, as well as reading lots of raw manga (mostly slice of life). I developed my normal native-like accent from shadowing Youtubers like Seto Ayumi. I live in Japan now and I’m told constantly by Japanese people that my Japanese ability and vocabulary knowledge is the best, or one of the best they’ve heard any foreigner they’ve met in real life.

June 17, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/hm437e

When I was very young I learned German with the help of comic books.

Anything to get you to read.

March 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/micxy_

i have a Portuguese friend who learnt English through American sitcoms, and then went on to learn Japanese through animes like Dragon ball, Naruto, one piece ect. When words and phrases are repeated throughout the series you recognise them and naturally pick up things. I'm not sure exactly how it works but many people do it, so it's worth a shot

March 8, 2019

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    Of course anime can help you with your Japanese. It can improve your pronounciation and maybe help you learn some new phrases. I also recommend listening to Japanese music!

    March 9, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/Zyberg

    Learn pronunciation from anime with caution! If you are trying to catch some vocabulary, anime characters may be pronouncing it with a strong accent to make it more fun for natives watching the show. Hence, learning solely from anime could be harmful in the long run, if your goal is clean, eloquent Japanese.

    March 9, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/SamuraiFox50

    Sengoku BASARA is a perfect franchise to help out with your Japanese. The franchise consists of numerous products including video games, anime, manga, stage plays, drama CDs, etc. Also, my profile pic is of one of my favorite characters from the franchise.

    March 9, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/SamuraiFox50

    Sadly, the majority of the products are only in Japan (only 1 video game, 1 manga series, 2 anime shows, and 1 anime movie have been localized). So get ready to learn some Japanese if you want to experience this amazing franchise.

    March 10, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/mugicha202

    And I think you need to purchase the video game which I can't until future reference.

    March 11, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/mugicha202

    IZA video game. I don't think video games deal with anime.

    March 11, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/smokey2022

    No, not really. The language used in most anime is highly informal, colloquial, and ineloquent. If you use anime as a prime motivation or studying resource, you'll come out speaking with a strange accent, weird idiosyncrasies, and sound uneducated. You also won't be able to read or write, which is going to put you at a massive disadvantage socially. If you're looking to seriously study Japanese, I recommend learning from somewhere else. Also the Duo course is kinda ❤❤❤❤ but hopefully that will be changed with their next update.

    March 9, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/Whimsicaltruth

    Anime is good because you'll get used to hearing their speech pattern and from the repetition of usual phrases you will begin to start memorizing and even indirectly learn phrases for certain occasions. For example, おめでとうございます! (congratulations!) Or やった! (hooray) and even いけ! (go!). Depending on what you're watching is what you'll start picking up. I watch a lot of Shounen anime and that has helped me balance slang and proper speech as the younger characters tend to be rowdy and use a lot of slang, while older, mentor like characters are formal. it would me something like 本当ですか?vs まじか?they both mean, "really?" but one is formal and the other is slang. I recommend sports anime because you'll learn about sports (if you already didn't know) and you'll get a mix of both simple expressions and complex concepts, while you have a lot of fun of course. I recommend: Haikyuu, Kuroko no Basuke, Eyeshield 21, Hajime no Ippo for sports. For Shounen, its: Beelzebub, Reborn, Deadman Wonderland, Samurai Champloo, Assassination Classroom, One Punch Man, Mob Psycho 100, Blue Exorcist, Soul Eater, Dragon Ball, Naruto, Gintama, One Piece and saving the best for last Hunter x Hunter. (I started rewatching HxH and now I can understand about 75% of the things they say.)

    March 11, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/Dcstaats

    I personally find that it does, or at least boost your spirit for learning it by being surrounded by japanese. It also can help you recognize what you know from working at it.

    March 11, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/mugicha202

    What is the best anime that helped people learn Japanese? Cuz I clearly dunno.

    March 11, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/Evilcatyas

    Yes I believe so^_^

    March 12, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/NamiFuyumi

    yes,manga for beginners yotsubato shirokuma cafe chiis sweet home if you can read yotsubato you can say that you know a bit of Japanese remember that the Japanese is not only the hiragana and the katakana also this kanji and traditional phrases that are very much in the manga, which to learn to read you have to take a manga and start and you will see that much more vocabulary comes out of the imagined haha I also recommend doing flashcards

    always a dictionary at hand Of course this is also the pronunciation of similar words but they are not the same example: The case of NO and HOUSE いいえ 家 私はあなたの日本語であなたを助けることができる私を覚えて

    March 13, 2019
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