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A Chinese PhD student in Tsinghua, and English is my second language, and Japanese is my third language. (I don't know which one is better now ...)

I learned Japanese by myself in China (long) before I stayed in Ishikawa, Japan for almost a year. As I didn't take any classes, there are a lot grammar concepts I cannot explain in detail.

My method of learning a foreign language is through using it (including English, though we have English classes in school). Also, I would check the grammar books and dictionaries, but what I want to see most is examples. In China I'm only able to read and listen to Japanese, while I can only speak to myself. I got my chance to speak Japanese when I was in Japan. I'm also keeping a Japanese diary now (I won't make it public).

IMO, to learn a language you are trying to know how the language is used by natives. Grammar books and dictionaries are very important, but they get out of date easily, as language itself is evolving. Also, they don't cover every aspects of the language.

In language study, most times there is not a reason why a usage is correct. It is correct just because the natives use it in that way. Rules can be summarized into grammar, but there are always exceptions for grammar rules. So when a weird thing is found to be correct, just memorize it.

I always prefer to read grammar books or dictionaries that are written by natives and for natives. The versions written for foreigners often get simplified to cover only a small portion. Also different languages are so different that you are not able explain one language in another.


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revised What exacty does ゆえ mean, and how does it fit this JLPT question?
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answered How to understand the contractionしていて、/-てて
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comment Splitting Kanji and okurigana at the end of the line
In books, as every line has a fixed number of character, line can end at anywhere, only taking the 禁則処理 @Hyperworm said in to account. In Manga, as arbitrary length lines can be used, they usually break at word (phrase) boundaries (, and omitting a lot of punctuations).
Dec
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answered How does one transcribe the romaji “ō”?
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answered What is the difference between 楊 and 柳 which both mean “Willow”
Dec
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answered もらえる, 見える rules
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answered Is there a form for “I have never heard of”?
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answered How does “ ~ずにはいられない ” work?
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comment What is the etymology of the word マラ?
The etymology is written on the page you referenced.
Dec
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answered The difference between 添削 and 訂正
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awarded  Editor
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revised the reading for “魂”
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Dec
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answered the reading for “魂”
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answered Which kanji and/or hiragana are used to write this snippet of Japanese that appears in the novel Gravity's Rainbow?
Dec
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comment How to compare different actions done by different people?
I think it is correct. Currently cannot think of a better way to say it.
Dec
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answered Defining 控える and 控えている
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comment How do I say “I am the best” ? の,は or が and 私 or 俺?
俺 is less formal and can be used with friends. 私 is used in formal situations pronounced as わたくし, and can be used by both genders. NEVER use "俺様", as it is very rude.
Dec
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answered What is 野菜ソムリエ?
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awarded  Revival
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answered How to use ~に同意する to agree or disagree with a person?