Wa-pedia Home > Japan Forum & Europe Forum

View Poll Results: What is your motivation to learn Japanese ?

Voters
746. You may not vote on this poll
  • 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%
Multiple Choice Poll.
Page 9 of 15 FirstFirst ... 7891011 ... LastLast
Results 201 to 225 of 368

Thread: Why are you learning Japanese ?

  1. #201
    Regular Member Limonette's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 7, 2005
    Posts
    7
    Ok I know Japan is actually a real place but...it's far from here and that's what counts...at least I think it's real...

  2. #202
    Custom Graphix Artist Martialartsnovice's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 24, 2004
    Location
    My Own World
    Posts
    28
    Im learning it to travel there and see the sights. Also I have friends who speak it.
    “To every man there comes a time in his lifetime that special moment when he is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing unique to him and fitted to his talent; what a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for the work which would be his finest hour.”

    Sir Winston Churchill

  3. #203
    Regular Member Gaijinian's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 3, 2005
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    48
    Started in Elementry school, and did not have a choice.
    Why do I continue?
    -Free class.
    -Plan to study there next year.
    -After all my years of studing, I have I a strong intrest.
    -Fun.
    -It is great to see the Japanese people's reaction when a white kid speaks to them. After all, their language is "too difficult" for us dumb gaijin, right?
    Funny story: 先日、私の学校は2人の日本人の客様に来訪されていま した。日本語が使える機会で嬉しく喋り掛けてきたので す。何が言ったのかもう忘れちゃったのに、「ハーフなのか」と聞かれてしまったよ!ちなみに、有道出人 のことを読んだことが って、「ハーフって言葉は差別用語です」って書いて りますのでシ ョックな顔を表して「チガウよ!」と答えることにしま した。
    「なぜそう答えたか」と聞かれるとき、説明させてもら ったんですね。でも、「違う、違う。ハーフはかっこいい。」って教えられたのです!面白い経験 でしたね〜
    これからも絶対頑張る〜

  4. #204
    なおと
    Join Date
    Jul 2, 2005
    Location
    Florida
    Age
    46
    Posts
    9
    Your Japanese is pretty good for your age. I bet you can speak well since you started learning it so early in your life.

    "Half" can be a word for 差別 because there are half-Japanese foreigners living in Japan. It used to be so "unusual" to see those kids back then. To somewhat make fun of them, other kids called them "half".

    Nowdays, there are many of them in schools, so they got used to seeing them around, realizing they have got an advantage of speaking another language at home (usually English that they are jealous of). Not to mention, usually those kids got good looking, of which they are also jealous. That's why being a "half" is considered as being cool.

    Trust me, most Japanese think any foreigner is cool when he/she speaks Japanese well. You can be a popular person just because of that! (it's really possible)

  5. #205
    赤魔 Rin Daemoko's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 10, 2005
    Location
    カナダのレジャイナ
    Age
    38
    Posts
    4
    はじめまして、リンです。どうぞよろしくおねがい。私 の専攻は日本語ですから、日本語を勉強をしっています 。

    ... I hope that made sense.
    "Kindly let me help you or you'll drown," said the monkey safely putting the fish up a tree.

  6. #206
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 13, 2005
    Posts
    1

    Re: why learning?

    hi guys, i'm pretty much trying to translate japanese b/c i am interested in a girl that speaks japanese. which leads me to ask for some help from you guys... can someone please assist me with the following:


    kono kimochi o wakaritai yo. (this feeling.. ?
    futari wa narerimasu ka naa? kangaeru to,
    ureshiku narimasu.
    kokoro ga shimaru hazu desu ga,
    anata ni natsukashii ne.
    ii jikan kitara,
    zenbu himitsu o hanasu.
    hanasu tsumori desu ga, (intend to speak.to u?)
    ima hanasenai (now i can't let go)...
    matte kudasai (please wait).
    gomen ne (im sorry).

    thanks.. much appreciated,
    -rj

  7. #207
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Oct 10, 2005
    Location
    United Kingdon
    Posts
    6
    I want to learn Japanese so I can understand more mangas and watch anime without the aid of subtitles. Also it'll come in handy if ever I travel to Japan one day and knowing another language is always a good thing.
    I'm also a person that likes to be different, attaining a fluency in Japanese and it's culture enables me to form a "cocoon" away from any harsh negativities of my world.

  8. #208
    変な狼 kokusu's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 5, 2004
    Location
    Seattle
    Age
    48
    Posts
    12
    I blame Godzilla. No, really! When I was really young (about 4 or 5), my best friend at the time had a huge Godzilla toy figure . . . I was curious as to where such cool toy could come from, and well . . . the answer is, of course, Japan!

    So, more or less, it's Godzilla's fault that now I am learning Japanese!
    毎瞬間が新しい

  9. #209
    gunjin Carlson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 30, 2005
    Location
    Tokyo
    Age
    33
    Posts
    27
    because i have 3 years min left in Japan. so i figure why not.. plus it a little more easy to talk to the girls...

  10. #210
    Um...okay
    Join Date
    Sep 27, 2004
    Location
    California
    Posts
    7
    Well, its one of the few countries I want to visit, but my secret reason is I want to undestand what they're saying on a tv program called "Nounai Este IQ Supplement" which airs locally. They look like they're having fun.
    "People say common sense will fix things, but sense has not always been common."
    - Chuck D

  11. #211
    「真相はいつも一つ」
    Join Date
    Nov 1, 2005
    Posts
    9
    Had to choose a language to study in Yr 7... chose Japanese and French. And I fell in love with both immediately. Have slacked off on French (will pick up some day) but learning Japanese has always been fun! Problem is though I can understand and read mostly, but really don't have many opportunities to practice speaking. I'd like to pack up and live in Japan for a while just so that I can brush up my speaking. But I have no idea how that is going into my science degree lol
    学如逆水行舟,不进则退
    心似平原走马,易放难收

  12. #212
    Ground Oddity
    Join Date
    Nov 2, 2005
    Location
    Scotland
    Age
    42
    Posts
    10
    I have many Japanese friends, I would love to see the country, my girlfriend is Japanese (I don't know for how long) however I love Japanese girls, I just cant help it.

  13. #213
    Regular Member Riyko's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 28, 2005
    Location
    Oakville, Ontario
    Age
    33
    Posts
    5
    When I was younger I was forced into learning Japanese because I had an aunt who lived over in Japan and I needed a way to talk to her, but at the sametime I was learning English and so I put learning Japanese to the side and worked on learning English*. Now I have another aunt who lives over in Japan and I want to be able to talk to her more because she doesn't really know alot of english.

    *Keep in mind German is the first language I ever learned. I was born and lived my whole life in the USA, but german doesn't really help you out in American schools so I had to learn English.

  14. #214
    Junior Member Goatman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2, 2005
    Posts
    2

    Why I need to learn Japanese!

    Goatman here,
    I have just moved to a place called "little Tokyo" in Los Angeles, CA
    and I think everyone is Japanese. I know some are Chinese and korean
    but the majority are Japanese. I need to communicate with the gardener and neighbors. my girlfriend has been to Japan to sing Jazz in Kyoto
    however, I was not there and am just begining to learn to speak Japanese.
    If you guys can help out let me know.
    I won't try and where you out I just need to know some different things.
    Like "you can't park here at night this is my driveway". HA! HA!

    Arigatou, Thank you right?

  15. #215
    Junior Member Goatman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2, 2005
    Posts
    2
    Goatman Here,
    Hey, I posted here before and I don't see it here.
    It shows as a post in my personal folder.
    Does anyone know if it is an error or possibly I do not understand the ranking system?

    How do I get a cool picture in my post like you all?

    Thanks for the help in advance,

  16. #216
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 5, 2005
    Posts
    1
    I guess I have the same reason for studying japanese as a lot of you folks... japanese wife.. ..or at least that's the reason why I continue.

    Actually, I went to Japan on a intra-company transfer. The company offered me free japanese lessons, so I started studying. I met my wife at work, and on that road it is.

    Cheers,
    Johan

    http://www.studyjapanese.org
    - free online japanese studies -

  17. #217
    負荷.. Tsukimiya's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 13, 2006
    Age
    30
    Posts
    6
    Im learning it, because I have japanese friends... I want to see the country .. and to find more friends >_<'' .. l o l

  18. #218
    天国に居る Damicci's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 4, 2003
    Location
    House of Blues
    Age
    41
    Posts
    17
    Quote Originally Posted by sergeantSprinkle
    hi guys, i'm pretty much trying to translate japanese b/c i am interested in a girl that speaks japanese. which leads me to ask for some help from you guys... can someone please assist me with the following:
    kono kimochi o wakaritai yo. (this feeling.. ?
    futari wa narerimasu ka naa? kangaeru to,
    ureshiku narimasu.
    kokoro ga shimaru hazu desu ga,
    anata ni natsukashii ne.
    ii jikan kitara,
    zenbu himitsu o hanasu.
    hanasu tsumori desu ga, (intend to speak.to u?)
    ima hanasenai (now i can't let go)...
    matte kudasai (please wait).
    gomen ne (im sorry).
    thanks.. much appreciated,
    -rj
    kono kimochi o wakaritai yo. (this feeling.. ?
    futari wa narerimasu ka naa? I wonder if ___ together(2)
    kangaeru to, ureshiku narimasu. Thinking about it,I become happy
    kokoro ga shimaru hazu desu ga, my heart is sure to close
    anata ni natsukashii ne. It's nostalgic to you?(misses you)
    ii jikan kitara, when the right(lit. Good) time comes
    zenbu himitsu o hanasu. I will completely tell you my secret
    hanasu tsumori desu ga, (intend to speak.to u?)
    ima hanasenai (now i can't let go)...
    matte kudasai (please wait).
    gomen ne (im sorry).
    thanks.. much appreciated,
    HTH Tried to make it natural....
    ☆Rieko☆ says:
    目が大きかったらすぐにゴミがはいる


  19. #219
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Jan 13, 2006
    Posts
    18
    Hey ho (Hummel Hummel Mors Mors),
    I致e just started to learn Japanese and that痴 more or less ,because I discovered the interrailpass and the railpass.
    English is the first language I ever learned and because half of my family is german and I live in germany I sort of had to learn to speak that as well.
    Well anyway the reason I started to learn Japanese ,which I only started about 3 weeks ago^^, was the fact that me and a few friends of mine are planning to go on a interrail trip through Europe and Japan ,after our abitur (german equivalent of english a-levels),and are finished with our army service.

  20. #220
    ガイジン娘。 doinkies's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 21, 2005
    Age
    31
    Posts
    10
    Quote Originally Posted by sergeantSprinkle
    hi guys, i'm pretty much trying to translate japanese b/c i am interested in a girl that speaks japanese. which leads me to ask for some help from you guys... can someone please assist me with the following:
    kono kimochi o wakaritai yo. (this feeling.. ?
    futari wa narerimasu ka naa? kangaeru to,
    ureshiku narimasu.
    kokoro ga shimaru hazu desu ga,
    anata ni natsukashii ne.
    ii jikan kitara,
    zenbu himitsu o hanasu.
    hanasu tsumori desu ga, (intend to speak.to u?)
    ima hanasenai (now i can't let go)...
    matte kudasai (please wait).
    gomen ne (im sorry).
    thanks.. much appreciated,
    -rj
    OK, doinkies will translate this for you...

    この気持ちをわかりたいよ。(I want to understand these feelings.)
    二人になれりますかなぁ?考えると、嬉しくなります。 (When I think "Will we be able to become a couple?", I get happy.)
    心が閉まるはずですが、 なたに懐かしいね。(Althoug h my heart will probably close up, you will reminisce (about me).)
    いい時間来たら、全部秘密を話す。(When a good time comes, I will tell you all my secrets.)
    話すつもりですが、今話せない。(Although I intend on telling you (them), I can't right now.)
    待ってください。(Please wait.)
    ごめんね。(I'm sorry.)

    Out of curiosity, where did you get this dialogue from? A dating sim or a manga (probably a shoujo manga)?
    なたが好きだと言ったこの街並みが
    今日も暮れてゆきます
    広い空と遠くの山々 二人で歩いた街
    夕日がきれいな街
    -森高千里の「渡良瀬橋」から

    どいんきぃずの屋 〜 ドインキーズの日本語のブログ

  21. #221
    悲しい話だと思いませんか jt_'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 12, 2004
    Location
    Japan
    Posts
    14
    Not being a native speaker myself, I can never be 100% sure about things like this, but the above Japanese sounds (to me) like it was written/spoken by a non-native speaker.

  22. #222
    Regular Member Gaijinian's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 3, 2005
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    48
    I thought so to. "Wakaritai," "narerimasu," and "ii jikan kitara" make me think so... Oh, and "anata ni natukasii"
    All of which sound very strange.
    I think someone found 'nareru' in a dictionary, and was not sure if it was an u/ru verb.
    ____
    OH!!! It was not a native japanese writing it.
    Himitu wo hanasu also sounds odd...
    Last edited by Gaijinian; Jan 22, 2006 at 05:51.

  23. #223
    Regular Member Nicky's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 23, 2006
    Location
    Boston
    Posts
    8
    My interest in the japanese language began when I was 11. I had heard it for the very first time and I decided that I just liked the way it sounded. I decided then that I wanted to learn it, but my family members and friends told me that is was pretty much impossible to learn. So I didn't bother with trying to learn until recently. =/

  24. #224
    Junior Member Esse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 17, 2006
    Posts
    1
    Nihon de riugakushitaindeskara......

  25. #225
    Content. Morrow's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 12, 2006
    Location
    Perth, Western Australia
    Posts
    1
    I intend to go there for a holiday at the end of next year, or early 2008 - so I wouldn't mind knowing a little bit to have baisic conversations ^_^

Page 9 of 15 FirstFirst ... 7891011 ... LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. can anybody tell some chinese learning forum?
    By jiao in forum Chinese language
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: Aug 22, 2007, 03:19
  2. Learning different chineses
    By justin9213 in forum Chinese language
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: Jun 27, 2006, 20:27
  3. Learning Chinese
    By Maciamo in forum Chinese language
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: Apr 20, 2006, 12:55

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •