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!
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

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.

What is the best book and CD combination to learn Japanese with?

December 29, 2008 by admin · 3 Comments 

I want to learn Japanese in a fun, exciting and simple way. Does anyone have any recommendations as to what books and cds are best to use? And how long would you say it took you to learn the basics of Japanese by using them?

i think the best way to learn Japanese, or any other languages, is to live in the country. but if you are in the UK; you can use a book called: Japanese for busy people. also for vocabulary; you ought to use the Oxford beginners Japanese dictionary. at last, there is the point and speak book that you can use for travel.
the Oxford dictionary is good to use as the Japanese words are written IN Japanese so you will have to learn Hiragana and katakana. it is all good fun.
the NHK also offer some online lessons.

check it out. it is good to listen, in order to train your ears.
i have been in Japan for two months now; and i am starting to get a few sentences in and out. if you practise a lot it could come fairly quickly but don't expect to be fluent within a short period of time. Good luck to you and come and visit this fantastic country!

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How long does it take to learn japanese if you already know 3 langues?

December 29, 2008 by admin · 9 Comments 

I really wants to learn japanese but I already speak polish, norwegian and english fluently and I wonder how long would it take to learn japanese at a good communication level so I could make a conversation with japanese people and I would know the writing part as well. Do you think that 2years of home learning + 1 year student exchange in tokio would be enought to speak fluently ?

Hmmm.. If you are very good with languages then you have a fair shot at becoming fluent yes. But maybe not in 3 years. Consider a further year student exchange and I’d think you’d be pretty close to it then.

Good luck

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Learn Japanese Language – Do You Know That There Are 3 Different Japanese Symbol?

December 1, 2008 by admin · 3 Comments 

Learn Japanese for a real communication for your work, school project, and communicating with your Japanese mate properly.

Many people think that Learning to speak Japanese language is more difficult than learning to write Japanese. But, it is actually vice versa, because there are 3 different Japanese symbol called Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana, if you want to learn to write Japanese.

Normally, many Westerners think that kanji symbol is the only writing form we use in Japanese. It is true that we use kanji symbols more than hiragana or katakana symbols when writing something in Japanese. However, unlike Chinese people who use only Kanji symbols, we mix up all Japanese scripts.

So, when do you have to use which script? The answer is it all depends on a type of sentence used. Generally, the majority of Japanese textbooks says that Hiragana symbol is used when a word cannot be written in Kanji symbol, and Katakana symbol is mainly used to represent foreign words, or names which have adopted into the Japanese writing system.

However, it is always the case.

For example, “Thank you” in Japanese is “A Ri Ga To U”. Normally, you will write this word in Hiragana symbol, but in a formal letter, you should use Kanji symbol. Although it is not wrong to use katakana symbol to write “Thank you” in Japanese, not many Japanese people would do so.

If you travel to Japan, you would see how each Japanese Kanji Symbols, Hiragana and Katakana symbols are used

For example, Japanese Magazine normally use 80% of Kanji symbols, and 10% of Hiragana and Katakana symbols.

Another case is the singboard of the place in a subway. Almost all the sings are written with the Kanji symbols. By the way, we can write numbers in kanji symbols as well, but normally use the numerical sign to represent.

Also, Japanese language is changing everyday. There are new Japanese words in which old Japanese people cannot understand and those words are usually written by Katakana symbol or Hiragana symbol.

Although they are not proper Japanese language, many young Japanese people use such characters nowadays, and those words are normally abbreviated words.

That is why leaning to write Japanese is more difficult than speaking Japanese.

How to Say Happy in Japanese

July 21, 2008 by admin · 4 Comments 

How To Say Happy In Japanese

Telling someone that you’re happy and that you’re having in Japanese can be very useful and motivating for someone else. For example, if you’re on a date and you want to continue seeing the other person, you will tell him / her that you enjoy the date. But how do you express hapiness, joy or pleasure in Japanese?

There are many Japanese words that can accomplish this task but let’s start with the basic Japanese word ureshii. Ureshii is perhaps the most common and effective word for express your happiness. When you’re happy, you can just shout out ureshii!

Watashi no tame ni, kono bentou wo tsukute kureta yo ne. Ureshii yo!
You made this lunch box for me. I’m so happy!

Kanojo wa ureshii kao wo shiteiru.
She’s wearing a happy face. (She’s happy).

There are many ways you can use the Japanese verb ureshii. You can turn it into an adverb. To turn a Japanese adjective into an adverb, you need to omit the ending -i and replace it with -ku.

Ore wa kanojo no kao wo miru dake de, nanka ureshiku narimasu.
Just by looking at her face, I become happy.

Kare wa ureshiku sono uta wo utaimashita.
He sang that song happily.

See how useful the simple Japanese adjective ureshii can do? Let’s look the second Japanese adjective tanoshii which means enjoyable and fun. Tanoshii is usually used when you want to express fun or enjoyment. Since it’s a Japanese adjective, you would use tanoshii the same way as ureshii.

Machi de burabura suru no ga sonna ni tanoshii desu ka?
Is wandering aimless on the street that enjoyable?

Dewa okyakusama, yukkuri tanoshinde kudasai.
Dear customers, please enjoy yourself.

Watashi wa tada kimi to tanoshii toki wo sugoshitai dake desu.
I only wanted to have a great time with you.

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Does anyone know a good cheap way to learn Japanese and fast?

March 13, 2008 by admin · 6 Comments 

I really want to learn Japanese, it would be good for buisness, but right now I don't have the money. Please help!

dont waste your money on rosetta. it's good, but is better, and it's free. check it out first, i swear by it.

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