<div style="text-align: center;"><!--link--><a href="http://www.asianideas.com/"><img src="http://i44.tinypic.com/im8480.jpg" /></a> <strong><em><u>NOTE:</u> This club is not intended to replace that of a trained teacher or tutor. For optimal instruction, it is wise to attend a class that will teach Japanese in a form for practical comprehension and usage. Commenting in the forum is ok, as long as it is on topic with the subject of the thread.</em></strong><!--center--></div> Learning a language is hard to do at any age. Here is a method of learning that is updated and clarified. This club will reflect basic elements of <!--link--><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_language">Nihongo</a>. If you study the lessons in the forum at least 30 minutes a day, you can learn to speak Nihongo in a matter of a few months. However, it takes years to master (so let's be realistic. ^_^) However, here, you can grasp Nihongo the same way you learned English when you were young. There will be simple words (with pronunciation), and you will progress to complex phrases. Stages of learning are: 1) English 2) Romanji 3) Katakana 4) Hiragana 5) Kanji Lessons will include audio information that will help in correct pronunciation and sentence structure. The courses here will provide English translations and brief explanations for each lesson. The first few will cover pronunciation, laying the foundation for learning the vocabulary, phrases, and grammar components that are explained later. In addition to this, there are exercises that will help in Nihongo grammar, and verb conjugations. Practice your Nihongo as much as possible. Even if you can't manage a trip to Nihon, watching Japanese movies / anime, reading Japanese magazines / manga, eating at native restaurants, and talking Nihongo with friends and family will help reinforce what you have learned. <div style="text-align: center;"><strong><em><span style="color:#663399">Here are helpful sites that will encourage your comprehension and growth:</em></strong><!--color--></span> <div class="spoiler"><input type="button" class="button" onClick="this.nextSibling.nextSibling.style.display='block';this.style.display='none';" value="Show spoiler"> <span class="spoiler_content" style="display:none"><input type="button" class="button" onClick="this.parentNode.style.display='none';this.parentNode.parentNode.childNodes.style.display='block';" value="Hide spoiler"><br> <!--link--><a href="http://japanese.about.com/"><strong>About.com - Japanese</strong></a> <!--link--><a href="http://esl.about.com/od/englishgrammar/English_Grammar_Help_Rules_Worksheets_Games_Quizzes_Exercises.htm"><strong>About.com - English Grammar (English as a 2nd Language)</strong></a> <!--link--><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subordinate_clauses"><strong>Wikipedia - Dependent Clause</strong></a> <!--link--><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_grammar"><strong>Wikipedia - English Grammar</strong></a> <!--link--><a href="http://linear.mv.com/cgi-bin/j-e/dict"><strong>Japanese-English Online Dictionary (with Hiragana and Katakana)</strong></a> <em>These pages on these sites were suggested to me by my tutor. However, the following sites were suggested by <!--link--><a href="http://myanimelist.net/profile/sleepyday">sleepyday</a> who created <!--link--><a href="http://myanimelist.net/clubs.php?cid=5821">The Japanese Club</a> here on MAL. They offer substantial help in learning Nihongo:</em> <!--link--><a href="http://nihonbunka.uaa.alaska.edu/language/dirtyguide.html#preface"><strong>Dirty Guide to Japanese</strong></a> <em>"This Dirty Guide to Japanese aims to provide the student with all the tools necessary to start solving problems in Japanese. It gives the student the most important parts and pieces of the whole language, letting them take them into the field to try them out, to attempt real and useful communication with Japanese speakers." - Author of Site</em> <!--link--><a href="http://www.guidetojapanese.org/"><strong>The Japanese's Guide to Nihongo</strong></a> <em>"This site explains Japanese grammar in a systematic step-by-step process and is released under the Creative Commons License. It was created as a resource for those who want to learn Japanese grammar in a rational, intuitive way that makes sense in Japanese. The explanations are focused on how to make sense of the grammar not from English but from a Japanese point of view. To learn more about this guide, go to the introduction page and start learning this intriguing and unique language! This site is available in 12 languages!" - Author of Site</em> <!--link--><a href="http://www.kanji-a-day.com/"><strong>Kanji-A-Day</strong></a> <!--link--><a href="http://www.kanjisite.com/"><strong>Kanji Site (for advanced students)</strong></a> <!--link--><a href="http://www.jlptstudy.com/"><strong>Nihongo Proficiency Test</strong></a><!--spoiler--></span></div><!--center--></div> <div style="text-align: right;"><!--link--><a href="http://myanimelist.net/clubs.php?cid=6087"><img src="http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n248/MedliSage/MAL/DoujinBar.png" /></a> <!--link--><a href="http://whos.amung.us/stats/onr8eut8g3t8"><img src="http://whos.amung.us/widget/onr8eut8g3t8.png" /></a><!--right--></div>
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