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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 Grammar books and dictionaries are very important, but they get out of date easily, as language itself is evolving.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.


Jan
21
revised Want to be sure I understand the nuance of 払{はら}う
Wrong Furigana markup
Jan
19
comment How do you say “[amount of time] later”?
@NattyBumppo It is too short. The system won't let me submit as an answer.
Jan
19
comment How do you say “[amount of time] later”?
Should be: [二時間後]{にじかんご}
Jan
19
comment Any books or websites dedicated to Japanese tech/IT language?
The best way maybe to look at how the native softwares are using the language.
Jan
18
answered What does it mean to be “over a law”?
Jan
18
revised What does this Japanese text say?
Change the pic link to add an alt text. I canno see anything as I cannot access the site.
Jan
16
comment Action verbs and conditional ~ば
And coming and going: "彼が来たら、起こしてください。"
Jan
16
comment Action verbs and conditional ~ば
In "the second part of the sentence", what is THE sentence? You mean the example sentence you gave?
Jan
16
comment What does this Japanese text say?
Where is the screengrab ...
Jan
15
revised What is the difference between these words for “audience”?
Typo, furigana of shichousha
Jan
15
comment When is 顧客{こきゃく} used for “customer”?
Can 客様 be used without お (お客様)?
Jan
15
revised What's the difference between 少{すこ}し (sukoshi) and 小{ちい}さい (chiisai)?
Modified furigana
Jan
15
comment What is the difference between these words for “audience”?
Typo? しようしゃ --> しちょうしゃ (Furigana of 視聴者)
Jan
14
comment Is there a past tense conjugation form for ば?
Actually I've never seen it ....
Jan
14
revised Is there a past tense conjugation form for ば?
added 254 characters in body
Jan
14
answered Is there a past tense conjugation form for ば?
Jan
13
answered The various ways of saying “all”
Jan
12
answered How is ほか used as a conjunction?
Jan
11
revised Why are these words considered less politically correct?
Correct furigana: Geijin -> Geinin
Jan
11
comment Why are these words considered less politically correct?
As noted on the webpage, it cannot be totally trusted. (I don't know whether the examples you picked out are genuine or not.)