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GTC | Oct 12, 2013 4:37 PM
I'll be updating the club soon.
THank you for all your participation!!

pauro19 | Aug 8, 2013 5:03 PM
Learn it by word vocabulary, forget about the on and kons, will give you headache. Just search for words and memorize them, and write them with Kanji + kana, and memorize that. That's what I have been doing though. xD

newdawn | Aug 2, 2013 5:21 AM
Hey im new to the club ^^
what is the best way to learn kanji?

pauro19 | May 27, 2013 8:13 AM
I suggest you jump into some grammar and vocabulary (to a point of at least knowing the basics) before you start kanji...

MusicSynesthesia | May 26, 2013 6:05 AM
Hello everyone, I'm new to this club (:

Just casually learning Japanese during my final year of high school. I've learnt my hiragana, and my katakana is a work in progress! Kanji is developing as well.

pauro19 | May 25, 2013 11:14 AM
I suggest memorizing or familiarizing hiragana and katakana first, and then proceed with the vocabularies and grammar... make sure to write everything in hiragana and katakana when you are starting to study grammar and vocab, and if you reach a point of knowing something already like basic sentence pattern and the likes, proceed into mixing kanjis in your study.. By this, you will be hitting 3 birds in one stone.. a very good time wise studying.. :)

Cratex | May 24, 2013 2:29 PM
Peten00b: With just a little effort I learned to read the Hiragana in about a month, and having done so this opened up a LOT of things to me. If nothing else, there ARE some manga that are either all in hiragana or have "furigana" (really tiny hiragana) next to any kanji, so there are things you can start reading right away (assuming you know the words your reading...).

I plan to start the katakana soon as well, but I imagine it will be about the same.

So, while this is my 'non-professional' opinion, given that kana is in just about everything you might read anyway, you should start there. Besides, it is what they actually do in Japan. I'm practicing with first grade readers and kids stories I find here and there.

Pietru | May 21, 2013 1:52 AM
Should I learn Kanji first or should I learn some grammar/vocabulary in Hiragana reading?

Cratex | May 18, 2013 10:07 AM
Hello folks. I consider myself at an intermediate level speaking Japanese. Right now I'm learning Hiragana. I'm way past the "memorize the characters stage" - I'm working my way through a Japanese "first grade" reader I picked up at a Japanese book store, and right now I'm tripping over one of the tongue twister phrases - it's using a word I simply can't figure out what it means. Where would be the appropriate place to ask for help regarding words I have trouble finding in a dictionary or on-line?

makitokun | Mar 29, 2013 1:28 AM
so, how often do people post on the ocmment page?

cyber1e1 | Mar 12, 2013 4:18 AM
Hey all, iv just joined and I think this club could be helpful with me in learning Japanese, I started a week or so ago with pimslur, and looking for someone to practice with hopefully if anyone is interested send me a message or sthing

DreamingBeats | Feb 3, 2013 11:38 PM
Hi @Durara27 and welcome to the Japanese study club
be sure to familiarize yourself with hiragana and katakana before starting the actual lessons (hiragana &katakana should really be placed as "lesson 0")

Tamashiro | Feb 3, 2013 11:34 PM

DreamingBeats | Feb 3, 2013 10:31 PM
how about adding SRS to the list of helpful resources
learning and memorizing new words is a great part (and arguably the hardest) in learning the language, and SRS definitely helps
anki is free for android, but quite expensive for ios
(which is why i'm using a free alternative > >)

tranceotaku | Jan 24, 2013 10:10 AM
I really need to be more diligent in studying these lessons. Thank you GTC :D

GTC | Jan 24, 2013 4:48 AM
@ Recent Comments - All this information is found in Lesson 7. IF there are further questions for Nihongo Greetings, you can check the lessons. It is greatly appreciated for all the club participation! ^^

NinjaNyanko | Jan 23, 2013 11:32 PM
Ohhh... I see!^_^ Thank you!

DreamingBeats | Jan 23, 2013 10:56 PM
a small mistake i made - 'konbanwa' is also not used for people ingroup. outgroup only.

Konbanwa is used for greeting people outside your group. For example, you might hear the reporter greet the audience with 'konbanwa' before reporting the evening news (the news crew = ingroup vs audience = outgroup). If you listen to a podcast, you might hear the host saying 'konbanwa' to the audience, or to someone invited to join the podcast. Can also be used to greet someone not very close to you during a night event.

Konbanwa is only used for greeting people that are not very close to you, which is why you won't hear friends greeting each other with 'konnichiwa' or 'konbanwa'.

NinjaNyanko | Jan 23, 2013 9:49 PM
Yes!!! Konbanwa, eh? Yay.^_^
It's been bothering me not to know what "good evening" is while knowing 'good morning.' Is it just used less in everyday speech, or does everyone just go to bed around 3 in the afternoon?

DreamingBeats | Jan 22, 2013 11:55 PM
there are plenty of ways to greet people, but (arguably) the simplest ones are:
Ohayou (gozaimasu) = good morning
Konnichiwa = good afternoon*
Konbanwa = good evening

*not used for greeting people ingroup

"moshi moshi" is used often in telephone conversations, to make sure that the other person in the line can hear you, and can also be used when you want to draw someone's attention, in which case it can be roughly translated as "excuse me"

probably best to learn hiragana and katakana before worrying about such expressions though =p

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