Rebirth of this thread from MT, because it was really helpful and motivational. Plus, I wanted to start learning again, because tons of stuff evaded my memory.
I'll be on Yahoo Messenger more? So yay?
Feel free to post questions or answers to questions or just talk about the most random things in Japanese. Because that helps retain information a lot ._.
Firstly, you'll probably want your computer to be able to read the language. I forget how to set it up on XP, and I'm on Vista now, so pah.
I'm still a complete noob at Japanese, but meh. One of the prevailing questions that I forgot (not including the how many kanji and vocabulary that I already lacked), was the difference between the える (eru) form of a verb and ことができる (koto ga dekiru) which came after the verb. I always assumed both meant =can do= to some extent, although I forget the differences. Like in...
日本語が話せます。[(I) can speak Japanese =correct translation?=)
日本語が話すことができる。[(I) can speak Japanese =correct translation?=)
Answer if possible, questions can be freely asked, AND START RANDOM TOPIC YES?
Ajax IME: Web-based Japanese Input Method
If you're too lazy or just don't feel like setting your keyboard to Japanese, you can use this. Click IME On/Off to make it light blue when on and white when off. If it's on, type in romaji and ta-da! It comes as Hiragana, and then work from there.
If you're unfamiliar with it, after every word or phrase, you can press space to see a dropdown box of what you want the text to actually appear as, kanji/hiragana/katakana wise. The katakana is usually the last option at the bottom, and the top ones are the most relevant or the ones that it thinks you're trying to say. I usually do it after every word if I know I want some of the words to be kanji, that way it can be more accurate and precise with what kanji you want.
I hope it doesn't die ._.