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    Senior Member Saitaman's Avatar
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    Default Re: Learning vocab words in Japan

    im pretty good at remembering nouns, but verbs really kill me. does anyone else have that problem?
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    Default Re: Learning vocab words in Japan

    Actually, now that I think up it. Picking up new nouns is a bit easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saitaman View Post
    im pretty good at remembering nouns, but verbs really kill me. does anyone else have that problem?
    I have a hard time picking up new verbs by listening, since the stem is the only 'defining' part and it can sometimes only be one or two syllables long. Even verbs I know on paper I won't be able to pick up when I hear someone talk. I guess it's a practice thing, but I'm 100x better with nouns, too.

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    that, and so many nouns are kanji compounds, which don't have a huge variety of sounds. I feel like verbs that use the japanese reading (manabu vs. benkyou suru, which is the chinese reading) seem less systematic in a way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katsudon View Post
    I can't begin to tell you all the useless education-related vocabulary I've picked up.
    THIS. There are grammar terms that I know in Japanese but not in English, purely from standing around three years' worth of JH English classes.

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    +1 on what Upgrayedd said. When I hear a new world I can sometimes figure out the meaning by "hearing" the kanji. It's definitely not fool-proof, but it helps a lot. Although kanji can be frustrating, it makes life a lot easier in the long run.
    Another vote for this too.

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    +100 -- It's also really convenient if you find yourself in a restaurant and are confronted with a kanji you don't recognize. You can just hide it under the table while you smile at the waitress and tell her to get lost for a few minutes... (or, alternatively, wait to push the button).
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    I think Japanese languagge is not easy to learn!

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