Are you someone who feels a little frustrated and wants to do something productive with their life? For many people the answer is yes and when asked what they want to do and what they find to be productive, they may very well say ‘learning a language’. Learning a new language, especially Japanese has its own kind of fun and productivity. However, it is not easy. Not at all. Imagine being a 6 year old child who has been thrown in the water and told to swim even though they clearly do not know how to swim. You cannot expect that child to learn how to swim like a fish and do backflips just because they were thrown in the water and told to swim. Learning Japanese is somewhat like that. It is difficult to learn Japanese quickly, however it is not impossible. You need to be prepared to do a lot of hard work and have a lot of dedication towards the learning of this language. Do not beat yourself up over not learning Japanese fast enough.
Here are a few tips you should follow along with your Japanese lessons to learn Japanese fast:
- Start learning Japanese vocabulary and kanji simultaneously. Kanji is, in English, Japanese characters in which you write the language. Kanji is not easy to learn. However if you learn kanji along side Japanese vocabulary, it ends up making it very easy for you to learn this language. Remember that Japanese vocabulary and grammar will not be the same as English. However, at the end of the day, vocabulary together with kanji will start to make a lot of sense. You can very easily get a Japanese vocabulary book in online stores. Check Amazon as well.
- Master the use of Japanese grammar. If you are a fan of anime or Japanese movies, hearing the characters speak Japanese may make you want to beat yourself up over not learning fast enough. However, remember that these cartoons and movies have characters speaking Japanese who have learnt Japanese almost all their life. You may not reach their level of spoken Japanese but you can start understanding them and practising Japanese. How do you do that? Start learning words for small talk. Words and sentences like ‘hello, how are you, where are you going’, etc. Get a partner or make a Japanese friend and start conversing with them in Japanese. You will soon master it.
- If you are a lazy person, swap out some of those habits with habits that encourage you to learn Japanese. For example, if you are about to watch a movie, change the language in Japanese or include Japanese subtitles. Read books which make learning Japanese easier or help assist you with learning Japanese. Call up your Japanese partner and converse in Japanese with them. Take your Japanese classes at the appropriate or extra times even.
As already said, hard work and plenty of time is required if you want to learn Japanese.