https://www.duolingo.com/profile/roblikescats

So pleased I stuck with Japanese

I've been using Duolingo to learn Japanese for nearly a year now and have periods where I have become so frustrated at a seeming lack of progress, forgetting things from past lessons and such like. It was starting to feel like it was a futile exercise and I often came close to quitting. However, I am currently in Japan for a month of travel here and I have had so many amazing interactions and lovely conversations just by being able to speak even a little bit of the language. People are delighted even if I just wish them おはようございます or say thank you in any way other than the standard botched "Arigato" that they are used to hearing from us 外国人. Also, as a daily Duo user for so long, I can't tell you how much I beamed when I met my first real life 田中!! So, my passion and energy for learning has been reignited and I am once again determined to conquer as much of this crazy, beautiful language as I possibly can!

April 10, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shogan10

I also dream of meeting my own real life 田中さん someday...

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lunalui

よかった!楽しんでね。私は日本が恋しいです。

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DreamBangtan

This is so encouraging for me! I'm currently learning Japanese also, and I've had times where I want to give up. But I'll keep working hard, knowing that there will be results in time!

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheBadDog

Good to hear this - just the motivation I need to keep at it. Cheers!

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bostockj015

I've definitely had times where I want to give up Japanese on Duolingo, but this has motivated me that little bit more. Thanks for sharing!

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PatrickBra289091

I started Japanese because of my love of Gundam/Anime/Videogames/J-Rock music. I am learning the five available Asian languages: Japanese, Korean (Fan of K-dramas), Mandarin, Veitnam (to use with my Viet-American GF), and Indonesian (I love Iko Uwais!). Add in Thai and Tagalog. I use Memrise for those two.

April 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/roblikescats

Wow! That's pretty ambitious but sounds like you have some great motivation to learn!

April 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Basara_Tojo

ここまで積極的にそれを維持する方法。 あなたのインスピレーションはちょうど私を励ましました。 私は若いアニメ作家なので、この言語の日本語を学んでいるので、私と私の友人は私たちが何年もの間計画していたこのコミックシリーズをやることができます。 私は日本人が大好きです。 日本の文化を書いたり描いたりするとき、それはとても情熱と感情を引き出します。 だから私は本当にあなたがその情熱を続けていくべきだということをあなたに知ってほしいのです。 そうそう、そして私はちょっと進んだので....ええ、それが私がすべて日本語で書いている理由です。 そして、あなたがいくつかのレッスンや言葉を思い出すのに問題があるならば、調べてみてください:https://www.busuu.com/dashboard。 あなたは私の友達ですか? まあありがとう

April 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/achipa19

That's perfect! I'm from Greece and I usually hear the standard "Efcharisto" from foreigners which is actually getting dull. Encountering a person who has made an effort to learn just some other phrases or words is quite a delight for me. Thanks for the motivation!

April 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JapanesePixel

I just started with Japanese and i dont think im going to learn all 3 alphabets! :( (roblikescats summed it up really good)

April 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Myersj281

baby steps dude... master hiragana, then katakana. dont worry about kanji yet (still pay attention just dont stress)! @achipa19 recomended a great app to me (android) that can teach you hiragana with stroke order (also kanji for later). Tsukiji (also android) wont teach stroke order but has hiragana and katakana (and kanji for later). when youve mastered both types of kana then learn the kanji one at a time you got this! XD

EDIT: also check out Japanese From Zero on Youtube. Its made by a guy name George Strombly. if you start from the very beginning he teaches hiragana one at a time and slowly replaces romaji with kana uv learned: E.G. if youve learned  わ & は then "watashi ha" will look like "わtashiは" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsrakMT1h2g

April 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MatejKilk

Yeah, George Trombley and all his JFZ books+videos are awesome. Even though those books are slow-paced, still, there is more material in JFZ#1 book than this entire duolingo course. I was afraid to buy book#1 when I was almost complete with duolingo, that I would not learn anything new, I was wrong.

April 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MatejKilk

And also, JapanesePixel, you better change your mindset! "I think I am going to learn two kana alphabets and also kanji, granted, it will take time, but I'll do it!"

April 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/maggiekarp_

I'd also like to add, it's way faster with mnemonics! I learned hiragana in a few days using mnemonics. I recommend Tofugu's Learn Hiragana chart. I believe they have one for katakana too. https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/hiragana-mnemonics-chart/

And kanji may look intimidating, but they can be broken down into smaller parts called radicals for easier memorization instead of stroke by stroke. (Tofugu has an article on this as well) がんばって! (Ganbatte!)

April 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Martens_Robert

Hiragana is for Japanese words. Katakana is for foreign words. And Kanji is so you don't have to read Hiragana all the time, which Japanese consider torture

I can recommend iPhone apps if you want. Mneumonics are fun but soon you will just KNOW the kana without thinking. A little every day is the key, lots of short study periods.

April 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Seattle_Scott

Glad you didn't give up. Now the trip should help motivate you to keep going. Japanese is really hard. It takes five times more effort than any European language even German. 頑張れ!千里の道も一歩から...

April 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ParadoxN

おめでとう!良いねぇ。私もDuolingoの日本語を終えるのは近いですから、同じ感情があります。田中さんに会うのもおめでとう!いつもあの会うことの思いに笑います。あなたの日本語を使って日本にいったことは良かったですねぇ。日本人はやさしすぎねぇ。たくさん日本語の学生がこれを見るのはいいです。先はいいです!

April 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/roblikescats

どうもありがとうございました :)

April 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NyguenRube

俺はフランス人ですが日本文化が大好きので、大学で日本語の勉強しました。後で一年間東京で生活したから、本当に楽しかった。熱心に努力し続けてね。頑張ろう~。

April 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Martens_Robert

Glad to hear you are enjoying Japan.

April 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/v1ru5s

27/5000 This is really wonderful to read. Motivation charged to 100%

April 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aussiemate03

That's sounds really cool. Hope you have fun on duolingo.

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheLord2k1

you met someone called Tanaka mmmmmm

April 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Martens_Robert

My friend John Smith met Mr. Tanaka too

April 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lyeco

That's great news for you

April 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PhilipColl5

Wow this is awesome. I'm about 2/3 through the current tree, so it's great to see it really helped in real life.

Also, what Mr Tanaka like in person? He's an interesting person according to the app!

April 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Myersj281

おはようございます!I started studying Japanese about 4 years ago and lasted about a year at a steady but VERY slow pace before "temporarily giving up" to pursue something easier which turned out to be Spanish which I've been studying at a faster rate (still not very fast though) before returning to Japanese. My biggest hurdle with Japanese has been writing kanji that I have had no problems reading (although I've forgotten a lot). Now I'm ready to pursue Japanese once again, this time learning the stroke order of each knaji using an Android app called Tsukiji to group them into the JLPT categories. Unfortunately the app does not show stroke order on all but one device (that I no longer have) I've tried it on so I still have to google each one individually. I also absolutely love a Youtube channel called Japanese From Zero by George Strombly. Does anybody know of a good app or website to learn stroke order? I know a basic rule of thumb: https://youtu.be/X80ZkYJgaqc but I would like to look them up to avoid any exceptions.

April 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/achipa19

There's a cool app for this reason, although some Kanji (mostly I the JPLT level N1) are not available for stroke order yet. I deem you should try it; it helped me a lot with learning the Kanji. It's called "Kanji study" and here's the URL: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mindtwisted.kanjistudy

April 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Myersj281

thanks thats perfect XD

April 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lunalui

I'm not learning how to write kanji (I decided the computer can do that for me) so I've not tried the thing myself (I'm just there for the games), but kanshudo also provides strike order for kanji and one can practise writing radicals, I believe. https://www.kanshudo.com/kanji/

April 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Martens_Robert

writing is the best way to remember Kanji, at least use cell phone apps. Muscle memory!

April 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/adalidm

Kanji Tree is an app that helps learning meanings and stroke order, find it at Playstore!

April 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MatejKilk

毎日、日本語の勉強を頑張ろう!

April 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ricardo462202

hi im ricardo from mexico i dont know if its allowed but i want to tell you that at his moment im beginner on japanese but i have to say that duolingo its an awesome app for learning but it has to be complemented with another course , like https://minato-jf.jp/ its free like duolingo and i feel good progress using both at the same time.

April 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/roo_0m

I am happy for you! :D We have a lot of Asians in our school, specifically Japanese, so you'd see Japanese people every day at my school.

April 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LingoDingoMan

See, I figured that, the way you learn Japanese on Duo just wouldn't work. Judging by your comment, it might help as a start at least. Thanks for letting me know that it does teach you a little!

April 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/olly100

this post fills me with determination <3

April 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shogan10

Man I just lost my streak, life didn't make sense anymore and I just stopped using duolingo. Then I got an email of someone commenting in this thread. Just the title renews hope. You the real MVP bro.

April 29, 2019
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