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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 Grammar books and dictionaries are very important, but they get out of date easily, as language itself is evolving.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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reviewed Needs Improvement Difference in nuance between 頂ければと思います, 頂けませんか, and 頂きたいんですけども
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reviewed Satisfactory pronunciation and meaning of the word 干支崩年
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reviewed Satisfactory How should I bid farewell to a superior?
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reviewed Satisfactory 「こわいだから。」 versus 「こわい、だから[…]」
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reviewed Satisfactory Why is 間{かん} used to denote some amounts of time but not others?
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reviewed Satisfactory How do I express “to survive” in a more metaphorical sense?
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reviewed Satisfactory Difference in nuance between 証明 and 証拠?
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reviewed Satisfactory How can I say “the leader(s) of the club” in Japanese
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reviewed Needs Improvement What is the function of と in とある?
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comment Does the 助動詞「ます」 still have a 連体形 in modern Japanese?
I heard a lot of ...ますので when I was in Japan.
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on time tag wiki excerpt
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reviewed Leave Open How do you write the sound “wu”?
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reviewed Close I don't understand the meaning of the 2 sentences. Can somebody help me?
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awarded  Custodian
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reviewed Leave Open What does 見ぬ/minu mean in this sentence?
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reviewed Leave Open What might be the meaning of the word or phrase 'こよかな'
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reviewed Looks OK What does 見ぬ/minu mean in this sentence?
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comment 足って used in Ponyo Song
How does it read? あし? はし?