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5 hours ago, Danibellerika said:

To speak with other people online, I also saw an ad for this site called "lingbe". Not sure of reviews or anything but they say you get points for speaking with others and you can do it as much as you want. 

 

In class last night I spoke with my Japanese teacher because we were going over kanji and I was able to use that to segue into convo about Yuzu.  Basically we were learning kanji and ended up going over what was part of his name because alone 羽 means Hane but 羽生 makes is Hanyu so I was asking her to explain the transformation to me. Often you just combine the pronunciation of both without altering (though I know there are some instances like nihyaku vs. sanbyaku for instance, nihon vs. sanbon vs. juppon, etc).  I just wanted to know if there is a rule of thumb to it.  I've concluded that Japanese just remains impossible and hopeless :laughing:.  But she definitely knows who Yuzu is and she definitely keeps tabs on him despite living here in the US. She got excited when I told her I went to worlds and that I am going to the Olys. 

 

 

 

Maybe this will help:

羽 is indeed read "hane" iirc, but it can also be read as just "ha"(like the bird counter (?) 千羽鶴⇒せんずる). The 生 character has the "nyuu" reading. So you are just combining the "ha" and "nyuu" reading of those kanji :) the reason of the confusion when he was in school is that, if i'm not mistaken, "Habu" is much more common than "Hanyu" 

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11 hours ago, Hydroblade said:

 the reason of the confusion when he was in school is that, if i'm not mistaken, "Habu" is much more common than "Hanyu" 

 

Yeah, it's that plus: look at all those readings that kanji alone has!

Japanese names:

あさ、 いき、 いく、 いけ、 うぶ、 うまい、 え、 おい、 ぎゅう、 くるみ、 ごせ、 さ、 じょう、 すぎ、 そ、 そう、 ちる、 なば、 にう、 にゅう、 ふ、 み、 もう、 よい、 りゅう

 

Now I'm having lots of fun inventing new names for poor Yuzu :laughing: Yuzuru Hagose, Yuzuru Hanesugi, Yuzuru haiku (nice one!), Yuzuru hanemi... they actually don't sound that bad...

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14 hours ago, Hydroblade said:

Maybe this will help:

羽 is indeed read "hane" iirc, but it can also be read as just "ha"(like the bird counter (?) 千羽鶴⇒せんずる). The 生 character has the "nyuu" reading. So you are just combining the "ha" and "nyuu" reading of those kanji :) the reason of the confusion when he was in school is that, if i'm not mistaken, "Habu" is much more common than "Hanyu" 

 

Thanks!

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Altie   
23 hours ago, yuzuangel said:

Does anyone have any free basic reading materials for people who are just starting to learn Japanese and know almost nothing :13877886:

 

To learn kanas and kanjis, the "kanji-study" app is pretty great - and free for the "basic" level (kanas + the radicals + the first 80 kanjis) - it should take you some time to master this level. And it can check automatically if you write them well, and do all sorts of quizzes that make kanji learning almost like a game (but it's still a lot of work, of course, sadly).

 

As for a japanese free method per se, I don't know sorry. I've always buyed books.

 

 

On 11/08/2017 at 3:13 PM, surimi said:

Good luck with the websites, Altie! If you're sociable, they look like a great place to practice language, and who knows, if you live in a city as large as Paris, you could even make a real-life friend who lives or is staying in Paris? Good luck, and let us know how you fared!

Myself, I checked out a conversation website or two, but didn't join - I'm extremely introverted and immensely unimaginative/boring when it comes to talking to strangers. ;) So I went ahead and despite my low level, signed up for 'official' individual classes with a native speaker, because I really really need someone to check and correct my pronunciation. Turns out I got lucky - this guy knows not only of Hanyu, but of Kihira as well, yay! 

 

Thanks a lot @surimi. Yes, I think I'm pretty sociable, but my problem is a very busy life and lack of time... and the frustrating fact that I'm totally unable to express myself in japanese (yet ?) :)

But actually, I've been contacted directly by a PH japanese user living in Paris, so, yay me ! :)

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2 minutes ago, Altie said:

To learn kanas and kanjis, the "kanji-study" app is pretty great - and free for the "basic" level (kanas + the radicals + the first 80 kanjis) - it should take you some time to master this level. And it can check automatically if you write them well, and do all sorts of quizzes that make kanji learning almost like a game (but it's still a lot of work, of course, sadly).

 

As for a japanese free method per se, I don't know sorry. I've always buyed books.

Oh, thank you :) I'm open to buying books too, do you have any you'd recommend?

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4 minutes ago, yuzuangel said:

Oh, thank you :) I'm open to buying books too, do you have any you'd recommend?

 

I'm in love with the new books I've bought but... sadly they're in french :)

(The "Banzai" method and the grammar "neko no te" (Ellipse ed))

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30 minutes ago, Altie said:

 

I'm in love with the new books I've bought but... sadly they're in french :)

(The "Banzai" method and the grammar "neko no te" (Ellipse ed))

Ah, pity :laughing: maybe one day when I learn French :laughing:

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