How to Learn Japanese Online Free
Hey guys, so I’m getting questions like daily now on how to learn Japanese, so that’s what I’m going to talk about today. All of the resources I’m going to go over will be linked down in the description. To learn Japanese you’ll need to focus on three different areas listening, reading, and speaking. I don’t include writing in there because that’s more of a means to improve on the other areas, and honestly you’re probably not going to have to physically draw out kanji as often as you will have to text or type them, so as long as you know how to read and.
Spell kanji, that should get you pretty far. The easiest of all is of course listening. And the easiest way to improve your listening is to immerse yourself in the language. Most people pretty much max out their listening within one to two months in Japan, and that’s all it takes. If you’re not in Japan you can listen to Japanese news programs or watch dramas, or something like that. But to get the full effects you’ll probably have to wait until you can actually get to Japan and be surrounded by the language.
Whether reading or speaking is easier honestly depends on the person. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t really study very much, but you just throw yourself out into a crowd of Japanese people and you pick up the language by listening to them and repeating it back to them, you’ll probably be better at speaking. But most people tend to study a lot more, and especially if you’re not in Japan, reading will probably be easier for you. You’ll need to focus on three areas with reading kanji, vocabulary, and grammar. Now, I don’t.
Really include hiragana or katakana in there because you should be able to learn those completely within a few days. And I do recommend learning all three of those at the same time. So for example, the textbook Genki has a little bit of all three in each chapter. They also have a listening section at the beginning, so I recommend repeating back what they say to you so you can get used to speaking the language. In Jun’s Advice for Japanese Learners tutorial he talked about how language is a tool. It’s not something you can just study and.
Learn. You have to use it to truly become proficient at it. Of course, immersing yourself in Japan or practicing with people who are fluent is the best way to get better at speaking the language, but if you can’t do that, there are some resources I can show you online so you can connect with native speakers and practice that way. Typically how this works is it’s a language exchange. So that person will be learning your language, and you’ll be learning their language, so you’ll both practice help each other speak.
Each other’s languages. There is a forum for people who want to make contacts and do language exchanges on the website japanguide. There are tons of people from all over the world there, including many from Japan who want to learn English. So you can meet people there and either connect with them on skype or meet them in real life if you happen to live nearby. You can also use the website Lang8. It’s a blogging website, so what you do is you write a blog in the language that you’re trying to learn, and then people who speak that language.
Will correct your grammar and vocabulary and things like that. And in return you help the community by correcting other people who are learning your language. Jun used to do it a lot and he made friends that he connected with on skype so they were able to practice each other’s languages, too. I do highly recommend using this website to help you get used to correct grammar and things like that. If you’re too afraid of making mistakes to open up and practice speaking with people, get drunk. Or a little tipsy. I’m dead serious. That is a legitimate tactic that people use.
Okay, on to free resources. Starting out with grammar, you can use Tae Kim’s Guide to Learning Japanese on the website guidetojapaneselearn. This website will walk you through what I would consider the general equivalent of about what you would learn grammarwise your first two years in university. If you have questions about specific grammar points, they also have a forum you can use. Or you can find forums for people learning Japanese all over the internet. One I’ve seen that has a pretty quick response time with good answers is redditrlearnjapanese.
There are a lot of people there who are nearly fluent or fluent in Japanese who can give you advice on practical usage, and make things easily understood from the perspective of an English speaker learning Japanese. Moving on to kanji and vocabulary, there is a flashcard program called Anki that you download onto your computer. From the program, you can then download decks of flashcards, including many for Japanese. The great thing about this is you can specify how easy each card was for you, and then depending on what you click, that calculates how long it will be until.
They show that card to you again. If you need more help for learning kanji, there’s a website called memrise. Users comment on kanji and associate them with images so they’re easier to remember. So for the word akarui, someone submitted that they’re able to remember the kanji by combing the kanji sun and moon next to each other, which makes the word bright. If you learn better through rewards, there’s a website called Japaneseclass.jp. They give you lessons and when you successfully complete tests you get points and can level up. You.
Also get ranked among your peers. It even has the most basic of lessons including hiragana and katakana. And it has a reading section. Once you get a little more advanced you can also practice listening comprehension and reading on Japanese news websites. They have a news site for kids, so you can work your way up. For dictionaries, if you’re on the internet, I recommend staying away from things like Google translate unless you’re just doing single verbs or nouns or things like that. If you’re trying to translate a full sentence I guarantee you you will completely lose the.
Meaning. If you’re using Chrome there is an extension called Rikaikun or if you’re using Firefox, it’s called rikaichan. What this extension does is it allows you to see the definition of Japanese words and some grammar points just by hovering your mouse over Japanese text. It’s really convenient, but can be habit forming so don’t let it get in the way of actually learning the words. Moving on to resources that cost money If you learn better with actual textbooks, I recommend starting out with Genki I and II. For grammar points I HIGHLY recommend a series of three books by Seiichi Makino.
And Michio Tsutsui. The first is called A Dictionary of Basic Japanese grammar. The intermediate book is also really good, but unless you’re really really getting advanced you don’t need to buy the advanced one. It’s actually a dictionary so it’s not going to give you lessons, but it does tell you how to use the grammar points, whether it’s used in written or spoken Japanese, examples, and small differences with related grammar points. For kanji books, my favorite is the series of books called , which is Kanji Textbook for Foreign Exchange Students. They’re in Japanese, but with all.
Three books they do walk you through about 2,000 kanji which is pretty close to everything you will need to know in Japan. The way I used this book was working through each page, practicing writing down the kanji and example vocabulary on a separate sheet of paper, and then doing the practice tests at the end of the lesson. The next day I’d review it and take the test again, and then start the next lesson. I have all of these books but I can’t show you because they’re still in Korea with everything.
Else I own. Sorry. As for dictionaries, typically what a lot of students end up doing is buying an electronic dictionary, or a denshijisho. Cons are that they’re really expensive and they can be a hassle to carry around, and some of them might not have colloquialisms or certain slang words in them. However, the convenient thing about them is on some of them you can search by writing out the kanji, which is really nice. Another thing I know people use a lot is an application on your smartphone. However, I’m still using a flipphone! So I don’t know.
What that is. If you guys can tell me what applications you use for Japanese dictionaries, let me know and I’ll put that down in the description. As for how long it takes to learn, that is completely up to how quickly you pick up on things, how much effort you put into it, and whether or not you can immerse yourself in the language. I have seen people in Japan go from knowing almost no Japanese to conversationally fluent within a single year. However, they were taking Japanese classes and they always.
Spoke Japanese with their friends. If you want to learn Japanese, don’t go to Japan and speak English! If you don’t put much effort into learning the language and you don’t study on your own time you could float along for the rest of your life and not really learn that much. But it’s not a race so don’t stress yourself out if you feel like other people are learning faster than you. You’re only competing against yourself. There may be times when you feel like Japanese is too difficult for you, or you just can’t understand something. It can.
Be frustrating, and I’ve been to that point before where I couldn’t understand a word the instructor was saying. I’ve felt stupid, I’ve felt like it was pointless, and I’ve been brought to tears before in frustration. But you just keep pushing forward. There will come a time when that thing that you couldn’t understand will become second nature to you. You just don’t give up. A lot of times it’s really difficult for us to see how far we’ve come on our own. Even if you feel like you’re not making much progress, you probably are.