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30 June 2009 @ 06:00 pm
I'll go ahead and provide answers to questions that will most likely come up.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Will this Community teach me to be fluent in Japanese? No. Fluency is achieved by repetition and interaction with people who know the language. Learning Japanese, or any language for that matter, is not learned over night or mere weeks.

How long will it take me to learn Japanese? An estimate would be around a year for conversational purposes, for those who wish to learn how to write and speak, it will take years. I've seen people who live in Japan with a work permit, and have been there for years and still do not know everything (because there's so much to learn!). It really depends on how hard you want to work.

How often should I study? Everyday! Incorporate the language into your everyday tasks.

Even if it's just one word! Instead of saying, "Monday" say "Getsuyoubi." (Ge-tsu-yo-u-bi || げつようび || 月曜日) Little things like that will make a difference, no matter how insignificant it might seem.

It's so hard! Is there an easier way? No way. Studying and repetition is the key! It'll get easier as you progress. Stick with it! Gambatte!

I don't understand this ___ (insert hiragana/word lesson here). Can you explain it to me? Sure.

Can I skip learning hiragana? That's up to you, but if you're just wanting to speak the language, go ahead and skip it. I will warn you that it will only take a little extra time associating "ka" with its hiragana か. It's not hard, and well worth learning.

Will you translate this for me? Here's the thing. I am only a novice.
What I can do, however, is translate romaji into hiragana, and possibly romaji into English. I can also tell you meanings of words. Don't expect anything spectacular from me.

Do you speak Japanese? Are you Japanese. No to both of those questions. I have a small conversational vocabulary.