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ShitsuMonday returning for another helping of mini questions you have regarding Japanese that may not require an entire submission. These questions can be anything you want as long as it abides by the subreddit rule, so ask away. Even if you don't have any questions to ask, hang around and maybe you can answer someone else's question - or perhaps learn something new!


To answer your first question - ShitsuMonday is a play on the Japanese word for 'question', 質問 (しつもん, shitsumon) and the English word Monday. Of course, feel free to post throughout the week.

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Hi I'm a beginning student of Japanese, I've picked it up on Duolingo. I see there are mixed feelings about Duo on this sub, either way are there any better resources (preferably free and/or cheap) like books, videos, audio that you all would suggest a beginner pick up?? Also and this is just my thing, i think i would pick up a new language alot faster if I listened to their music. Any japanese hip hop heads or rock n roll bands I could check out? What's the conscious Japanese scene like? Lol I dont think a language is just the words, it's a piece of the culture so I am honestly hoping for some music suggestions and resources for learning other than Duolingo.


I know that sometimes Kanji are used to represent countries but I couldn't find a good site that had a complete list or place to look them up. Does anyone know where I can find one?


I took the J-Cat in June after about 2 months of studying just to see what level I could get, and I decided to take it again this week. I thought I'd share a comparison of my results then and now.

June: Listening: 44, Vocabulary: 24, Grammar: 5 (I know, very bad result there), Reading: 27

Total 100

November: Listening: 58, Vocabulary 41, Grammar: 44, Reading: 49

Total 192

So I'd say I'm pretty satisfied with my results here, although it could be better. What do you think?


Hello everybody,

I started learning Japanese a while back, which means I have learned Hiragana and Katakana already (and I'm still practicing every day, I even switched my phone to Japanese and a lot is written in Katakana) and I'm Wani Kani lvl. 3 atm. Now I want to start learning about grammar, how to build sentences, how to have dialogues, etc. with the kanji and vocabulary I'm learning with WaniKani.

Allegedly Genki is a really good book to get started but on Amazon there are quite a few editions and whatnot and I don't really know which book to buy. Could anybody help me out?

Thaaanks ^^


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May 15, 2009

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Welcome to r/LearnJapanese, *the* hub on Reddit for learners of the Japanese Language.

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Welcome to r/LearnJapanese!

If you are new to Japanese or new to the subreddit, please read the Wiki! (Posts of "How do I learn Japanese" are prohibited)

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Rules (read before posting)

1. If you are new to learning Japanese, read the Starter's Guide. Check to see if your question has been addressed before posting by searching or reading the wiki. Not doing so falls under 'Low effort' (see rule 6).
2. State your question clearly in your post title
3. Consider the OP's skill level when answering a question. Use furigana if you think they won't understand your kanji usage.
4. Do not guess or attempt to answer questions beyond your own knowledge. Remember that answers you receive are never guaranteed to be 100% correct.
5. No requests for or links to copyrighted content.
6. Trolling, immature, or hostile behavior will result in a warning or ban
7. The following will result in post removal:
  • Asking "How do I learn Japanese?" or "What should I learn next?" and other duplicate enquiries without reading the wiki pages
  • Translation requests (asking for help with your own translation is fine except for tests and exams)
  • Requests for, or links to copyrighted content
  • Tech support questions
  • Memes/image macros
  • "Low-effort" posts (e.g. some random Japanese you took a picture of)
  • Posts about hiragana/katakana/handwriting - These should go into the stickied Shitsumonday thread
8. Content creators wishing to advertise must contact the mods first. (no kana apps)

This is not the full list of rules. Please also read the full list of rules on the wiki. or at the bottom of the sidebar


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[漢字](#fg "かんじ")
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