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Tue Dec 22, 2020, 06:29 PM

350 Phrases Every Japanese Beginner Must Know

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Reply 350 Phrases Every Japanese Beginner Must Know (Original post)
yuiyoshida Dec 2020 OP
Mme. Defarge Dec 2020 #1
spooky3 Dec 2020 #2
3catwoman3 Dec 2020 #3
luvs2sing Dec 2020 #4
Karadeniz Dec 2020 #5

Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Tue Dec 22, 2020, 06:44 PM

1. Years ago I tried learning Japanese in my car

by listening to cassette tapes as I drove the dozen or so miles to and from work five days a week. I listened and repeated diligently for months before losing interest after deciding it wasn’t the best way for me to try learning another language. After all of that effort the only Japanese I managed to retain was how to say, “The engine’s overheated,” which of course could come in handy were I to ever travel to Japan and rent a car.

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Response to Mme. Defarge (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 22, 2020, 06:56 PM

2. LOL! I'm terrible at languages but needed to learn some basics of several.

I found that the learning systems (eg, Pimsleur) that emphasize learning by hearing taught me very little useful vocabulary, but I did get compliments on my pronunciation when I traveled . The ones that emphasized visual learning were better for me, but emphasized grammar over vocabulary too much. If you don’t have two years of intensive study, repeating the grammar isn’t going to help—you need to know a lot of vocabulary to carry on conversations, read signs, etc.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Tue Dec 22, 2020, 06:56 PM

3. I was stationed in Japan on 1978-79. Before leaving...

...the US, I took one evening Adult Ed class, and then 2 more while I was there. I could ask questions but not understand the answers.

I can still count to 10 in Japanese.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Tue Dec 22, 2020, 07:05 PM

4. When I was in elementary school..

a Japanese-American family lived across the street for a few years, and I spent a lot of time with the kids. I learned a few simple phrases so I could communicate with their mother who spoke little English. Fifty-plus years later, all I remember is “Domo arigato, Terry-San”.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Tue Dec 22, 2020, 08:10 PM

5. I started first grade in Japan, we had Japanese maids (whom we adored) and my mother loved

Learning foreign languages and adored the Japanese. Every single word of Japanese I learned back then...precious little.. I still remember. I will NEVER understand why mother didn't devote more effort to getting us taught Japanese! She missed that opportunity!

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