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July 4, 2012
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Hello Enda.

 

I am planing to learn another language which is Japanese by myself, but I know nothing about it. What I do know is some on internet say they can study language well by themselves. I know some people can learn languages fast because they have talent and they are children. But I am absolutely not a talent in language and I am already 22 years old now. Do you think it works that learning language by one himself.

July 4, 2012
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Hi Alison

I think at 22 you are much too old and you have zero chance of ever learning J

Rubbish! Of course you can learn Japanese! And Arabic and French and Spanish and Thai and Bahasa Malay if you want!

  1. Here's a website by an Irish guy called Brendan (Benny) Lewis (actually I didn't know until now that he comes from quite near me) and he sets himself a goal of learning a new language every few months.  http://www.fluentin3months.com/about/; and here's a report on his level of Mandarin after three months
     
  2. Here's an interview with a well-known polyglot based in Bangkok, Stu Jay Raj
      
  3. The post "How to learn Any Language 3 Months" in has a few sensible tips - decide what to learn, based on usage frequency (priority); filter materials based on your likelihood of continued study and review, or adherence (interest); finally, decide how to learn the material most efficiently for you. (process).

    These are all specific to individuals and their interests - the same language class or method does not work for everyone. Sounds a bit boring, but logical.

My one tip would be to learn Japanese not just to learn Japanese, but to learn for a particular reason, e.g. to sing like a particular star or to to learn a martial art or to be a branch manager in Daiso or because you want to collect antiques from a particular period or because you want to write poetry...Your interest in the reason will push you past the difficulty of learning the language.

 

Good luck! Maybe you can start a Japanese version of Writefix!

July 5, 2012
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HI, Enda!

 

Love your encouraging words and you are so funny.

I registered in that website and found that the layout of his forum was the same as you, how familiar! He is genius, knows many languages! And I also wonder that you know a lot of websites about learning language.

Thanks for your tips and I will try.

 

(To start a Japanese version of Writefix is a dream too big for me. I only hope I can keep passion in this hard thing and be fluent within 3 months. LOL)

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