Putting it all to good use

Jace *\(^o^)/*
Asked 8 years ago

Lately, I've been thinking back to when I learned the English language. Textbooks didn't teach me English, they taught me words and good grammer. Being immersed in the culture taught me English. The same must hold true for Japanese, but how do I get that exposure from the other side of the world? If you are using this service, you have probably not yet achieved your goal of fluency in Japanese, but would anyone be able to share any resources for becoming familiar with the colloquial expressions, shorthand, and various dialects of the langauge?  Don't necessarily need a reference manual. Any exposure at all would be a tremendous step in the right direction. All I have to go on right now are Anime and video games. If all I knew about the English language was what I heard/read on cartoons and video games, I would sound very strange to other English speakers. If you have any suggestions, please share them liberally. If you are a native speaker of English who has become fluent in Japanese, I would like to learn how.


PS: Yes, I would love to spend a year in Japan, but that option is simply not viable at this time.

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1 Answer


Have you tried getting Japanese friends which you can chat with and put your knowledge and study to the test with them?
There are alot of bored Japanese guys just looking for people to talk with if you go to the right place!

You don't have to go to Japan, bring Japan to you!

Answered 8 years ago

I've never met anyone from Japan, but I agree that it would be great practice talking/chatting with people who grew up with the language that I am attempting to learn. I could go to Yahoo Japan ;) I'm beginning to learn that understanding a language is var more involved than simply learning a script and the words that use it. The language of a culture is the very essence of that culture. It tells the story of where a body of people have come from. It is their lineage, and the remembrance of their past failures and triumphs. A language is far deeper than the spoken word. To know a people's language is to develop an intimate connection to their entire world. It may be a difficult endeavor, but I feel it is one worthwhile in the end.

Jace *\(^o^)/*
Commented 8 years ago