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Aug. 23rd, 2012 | 02:44 pm
mood: nurturing

Girlchild likes anime and manga, draws chibis, and would like to learn Japanese. We have a couple of simple iOS apps and intro books, but she's gone through those really fast -- she's willing to work hard at it.

So, are there some really great books or apps or online classes? Rosetta Stone? I couldn't find any local classes in Berkeley or Oakland, though I'll keep looking around.

I'm surprised to find myself wishing she was learning Chinese, as it seems like it would be more useful in the future.

ETA: she's 12 and prefers fairly structured classes, and is more a casual than intense manga fan.
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amusing musing

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from: sandelwood
date: Aug. 23rd, 2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
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Tell her to just keep an open mind about it. In my time in the online art and dealing with anime/manga artists on some sites, nothing is more irritating than an "otaku", basically a westerner who becomes a know-it-all when it comes to anything Japanese (and insists on telling anyone who will listen). ;) The anime community is a whole other fandom, for sure, and they can get zealous (and mean to newbies).

We have a customer who has insisted over and over again that we pronounce our Japanese groomer Takako's name wrong. He refuses to grasp that that is how SHE pronounces her own name, we're going to take her word for it, not his. He doesn't get that Japan is big and has many dialects/accents, like any other country, and not everyone is from Tokyo, which is the basic accent most westerners hear and learn.

That said, I've heard nothing but good things about Rosetta Stone. My sis learned some basic Hindi with that.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Aug. 24th, 2012 06:51 am (UTC)
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Oh I will nip any of that stuff in the bud!

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rubyelf

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from: rubyelf
date: Aug. 24th, 2012 01:12 am (UTC)
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I think either one will end up being very useful. Japan's a small but very populous country and they seem to have an obsession with all things American. I have heard the Rosetta Stone programs really do work well.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Aug. 24th, 2012 06:52 am (UTC)
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I'm sure it will be great for her to learn any other language, I'm more surprised at myself for caring about which one.

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the Legs, the Nose and Mrs Robinson

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from: matildabj
date: Aug. 24th, 2012 11:40 am (UTC)
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You could try the BBC website language resources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/japanese/

They used to have an online course in Japanese but that seems to have gone. Some basics here and lots of good links though. And they have a proper online course in Mandarin Chinese if she does decide to have a go at that!

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Aug. 25th, 2012 06:03 am (UTC)
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Looks great! She's a bit of an Anglophile herself, watched all of Poirot and Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python and Fry and Laurie... Merlin and Doctor Who are too intense for her, she claims.

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Lobelia the adverbial

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from: lobelia321
date: Aug. 25th, 2012 01:01 pm (UTC)
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girlchild is awe!

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