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Postby David_Caradine » February 24th, 2008 9:30 am

:P Hi Everybody.

I decided to learn japanese because of my movie carier. I always did caracteres close to the oriental culture. The last one from my friend Quenty was the trigger to make finaly learn japanese.

kind Regards,
David C.

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Postby keikony » February 29th, 2008 1:59 am

I started studying Japanese because I'm Japanese, but grew up in the U.S. and haven't spoken it since I was about 8 or 9. Are there any other Japanese learners out there? I find that I still have some vague memories, and can understand children's Japanese, but I have trouble with vocabulary. Now that I'm old (at least older than most here), it's a real challenge! It's a good workout for the brain though.
btw, my kids are half Japanese, but so far they havent expressed much interest.

David Carradine. you're kidding, right?

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Postby Rainbow Ichi » March 7th, 2008 2:09 am

Hmm well initial reason was to be able to understand anime when they talk in japanese.
I took one of my summers taking verbal japanese for beginners, so I can understand basic beginner japanese, but can't read any characters.

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Postby the_haunted_boy » March 11th, 2008 7:14 am

It is because I love foreign languages in general, I also like "The Ring" and other Asian horror movies and so Japanese sounded so fun.

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Postby Amanda08 » April 4th, 2008 4:21 am

Well I went to Malaysia last year and met quite a few Japanese friends there. I learned quite a few things from them, also they introduced me to my first Japanese drama, which now I'm addicted to. That got me really interested in the language, it's fun to learn it. Also the music and culture is really interesting and I like it a lot. I also like their writing a lot, so learning that as well.

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Postby oo0speed0oo » April 4th, 2008 7:25 pm

i could say culture, i could say knowledge and i wouldn't be lieing... but its really for the girls :).

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Postby sashimidimsum7250 » April 5th, 2008 1:04 am

At least you are honest. :)

For me it was my interest in Japanese video games mostly, followed my anime/manga.

I actually took a Japanese course in University many moons ago (I just had passing interest in Japan at the time) , but didn't really continue studying until recently. I pretty much had to re-learn everything.

Funny thing now I don't have much time play games since most of my free time is spent studying Japanese.

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Postby robopanda » May 7th, 2008 9:36 pm

In year 7 all the students had to choose a language to study out of French, german and Japanese. I chose japanese and haven't looked back! I don't know how to explain it (much to the confusion of my dad's japanese colleagues :lol: ) but the way it is spoken, the written scripts and the culture completely sucked me in. I'm also a gamer :)
Learning japanese actually got me interested in anime, j-dorama and Jpop rather than the other way around! :roll:

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Postby rooraa » June 17th, 2008 12:54 pm

Starting around 5th grade (I'm going to be in 11th soon) I became really addicted to manga and anime but I never really felt like i wanted to learn Japanese or anything. I am not really into manga or anime now but I still read the occasional manga. About a year or so ago, my sister was looking sites to read manga online and came across a korean drama and that was the beginning of my obbession with the korean culture (korean boybands, korean dramas/movies, korean music, korean food). So now i'm trying to learn korean.

Now you might be wondering, how is the world is this connected to Japanese? Well it just so happened that i discovered that the local college doesn't offer any korean classes but they did have Japanese so I thought, hey why not I should take that class. I did know that the sentence structure was similar between Japanese and korean so my thinking is if I learn some Japanese then taht will hopefully help me with my korean. It doesn't hurt that my favorite korean boyband is fluent in Japanese too =]

I find it funny that anime and Japanese video games are associated with sparking an interest in learning the language while it's korean dramas spark a desire to learn korean

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Postby Nahte » June 17th, 2008 7:20 pm

I just enjoy learning it and think it's a facinating language.
I'd like to go to Japan someday, too.

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Postby Alavian » June 18th, 2008 4:36 am

My grandmother is full Japanese, and there are many Japanese individuals where I live. In addition, I enjoy watching anime.

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Postby Trium Shockwave » June 21st, 2008 10:38 am

I always seemed to latch onto Japanese things from a young age. Voltron, Transformers, Robotech were some of my favorite things. I liked the bits of Japanese culture that would come out of Ninja Turtles. Around 1999, the Internet finally happened for me, I connected with anime fans, got fansubs of Sailor Moon (my first real exposure to Japanese language), and it snowballed from there. Now, anime, JDramas, music, traditional culture like Go, whatever I can get ahold of I'll try.

I did the Pimsleur's thing, and got up to halfway through the third book of Japanese For Busy People. I'll finish that someday, I swear. It's just so... dry.

Unfortunately, having picked up so much from TV, when I speak I naturally want to use very casual speech. I had to consciously think about what I was doing when I went to Japan so I didn't come off sounding like a disreputable high school boy or something. :lol:

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Postby wunderkind26 » June 21st, 2008 4:14 pm

For me it was because I really wanted to understand what my favorite Johnny's Junior groups are saying in interviews and doramas and stuff like that. It seems like I've always been fascinated with everything about the Japanese culture. I love their honor and respect...and they have the studens clean the schools! XD I don't know, I guess there really isn't a valid reason for me to learn other than the curiosity and desire to learn a language I'm passionate about.

Oh, did someone say they like Korean boy bands? So do I! XD I love jpop and kpop boy bands. DBSK (TVXQ), Hey!Say!JUMP, and Ya Ya Yah are my all time faves. Chinen Yuri, Yuto Nakajima, Ryosuke Yamada, Keito Okamoto, Ryutaro Morimoto, Taiga Kyomoto, Shoon Yamashita, Yabu Kota, Hikaru Yaotome, Inoo Kei, Takaki Yuya, Daiki Arioka, Taiyo Ayukawa, and Kim Jae Joong = Much <3

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