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How to learn Japanese with structure - getting started

Hey everyone!

I want to start learning Japanese, since I want to visit Tokyo in December. So I was wondering how I should structure my self-teaching, when I want to include the characters.. Also I don't want to stop learning after the stay, no worries :D

Any tips, tricks, links, etc.?

Every low priced advice is welcome :) Thanks!

18 авг. 2016 г., 19:00
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Hi Anna!

The problem with learning Japanese is that if you're not constantly learning and using what you've learned, then you will make little progress and easily forget it. Take a longer break after two months and you'll have to start all over again with the kana, for example.

I use Genki in my classes with great results, because it's more recent than "Minna no nihongo" and also teaches colloquial Japanese. I also recommend all my students to watch anime, dorama and listen to Japanese music. There's music for every taste, there are songs with subtitles on youtube that you can also use (of course, start with nursery rhymes, most only use kana in their subtitles).

Follow a textbook that also has a workbook, because this is the best way to get structure, and make friends on website like italki or applications for foreign languages to use what you're learning. I would really advise you to learn with a language instructor.

19 августа 2016 г.

I'd suggest u to learn kana first. Before learning any kind of vocabulary or grammar, get used to katakana and hiragana first (I don't know if you already know them, but if you don't, I'd recommend you to learn hiragana before katakana). I don't think learning Japanese using romaji only would be a good idea honestly. (As for how you would learn them the easiest way, I remember just googling kana chart and learning them the simplest way just by rewriting them until I remembered them and it took me about two weeks in total to learn them both.)

However, after you learn these, I guess you can focus more on grammar - I, myself, have used Tae Kim's guide to learning Japanese as my main source, but I've seen Minna no nihongo mentioned a lot so I guess you can check both and decide which one to use on your own.

Speaking for myself, I was learning my first kanji along with grammar. In the guide, even though it's mainly for learning grammar, is still basic vocabulary along with the kanji for it. Back then when I was a beginner, I wasn't focusing much on learning vocabulary and was rather focusing on getting my grammar to a higher level, so after learning vocabulary actively for some time too I was able to construct some harder sentences too. 

I feel like this is a rather short advice, but I hope it helps! :D

18 августа 2016 г.
がんばて ください
19 августа 2016 г.

たしかにそうです。みなさんがおもっているように、にほんごはむずかしいです。にほんじんでもむずかしいとおもうことはあります。 もしわたしでよければ べんきょう てつだいますよ!


I can teach you

19 августа 2016 г.

Hey, congrats for deciding to learn Japanese.

Here are the steps you need to take

1) Learn Kana: this can be done in less than a week with apps like 'DR Moku'.

2) Start learning vocabulary with srs like 'anki' (focus on 10 new words per day)

3) Buy N5-N4 grammar textbooks (you have to buy them, if you don't invest any money on it you will be less motivated to study boring grammar).

4) Use a conversation partner to put grammar rules into practice as you learn them.

5) Once you establish a solid routine, add as much extra listening/language exposure time as you can.

6) Rinse and repeat for the next 6-12 months.

7) Once you feel like you can't progress anymore by yourself, it will be worth your money to visit Japan.

I have a youtube channel where I answer all questions about learning Japanese, this playlist should be able to help you.

19 августа 2016 г.
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