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  • I want to communicate with my Japanese relatives

    57 7.64%
  • I want to talk to my Japanese friends or make some new ones

    290 38.87%
  • I live in Japan (so for daily life use...)

    62 8.31%
  • My boyfriend/girlfriend is Japanese or want to make one.

    136 18.23%
  • I (will) need it for my job

    152 20.38%
  • To read the manga or understand the anime

    289 38.74%
  • For the video games

    171 22.92%
  • To travel in Japan

    384 51.47%
  • I am interested in Japanese culture/language, etc.

    557 74.66%
  • For no particular reason or others (please specify in forum)

    88 11.80%
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Thread: Why are you learning Japanese ?

  1. #26
    Junior Member vulcanmeister's Avatar
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    Hi,
    This is my first post. I am learning Japanese because:
    1. I have always been interested in Japanese culture
    2. Learning about other languages is fascinating.
    3. I like Japanese music (Spitz, Miki Imai,etc) and want to understand the words.
    4. My son wants to go to Japan someday and live.

    My son and I are just beginning our study. We are using the Pimsleaur Japanese I tapes right now. We both have learned Hiragana. He is ahead of me though. He already knows Katakana and has started learning Kanji. I am just starting on Katakana. We like to watch anime, listen to music, and watch Japanese movies (we watch The Blind Samurai series every week)!
    It is sometimes challenging teaching ourselves but we are commited to study every day! It is nice to be able to see how others have learned and to get helpful information so we may improve our study. Glad I found this forum!

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    @samuraitora
    you got yourself a deal there

    @vulcanmeister
    yoroshiku,

    wow, that's any interesting way to bond with your son!!! Great!!
    gee, and I thought playing catch was the typical way but studying together and watching same types of shows. dam, I'm impressed!

    cheers
    crazy gonna crazy

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    @ vulcanmeister
    douzo yoroshiku
    welcome and enjoy your stay...this is one of the best places on the net.

    @ moyashi
    Where are you in Japan, Sapporo???
    ja mata
    samuraitora
    (^_-)/

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    Yep, Sapporo. East side if you can call it that. About 15 minutes to the congestion clogged downtown.

    Sapporo is pretty special for a city. Within city limits we have 3 ski jumps and 3 or 4 ski resorts (errr slopes). So, if you use the big TV tower (like the one in Tokyo or Osaka) as the center of downtown, it's only a 20 minute drive to ski areas, at most.

    Sapporo cheats though and adds land that's like an hour away from the Tower. So, city acerage and population is a bit padded.


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    Sapporo sounds cool...do you ski???
    I have never been on a pair of skis...thought about it a few times though.

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    yeah, I ski and play ice hockey too. Sapporo is one of the most popular cities to work in Japan for foreignors. Of course, Tokyo and Osaka are great but if you love to live a healthy active life, Sapporo is a great city.

    We even have horse ranches not too far away either. A bit further South of Sapporo are several famous ranches that breds and trains horses.

    We have everything except Taco Bell

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    wow moyashi that places sounds like my dream home,, ranches and ski slopes,, lolol if only, if only,, well when I go there I'l let you know and we will have loads of fun, the two men can go to the local pub(you and my husband) and the two women can go to the slopes,then to the ranches,,,, we will both need a baby sitter!!! can you organise that?? lololol..

    somebody pinch me!!!the day i get to japan there will be a hugh celebration,,,
    Debs

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    yes, it's really a nice city in general.

    lol ... of course! I'd love to have the chance to get out of the house

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    hmmm why did I start to learn japanese? i suppose cause of people whom are not stopping saying that i do look like a japanese person. Not kidding. I thought it would be easier for me to learn japanese lol

    Anyway I had courses for 6 months, just on the saturdays; but stopped the courses before more than 2 years -i am now working on saturdays too and unfortunately there is no courses on sundays, I am trying to do my best not to forget what I have learnt, but not sure if I would be able.

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    No Taco Bell??? I couldn't live there ... LOL

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    No taco Hell, no Carl's Jr., No Wendy's, No Burger King, No Subway up in Sapporo.

    No subway sucks big time let me tell you!!!

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    I thought that most large Japanese cities had the normal American fast-food chains there...I am really shocked that there is no Burger King.

    How do they deal with no Subway???...lol

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    We do have a subway as in public transportation, but not one dang blasted NY Deli style shop .... this sucks the most about Sapporo, outside of the horrible streets in winter. Otherwise, it's a great city to live in.

    Now, if I were in Osaka ... subway at least once a month that's for sure .... ughhhhhhhhh

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    I have a Subway across the street from my house. 2 doors down from that is a great Japanese restaurant. "Tokyo Sushi and Grill".

    Very nice

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    We have a subway and Wendy's but Burger king.

    our subway
    It is \200 for one station(3-5 minutes).
    I think it is expensive.Isn't it?

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    tashika ni...bimyo.....dakedo....

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    No taco Hell, no Carl's Jr., No Wendy's, No Burger King, No Subway up in Sapporo.

    No subway sucks big time let me tell you!!!
    What's Taco Bell ? What's Carl's Jr. ? I thought that Burger King withdrew of Japan because the competition was to strong (MOS burger, Freshness Burger and of course MacDonald and its green tea menu )

    I've never been to Wendy's, but I go almost everyday to Subway to meet my students (eventhough I never buy anything... there are too many good sushi and ramen-ya around )

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    Taco Bell aka Taco Hell is a fast food chain for Americanized mexican tacos and burritos.

    Carl's Jr. is a cross between a family restaurant and Burger King. Really good burgers and onion rings.

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    Originally posted by Maciamo

    are too many good sushi and ramen-ya around)
    I wish that there were more places like that around me...I can't think of a single ramen-ya, although there are a few good sushi places though

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    LA and San Francisco have some shops that errrr can pass for ramen.

    ;)

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    Unhappy Lazy Gaijin

    Well... we talked about George... you remember... the "Gaijin language snob." And I don't want to be categorized as the polar opposite of George, because I am not snobbish, but I must admit that I have been married to my Japanese wife for over eight years now (living in the USA) and I have neglected to become fluent in Nihon-go. Oh... I have traveled to Japan several times, and even lived there for three months (the Summer of '94), but I have never mastered reading, writing or even speaking the language. There is a part of me that really wants to learn Japanese, but there is a greater part that appears to have no pressing motivation to do so.

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    I'm learning Japanese because I want to be able to speak all the major Asian languagaes (Chinese, Korean and Japanese)

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    I am learning Japanese, because I would like to do business between Japan and America, and also I always wanted to become bilingual. I was studying back in the States about 3 years ago, and at that time our teacher gave our class this introduction to studying in Japan. I always wanted to study abroad, and so this was the perfect opportunity. However, before I went to Japan, I basically had no knowledge of it what-so-ever, and I didn`t even know the word Konnichiwa(sad huh?). However, I got a taste of a culture that was a lot different than mine, and I basically fell in love with the language, culture, and People. Therefore, I am back here in Tokyo, trying my best to get this language down.

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    I'm moving to Japan in April to become an English teacher. I don't need to be able to speak it for the job, but I want to be able to speak to everyone else!

    I've only just started though, so have a lot of work to do before I go.... luckily I have a good teacher and some good books.

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