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Nihongo ga sukoshi wakarimasu

I am attempting to learn Japanese (Nihongo) from Pimsleur's Comprehensive Japanese lessons, amongst other things.  I really strongly want to learn and retain this language, and I've learned the most important parts of learning a language are immersion and repetition.  If anyone out there has any comprehension of Japanese and would like to help me learn by communicating with me in Japanese and such, I would greatly appreciate it.  I obviously don't know much at this point, having only taken two half-hours lessons — apart from some general long-term exposure through entertainment and occasionally learning bits and pieces — but I'd appreciate being able to get as much practice as I can to help retain it and truly begin comprehending it as my own language, not just as something I'm constantly trying to interpret.

I had two problems with learning French.  The first was the lack of use, in that I had no one with whom I could use it.  The other, I've more recently realized, is that it wasn't a language I took as my own; I kept trying to interpret the words into their English counterparts, and I think it would be more helpful if I can convince my brain to accept the words, phrases, and notations as having their own meaning and context.

I do intend to learn the written language as well, but that is going to be a task with a much greater learning curve.  I think it will be easier by having some basic understanding of the language itself first, so long as I work on immersing myself into the text gradually.

Thanks in advance. (Arigatougozaimasu.)

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sixteenbynine
Dec. 13th, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
I realize now I totally forgot to link you to the books I was showing you. Here's Amazon links:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0834804522/

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0834804530/

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1880656906/

Also recommended is http://www.amazon.com/dp/4889961151 although I confess I've never used it.

Back issues of Mangajin itself change hands at incredibly inflated prices, sad to say. Now that licensing manga for any use has become expensive, I'm fairly sure they're not going to be re-offered in any format soon, so go with the books -- they distill the most useful stuff into a few succinct lessons.

For basic no-frills grammar, this handy little book -- http://www.amazon.com/dp/0486210278/ -- from the ever-useful Dover catalog tells you everything you need to know and nothing you don't. For a more comprehensive approach, http://www.amazon.co/dp/4789004546 has come well-recommended, but it is not cheap.

As another general rule, any Japanese instruction book with the Kodansha label tends to be a good one; they're written with a Western audience in mind but with strong Japanese editorial oversight so they're both accurate and timely.

The best part is that almost all these books are dirt cheap when bought used!
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