How long would it take to learn japanese (or any other language)?

December 29, 2008 by admin · 8 Comments 

I’ve always wanted to learn Japanese but never had time to do it, or was committed to it. I plan to practice 1 hour a day with rosetta stone…for how long I don’t know. But how long do you think it would take me to be able to keep up a conversation? Not perfect, but at least to keep one going.

If you go to the National Virtual Translation Center – nvtc.gov, there is a page listing the language difficulties for English speaking people of different languages. It shows the approximate time it would take an average person to learn the desired language in a classroom setting. (Japanese being 88 weeks or 2200 classroom hours).

But the time to learn depends on if you want to just be able to listen to and speak the language, or if you also want to learn how to read and write the language.

I’ve heard Rosetta Stone was good, would like to try it myself someday. You may want to try recordedbooks.com. You can rent audio books from them. They have Pimsleur language CDs (and tapes) for many languages. You can rent Pimsleur Japanese Course I, II and III for $15.95/month each. (Note that each Course come in parts A and B, but you still get a lot of lessons for the price. I used the Japanese lesson a few years ago and it was like 17 lessons on 8 CDs just for part A)

For some free resources check out:

http://japanese.about.com/ – has some grammar & writing lessons
http://www.japan-zone.com/forum/ – great forum to learn more about japanese culture and get help with your language questions
http://www.japaneselearning.com/ – lessons & forum
http://www.learn-japanese.info/indexg.html – lessons

Stick with Rosetta Stone and consider using Pimsleur audio CDs. Those together will really help.

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Some Advice When Learning to Speak Japanese

December 19, 2008 by admin · 9 Comments 

You may need to learn the Japanese language because you are traveling to Japan and want to become familiar with popular Japanese words and phrases. Or you might have taken a class to learn Japanese years before and are now looking for a refresher course. Perhaps you have a great interest in learning to speak Japanese simply because you love the Japanese language.

Whatever the reasons you desire to learn to speak Japanese, you will want to be sure to keep the following advice in mind.

There are many aspects of the Japanese language that you might be considering learning. If you are interested in learning essential Japanese words and phrases to get through a few conversations with those who speak Japanese fluently, then beginning with the basics is the best place to start.

Learn popular words and phrases such as “hello”, “how are you?” and “thank you” first. Then practice using them in your daily conversations with those who speak Japanese. If you do not know anyone who speaks Japanese, keep practicing and speaking your words and phrases daily anyway – practice makes perfect.

If you want to learn Japanese so that you can better understand Japanese etiquette and culture, it is probably best to immerse yourself in conversational Japanese language studies. Learning Japanese this way can be beneficial because you will understand the body language, intonation and communication styles of those who speak Japanese fluently.

Listen to conversational audio, observe fluent speakers interacting with each other, and even try to watch and comprehend Japanese news or other real-life Japanese shows on TV. When listening to others speak Japanese, you still want to try to pick up on basic Japanese words and phrases. However, in learning conversational Japanese, it would be to your advantage to focus on situational phrases and even Japanese slang or expressions as well.

Understanding and using these types of colloquialisms is what helps you to become fluent in the Japanese language. Instead of focusing on basic phrases like “hello” and “good morning”, you will want to focus on how to begin interactions by asking questions like “what is your name?” or “what do you do for a living?”. Japanese etiquette plays a role in conversation, so take notice of the phrases and intonations that younger people use when speaking to their elders or that employees use to speak to their superiors.

It can be very difficult learning a new language. You want to try your best to stay motivated. When learning the Japanese language, you are not only learning to speak new words, you are also learning to read and interpret a different type of writing. Languages such as French and Spanish contain the same letters as the English language, but used in slightly different ways. The Japanese language will be a totally new way of reading and writing for you.

Do not be afraid of making mistakes with reading, writing or speaking Japanese, instead try to learn from your mistakes. Record yourself while you practice speaking Japanese so that you are aware of your mistakes in pronunciation and intonation. Being able to identify your weaknesses as you learn Japanese is the best way to improve.

What is the best Learn Japanese audio series?

October 16, 2008 by admin · 1 Comment 

i want to learn Japanese, mainly only to understand and speak conversationally, not to be able to read and write and would prefer something less formal (i want to be able to watch movies and anime in Japanese w/o subtitles). i have some of the Pimsleurs series and really like that. can anyone recommend another series? i saw the Living Language has anyone tried that? i mainly want audiobook cds cuz i like to learn it in the car.

Pimsleur is probably the deepest audio program you’ll find.

I have it, though I prefer learning in a class setting; they tend to skip things like why certain particles are used, but overall it’s good for knowing what to say and when to say it.

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July 19, 2008 by admin · 25 Comments 

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