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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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from: matildabj
date: Aug. 24th, 2012 11:40 am (UTC)

You could try the BBC website language resources:


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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from: msilverstar
date: Aug. 25th, 2012 06:03 am (UTC)

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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