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Years Studied: 1
Studying: genki I
Level: 1, : 0
Hello! My name (or at least, the one i go by online) is Kochi. You'll probably know my big sister, キャシー. As much as I'd love to have been able to pick up japanese as well as she did from the class we shared, I tend to jokingly call myself 「はんねんせい」. So now, i'm muddling through genki I on my own, since i technically passed the class, and can't retake it for credit, so my daddy won't pay for it (freakin' easy grader...). As a result, i was just looking for a place to try and get kanji beaten into my skull, something amusing, but not too difficult, to keep me using my japanese, and some help with things I don't understand. And having said that... よろしくおねがいします!
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12 years ago
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Thanks for joining the site! I hope you enjoy it, and do let me know if you have any questions, comments, or problems!
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12 years ago
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Years Studied: えたくない
Studying: でも
Level: 1, : 3
I have been using the site for a while, but not really paying attention to the forums, but I figure it's probably about time to introduce myself.

アダニアとします。は6ぐらいです。でJETのALTでした。
えます。

んで、ちになって、でアジアしました。

かったけど、1で3けました。

にははないから、にはちはもしないね。れるけど、むときはってる。まあ、メモやチラシやなどはないけど、とかにはふりがなはあまり使ってないから、らない調べるのはめんどくさいですぐあきらめる。は「ルビ」をよく使ってて、めましたたい。それを使ってないですか?
このサイトでしたいとう。がしたいとってます。そのためにります!
よろしくおいします!

In short, I'm an English teacher at a private HS in Kyoto, with a few years experience on the JET program in Shiga.
I passed level 2 the first time I tried it, but I have failed level 1 for the third time this year.

I'm interested in becoming an interpreter (I have the important skill of being able to listen and speak at the same time--annoys my friends) and translator, so I need to improve my grammar and kanji reading abilities, although my speaking and listening are good enough to be mistaken for a native (it's just the good accent, my grammar is horrible!) speaker over the phone on multiple occasions.

Lastly, this site is AWESOME! I tell all my friends who are studying Japanese about it. Keep up the good work, and I'll keep reporting bugs when I find 'em.

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12 years ago
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Level: 28, : 4,291
Thanks for the introduction, and for the kind words about the site. :)
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12 years ago
Years Studied: 3
Studying: internet, books, music
Level: 1, : 6
Hey there!

I started learning Japanese in past december with a PDF version of Genki, while I was waitging for the real Genki arrive from Amazon ;D. I'm in lesson 7 (I just need to finish workbook's exercises beore moving onto lesson 8.

I love it!

I'm 17, and I like to play Nintendo DS, PSP and GBA, listen to jpop, learning japanese (damn! never thought it'd be so much fun ;D), surfing in the internet (mostly forums), etc.

I love to speak about economy, politics and that kinda stuff average teenagers hate (really! I'm really bad at maths, but I'd love to study economy, but can't :| since I'm in Human Sciences at - last year before college ;D)

I had english for, hum, 6 years, as of last June I haven't anymore :|, so I really feel my english is getting kinda rusty, and I'll be practising it here :)

I'd like to become and interpretor, translator, diplomat, anything related to jsoccer or whatever comes up about Japan.

しています・・・・・
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12 years ago (Edited 11 years ago.)
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サイトへようこそ!It is way too fun, isn't it? Which is why I'm ahead in my class, but behind in my organic chemistry class, even though I'm a chemical forensics major... -.-;; I love chemistry, but reading the books makes you want to bang your head on something sometimes... which is why I end up pulling out my Genki instead. xD

Your English is quite good! Keep up the good work. A lot of people in my Japanese class are International business majors, so maybe you could consider that too? Since you already speak English and are working on Japanese. ってね~!
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12 years ago
Years Studied: 3
Studying: internet, books, music
Level: 1, : 6
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サイトへようこそ!It is way too fun, isn't it? Which is why I'm ahead in my class, but behind in my organic chemistry class, even though I'm a chemical forensics major... -.-;; I love chemistry, but reading the books makes you want to bang your head on something sometimes... which is why I end up pulling out my Genki instead. xD

Your English is quite good! Keep up the good work. A lot of people in my Japanese class are International business majors, so maybe you could consider that too? Since you already speak English and are working on Japanese. ってね~!

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Yeah...japanese is a lotta fun, I love to learn it and get a bit depressed when I have school work to do (my tests are now re-starting, and have like 4 works to deliver next week) because I have to stop with japanese for several days straight ;_;

Thanks :), but my english was a lot better just one year ago, I totally miss my english classes, don't miss the teacher though, she was really unfair to me.

"international business", damn, sure like the sound of it, my dream job always was something related to bussiness, dunno why, I love the men and women's suits ;D

My college degree is in Mandarin/Japanese, so I think I'll be able to do "business" with those countries, I think I'll be prepared for it since I'll learn about Japan/China's culture, politics, geography, history etc etc. And of course...languages.


Thanks ~
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12 years ago (Edited 12 years ago.)
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Years Studied: 1
Studying: Genki II
Level: 1, : 0
Hey みなさん!

I really like this site, so I should introduce myself.
I'm a Norwegian student currently studying abroad in USA. I'ven though it has nothing to do with my major, I started taking Japanese half a year ago, and it's just pure fun. I love the language and the quirkyness of the Japanese culture and humor. I feel very luky to have 品川 (one of the Genki book writers) as sensei, she is just the absolute best. Soo funny, entertaining, and really skilled as a teacher.

I had actually close to no experience with Japanese until two years ago, when I started watching anime. With pokemon being popular for a while, I had the misconception of anime being childish. How glad I'm I to have been so wrong!
Hayao Miyasaki, Makoto Shinkai, Tsugumi Ohba, Naoki Urasawa, Yuki Urushibara... Just awesome people.

I'll be glad to spend time on this site, and contribute in any way I can. Ooh, my name is Roald btw. どうぞよろしく。
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12 years ago (Edited 12 years ago.)
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Welcome to the site. It's cool you have such a well-known teacher!

I'm equally surprised that you know about Makoto Shinkai. I've got 3 of his movies on DVD (despite them costing a fortune over here in Japan), and I've become a huge fan of the soundtrack music (which is done by ).
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12 years ago
Years Studied: 2
Studying: Yookoso! Continuing & Genki II
Level: 1, : 6

はじめまして! はクリスタリンです。さいです。
メリーランドで、しています。

My story's probably a little bit different. It wasn't until after I graduated college with a theatre degree that I realized, I'd wanted to study Japanese for a few years and was just too scared to do it (But not theatre apparently? Go figure). After a few years I started studying on my own, but when I got a job at a university last year, I was able to take classes for free. They offer Japanese classes, but only online classes, and only three of them. I'm currently in my third semester, so then I plan to study at the Japanese Embassy in D.C. I use the "Yookoso!" books, and we've just started the second one, although when I switch classes I'll be using the "Genki" books. I'll eventually transfer back to a different university full time to get my Japanese degree [s]and finally graduate with my second degree at 30 years old, but whatever[/s]. I'd like to then travel on the 90-day visa with my husband (also a Japanese major) to Japan, and then apply for JET upon my return (neither of us can afford to study abroad, and we didn't want to be separated for a year).

I love learning Japanese, but I have a severe confidence problem when it comes to listening and speaking, probably due to my online-only classes, but I hope to get over that soon.
If anyone ever wants to get on AIM, MSN, etc to chat in Japanese with me, I'd really love that! If you could try to excuse my horrible grammar and beginner skills. I really need the practice.

I can't wait to test out this site! I found it through a friend of mine who's currently studying in Kyoto.

どうぞよろしくおいします!
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12 years ago
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Level: 1, : 103
ようこそ!

Most of my class has confidence problems in speaking, and we meet three times a week for face-to-face classes. xD I think it's more of the whole I'm-speaking-a-foreign-language-and-am-probably-butchering-it-terribly thing. When you're used to speaking a mile a minute, it's rather daunting to stutter through a sentence at a foot a minute. ;D

My piece of advice (that I've noticed one of my classmates follow through on when I saw him on campus xD) is to talk to yourself in Japanese. In the car, around the house, anywhere you don't feel too embarrassed doing so, hold a little Japanese monologue. Luckily, my family is used to it - when I look in the fridge and ask myself べよう?my sister answers, "there's some lasagna left - you could have that." xD It doesn't help to much with dialogue, since you have to process what someone else is saying, but at least you can at least get used to spitting out the right words in approximately the right order. ;D
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12 years ago
Years Studied: 10
Level: 1, : 6
hi
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12 years ago
Years Studied: 1
Studying: Genki 2
Level: 1, : 4
Well, I've been around since Monday or Tuesday, lol... Looks like this will be helpful, assuming I can manage to actually pass my current class... (Currently about 5% below passing... ugh) I'm having a really hard time with memorizing vocab, so hopefully this will help...
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12 years ago
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Years Studied: えたくない
Studying: でも
Level: 1, : 3
I totally agree with キャッシー's piece of advice!
I often talk to myself in Japanese, and I also make up scenarios in my head and imagine what i would say in that situation.

For example, on my way to the butcher, i might imagine how i'd ask him whether they have lamb or not, and what he might say to me in reply (Lamb? Why would we carry stinky meat like that!?) and then how to ask him if he can suggest somewhere else that might carry it (very politely, of course).

Or on the bus, i might imagine what the other people on the bus would say to me if i asked them the time, or how to get somewhere, or whatever.
I'm sure it doesn't really help my accuracy with language, but it certainly does help with fluency and confidence.
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11 years ago
Years Studied: 3
Studying: Genki II
Level: 1, : 8
Hello :D
My name is Elza. I'm 18 and I live in Belgium.
My interest in Japan started three years ago with manga. I got really interested in Japan, it's culture and it's language. That's why I decided to tak japanese evening lessons. I've gone to the japanese evening school for two years and now I study japanese at the university.
In july and august 2008 I went to Japan for five weeks. I lived with a very nice host family in Tokyo. It was great and I'll certainly go back!

At the university we use Genki (we've already finished Genki I.) The most difficult thing for me is learning the kanji. I found this site when searched the internet for a site to learn kanji. The learning schedules on this site are very usefull.
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11 years ago
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Studying: Just started studying Japanese
Level: 1, : 0
Hi, I'm Ludd.

I started studying the Japanese language around the beginning of the year just for the fun of it. I find Japanese culture and history fascinating and I'm hoping to visit Japan one of these days. Studying the kanji (which is mainly all I've done so far) is surprisingly fun. For some reason it seems to stick in my head better than some of my other attempts at learning a foreign language. (Ok, maybe not the kanji with tons of strokes in them. I'm working on deciphering those.)

This site looks really great and well organized. Since I'm taking the summer off from school and I can access this site from work, I'm sure I'll be spending more time on this site than I probably should. Take that Corporate America!

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11 years ago
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Studying: Just started studying Japanese
Level: 1, : 0
And I don't know what that picture is, but that's not me.
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11 years ago
Level: 1, : 0
rkstaum は

My name is Rae. I love Japanese literature and am studying for JLPT 1Q so I can stop relying on a dictionary so much when I read!


もレーです! (^。^)

...and that is the extent of my sentence-forming ability. Anything more complicated, and things might get ugly.

I found this website after buying a notebook for writing practice at a Japanese bookstore. It was made for grade-schoolers and had "かんじれんしゅう” written on the front. I didn't know what renshuu meant, so I googled it, and this site came up. And I'm glad it did! I already feel I've improved my ability in some areas through taking the tests on this site.

My goals are to be able to converse with native Japanese speakers and be understood, and also to gain a general understanding of the Japanese language. I'm currently at a junior college, I want to eventually get a degree in linguistics. I'm particularly interested in east Asian languages...but I'm just sticking to Japanese for now, for simplicity's sake.

From what I've seen, this website has a friendly and helpful community. I look forward to learning with all of you!

(random question: is there a shortcut key for switching between the Japanese and English keyboard modes on the windows language bar? Clicking it back and forth is getting a little tedious! )
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11 years ago
Years Studied: 3
Studying: JLPT 1
Level: 1, : 2
Rae は

(random question: is there a shortcut key for switching between the Japanese and English keyboard modes on the windows language bar? Clicking it back and forth is getting a little tedious! )
Yes. Alt+Shift.
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11 years ago
Level: 1, : 0
Thanks! Although it didn't work for me for some reason, I figured out that ctrl+shift is what changes it for me. I'm on Windows Vista.
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11 years ago
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