How long will it take me to learn Japanese in order to watch anime?

I study practically all day. In the morning, during my breaks, and when I get home to when I go to bed. Probably about 6 hours per day. I listen to audio tracks and study with flash cards and create sentences. I know it may sound stupid, but I was wondering how long it will take me just to be able to understand anime. I hear that it is a lot different than standard Japanese is this true?

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  • Belie
    Lv 7
    9 years ago
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    Years and years.

    And learning for so long does not mean you're learning well. The brain can only retain so much. All the information you've "learned" after the first hour or so is just being stored as short-term memory and will disappear if not by the next day then by the day after that. Quality over quantity.

  • 9 years ago

    well, the language is only the first step, and you can even say that it's a step that isn't even required. There are tons of fansubbed anime online.

    The problem with LEARNING Japanese, is that you are only learning the language, and nothing else. Cultural references, mythology references, puns, would be a big block in your way.

    I'd recommend you to go do some cultural notes and stuff.

    If you learn your way... I'd say... it will take a few weeks till you pick up certain terms and basic sentence structures. One year, and you'll have the elementary-intermediate stuff down. (which is all you need, technically)

    but... take classes if you really are trying to learn. Self-teaching a language is EXTREMELY hard.

  • 9 years ago

    Hello Justin, Japanese is not too difficult to learn but It does take a lot of motivation and practice to successfully learn the language. It takes most people 1-2 years to get a good solid understanding of the language and then several more years to become fluent. The best way to learn Japanese is by taking a class, enrolling in a course or investing in a good textbook. If you can't take classes then the self-study method with the correct resources is a good way.

    The key to learning Japanese effectively is to work on your grammar, listening, speaking, reading and writing. Its best to think of these as separate categories and focus on each specific category as these require different methods and techniques.

    Start by learning the basics through grammar. These books really helped me.

    • Shin Nihongo no Kiso I & II

    • An Introduction to Modern Japanese by Osamu Mizutani & Nobuko Mizutani

    • Japanese Demystified by Eriko Sato a self-teaching guide

    These books cover both polite Japanese, which is extremely important to learn in order to speak Japanese effectively and causal Japanese, which is great for everyday conversations.

    I also recommend trying to learn a certain amount of vocab or kanji each day as this helps you build up your vocab and kanji ability. I tried to learn 5 kanji per day or about 20 a week and did the same with vocab.

    Watching Japanese anime or any Japanese TV program is a good idea for improving your listening skills and also your vocabulary. Keep a notebook and jot down any new words you hear. Then look them up and find out the meaning.

    Websites are not always the best way to learn Japanese. Most websites are run by people with no teaching credentials and are not even native speakers of Japanese. Some of them are just interested in making money and not in helping you in what you need to be successful in learning Japanese.

    How to Learn Japanese

    Source(s): Japan Australia has been involved with Japanese language learning for over 15 years with several Japanese qualifications
  • 9 years ago

    I have studied Japanese for 4 years and I still can't fully understand what they say in anime/dramas. It probably takes many years to be able to listen to the fast pace speaking and understand every word they say. You also have to keep up with the "slang" and their informal ways of saying things too.

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  • Drake
    Lv 4
    9 years ago

    A looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time; lol. And yes, it's different than how the locals speak it.

  • 9 years ago

    just watch it subbed or dubbed its alot easier than learning japenese

    Source(s): nolledge
  • 9 years ago

    Another weeaboo...

    It'll take forever for the likes of you.

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