Re Learning Japanese: A Journey Of Self Discovery And Personal Growth6 minute read · Mon 5 December
Re Learning Japanese: A Journey Of Self Discovery And Personal Growth
If you're looking to re-learn the Japanese language, you're in good company. Whether you studied Japanese in the past and want to brush up on your skills, or you're starting from scratch, re-learning a language can be a rewarding and enriching experience.
To help you get started, here are 10 tips for re-learning Japanese and boosting your fluency:
Set specific, achievable goals for yourself. Whether you want to be able to hold a conversation in Japanese, read a novel, or pass the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test), setting clear goals will help you stay motivated and focused on your progress. Keep in mind that if you want to converse in Japanese - or even work in Japan, you’ll need to know more than just the JLPT syllabus. Instead, focus on just words that you use frequently. If you’re not planning to write essays and reports, then maybe you don’t need to dedicate so much time to Kanji.
Find a study method that works for you. Everyone has their own preferred way of learning, so experiment with different study methods to see what works best for you. Some people prefer to study with a tutor or take a class, while others prefer to study independently using online resources like Nihongo Life’s quizzes.
Practice regularly and consistently. Like any skill, language learning takes practice. If you don’t live in Japan, then you have even less opportunity to use it on your regular schedule. Set aside dedicated time each day or week to study and practice your Japanese, and stick to it, to make the most of your learning. You don’t need to rush or skip ahead. Try out a lesson and if you don’t understand something, stick with it, even if it takes another week. Then move on.
Surround yourself with the language. One of the best ways to immerse yourself in a language is to surround yourself with it as much as possible. Listen to Japanese music, watch Japanese TV shows or movies, and try to have conversations in Japanese with friends or language partners. You can out post-it notes on household items if you’re trying to learn nouns. If you need more, Nihongo Life’s Patreon group has students of all levels working towards similar goals.
Use technology to your advantage. There are many great resources and tools available here to help you learn Japanese. We have an iOS app to learn kana, the online dictionary can be searched for useful vocabulary or use somewhere like https://jisho.org and grammar guides, technology can make the learning process more efficient and effective.
Focus on the basics. If you're starting from scratch, it's important to focus on the fundamentals of the language, such as grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. As you become more comfortable with the basics, you can gradually move on to more complex topics. Focus on getting really fast with the basics - like yes/no questions and how to respond to who, what, where, when and why questions. In conversation, it’s like you’ll need to ask someone for something. If you’re having more advanced chats, then your conversation partner will be asking you things!
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Mistakes are a natural part of the learning process, and they can actually be a valuable learning tool. Don't be afraid to try new things and make mistakes, and use them as opportunities to learn and improve.
Take advantage of resources in your community. Many cities and towns have resources available for language learners, such as language meetups, classes, or community centers. Seek out these resources and take advantage of them to support your learning.
Keep a positive attitude. Learning a new language can be challenging at times, but it's important to stay positive and motivated. Celebrate your progress, and don't be discouraged by setbacks. The honeymoon period after you start learning, or releasing Japanese will wear off eventually so having a schedule is key. Consistency will beat motivation any day.
Have fun! Language learning should be enjoyable, so try to have fun with it. Find activities and resources that you enjoy, and incorporate them into your study routine. By making language learning a fun and rewarding experience, you'll be more likely to stick with it and achieve your goals.
By following these tips and staying dedicated to your studies, you can successfully learn, or re-learn Japanese and boost your fluency. Good luck on your language learning journey!
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