Living and working in Japan will give you plenty of opportunities to hear natural Japanese spoken, but it’s always a good idea to do some focused study work to build this skill, just like with reading. The key word here is focus: simply hearing Japanese isn’t going to drive learning the way focused, intentional study […]
The Japanese language has many useful expressions that can be used to make otherwise awkward topics less blunt. In Japanese these are called クッション言葉 (kusshon kotoba) which literally means “cushion words”.
Kanji are Chinese characters that were first introduced into Japan in the 5th century. There are 2,136 official jōyō kanji (regular use characters) which you will need to study if you want to be able to read Japanese.
Having readied yourself mentally and emotionally for getting started on self-learning, it’s time to get to the actual learning part of your journey. Here we’ll take a look at real, useful things you can to get started.
In another article, we went over goal setting and putting together a plan.This time, we should look at all the various learning materials you can use, and maybe choosing some that will work for you. This is where it gets really dizzying.
When you’re learning on your own The single biggest improvement to your quality of life in Japan will be learning Japanese. This cannot be overstated. Yes, you can get by in major cities without it, but the more Japanese you learn the better your life will be.
Japanese is a fascinating language, but studying it can be a challenge. Whether it’s the complex writing system, the unfamiliar sentence structure, the heavy emphasis on honorifics, or the plethora of particles, there will inevitably be times when you will feel utterly perplexed and ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?”
Learning any language requires commitment, but Japanese is harder than most. It is widely accepted that for people who do not have an East Asian language background, Japanese is one of the hardest languages to learn.