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Learning Japanese by piratekit Learning Japanese by piratekit
:nod: Something I've learned recently(While learning Japanese) is that anime uses a lot of slang/improper ways of speaking. It's not a good source in learning the language.

The other day, I stated to this to :iconpsychpurple01x: , and they said their friend used the comparison that 'someone trying to learn Japanese from an anime was like someone trying to learn English from Sponegbob' which I thought was funny because it was true.

I was going to make this into a stamp, however because it was so long-I would have to make it animated. I'm still trying to figure out photoshop so that didn't work out to well.
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Lyakar Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017
I feel like this is a bit of an oversimplification.
As another person said before me, some anime use proper grammar.  And, besides that, there are some general words that you can pick up on.  Now, of course, watching anime in it of itself will not each you, in the same way that watching Spanish movies cannot truly teach you Spanish.  But if you're learning from other sources?  Then yeah, any sort of Japanese media, be it books, anime, live-action dramas, or whatever, can be useful.  After all, any good language class tells you to go and, you know, read and watch things in the language that you're learning.  And of course some it it isn't going to be entirely "grammatically correct", but again, that goes for all media for all languages, but that doesn't stop language classes from recommending it.  Heck, I'd say it's actually useful to learn some slang and specific dialects, just so you can understand the culture a bit more.  Even some Japanese people I've met said that subbed anime wasn't too bad of a supplement if you're learning Japanese.  
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Bloodykiller654 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
I learned english by playing video games but yeah....the best way to learn a language is by taking classes.
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ViktoriaMagrey Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Student General Artist
I learnt English by watching movies in said language. 

I favorited it but I cannot laugh xD
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IronPiedmont1996 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017
Very true.
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:iconpurplepixie96:
PurplePixie96 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this analogy :iconlaughterplz:
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:iconmagnificent-dedan:
magnificent-dedan Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
*goes to japan* whuh-where-where are the subtitles
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:iconhero-senpai-kun:
Hero-Senpai-Kun Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016  Hobbyist
Filthy Frank.
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:iconcameron-ohara:
Cameron-Ohara Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL... too true
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:iconastrall99:
Astrall99 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I learned English from cartoons that weren't mean to be educational......But what you're saying makes sense.
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YueTheGreat81 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 6, 2017
Same, I did learn English from cartoons that were educational for other reasons than learning English.
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Phapha332 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015
OH MY GOODNESS IT'S SO TRUE!
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PrinceDumuzi Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015
Actually some people are intelligent enough to actually be able to do that. As for how? They basically hear the words being repeated and pick up on their meanings. I've been able to do this myself, when you think about it, they're still speaking Japanese in the language, so you can learn a lot if you're good at hearing and able to pick up stuff like I can. I'm actually able to under stand bits of raw clips and such now.
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Knixd Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
or is it... what about learning english from something like "friends" or disney movies that use proper english? Seinen anime and many slice-of-life anime contain proper Japanese that'd you use every day. Textbook Japanese isn't always appropriate either. I lived in Kyoto for over a year studying intensive Japanese (but I'm an economics grad student) Saw a blog post on this question Can you learn Japanese with anime 
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LE2 Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
Funny thing is, I had Ethiopian roommates who would try to improve their English by watching (dubbed) Pokemon.
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:iconastrall99:
Astrall99 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It can work.
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:iconle2:
LE2 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
Yeah, They'd repeat things the characters said like "It's so cute!" and "Pikachu, I choose you!". Had to tell them Pikachu was actually a Japanese(ish) word. Had to calm another one down by telling her wrestling was fake. She also thought Neelix from Voyager was scary. (Well, some people are inclined to agree with her.)
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horsegirl1231 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
lol
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Commander-Dominic Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015
:icontrueplz:
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IDreamOfTheWind Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly, learning English from Spongebob is pretty impressive.
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:iconastrall99:
Astrall99 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually learned from shows that were more mind numbing than Spongebob.
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KillerCrow321 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Professional Writer
Excellent. X3
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RedPoolXD Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually said my first words by watching Spongebob, as the show acknowledges that "wumbo" isn't a word by Spongebob's confusion. Cuz' let's be honest, there's no such definition to "wumbo"!
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Skullkittenz21 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree. I learned Japanese when I went to Japan 7 months ago. 
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MastarMudkip Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So you're saying Wumbo isn't a word?
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CookieMilkShake Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed. Unless you're a baby learning your first words, or manage to pick up on the occasional word (how I learned Germany in Japanese), you can't learn much from it.
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hairidan Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I learned my first english words from watching dexter's lab when I was 3 or 4. I've come a long way!
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MadamMichi Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
My friend from Burma learned english from watching older hollywood movies (in a refuge camp) Using cartoons, movies, sitcoms and news casts is a GREAT way to start learning or supplement learning for a language especially in the listening and in knowing slang /colloquial speech. But you're right, you can't JUST use cartoons, orTV.
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Child-Of-Hades Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:rofl: I FUCKING LOVE IT
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:iconjanetta-the-robot:
Janetta-The-Robot Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist
this is my new favorite thing
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AsahiGirl Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
<--- Watched lots of anime but doesn't speak fluent Japanese.
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:iconthe-super-salad:
The-Super-Salad Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Student General Artist
it's like learning about zoology by playing pokemon
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:icondizzy-little-spinda:
Dizzy-Little-Spinda Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
or learning spanish from dora the explora
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SplashyLove Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
you beautiful human being you
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Boomi-Cat Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014   Digital Artist
I learned the word 'FOOD' (In English) from Spongebob
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Internetexplorer968 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
So true that it's not a place to learn Japanese. I would just go to a website and learn it there, but learning it is almost impossible! There is no correlation between them and English. I remember this Otaku from the 9th grade who thought he learned Japanese from watching anime... >_<
And there was this guy I knew who said Japanese culture is better than American culture, did he even study American culture? And with no back up proof.
Embarrassing...
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star3catcher Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
Yeah, I can see that. I can see some idiot fan trying to be cool by screaming, "I'M READY! I'M READY! I'M READY!" and thinking that they're practically American already.
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Ferriswheelshipper4l Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student General Artist
I speak only Russian, but I'm gonna learn English from SpongeBob!

"HAI!! MEH NAM IS SPONGBOB!! BAAHAA!!"

I'm also attempting to learn from my favorite anime to speak Japanese

"SQEEE!! WATHASI! KAWAII DESU!! SENAPI!!"

:iconthisplz:

In reality, I'm English fluent, but I can't even speak Japanese.
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UnicornCat Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
xDDD i donīt know anything from japanese but i had to laugh ^^
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pineapplecatsaur Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Student Artist
ok let me speak japenese by watching anime


DESUKWAIIOMGSENPAIWAT WOW OMGGGGG U CHEATED ON MEEEE SOB/MURDERS/


ok let me speak english by watching spongebob

DURRRRRSFJHBSCRIENG
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glowbone Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Ok, let me try to "learn English from spongebob"

Gary sponge patrick!!!! *Look how much I can speak English!!!!* (Translated some other language to English)
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F-E-N-N-I Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I can identify some words if you gave me a list of them. But I would never ever say to someone "I'M SMART CAUSE I LEARNED JAPANESE FROM ANIME!"
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VampireQueenEffeffia Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My friend is convinced that she learned fluent Japanese by watching Anime. I just mentally face-palmed. Trying to teach yourself a language by watching a TV show is near impossible, as you have with your SpongeBob example.
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PaulinaLua Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD hahaha My mother only knew Spanish when she came here from mexico and she learn English by watching spondebob
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e-maxim Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Well, I've learned a boatload of english from cartoons back in the day (all the Cartoon network classics ;)). It was an easy ride from there and I've never spent an hour actually studying english. Just my 2 cents ;]
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piratekit Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Thanks for sharing :)
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beccalendsahand Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Funny. But not exactly true. You don't wanna sound like a grammatically correct robot. Swell as learning through books you need to learn through Telly and music and mags. I'm sure you already know this...
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piratekit Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
It's my opinion, wasn't saying it was a fact. One doesn't want to sound like grammatically correct robot, but they do want to know the proper way to speak, read and write the language instead of using slang all the time. That was the point of this stamp.
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