Rocket Languages: Japanese - Review

Saturday, June 13, 2009

10 Ways to Properly Learn Japanese

1. If you know someone else that can speak Japanese, practice as often as possible with them. If you do not know anyone that can speak Japanese, you should go find people that want to learn and gradually get better at the language with you. This method will make your Japanese excel to a point of perfection and still be fun in the process.

2. What good is learning a language if you will quickly forget it? Take 1 hour in your day to practice the Japanese language. This will make you memorize its fundamentals and help you to become a fluent speaker of the language. Additionally, 1 hour is the perfect amount of time that will not interfere with the rest of your day and not overwhelm you with lengthy language lessons.

3. Make sure you are not tired when you are trying to learn your new language. Have you ever tried learning while being tired? It is knowledge in and quickly out of your head. There is no way to retain any important information while you are half asleep. Therefore, if you have to, take a nap before you are about to study. You will do wonders for yourself when learning Japanese.

4. Have the proper lesson material to guide you toward the acquirement of your new language. You can try to learn the language off of your favorite Japanese movie, but it might be a little bit difficult. Thus, find a book, audio book, software, or an actual teacher to help you while learning. If you have the material to learn the language and it is not working for you, get another medium to teach you. Just make sure you have the tools to learn.

5. So you may know how to speak the language. However, life does not always revolve around speaking. Thus, not only learn how to speak the language, but learn the grammar, reading, and writing aspects of it as well. What happens if your job has you translate the language to a deaf person and you cannot write Japanese characters? You get it? Learn everything to do with the language, not just the speaking part of it.

6. If you have a short attention span, it may be hard for you to learn--1 hour can still be too long for you. Therefore, I recommend that you break long courses into shorter segments. Take the 1 hour course and convert it into 2 thirty minute sessions. If the shorter segments seem too short, start working your way back to the longer lessons. Remember, baby steps!

7. Make your goals of learning your new language realistic. The old saying is, "Rome wasn't built in a day." This can apply to you. Try not to conquer the language in one sitting. That is almost impossible--unless you are amazingly gifted. Try making your goals a little smaller, like today you will learn how to say "Hello" in Japanese. That is more reasonable. If that is too easy, work you way to more challenging goals. Once again, baby steps.

8. Have all the things around you someway involve the language you are trying to learn. Turn your learning space into a small Japanese study room. Have all calendars, clocks, books and computer desktops written in Japanese. This method will keep Japanese on your mind, which will definitely lead to a faster pace of learning.

9. Take a trip to Japan. Why not jump into the deep-end and study with the true professionals of the language. You will not only learn the language, but you will also get to go on an interesting trip as well. That is hitting two birds with one stone!

10. Make sure you enjoy what you are learning. If you hate the language, what's the point of learning it?

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