What is the best way for me to learn Japanese?

December 29, 2008 by admin 

I would like to learn to speak, read and write Japanese and I’m wondering where I would start off.
I don’t want to pay huge amounts of money for software like Rosetta Stone but I’d be willing to pay some money for books and/or software.
I come from the UK so it has to be accessible to me and since I know no Japanese at the moment it has to be for a complete beginner.
And please no things for tourists, I’m looking to learn the language and not just some simple tourist-y phrases.

Everyone’s opinion sounds reasonable to me, but if I were you, I would start off with Araújo’s idea. As Freelancer said, Japanese literature is extremely complicated. It’s actually that not hard to run into a Japanese adult that can’t write proper Japanese…

I was speaking to my old college mate who is now in Japan & studying Japanese, but we came to the conclusion that you might be able to master 2~3 different European languages by the time you master Japanese.

Jumping to the conclusion, learning how to speak is the best way to go. You would get sick of it if you start with learning how to read & write. In order to do that, it’s the best make a friend with a Japanese person who can kinda speak English.

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6 Responses to “What is the best way for me to learn Japanese?”

  1. Lewis on December 29th, 2008 8:39 pm

    http://www.LiveMocha.com
    It’s like a free version of Rosetta Stone but it’s web-based.
    Good luck (Y)
    References :

  2. Freelancer on December 29th, 2008 8:56 pm

    The best way to start off is to learn to speak first, since writing and reading is a bit complicated. I would suggest the site japanesepod101.com, since it gives free audio levels at different levels, and they update all the levels as frequently as they can. If you can afford it, you can pay for a basic or premium subscription which gives you additional content such as the script of the lessons in pdf, grammar and so on.

    Learning to speak shouldn’t take very long if you study with dedication. After you’ve reached a certain level of speaking, I’d suggest you go for watching Japanese TV channels or movies so that you can pick up the real language that is used!

    There are three systems of writing in Japanese, and a mixture of all the three is used in everyday Japanese. I suggest you go through this article from wikipedia to better understand the writing system.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_writing

    learning to read and write can take quite a while, as there are literally thousands of characters (or symbols) you need to learn. okay not thousands, you need to learn 1945 kanji characters to read and write everyday Japanese, but you need to learn at least 3000 kanji characters to read Japanese novels and literature.

    I hope this helped! all the best!
    References :
    http://www.japanesepod101.com
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_writing

  3. Araújo-Delgado on December 29th, 2008 9:32 pm

    Find a Japanese friend to chat with on MSN/Yahoo. They will help and correct your Japanese. You can also use the calling/voice chat features.
    References :

  4. australiagc on December 29th, 2008 10:05 pm

    Everyone’s opinion sounds reasonable to me, but if I were you, I would start off with Araújo’s idea. As Freelancer said, Japanese literature is extremely complicated. It’s actually that not hard to run into a Japanese adult that can’t write proper Japanese…

    I was speaking to my old college mate who is now in Japan & studying Japanese, but we came to the conclusion that you might be able to master 2~3 different European languages by the time you master Japanese.

    Jumping to the conclusion, learning how to speak is the best way to go. You would get sick of it if you start with learning how to read & write. In order to do that, it’s the best make a friend with a Japanese person who can kinda speak English.
    References :
    Native Japanese.

  5. cdnringo on December 29th, 2008 10:47 pm

    If you want to learn Japanese you have to be self motivated, especially since you live in the UK and not Japan. You need to ask yourself,”How much time am I willing to put into learning Japanese”? If it’s 2 hours a week, you will not make real progress.

    Until you know enough to make basic sentences, finding someone to speak to in Japanese would be a waste of time. If you could find a Japanese person who was willing to help a beginner like yourself you would probably speak English over 95% of the time. That would not be productive.

    If you pay someone to be your private teacher and hire them directly and not through a school you probably can get a good rate. One or two hours of private lessons a week would probably be enough at the beginning.

    Find out what your local collages use for beginner teaching material.
    They probably have some kind of beginners course near your home.
    Don’t just buy the text book. Buy the tape that goes along with the text book. Listening to Japanese tapes is very important. You need tapes to improve your listening comprehension and pronunciation.
    And with a tape you can play it over as many times as you like and it doesn’t get bored.

    Just in case, these are a few useful textbooks.
    Minna no nihongo
    Japanese for busy people
    An Introduction to Modern Japanese by Mizutani

    To make real improvement in Japanese especially if you are not living in Japan, you need to understand Japanese grammar. Too many people can’t get beyond the intermediate stage because of their lack of knowledge of Japanese grammar… and kanji.

    If you want to learn to write Japanese it will take time… a lot of time…years.

    I do translation work from time to time and I can’t write that much Japanese, but I can type it. That takes practice too.

    Remember, for beginners most people need to have structure and set goals in the way they learn a language. And Japanese is not an easy language.

    References :
    This is my Japanese learning site. I’m still working on it. It’s for people who already have some knowledge about Japanese.
    http://japanite.transvista.net/

  6. Dmitri D on December 29th, 2008 11:04 pm

    Hi

    I GUARANTEE I have found the best solution for you today!

    It is called rocket Japanese and it offer courses, all online including e books, audio books, videos etc…

    here is the link:

    http://tinyurl.com/4jot8l

    thanks
    References :

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