Hello! Before I start, I would like to say that I am completely new to online communities/groups. So forgive my lack of any current media knowledge.
I have been studying Japanese for one year of self-study and three years at a college. I was wondering if my Japanese skills would be of any use. If I had to rate my Japanese skills, I would rate them as...
Katakana: Fair Fair because these words are generally not "Japanese words." Depending on the context and terminology, previous knowledge is needed to understand katakana words perfectly. In general, I read these slower than Hirgana to get a full understanding.
Kanji: Poor There are thousands of Kanji and I probably can only read 100 of them . Regardless, I look up the meanings of any Kanji I don't know.
Grammar and Usage: Fair I know pretty much the basics-intermediate part of Japanese grammar.
Overall, I would rate my Japanese skills as 2 or 3 out of 5. I have not taken any Japanese proficiency test so I don't know the true extent of my skill. (When I go to Japan in the near future, hopefully I'll find out what it is.)
While learning Japanese is still ongoing for me, I was fairly surprised of my ability to read some manga in Japanese. Even though the translation was not exact when I was reading (I was reading To Love Ru Darkness), I manage to understand what the characters were saying (quite slowly )
Regarding any specific series or genre, I am pretty open-minded. I just want to test and further educate my Japanese skills. Granted, I would have to read any manga that I don't know from the beginning. I find that understanding the story and character personalities can help me get some basic knowledge.
I hope my Japanese skill can be of some use to someone.
Decadence is also looking for Translators! We work mostly in the smut/mature genre of things though.
We're willing to pick up projects that would be easier for you to read and translate!
I've heard from some people that translating manga is the one of the best ways to help improve your Japanese skills!
If you want to join us just let me know! Go ahead and make an account on the forum and we'll set you up as trial staff where you'll complete a chapter or two, give you some time to decide if our group is right for you, and after that if you decide you want to stay you'll be promoted to full translator and we'll find you a project to work on!
If you like manga do us a favour and don't jump in and translate it when you haven't finished studying it.
________________ The moonrunes transmogrifier. Equally well-versed in both the art of reading Japanese and of writing English, the elusively rare Translator deciphers the cryptic, alien markings on the Raw Provider’s artifacts. They understand these hieroglyphs that befuddle most who seek their secrets, and transforms them into the tongue of the common man.