Japanese Language Proficiency Test – Learning Japanese – Goal towards JLPT N5

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  1. Geddy says:

    I am looking to learn some Japanese for a number of reasons. One, I am fascinated with the language and the culture itself. Second, I love video games and Japan gets so many more games, most of which are never localized into English. Third, I’m going to Tokyo later this year and want to have at least a rudimentary knowledge of the language to appreciate it more.

    This was pretty informative as far as options go, and as I spend a lot of time on Reddit, it never even dawned on me to look for a subreddit for learning Japanese! I think what’s overwhelming me the most is whether to try to learn to speak it, or to learn some kanji characters to get my feet wet. I don’t have anyone to speak it with so reading it would really be my priority. Then again, speaking it or being able to understand spoken language seems like they should be done in parallel.

    Any advice on books or apps that would help someone trying to get started?

    I speak english and a decent amount of Spanish, although I’m pretty sure neither of those help at all!

    • Books arent necessary, i just find that buying them makes me more likely to use them. Im only a month in or so, but id recommend learning the alphabets first (hiragana, katakana). Theres online resources out there for you + youtube to help with the pronunciation. After that, maybe get yourself a good audio book to listen and learn from that is interactive. Hope that helps 🙂

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