How to Impress your Friends With Spoken Japanese Even If You’re a Total Beginner

January 2, 2009 by admin · Leave a Comment 

How To Impress Your Friends With Spoken Japanese Even If You’re A Total Beginner

Yes, you really can speak Japanese if you have 10 minutes to spare each day.

The idea of course is to have a well planned out learning system that only requires you to set aside 10 minutes each day for learning Japanese.

The key to learning Japanese is really quite simple. If I were to summarize it, it would be….

L.A.R. (Learn, Apply and Repeat)

One of the biggest mistakes most beginner Japanese learners face is to Apply and Repeat what they had studied before.

What’s the point of learning new phrases and vocabularies only to forget about them later? It’s pointless right?

Imagine that you’re learning a list of 20 new Japanese words. Without apply and repeating that list of 20 Japanese words, your chances of retaining them would be around a mere 10 percent.

In other words, that’s only 2 words. Without applying and repeating that word list, you continue to learn more new words. Again, everytime you learn a new list, you’re only able to remember 2 words. But that’s not all…

The more Japanese words you learn, the more confused and harder you will find Japanese is. Indeed, you will start realizing that even if you kinda know what’s the meaning of that Japanese word, you have no idea how to use it.

That’s why the Apply and Repeat part play such a vital role in learning Japanese effectively.

Forcing yourself unnaturally and unwillingly to memorize Japanese ords can only do you more harm n the long run. Learning Japanese ithout a proper plan is like shooting an arrow without a target in mind.

If you’re an absolute Japanese beginner who want to impress your friends with spoken Japanese, here are 3 simple Japanese words or phrases that you can use on your friends to impress them.

Konnichiwa (pronounced as Kone niche jee waa). This is something similar to “Hi” and “Hello”. You can say this to your friend whenever you meet him. Just think of it as a form of greeting.

Sumimasen (pronounced as Sue mee maa cent). This is the equivalent of “I’m sorry” or “my apology”. So the next time you’re late on a date or a meeting, just say sumimasen.

Sugoi (pronounced as Sue go it – without the t). Sugoi means cool, excellent or awesome. When you want to give someone a compliment, try saying sugoi!

When you meet someone – say “Konnichiwa!” When you hurt someone – say “Sumimasen!” When someone kiss you – say “Sugoi!”

Can you see the beauty behind the simple but powerful L.A.R. system? Learn, Apply and Repeat!

The more you learn, you more you need to apply and repeat. The more you reinforce what you’ve learned (by applying and repetition), the better your Japanese will be. The secret key to learning Japanese is to have a simple and workable plan that you must consistently stick to it no matter what.

By applying the L.A.R. system, there’s simply no reason why you can’t remember and master those 3 Japanese words, “Konnichiwa”, “Sumimasen”, and “Sugoi” easily, today!
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Rippasama is the author of “The Quick and Easy Formula For Learning & Understanding Normal Japanese Conversation in Less Than A Week”, a free online report available for a limited time at http://www.learn-japanese-guide.com/learn_japanese/learn_japanese.html

Copyright 2006-2007 – Rippasama. You are free to reproduce this article as long as no changes are made, the author’s name is retained and the link to our site URL remains active.
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How long does it take to learn the basics of Japanese or Spanish?

December 29, 2008 by admin · 10 Comments 

Hi, I would really like to learn Japanese and Spanish. I was wondering which one it would be better to learn first. I don't want to get them confused or slow my progress in either one, but I'm also impatient and want to study them both. How long do you think it would take to learn enough of Japanese or Spanish that I could begin studying the other without getting too slowed down? Thank you!

It really depends on your motivation, interest and practicality of language use. If you live in an area of the world where Spanish is spoken and you can watch t.v. or listen to Spanish music, then you may want to learn Spanish because it it will be easier to meet native speakers and practice the language. The same would go for Japanese.

English is a combination of Germanic structure and Latin-derived vocabulary. Spanish is a Romance (Latin-based) language, so you will find similarities while learning it. They also use the same alphabet as we do (with the addition of several letters), so learning to read it is not as difficult as say Russian or Greek would be.

Japanese is an Asian language that actually has three writing forms, kanji, katagana and hiragana that each have different characters that need to be memorized that represent different parts of speech (nouns, verbs, etc.). They also use romaji, the Roman alphabet to write Japanese using our alphabet (tsunami, sake, sushi, etc.).

I suggest becoming fluent in one of the two as you can easily get confused if you try the two before you've mastered one, then tackling the third. You might want to do Spanish first, as it will be more similar to English, then Japanese.

Good luck!

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