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    The CLAIR Japanese course had a very good kana workbook, I thought.
    "In his heart of hearts, he knows that you're on your own at this level..of big nose monkey snooker"

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    Yeah def. I also go to a Japanese class once a week and they gave me handouts to learn kana at the beginning... I definitely suggest to the OP looking into a class when you get here. There's something about being taught in a classroom setting that gets the Japanese to sink into my head much better than studying from a book alone.

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    got to my current placement with a japanese degree from US university plus a semester abroad at a certain unnamed institute of higher learning on the outskirts of Tokyo. Had 2kyuu japanese before, now we will see if 1 year of osmosis (and included in osmosis is doing a hell of a lot of hanging out and a shit ton of reading books from the local library) is enough to get you 1kyuu without studying. See you on the 4th of July, 1kyuu.

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    I didn't speak anything when I got here, and I don't speak a lot now. I can handle simple speaking and reading (and even a little writing) tasks, but I haven't really done much studying since xmas. I'm trying to find a class in my area, but I'm way (way) out in the inaka, so I'm largely restricted to self-study, and I've been lazy since the middle of winter. My motivation always drops off in the winter, but here lately, I've been thinking it's time to hit it again.
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    5 years, good enough to get 3 Japanese credit cards, have a girlfriend, buy a car, and go to a hostess bar.

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    You don't need to know any Japanese to have a Japanese Girlfriend(TM).

    I imagine it helps though.
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    You don't need to know any Japanese to have a Japanese Girlfriend(TM).

    I imagine it helps though.
    I've been reading some PUA stuff, and I think that, combined with average Japanese would be a killer app here.

    Won't help you if you're a social retard though

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    I'm not on JET yet but I came into the application season with a bit and am coming as a shortlister with even less. I hope to brush up on my basics in July (get quicker at reading kana, some basic kanji - meat, school, train station, times etc). But July's gonna mainly be saying bye to everyone and visiting places here before I leave, so.... guess I'll be taking some reading for the plane1

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    I had taken one semester of Japanese in my 2nd? 3rd? year of college. It was helpful because I remembered hiragana, katakana.....and well, maybe that was it.

    I studied really hard core when I first got here. Passed the JLPT 4 after about 4 months or so. Since then, I've been a bit lazier and I am nowhere near 3kyuu level. I'll be waiting until next December to take that one, and sometime before then, I better get my ass in gear (It might require an ITIL hiatus I'm thinking).

    As far as life-applicable stuff.... I can handle many simple things on my own, but not without difficulty and a little confusion. My listening skills are still crappy so conversation is usually short.

    A lot of the things I picked up fast were kanji of place names, people's names, and food (obviously). I also try to speak all the Japanese I can when I hang out with my Japanese friends (even if they know a little English), so I'm hoping it helps me learn faster.

    I was super eager to learn everything right away, and it happened so much slower than I wanted it to. If you feel the same about it, you will probably be faced with this disappointment. Living in Inaka has kept my motivation really high though.

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