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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 Grammar books and dictionaries are very important, but they get out of date easily, as language itself is evolving.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
10
comment How to use the inflection “やがる”?
Envy is a sin (Joking). I don't think it can be used with a strict positive emotion.
Jan
10
answered How to use the inflection “やがる”?
Jan
9
revised How to parse the proverb [艱難]{かんなん}[汝]{なんじ}を[玉]{たま}にす?
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Jan
9
comment Getting your haircut in Japan
The second part is not about language. But it will depend on the barber. They will try to talk to you, it they can find something to talk about. Sometimes they also got nervous talking to a foreigner :) And the barber I went in Japan has picture book of various different hair styles. You can just pick one out. The barber would take appointment, but for the place I went it is OK to just walk in. They don't have that many customers there :)
Jan
7
accepted What is the correct reading for べき乗打切り待機法?
Jan
6
comment Why is を used in this situation? 私は先生がネコを好きだと思います
Just curious: where did you find this sentence?
Jan
6
comment What is the correct reading for べき乗打切り待機法?
I think the wrong translation should be the reason why I didn't find any description of the method on the internet.
Jan
6
asked What is the correct reading for べき乗打切り待機法?
Jan
6
revised How to read いい方
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Jan
6
answered How to read いい方
Jan
6
revised How to Convert Na-adjectives and Nouns to the ば-form?
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Jan
6
answered How to Convert Na-adjectives and Nouns to the ば-form?
Jan
4
comment General rules in negative adjectives in superpolite form
寒くのうございます? I've never seen negative "ございます" though.
Jan
4
answered Reconciliation of adverbial ぜひ with its Japanese-English translation
Jan
4
comment Reconciliation of adverbial ぜひ with its Japanese-English translation
In 大辞泉, there's only one entry for ぜひ/是非.
Jan
4
comment Reconciliation of adverbial ぜひ with its Japanese-English translation
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Jan
2
revised Why has を been spared but ゐ and ゑ been deemed obsolete?
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Jan
2
revised Why did this pirate get angry when he was given a bottle?
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Jan
2
answered Why did this pirate get angry when he was given a bottle?
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