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How to Start Studying Japanese

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Are you interested in studying Japanese? There are a few things you should know before you get started. I go over it all in the slideshow.
This is the first slideshow for the 'Learn Basic Japanese' course on Memrise:
http://www.memrise.com/course/80119/learn-basic-japanese/

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How to Start Studying Japanese

  1. 1. © Copyright 2015 JLPTBootCamp.com Welcome to Learning Japanese Photo by Tonko43
  2. 2. © Copyright 2015 JLPTBootCamp.com There are a few things you should probably know before you get started. Photo by Urawara Zero
  3. 3. © Copyright 2015 JLPTBootCamp.com First things first, I know roman letters are your friends, but you are going to have to say goodbye to them. A B C I thought we had something special. It's not you. It's me. I have places I need to go.
  4. 4. © Copyright 2015 JLPTBootCamp.com It's for the best really. But, don't worry, you are going to meet some new friends called kana, which represent sounds in Japanese. あ え い お Hello everyone! Hey! Let's party! All right! Whoot!
  5. 5. © Copyright 2015 JLPTBootCamp.com There are two systems of kana. One called hiragana, which is what we will learn in this course. あえいおう
  6. 6. © Copyright 2015 JLPTBootCamp.com The other is katakana, which is used for foreign words as well as some other specialized uses. アエイオウ
  7. 7. © Copyright 2015 JLPTBootCamp.com Katakana's not covered in this course, but if you'd like to practice it, you can click the icon below and you will be magically teleported to another course that does practice it.
  8. 8. © Copyright 2015 JLPTBootCamp.com So, you might be wondering how in the world you type kana (and kanji, etc...) with a keyboard full of roman letters.
  9. 9. © Copyright 2015 JLPTBootCamp.com Well, that's where an IME comes in handy.
  10. 10. © Copyright 2015 JLPTBootCamp.com Most people prefer the Google IME. Although all major OSes have some kind of default IME.
  11. 11. © Copyright 2015 JLPTBootCamp.com Taking the 2-3 minutes to install an IME will give you a huge boost to your Japanese studies.
  12. 12. © Copyright 2015 JLPTBootCamp.com And the next time you are at a party, you can impress your new friends with your awesome skills. Photo by Mircea I installed an IME! You rock!
  13. 13. © Copyright 2015 JLPTBootCamp.com Also, you might run into some issues typing words correctly in the course, making for a somewhat sub-par experience learning Japanese. Photo by Eric Kilby
  14. 14. © Copyright 2015 JLPTBootCamp.com For more info and links to some awesome tutorials and other resources to get you started, click below.

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