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This is a very subjective answer but, there is no "quick fix" for particles, as there are many exceptions, special cases, etc. Mastery takes a long time, even if you focus on it. Consider prepositions in English, which fulfill a similar role. Why do we play "on" a tennis court, "at" a park, and "in" a sand box? It feels easy to a native speaker, but it ...


For your goals, I don't think reading and writing is necessary. You can use Romaji (Latin letters) to remember the pronunciation and use your ears for the rest. However, if you ever want to use any kind of dictionary, you'll at least need Hiragana.


This repeated そう are kind of aizuchi 相槌. It might be regarded as a backchannel also. (I'm not a linguistic expert.) As you may know, native Japanese often use the combinations of verbal and non-verbal backchannels like そうそう/うんうん and nodding during the conversation. This small study shows some numbers.


"そう、そう、そう" implies strong agreement and affirmation with the remark of the other. To me, it's very different from simple and curt "そう." She is saying "It's really delicious" and demanding affirmation of the other on her statement and judgement. We usually and casually say "そう、そう" in agreement, but don't repeat "そう" so many times. But she repeated it four ...

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