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Which language is easier to learn, Japanese or French or Spanish? I would like to learn Japanese language at home through Internet and web. Is it possible? If so can any one suggest me some best web-sites that are offering this service and How could i learn pronunciation?
Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
How easy a language is to learn depends on the use you have for it. French would be very difficult for me to learn - I don't go there on any sort of regular basis, I don't have any friends there, and I've only ever seen one French show on TV. On the other hand I hear something in Japanese almost every day....
I'd suggest learning English to a reasonable standard wouldn't be a bad first step for you. That said, if you're really set on the idea of learning a foreign language, then the main thing that the internet should be there for is to provide access to people actually speaking that language. Look them up on youtube or the like. As for the rest; go and get yourself a grammar guide and an English/whatever dictionary.
Of course, there's also the chance that you're some guy setting up for an advertising follow up or a sig replace in a few months... in which case learning a new language seems unlikely.
artur11;5587256Which language is easier to learn, Japanese or French or Spanish? I would like to learn Japanese language at home through Internet and web. Is it possible? If so can any one suggest me some best web-sites that are offering this service and How could i learn pronunciation?
French, Spanish, and Italian dialects have a lot in common, if you learn one it wouldn't be too difficult to learn the other.
That said, I would think Japanese would be more difficult than French or Spanish, because the characters are nothing like the characters I use in English or French.
Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
Japanese effectively has two alphabets: Kana and Kanji. Kana is a syllabary, while Kanji is semanto-phonetic. That is to say, the first is based upon representing sound, as our own is. The second is based on concepts, (or morphemes if you want to be technical).
Given that most of the Japanese - (well words is the wrong term. A word is at least one morpheme, but it's often more than one morpheme based on the modifiers you stick on it. Un-solved, for instance; two morphemes. Still I struggle to think of a better one, statements perhaps) - are just made up of pasting together the smallest units of meaning available, Japanese follows very rigid rules. If you kept changing the rules you couldn't do that. There are only three irregular verbs in the entire Japanese language.
It really is quite convenient to learn, at least in terms of speech, since when you want to change the use of a sentence you just paste on an extra bit. You don't have to go back and change the form that the words in the sentence take, you just need to know the relevant modifier to stick in it. Almost like programming.
Really I wouldn't mind if more languages went that way. It seems the obviously superior way to do things....
In the way Nemmerle puts it, Japanese seems to be easier, at least when it comes to speech and grammar.
I am a fluent Spanish speaker, and yeah, French and Italian has something in common: ball-breaking grammar rules. Besides like 5 different ways to say "the", you gotta bend verbs and stuff all in a certain way to make it fit.
On a side note, I don't know about the other latin languages, but Spanish is kind of very versatile, comparing to I.e. Swedish and English, with that I mean, you can change the order of the words in any kind of way and you'd still make sence, but with a different accent.
Now about online language courses... Yes, there are many. I tried to learn German online, and I made it to find very good courses, I just didn't continue due to lazyness. But it's just to write up on google "Japanase language lessons" or something like that, and you'll get a bunch of links to explore. But again... Learning a language online will never replace the quality of a teacher, who can correct you... It's harder over internet =p