japanese for begginers Salaryman (サラリーマン,, Sararīman, salaried man)
Memorizing and studying hiragana and katakana is great Japanese for beginners. Knowing the sounds of each syllabogram helps with proper pronunciation of Japanese words. For example, lets take a look at the word “サラリーマン” pronounced “Sararīman”. This is actually a word borrowed from the English phrase “Salary man” meaning business man who earns a salaried income. Since there is no “L” sound in Japanese the sound becomes “R”. People who are ignorant of this in the West make fun of this difference, but those of us who know better realize that Japanese and some Chinese dialects have little of no use of “L” (more explanation at the bottom). Learning the Japanese kana syllabary allows a beginners to get familiar with these kinds of nuances of sound pronunciation.
Here is a great explaination of the the /l/ /r/ sounds for asian languages:
As I understand, in at least some major dialects of Chinese (maybe all, I don’t know), the /l/ and /r/ sounds exist but are prosodically restricted. The /l/ can only appear syllable-initially while the /r/ appears syllable-finally. This means that a Chinese speaker would have more trouble with an /l/ sound at the end of a word and also with an /r/ sound at the beginning of a word. This means that a speaker should be able to pronounce the /l/ in “ladder” but have difficulty with “red”. This agrees with Jon Purdy’s examples of yimier for “email” and luōqièsītè for “Rochester”.
Korean has the opposite going on; that is, their /l/ and /r/ are in allophonic variation such that /r/ shows up syllable-initially and /l/ syllable-finally, meaning they would have more trouble saying the /l/-sound in “ladder” than in “feel”.
In both cases, it would not be trivial for a native speaker of these languages to distinguish the differences between English /l/ and /r/.
It may seem strange that a language would have no difficulty pronouncing a sound in one position in the syllable but extreme difficulty pronouncing the sound elsewhere. However, in English, we have similarly restricted consonants. For example, the consonant /ŋ/ (the “ng” sound in “hanger” — yes it is only one sound, unlike “finger” which has the sequence [ŋɡ]) is only produced syllable-finally in English. But, in many other languages, words commonly begin with /ŋ/ (e.g. Swahili). So the difficulty you would have pronouncing “ngapi” (/ŋapi/) is the same type of difficulty Chinese and Korean speakers run into with /r/ and /l/ in certain places.
In Japanese, there is only one sound that appears in all positions within the syllable. Their /r/ sound is something between /l/ and /r/, and so every English /l/ sound comes out sounding like something “r”-ish. — english stack exchange
Cblocks Color Speed Match game to music! Cblocks is a new addictive, free, speed color matching game for all ages.
Each match is one note to a song. Compete the song to get high scores.
If the left color and the right color on the block are the same, tap block. But if the left color and the right color are different, skip the block. You get a point for each correct answer and negative points for the one you miss. But if you tap the wrong block, game over.
Sounds easy, right?!
See how fast you can go, get a high score, challenge your friends, conquer the world one block at a time!
There are a few Japanese learning games out there including Hiragana Pixel Party, Mind Snacks/learn Japanese, and Koe (to mention a few). We are also designing a couple of Japanese learning games, but our approach is different.
What we hope to do is focus on the “game” aspect of our learning game. We are making it something addictive and fun with stunning visuals.
There are plenty of learning methods and apps out there.. like Rossetta and Pimsleur. Those are great, but we are making something that will draw you into a routine, games are the best at doing this.
There is a such things as Japanese Slang. Like English, Japanese has many borrowed words that become popular slang, but there are also colloquial words and phrases that are unique to Japan.
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Some Japanese words:
うp [uppu]‘アップロード (appuroudo) – Upload
名無しさん – (nanashi-san), which means ‘Mr./Ms. Anonymous’
‘sankyuu’, which sounds like the English ‘thank you’.
ウケる – (ukeru) verb expressing something funny
ヤバい – (yabai) exclaimation of something amazing or very shocking
Why do I love Japan? I think my love for Japan started with the artist, writers and cartoonists. In particular the guys who created the Macross series: writer – Hiroshi Ōnogi (大野木 寛), designer/writer/artist – Shōji Kawamori (河森 正治) and artist – Haruhiko Mikimoto (美樹本 晴彦). Macross is a science fiction, Japanese Anime. The series is about humanity fighting off an alien attack with alien technology called Robotech. I saw the series as a kid and it had an impact on me. Because the characterization and story line had a depth that I had not seen in a children’s show before. All the American kid’s shows were watered down by comparison. Macross introduced me to lots of other works of art from Japan.
co creator of Macross 河森 正治 Shoji Kawamori
As with many other western “Otaku”, my obsession with Japanese pop culture led me to want to know more about who Japanese people are, what they are all about and much more about the culture as a whole. I started to read a little about the history of Japan, the religious beliefs and eventually got to visit Tokyo!
I have been all over the world. I have seen many cultures, but Japanese is definitely one of my favorites. Many people there are polite to a fault. Many of the things that I feel are most important in life are the foundations of Japanese culture. Things like the importance of working very hard, honor, respect, and loyalty.
Anime is not the only reason I love Japan. I love the culture as a whole. The history shows a very intelligent people who are stoic warriors, artists, engineers and visionaries who have offered humanity so much. Learning Japanese is my way of showing respect to a great people.
We had Japanese Peruvian food in Thailand. At a fancy restaurant called Above 11. The food was incredible. Unlike traditional Japanese food, it left me very full.
The food got me curious about the culture. While I had heard of Peru having a president with a Japanese ancestry, Alberto Fujimori, I did not know about how Japanese culture could have any kind of influence on Peru.
Even though Japanese Peruvians are only about .3% of the population, they have risen to highly respectable positions within Peru and have had a significant influence on the culture.
How do you find a “learn japanese app”? You can go on google/bing/yahoo but the best way to find apps to learn japanese is to go the app store. Google Play and the Apple App store are the biggest followed by Microsoft. Other appstores include Amazon, GetJar, SlideME, F-Droid, Samsung Apps, AppLibs, 1Mobile, Appia, App Brain, AppsFire, AppsZoom, Android Pit, Brophone, CNET, Handango, Handster, Insyde Market, Mobango, Mobile9, Nexva,Opera Mobile App Store, Soc.io, and there’s also the Baidu App Store in China, and Yandex in Russia
Japanese for beginners starts with Hiragana, Katakana and Romanji. I am still a beginner. Honestly, I have had many stops and starts. But I have noticed a few key points that have help me take steps in the right direction. Here are few tips that have helped:
Have Set Realistic "Japanese for Beginners" type Goals
Japanese for beginners should start with an objective, a goal of what you want to do. Is your goal to learn to write Japanese? Is your goal to speak fluently. The first step for a beginer in Japanese or ANY language, for that matter, is to figure out what your goal is.
Your goal should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time (S.M.A.R.T) limited. So its not enough to say, "my goal is the write in Japanese". You need the goal to be S.M.A.R.T. "I will learn to write Japanese by starting off with Hiragana, that I will practice daily for 4 weeks. On week 5, I should test myself and write all hiragana from memory."
Conquer the Japanese for Beginner Learning Curve with Motivation
You need a REASON to learn. Something that inspires you enough to do the hard work of memorization and interpretation. It can be talking to a penpal in Japanese, a vacation to Tokyo, meeting Japanese business partners, impressing a Japanese boyfriend, impressing a Japanese girlfriend. It needs to be something that will truly inspire you to do better.
Do some hiragana & katakana practice everyday. Staying consistent will help you to keep the information in your head. With consistency, the mind begins to lock into the necessary patterns that you need pick up language.
Go Hard or Go Home
No excuses. Work hard and don't do hiragana/katakan practice half way. You know what you need to do so push yourself if you really want to know the language then you have to put in the work.
Get the right tools for learning. Get the right tools for YOU. If you know you learn better by lectures then get the best audio lessons you can find. If you are a visual learner then focus on something like Rosetta Stone. But don't stick with only ONE tool. Use more than one. The difference in learning tools will help the information stick.
These are some of the things that I have done to learn languages.