why are you learning japanese?
as the title mentions, why are you learning japanese? in addition, what are your personal language goals?
Japanese food is like, my favorite thing in the world :) I am half Japanese, so it is nice to be able to speak a language my grandparents could speak! For my goals, I want to be at an N5 level next year!
best of luck @ficsean and @chocochipkookie both of you guys will do great when you do the test!
I'm horrible at European languages but I did want to speak a third language and Japanese seemed cool. Goal - bit ambitious but I want to be able to do my masters at Todai, in Japanese.
I love visual novel. I want to be able to read the ones that never get translated. I understand a bit the logic behind the language... so maybe I can learn this language especially. I'm not saying this language is easy. Every language has its complexities. A lot of people tried to discourage me from learning Japanese, but I refused to surrender. I'm also curious about their culture. And hopefully one day I'll be able to visit Japan (well, when I'll get enough money too!).
I've always had an interest in logographic languages, but Japanese truly stands out for its prominence in economics, technology, and entertainment.
I also want to be able to study abroad in Japan, and best of all, if I can learn Japanese, one of the most difficult languages to learn as a native English speaker, then I can learn any language!
Man... the most difficult language is Portuguese. And I am from Brazil. Trust me.
I don't think it is as difficult as you make it out to be. I'll complete the Portuguese course just to prove that.
That's awesome, you like chanlleges and I appreciate that. If you really do that I'll be proud to watch your progress. And of course: Good Luck!
I am 15 years old and in the future I want to work in aerospace at JAXA but I currently speak 3 languages and Japanese is not one of them (and to work in Japan I think it is better to speak Japanese).
My''goal'' is to understand Japanese orally and in writing (It will take a long time, but it doesn't matter, I have time.)
(And also, I have to admit that another reason why I am learning this language is for its food).
that's super cool! what languages do you speak already? and yep, the food really is great!
I am Belgian so I speak French (my native language), Dutch and of course English!
I wanted to go to the opening ceremony of the Olympics in 2020 and I'm respectful enough to learn the native language of a country I would like to visit before going there. Also I heard its one of the hardest languages for an English speaker to learn, so I'm putting myself through my paces
I'm good learning languages and I wanted to know a new one. I'm almost 14 years old, a nice day I started to think about what I will do in the future and started to think about university. A friend told me that I can do it by scholarships and study in diferent countries, in that way, I would choose the place I prefer to live and meet a lot of people diferent from me. I chose Japan because it's diferent in many ways from my country and because it's one of the best in technology, I 'm interested in that. So, Japan is the perfect place for me!
I'm learning Japanese so that I can go to Japan with my best friend when we're adults. That's a common goal we're working toward. As for my personal language goals, I'm 13 now, so I have plenty of time. I want to at least know the simple things, simple phrases, things like that. I want to be able to go to Japan with her (She knows Japanese, as her Grandma is Japanese.) and actually be able to communicate with people there, at least a little.
One reason I am learning Japanese is to be able to read World War II strategy documents on the Japanese side in the original Japanese and write books/articles about them. I have already had 2 articles published.
I want to eventually be able to translate media (mostly games) that'll never officially be localized for English speakers.
Translate to what end? How specifically will the translations be used? If you mean unofficial English versions of Japanese games for resell, won't you risk copyright infringements?
Typically game patches and mods are good enough. No need to redistribute the game.
Even if it did come to that, I don't think the FBI would bust down my door or anything.
Japanese is a beautiful language. I love how smooth and cute it sounds. I also like how the hirigana and kanji looks. Japanese is the best language, in my opinion.
I love Japan and its culture. The language is beatiful both writing and speaking. And I want to be able to wacth anime without subtitles ^^.
"Full Metal Alchemist : Brotherhood" is the best to me along with my top 11 which are the following: Yu Yu Hakusho; Saint Seya; Shaman king; Hunter X Hunter; Sword Art Online; Soul Eater; Bleach; Ansatsu Kyoushitsu; Angel Beats; Naruto both classic and Shippuden; Death Note. They are not is order of importance to me. I just remembered the bests. Ow I almost forgot: recently I've watched Boku no Hero academia and just loved it. I like to read mangas also. And I not fan of most of their movies.
I heard Japanese was really hard to learn and figured I really didn't have anything else going on for the next ten years, so I thought, "why not?".
Lol. That's a hell of a reason. It's a beautiful language and lovable, so good luck.
I've always been very interested in polyglotism and how to achieve it. I'm venezuelan, so my native language is spanish, but I've been learning english as well since I was pretty much a baby. I've also been enamoured with japanese culture since I was a child, including film, TV and especially music, since I am an avid music listener/performer and I listen to new things pretty much everyday.
I guess my recent kickstarter to grab Duolingo and git gud at japanese was a huge frustration that happened when I couldn't get any english subtitled videos of interviews and other videos from one of my favorite japanese musicians, 後藤まりこ (Mariko Goto), but other than that I've also been trying to actively learn japanese for years now, but no learning method really got me hooked so far, and combined with the very pronounced difficulty curve of learning japanese, it kinda unmotivated me very recurrently, making me drop it off after a while. As of late, I've been having a lot more free time since I finished high-school, so I'm taking advantage of this chance to force myself to learn japanese in a more disciplinary way.
May get a bit long, apologies for that... Been "into" Japan and Japanese culture for over 30 years now. With a varying degree of intensity. Visited Japan twice, after all those years in the making, in 2018 and 2019. Will go there again later this year (is that telling? ;-) ). Met a lot of Japanese folks. Some over FB some right there. Rekindled my interest in speaking, 'cause, frankly, communicating in English only can be difficult in Japan. So I am trying to collate my previous efforts in learning Japanese here on Duolingo. Waybackwhen partook in a language course by the Japanese German Society in Berlin for maybe a year and a half. Learned some kanji, purchased even kanji dictionaries. And a book by Makoto Sugawara (Nihongo. A Japanese Approach to Japanese). Since most of my Japan-related contacts are with either Americans or Japanese I switched to learning the Japanese language based on English, not German (although the latter is my native tongue). Goals? Um, having a few words up my sleeve here and there. Understanding the culture better by way of this particular intricate languange. Absolutely no manga interests (sorry folks) or baseball.
To get me a japanese waifu. But it probably won't happen. Also I want to try and be quadrilingual as well.