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Don’t Think about Others’ Study Advantages — 14 Comments

  1. I’d take the “katakana loan word advantage,” but if I could choose something not in this list, I’d want the “in love with Japanese culture advantage.”

    • I think anyone would be happy to have the love Japanese culture advantage. But have you ever really met anyone who didn’t?

  2. The best advantage is the person who already has very strong self-discipline ;) that way he doesn’t need to build it for japanese, it’s already there! Haha, that’s something you can improve though, but it’s the only advantage without any downfall I would say. That and it’s not something that is decided the second you are born, although it can be very influenced by how your parents raised you.

    • Yea I would say that is something you earned, which of course is way more important than a default advantage you are already provided with.

  3. As for the “very strong self-discipline” advantage, there is no such thing. We have to exercise our self-discipline every day. It’s the only way to build it and keep it. But I agree with you, Darkskilling, it helps if you have made a lifelong habit of self-discipline, even thought it takes daily work to hold onto it.

  4. There’s also the Korean speaker advantage. Korean grammar is mostly the same as Japanese which makes it easier to learn for native Korean speakers.

  5. For the Kanji advantage one, native Chinese people/anyone fluent in is has an obvious advantage. I’m not sure, since I’m not Korean myself, but native Korean WRITERS (speaking has nothing to do with this) know some Chinese characters. (Called Hanja in Korea) I believe that students learn some Hanja in school, but the use of Hangul is becoming more popular as the years go on.

    • I also have heard from friends that grammar-wise (sentence order) is similar in Korean so there is also that advantage.

  6. Unrelated to the article but does anyone know who the man is in the picture? What tv show he might be from or whatnot? I saw him for quite a long time, always in the same spot and position but never could see cameras or anything. And I was never around to see him leave. He remains a mystery.

  7. I’m pretty lucky because I get to be in both the first and second categories! But kanji has a lot of both traditional Chinese and simplified Chinese so writing will still be a problem as I don’t know both

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