So You Want To Learn Japanese?

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33 comments on “So You Want To Learn Japanese?”

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  1. 14
    Bennett said (27 February 2008 at 1:56 pm)

    You’re welcome, Oranda. 😉

  2. 15
    Licorice said (25 April 2008 at 5:00 am)

    This ‘essay’ drips with so much sarcasm, I could wash the dishes in it.It was a quite funny and interesting lecture, although some of the jokes are RACIST. Honestly, laughing at the hight on japanese people was NOT nice.
    Other than that, good job.
    I must say, I almost lost my motivation to learn Japanese after reading this.
    ALMOST.
    ^_~

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    Jitensha said (19 May 2008 at 4:54 pm)

    A little to exaggerated for my tastes but funny nontheless XD

    Don’t scare them too much Mr. Barrett, Japanese is not that bad…plus people will believe you…and you’ll just make more “know-it-alls” who will preach this to their other Japanese language classmates like the bible…lol.

    Just to clarify, there are 2,000 kanji and they’re not that hard. Hiragana and Katakana are cake, I’m sure most of you will agree to that. Yes the grammar is annoying, but thats with almost any language. Keigo (Polite Japanese), I must agree is…well a bitch. It’s a whole set of verbs that you have to know, with specifics in when you’re talking about me (yourself), talking about you (the other person), or talking about others. The thing is, you wont use or hear Keigo unless you’re watching someone working, or you’re working. Japanese people are using Keigo less and less, and most students I have observed and talked to say they don’t use Keigo in the classroom, as it over formalizes the bond between teacher and student. Even so, you’re a foreigner, and you won’t be expected to know it….too add to that, Japanese people will never make fun of your Japanese (at least in front of you) unless you make a stupid mix up and say a improper or perverted word…but I guess most people would laugh in that situation also 😛

    Also, Japanese people aren’t all short. Most of the men were taller than me…I would say they seemed about 5’5~5’10 ish to me…you make it sound like they’re midgets or something…they’re average I think. My boyfriend is 1/2 Japanese and he’s 5’10…so I dunno…I saw freakishly tall people there too…so 🙂 Ya never know.

  4. 17
    Amida said (16 November 2008 at 12:02 am)

    HAHAHAHA Seriously dude that is some funny shit! I was laughing so much that my sister asked why I was crying!… Im sure the “Know it alls” you were talking about includes Jitensha… I also loved that you wont be using any method of writing or reading in “real life”…HAHAHA awsum text…. too bad you had to say you were joking 😉

  5. 18
    Simon said (7 January 2009 at 3:08 am)

    Don’t f*ck with Evangelion, dude. 😀
    By the way, you make it sound as if it is a ghetto, but it’s actually better.

    And this was EXTREMELY funny! I can’t even make a funny joke now after reading all this.

    P.S. You forget to say about the Yakuza skinheads and pig-cops that usually attack everything that is darker or taller…
    …and than you go to the nearby police station and murmur in anal pain: “reipusaremashita!”

    BUTT seriously, Japan is my dream and even if I get beaten by hobbits daily, it would pay off after doing all the Korean girls. 😀

  6. 19
    gayani said (23 April 2010 at 3:03 am)

    i like to learn japanese language also like live japan but it’s dream how to true my dream…..

  7. 20
    gayani said (23 April 2010 at 3:04 am)

    l like to live japan

  8. 21
    prasanga moremada said (21 August 2010 at 12:49 pm)

    I like to learn japanes language in japan. watashi wa nihon go ga totemo daisuki. watashi wa hantoshi gurai nihon go benkyo shimashita. watashiwa nihon go (nat) shiken gokakushimashita. watashino shorai no yume wa nihon e iku koto des(u). sayonara….

  9. […] Este texto lo encontré hace ya muchos años y no es más que una broma. El autor original del texto (en inglés) tiene una carrera sobre estudios japoneses, así que no es más que una […]

  10. 23
    Sami Mohamed said (20 August 2011 at 7:15 pm)

    Hi really i wish to learn jap some one help me

  11. 24
    Eri said (28 October 2011 at 12:18 pm)

    It’s a proven fact that when a disclaimer is included warning readers that the article is a joke, a very sad majority will proceed to gasp in horror at the content therein and correct the author.

    I thought it was freaking funny. That’s exactly how Japanese appears when you’re starting out.

  12. 25
    tom brown said (1 February 2012 at 6:30 pm)

    Racism and narrow mindedness, a pathetic attempt at humor.

    Sarcasm only works if it’s funny. Looking at 2 random examples; joking about the word holocaust and saying Japanese people don’t read they just play Pokemon… isn’t funny.

    This article just hints at a hidden cultural superiority complex and an immature vindictiveness and bitterness with no forgiving humorous aspects. Good sarcasm is tempered with self deprecation. None of that here. This is just flotsam. The average American can’t do humor.

    “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”

  13. 26
    Bennett said (2 February 2012 at 10:28 am)

    Tom, everyone has a different sense of humour. The ridiculous comments about Japanese people seem fairly innocuous to me. (Maybe the same is true of your comment about Americans.)

    As they say in Australia, It’s a joke, Joyce.

  14. 27
    Feb Ruizo said (31 May 2012 at 11:44 am)

    This has go to be the creme de la creme about the do’s and don’ts of studying Japanese! I’ve just finished 15 hrs. of tutorial and the more I dig into the rules of Japanese grammar, the more I fear I’ll lose my tight grip on the English language which I dearly love! Thanks for posting this article, thunderguy…I’m busting!!

  15. 28
    levi said (31 May 2012 at 5:41 pm)

    hahaha!! funny and informative! i wish i could be like you..been there in japan, lived there for 3 years, so sad i can’t go back anymore..wish you could help me.. more power dude!

  16. 29
    Krystal said (16 June 2012 at 1:27 pm)

    Wow, Tom. Get a grip.

    This post is hilarious! A must read for every Japanese major.

  17. 30
    Lava said (20 August 2013 at 12:24 am)

    This was funny, but waaay exaggerated.
    I thought it was for real till I read the post at the end. But it might scare people who didn’t read it away.

    Japanese as a language is not that hard. The pronunciation is way easier than most European languages like German and French, which need that “accent”. Its much easier to go from the typical “gaijin accent” to sounding like a native in Japanese than the European languages (I know from my experience with French and Spanish in school).
    Kanji are a challenge, but its easier to learn how to read than write.

    But I did spend 3 months in Japan, and regarding the part of Japanese laughing at you when speaking Japanese, that does sometimes happen with kids or high schoolers. But the stereotype of Japanese being polite is only that, a stereotype. They are just like normal people in any other country, and no more polite than the people in my home country (Ireland btw).
    I find Japanese politeness is a bit more superficial though.

  18. 31
    Bennett said (20 August 2013 at 10:43 am)

    Lava, it’s funny because it’s exaggerated.

    I suppose some native English speakers may find initial Japanese pronunciation easier that some other languages, but there are lots of challenging words. Is the Japanese 料理 (ryouri) easier to pronounce than the French “terroir”? I find them both tricky to get right. Make no mistake, learning native-level pronunciation is hard in both languages.

    You’re right that kanji are easier to read than write; but the same is true of every language.

    I always found the people in Japan to be generally more polite than those in other countries I have lived. But I have never even visited Ireland. Maybe I should.

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