Tips to Study Japanese

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Wanna speak Japanese or watch anime?

If you want to speak Japanese fluent or conversationally decent, try these 5 steps.

1. Do not learn Romaji. Learn Hiragana ひらがな and Katakana カタカナ together.

If you are very new to the language, do not study from Romaji but study from Hiragana that is Japanese. Romaji is alphabet version to read Japanese, so it probably easier for beginners to read Japanese, but if you learn Japanese in Romaji from the beginning, you will, later on, struggle with the stress on words when you try to speak Japanese. 

While you practicing Hiragana and Katakana, try to speak out at the same time you write. This helps you for memorization. 

At some point you memorize them, you can also practice some words like おはようございます; good morning or your name. 

If you do this 30 min every day, you will be able to master those Japanese in 1 month!

Although Japanese uses a lot of Kanji, it is possible to write Japanese with all Hiragana and Katakana, but tackling kanji should come after you’ve mastered both hiragana and katakana.

2. Use some free language study website and SNS

There are plenty of resources for learning Japanese for free online. Good examples include watching Youtube, using flashcard apps like HiNative and programs like Anki that allow you to make and download flashcard packs so you can revise what you’ve learned.

3. Learn some basic Japanese sentences 

After learning some very basic grammar, memorizes some basic sentences. As you learn some basic sentences, like おなかすいた means I am hungry or ショッピングにいきたい means I want to go shopping, you can learn basic structure. Then, if you learn more words, you can easily switch those words. 

4. Find your favorite Japanese music

This is a fun and easy way to practice any languages. If your mother tough is English, you have to use different muscle in your mouth from the one when you speak English (don’t know about other languages though). Singing Japanese songs is like supersizing your mouth muscle. At the same time, you can easily memories many words or some sentences. After singing a song some times, you will surprise how much you can improve your Japanese. 

5. Make friends who don’t talk your language  

It’s always good practice to talk in real life. If you are very beginner, it might be more enjoyable to talk with someone who is not native speakers since they may speak too fast or use slung a lot. Especially young people between late 10’s to mid 20’s people tend to talk fast (this is just my opinion). 

Once you get the intermediate level, you can learn a lot from the same gender friends. This is because guys and girls talk differently and generally you need to talk more with same-gender friends especially if you are a girl (I believe). 

 

Although you can read and write Japanese without Kanji basically, Kanji always appears in most of the Japanese writings such as comics or animes. So, if you can go to the upper level, you also want to learn Kanji. Yet, I know many non-native Japanese people who speak Japanese fluently but can’t read or write Kanji at all, so it is not possible to speak fluently without learning Kanji. However, I highly recommend to study some basic Kanji. 

 

 

 

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