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Kristin
09-03-2013, 09:03 PM
Any recommendations for a good introductory program for my son to learn Japanese. He is in 5th grade. First year of hs. He was in a dual language program (Spanish) in PS since Kinder, so he has an ear for foreign languages. Thanks!

dbmamaz
09-04-2013, 12:49 PM
definitely wrong forum lol sorry, no ideas. well, i did find a simple book on japanese at my library once, when my teen asked, but he didnt end up even looking at it. it was almost like a picture book

inmom
09-04-2013, 12:58 PM
You could try Rocket Language (Learn a language online with Rocket Languages (http://www.rocketlanguages.com/)). We are able to access it free through our public library. There is also Live Mocha (Livemocha - Languages (http://livemocha.com/pages/learn-languages/)). Since these are free (or possibly free) they could be a place to start.

sdvelochick
09-04-2013, 01:35 PM
My friend is doing the Rosetta Stone Japanese program with her kids. I'm doing French not Japanese but really like it so far.

Epiphany
09-04-2013, 01:42 PM
Here's a link to see if your library offers mango languages for free. Ours does, and we live in a pretty small town. Learn a language | Learn a New Language for Free Through Your Library (http://www.findmango.com/)

Might be a place to start

dragonfly
09-04-2013, 01:44 PM
My son did Rosetta Stone Japanese last year and liked it. I think it would be perfectly suitable for a fifth grader. I second the suggestion for Mango. We haven't used it much, but from what I've seen, it looks good.

If you have a Nintendo DS, there is a My Japanese Coach game, though it might be hard to find since it's not being produced any longer. My son has it, and he enjoyed it, but it's probably better as a fun supplement rather than a stand-alone thing.

Teri
09-04-2013, 03:17 PM
Where in Texas are you? My daughter announced she wanted to learn Chinese when she was 4, when she was 6, I finally did something about it. :p We are in the Dallas area and there are schools for Chinese and Japanese. She went to a local Chinese school that met on Sundays in a middle school. They were very welcoming and she loved it.

ScienceGeek
09-04-2013, 04:07 PM
My boys (13 and 10) and I are learning Japanese. I did NOT like the Rosetta Stone for Japanese. Thought it was great for Spanish but for me I need explanations for why you say something a particular way and Rosetta stone was frustrating to me - it just seemed to get way too hard too fast. My older son and I really like Human Japanese which is available as a iPad app - there are LOTS of Japanese apps, flash cards to learn the hiragana and katakana, games for vocabulary, etc.
I also found these free lessons online Japanese I (http://www.gpb.org/irasshai/japanese-i)
iTunes U also has some Japanese lessons but I haven't checked those out. We're currently taking a private class at a Japanese language school. We're there during the day where its basically a preschool run in Japanese for Japanese families living in the states who want to their kids to learn Japanese.

So my recommendation would be Human Japanese or some other apps first. Human Japanese is available for computers if you don't have an ipad.

AuroreCannon
09-06-2013, 04:37 AM
Well you could look out for some language classes nearby your area..i hope you will find something.

Epiphany
09-06-2013, 09:53 AM
Ha. I just contacted library to find out where the link was for the mango languages that I mentioned because I was going to start Spanish with little man. They got rid of it. Now I guess I am on the hunt for something appropriate for him. Hehe

crunchynerd
09-09-2013, 09:28 AM
Any recommendations for a good introductory program for my son to learn Japanese. He is in 5th grade. First year of hs. He was in a dual language program (Spanish) in PS since Kinder, so he has an ear for foreign languages. Thanks!
Have you checked out LiveMocha? They recently joined with Rosetta Stone, but so far, are still free (you help someone else with their English in exchange for site credits toward learning the language of your choice). I wish MY kids wanted to learn Japanese! I studied it in college and have all the materials, and was semi-fluent back then. But no, one wants to learn French, the other, German. Neither of which I ever studied. Ha, figures.

crunchynerd
09-09-2013, 09:29 AM
I had two years of Japanese in University, and loved it. The trip to Japan never materialized, so I function on a very rusty G2 level.

This (http://www.textfugu.com/?utm_source=hiragana-chart&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=hiragana-chart-link) site has been very helpful for me, and has great free resources like this (http://www.textfugu.com/resources/hiragana-chart/). Have fun! Wish mine wanted to study Japanese :)

I'm starting to think that us having studied Japanese was all it took for the kids not to want anything to do with it. I have the same problem.

HobbitinaHobbitHole
09-13-2013, 05:26 PM
Youtube has a ton of videos. My son loves them. He teaches himself and I stay out of his way, just occasionally buying him a book, here and there.

MrsJadeDragon
09-18-2013, 02:00 AM
I'm starting to think that us having studied Japanese was all it took for the kids not to want anything to do with it. I have the same problem.

Heh, same. My daughter isn't too keen on it either but I figure she'll thank me later. She's only five so we're using DinoLingo (http://www.dinolingo.com/) for now. It's not the greatest but it's cute and appealing to the younger crowd. Honestly, I'm just hoping she hears enough of it from DinoLingo so I can start moving on to showing her the good stuff, Totoro, Card Captor Sakura, Sailor Moon... basically everything I learned Japanese for in my early 20s. *snert*

From what I've seen of Mocha, that's a great start for older kids. Also, Hiragana Mama (http://hiraganamama.wordpress.com/) is a good resource for teaching Japanese to children. It's more geared for those who know Japanese to teach their children but there are enough resources to make it worth your while even if you're a non-Japanese speaker supporting your child's effort.

dbsam
09-19-2013, 05:31 PM
Is there a university near you? One that has a Japanese Studies program? One of the universities near us teaches Japanese and Chinese in an after school class for elementary aged children. It is not free. I wish I could talk my children into taking the class. They have no interest.:(