I've always loved Japan and its culture. I've been watching anime for a few years.
Now I want to start learning it. Recently I've been using the Michel Thomas method for other languanges ( french, spanish) and I find it really useful. Check it out if you haven't heard about it.
There's also a japanese one, not by himself, but by some of his students. Seems fine. I'm thinking of starting with this one.
What are your thoughts on this? What resources do you guys recommend? Also @Tynan, mind sharing how you started learning it? The kanji post is solid.
Thanks for the answers.
I've checked Pimsleur, but I don't really like it, I consider Michel Thomas more suitable for me. I've started and it's awesome.
I'm gonna finish this and then go the AJATT route. I heard of that blog before but I forgot about it.
Looking forward to seeing more useful replies.
I second Tynan. If you really wanna get good at japanese after doing pimsleur, AJATT is the way to go. I've seen other ways, but they're nowhere near as awesome. And it does work.
Lots of answers to this at the Kanji Koohii forum http://forum.koohii.com/
People have posted up systematic study routines to get you to the top JLPT test level without ever spending money, or very minimal costs in materials.
I used Pimsleur, which will give you good pronunciation and a solid understanding of the grammar. On the downside, it's very business oriented and uses formal conjugations. Still... I'd recommend it as a base because it's very structured and high reward for three months of 30 minutes a day. After that, check out http://ajatt.com.
As I've been immersing myself in poker, I've been overwhelmed by the parallels with pickup, in theory, practice, and in my experience as a student.
I'm not sure if this is pure coincidence, my mind trying to find a pattern where there's not one, or a genuine underlying pattern that probably extends to other areas of learning.
Pickup is the only other thing I can think of that I learned rapidly and by immersion. I made it my world for a year or two. As a result, I remember the learning process, whereas something like web development I can't really remember because I've been learning gradually.
By the way, this blog is mostly for me to get my thoughts down at this point.
Anyways, I am infested by a demon. There's this guy inside of me who is not me, and he is an evil dude with a mind for potatoes. What? Stop it. You stop that right now.
I have a physical physiological problem that I've been dealing with since I was 16. It's not normal, it's not standard, it's not been diagnosed. It can only be described. But that's not going to happen here. It's too personal. But it destroys me. It makes me want to kill myself. It makes me want to find a long, sharp blade and stab it directly into my heart. It makes me want to jump off buildings.
I've seen doctors but had nothing but problems with them, no solutions. It must be something between my stubborn stupidity (lately I've been calling it retardation because that's what I feel - retarded - and Asperger's is a learning disorder that does slow your learning), and the ineptitude of most doctors (Pareto principle - 80% of everything is crap). It also can't help that I communicate oddly (as you may have noticed) and I used to think I knew everything because I read Wikipedia and it had taught me some Truths.