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Wants to learn Japanese but is not sure how

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by , 31st January 2013 at 09:09 PM (392 Views)
Title says it all. I'd like to learn Japanese.

I've recently been trying to watch raw Pokemon anime episodes, and I can actually get a pretty good idea of what is going on by reading facial expressions, context, etc. but I don't really think it's actually helping me learn Japanese. I'm pretty much substituting in my own dialogue. I'd like to be able to actually understand the language when people speak it. (Don't really care about speaking it myself. Although I'd like to learn how to write it, too. :P)

Any suggestions/resources? They have to be free, though, since my parents don't want to waste their money on stuff like this. Although I'm open to paid iPhone apps, I think I have some store credit on there...
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  1. Oswin's Avatar
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    I'd try this website. It's free (there is some premium stuff that you have to pay for, but you can still learn for free without the premium stuff) and I would recommend it. I made an account a while back because I wanted to learn French, so I know for a fact that it's a legitimate website and it's not going to give you a virus or steal money from you.
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  2. Niji's Avatar
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    This is exactly like my situation! I wanna understand raws better, as well as be able to read manga before its English release. I also think it sounds better than any other language. I need to check this stuff out. I know they have books/on tape at libraries and in International Districts or even in Japan Towns if your lucky enough to have 'em.
  3. Miles101's Avatar
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    You can't really get a good enough understanding of the language without paying for a class. There are courses you can take online for free but they will only get you so far; the best way to learn is to learn it from someone who's fluent. By all means do whatever you can if you feel it will help you learn, but the best method is always through tutoring.