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Should you Convince Other People to Study Japanese? — 5 Comments

  1. Well I sent my old textbooks to a friend of mine as he was facinated by how much I knew and wants to learn. He’s been a fan of Japanese stuff for years.

    Now I just try to guilt trip him to use them :) I’ll give him a few more months before I really press though. I know he wants to do it, but I know a lot of people don’t want to put in the time. People like hearing that I am around level 50 but then don’t want to hear the thousands of hours it took!

    • It’s difficult in the beginning to explain the time it takes but why it’s worth it. Hearing thousands of hours can be overwhelming. I think you have to get someone excited before you show some of major commitment required.

  2. I was in the first category myself. I told my friend I wanted to challenge something, perhaps even a language, and it was him who suggested I learn Japanese. At the time little did I know I would get into it as much as I did, and I am quite grateful to him suggesting it now.

    I’ve tried convincing a few others with little success in the past, but now that I’ve married a Japanese person and live in Japan, my family has taken up learning a bit of Japanese (but not as actively as I had)

    • So the solution is to marry a Japanese person, and then convince your family that since they now have Japanese family connected to them, they need to learn it :)

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