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 Post subject: Hello from California!
PostPosted: Fri 31 Mar 2017, 17:41 

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Hello!! I am new here and wanted to say hi!
お早う!あたしはBrianです :D

I live in California and work as an Arabic translator for the military.
あたしはCaliforniaすむです

I have always loved languages and am VERY excited to finally be able to spend some time learning Japanese. I am currently planning a little culture immersion trip next year for March and April so I have a LOT of studying to do! (And SO MANY QUESTIONS!) :D
らいねんはにほんをおとずれる!!!

Now, as you can see I have only studied Hiragana this week and need to get serious with Katakana. So I should get going if am to start on grammar next week. ;-)

じゃあまたね!!!


Question: At what point should I start replacing my phonetic Hiragana with Kanji? As I become familiar with a word I use commonly or is it better to continue spelling them out?
(I.e. きょうvs今日?)


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 Post subject: Re: Hello from California!
PostPosted: Sat 01 Apr 2017, 13:38 

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Welcome among us, Brian.
Brian, I suppose you're a man. あたし is used by women.
私はカリフォルニアに住んでいます。 You have to use -ing form because you are living in California.
(watashi ha kariforunia ni sunde imasu)
来年は私が日本を訪問するつもりです。 Next year I will visit Japan.
(rainen ha watashi ga nihon wo houmon suru tsumori desu) tsumori desu is I intend to, it's planned.
If there are kanji that you can write easily, use them. Your hand will get used and then it will become easier to learn others. Many kanji are alike and have similar parts.
頑張って下さい!

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 Post subject: Re: Hello from California!
PostPosted: Sat 01 Apr 2017, 20:25 

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は!は!
あなたは大丈夫です!私は男です。 :)
Thanks for the 温かいwelcome。And thank you for the guidance. I have been spending the morning turning JLPT5 vocab into flashcards. But now I need to take a break and study your corrections so I can add those new words and grammar nuances to my ちっさな repertoire.

PS 私はgoogle keyboardがすきです


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 Post subject: Re: Hello from California!
PostPosted: Wed 12 Apr 2017, 15:01 

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私の小さなディレクトリ。
watashi no chiisana direkutori. "ちいさな"

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