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

Why did you decide to learn Japanese?

Why did everyone decide to learn Japanese? I did because I would like to live in Japan at some point, and I love their culture. How about you? <3

May 27, 2019

38 Comments


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

I honestly started on a whim. I thought learning the language would be a fun challenge, there wasn't really anything else to it.

Fast forward 3.5 years, I'm majoring in Japanese Studies, am hoping to spend a year studying in Japan, and seriously intend to live there after graduating. I just ended up falling in love with the language and culture and it's become my passion in life.

May 27, 2019

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

I think my story is pretty funny actually. I was already learning French but the long term goal was to learn 2-3 foreign languages and as such I was open to learning another. Some friends and I got together and we basically decided by committee we would all learn Russian. Some people wanted to learn German, some wanted to learn Japanese but we all agreed Russian was the best 'compromise candidate'. At the time I called my friends silly for ever wanting to learn Japanese. Then we began learning Russian and we all threw in the towel. I gave it an honest try but it was just so frustratingly hard for me and everyone else felt the same way. At that point I decided to just play around with some of the languages on Duolingo and I did a Japanese lesson or two and I just loved it from the start. I liked how it flowed, sounded, etc. So here I am.

May 27, 2019

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

cool story

May 27, 2019

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

cough Anime cough Ok not just that, after I started watching anime, I really fell in love with the culture and the language. I'm fascinated by languages, so I figured that Japanese would be not just fun and challenging to learn, but it's so beautiful and elegant and generally....whoo! I dunno how to explain it, but it's amazing. And anime uses it. So yeah. Anime. And the songs from the anime.

May 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ruby470212

Here take two lingot because ANIME

May 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mohammedza604639

I love japan... I start to learn english because I can't learn japanese in my language

May 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/th-93

Might one of the worse reasons, but it works for me. There are a few games that never were translated (and probably never will be), but I want to play them.

May 27, 2019

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

I'm doing the same thing because I saw so many Japan-only spirits showing up in Smash Brothers Ultimate. I am now working my way through Project Hacker: Kakusei (Awakening) after getting through half the Duolingo course and singing a LOT while following lyrics to pick up accent and pronunciation.

EDIT: I have been using a lot of other sites too. Jisho, WordHippo, Yandex(careful with this one, it is essentially russian Google translate but it is slightly better) and Yomiwa & ImageTranslate to translate pictures. I take machine translations with a grain of salt and attempt to get to the definition that makes the most sense.

May 28, 2019

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

I have a hunch that the games you are referring to may include 零の軌跡 and 碧の軌跡 :)

May 30, 2019

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

I started seriously learning Japanese as I decided that I wanted to major in it for college(I didn't bother going to college yet at least). For a long time I longed to learn the language, but never really had the opportunity to do so

Duolingo and LingoDeer have helped me understand the language a lot more than what I originally did. Hopefully one day I can teach Japanese people English

May 27, 2019

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

I fell in love with Japan at my first visit there, against my expectations, tbh. I always thought that learning the language would have made interacting with the Japanese much more interesting, since I believe knowing a language is a way to better understand how its speakers think. I only summoned the the courage to start learning when I discovered I was going to spend two months there, since it seemed a reasonable amount of time to be worth the effort. It turned out two months are far from sufficient to really progress, but I kept going because I'm stubborn and I wish to reach a decent level before I stop.

May 27, 2019

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

Same here, I love Japanese culture and I want to live in Japan :3

May 27, 2019

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

Love the people, love the culture. was fascinated by it since I was a kid. lived there off and on for about four years (Okinawa), but haven't been back since. Because of the traveling, I picked up phrases and such, but never learned the language - regret it a bit, now playing catch up.

May 27, 2019

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

I became interested in Japanese because I had a previous interest in linguistics. I wanted to learn a language that seemed difficult for English speakers so I landed on Japanese because of the stark differences between the two.

May 27, 2019

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

今知らないん。覚えないから

May 27, 2019

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

大きな気分

May 27, 2019

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

I initially had an interest to speak the language because I thought it would be cool to understand what people were saying in subbed anime without having to read anything. Then it became about games. Now it's also about appreciating the language itself and all the different nuances and ways you can express yourself. I really appreciate it. Basically though, I'm just a big nerd.

May 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ruby470212

cough mother 3 cough

May 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thor725820

Nintendo and other video games. Also some shows like Made in Abyss, because there isn't english audio, only captions.

May 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/D.J.C.A.T.X.

I was bored and wanted something to kill some time. 3-5 years worth of time.

May 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rizard2704

Can someone give some advise for Japanese.Cause I am really struggling with it.Do any of you guys find Japanese hard?

May 27, 2019

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

はい。本当に難しいんだ。でも、もっともっと練習すれば、ジワジワ簡単になるので、頑張ってね?

May 27, 2019

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

I'd say get familiar with the characters. Early stages in the course run you through those, but not always consistently and it's hard to focus on characters you may be having difficulty with.

Try the flashcards at https://tinycards.duolingo.com. focus on one set at a time Hiragana, then Katakana after it starts to introduce those characters. Test yourself with those in addition to the courses, once you are familiar with them you can focus on the sentence structure and use.

Read the info for each lesson by selecting the lightbulb. It normally has good info, introduces you to new characters and how they are used.

I was an idiot when i started and was trying to go from one lesson to the next, expecting it to teach me what i needed. It was getting frustrating. but then i found that the lightbulb contained some of the info i needed and the flashcards brought me up to speed quickly.

You'l start cruising along...until they start introducing Kanji. Good luck and have fun!

May 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/D.J.C.A.T.X.

I spent a week just learning hiragana and katakana before I even began any courses. It was easier to remember them all than I thought. Once you get to the point that you know the sound of the kana just by a quick glance, being able to read along becomes fairly easy. Next step is to learn the particles. Once you learn those, you easily see how the sentences are constructed. The rest is just replacing one word for another up in the ol' noggin. Just remember: Repetition is the mother of all skills.

May 28, 2019

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

Im doing a schooling as a cook. Now this a great job for traveling the world. I planned on staying in Japan for 2 years and working there before moving on.

May 27, 2019

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

I'm a collector of Japanese Sega Saturn games/a fan of the Gundam series/listens to J-Pop/J-Rock.

May 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lacey406001

I started doing karate. Figured I should learn a bit of the language so that I could understand the sensei better. Then I started to Google everything about Japan. The food, culture etc. Now I want to actually speak so that I can go visit Japan someday and stay there for a bit.

May 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mo88bb

I Was bored and Japanese seemed like a fun language to learn, and it is! but its also very hard! But its worth it.

May 28, 2019

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

Ever since I was a kid I've always encountered Japanese texts in games and online, I've always been curious about them as they became more frequent here and there. I've also been following artists that speak exclusively Japanese and met random Japanese people on games like VRChat. Anime and Manga also gave me more interest in learning the language, so did my interest for Japanese culture in general. It feels pretty good to learn Japanese and starting to understand what's happening around me more and more, haven't felt like that since the time I learned English at school.

May 29, 2019

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

I did it because I got bored and decided to do it on a whim. I've been learning it since I was in 8th grade (just graduated high school this month) on a variety of platforms. I love the culture and literature.

May 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wither-rose

I'm visiting a friend who's living there for a few months next year! They're a fluent speaker, but I would like to learn.

May 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Muon9.42

I'm half Japanese, but almost no one in my family speaks Japanese anymore. I'm learning it because I've always wanted to get a better understanding of that half of my background. Someday, I also want to travel to Japan and see if I can find any relatives there.

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/carmichael952860

I'm not very far in learning Japanese, but about a year or so ago, I watched an anime, Full Metal Alchemist, that I had heard good things about. I then moved to watching Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, but never finished it due to school and other activities getting in the way. About three months ago, someone suggested I watch One Punch Man and I really enjoyed it so then I started watching Fairy Tail, but had to stop eventually again because of school and other activities. I'm not a huge fan of television or movies, but somehow these shows had engaged me more than shows my friends enjoy like the Office or Parks and Rec. I then considered how I have played Nintendo games all my life, with Pokemon being my favorite franchise as a kid, and how I don't usually enjoy TV. So for the past few months I have been listening to Japanese music, watching movies like A Silent Voice (AKA A Shape of Light) and My Neighbor Totoro, and learning about the language through hearing other people's experiences and researching different articles. I've looked into much of Japanese culture in the past few months (as well as through classes in school like AP world) and nothing disappoints or bores me yet. And now, for the past two weeks, I have been using Duolingo to learn and I am really glad with my choice thus far. I have never really felt this committed to doing something and I'm glad :) I also am currently ordering the Genki 1 book as I've heard numerous good things about it. I hope that everyone else is enjoying their time learning Japanese

June 2, 2019

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

My first post, yay yay! I feel with how involved I am in anime, manga, and also drawing in that style (which I post to pixiv), plus plan to do youtube videos as a vtuber ... it honestly just seems extremely beneficial to do so.

If I am making Japanese fans, I think it would make sense to be able to communicate with them even if it's only at a basic level at first.

Also, I had already taken a course in college a while back, but just never continued to learn after. So it's been something I have wanted to do for quite a while.

Then of course like a lot of people, I would love to one day visit Japan or even live there.

June 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Leo358607

I want to watch anime without subtitles

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mouse632016

I study Karate and would like to travel to Japan / Okinawa to sit for my Sandan. I am about to sit for my Shodan at the ripe old age of 43 and the goal is to get to Japan / Okinawa by my 50th, so enough time to learn a whole new language so I don't get lost on my trip! Japanese is a difficult language to start off with but I am dyslexic so I sometimes feel like I'm on the back foot already with my native language which is English. I figure any language is going to be hard but it might as well be one that i will actually use and have an interest in already.

July 12, 2019
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