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Need Your Opinion! - March 23rd 2013, 01:05 PM

Hey guys!

So to put it briefly, I've always wanted to learn Japanese and just recently, I've started checking out self - teaching Japanese books as well as I've started contemplating whether or not to take a Japanese course in school.

Now my dad doesn't like this; he's actually pretty mad. You see, the career I want to go to requires that I speak both of Canada's official languages (English and French) and I only know English. I see myself learning French sometime in the future but I feel like I can learn Japanese off of motivation and inspiration alone rather than forcing myself to learn French (like I've done for years). My dad wants me to focus my efforts on French only and totally forget Japanese (I see where he's coming from but I don't think he sees how much I'm interested in Japan).

Is my dad right and should I just focus on French and forget about Japanese or should I go for it and and try learn Japanese?

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Re: Need Your Opinion! - March 23rd 2013, 01:29 PM

Well, I think you can take French now and take a course Japanese in the future when you begin work and you have the time for it or something.

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Re: Need Your Opinion! - March 23rd 2013, 09:46 PM

I agree that perhaps you should learn French now, Japanese later. Because your job requires it, you should start trying to learn it now, especially while you're young. It's easier to learn a language when you're younger. If you want to learn Japanese so much, I'm sure you'll still want to learn it later.
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Re: Need Your Opinion! - March 25th 2013, 07:31 PM

While you should learn French for the job you are going to work at, you can always learn Japanese later on.

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Re: Need Your Opinion! - March 26th 2013, 09:12 AM

I'm learning Japanese at school right now and it is really difficult to learn, especially reading and writing kanji. However, I think learning Japanese first, if it's something you're motivated to do, would be beneficial. My language teacher told me that she learnt Japanese first and then discovered it was much easier to pick up a European language afterwards. Just make the decision based on what you really want to do, because forcing yourself to learn a language is not fun.

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Re: Need Your Opinion! - March 26th 2013, 09:00 PM

Well, you can do both if you want. Take French in school. And when you complete a lesson or score well on a french test, reward yourself with a self teaching Japanese book.

If you can manage to take out some time, no one is stopping you from reading the self teaching Japanese books. I am sure that the Japanese teacher will be happy to help and guide you wherever needed. But yes, I'll suggest that your main focus should be French.

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Re: Need Your Opinion! - March 28th 2013, 04:42 AM

I think you should learn French now and Japanese later on.
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Re: Need Your Opinion! - March 28th 2013, 02:32 PM

Commercially Japanese in the future will probably be more use. I'm presuming you're in the French speaking part of Canada? All the same if you need it right now you might as well carry on with it and turn to other languages later.

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Re: Need Your Opinion! - March 29th 2013, 08:12 AM

It's all your preference.

French is easier, but then you'll be tempted to learn German and Dutch etc.

Japanese is much harder. You'll also have to memorize and understand kanji which is also difficult.

The above posters gave great advice too.

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Re: Need Your Opinion! - April 3rd 2013, 01:19 PM

If you need French for the job, continue with French. If you're really interested in learning Japanese maybe you could do it at the same time as French? You'd need to put in a lot of time and effort, but if it's something you're really interested in then go for it! If you don't think that's possible, wait for a bit before you learn Japanese, because French is probably more useful.

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Re: Need Your Opinion! - April 3rd 2013, 02:23 PM

You should definitely learn French now if it's a requirement for your job. Japanese will be useful, especially in the future, so you could learn it later on. However, French is quite useful as well. You could put in the extra work and learn both at the same time, but it will be a lot of work. Be advised, Japanese is not an easy language to learn, but it's worth it.
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