Tip 1: Attend Japanese courses
If you just started out as a beginner, it will be good to attend some basic lessons at a language school. This can help you build up a firm foundation of the language. This is essential because if you did well in the basics, your learning in the intermediate or advance courses will be much easier later.
Many people were forced to give up learning Japanese eventually because they couldn’t cope with the progress due to their weak foundation.
Tip 2: Live in Japan
Live in Japan if you want to learn the language more effectively. You will be forced to use Japanese every day because you’re surrounded by people who speak the language only. You can learn to speak Japanese very fast in such environment.
Working as a teacher teaching your native language to the Japanese is an option to help you stay there for a longer time. It’s a good way for you to learn the language while working.
If you can’t work there, try study at a language school there if you can afford the cost. This will help you get “immersed” in a Japanese-speaking environment where you cannot get in your own country.
Tip 3: Work in a Japanese company
If staying in Japan is not an option, try working in a Japanese company so that you have the chance to learn the language while working. The key point here is to get into a Japanese-speaking-only environment without being in Japan. Your Japanese will greatly improve in this way.
If you have the chance to be trained in Japan, take the opportunity to make many friends while you’re there. Learn the language as much as possible while you’re having training there, and continue to practice it by communicating with your new Japanese friends through emails, Facebook, Skype or other methods when you’re back to your country.
Tip 4: Have many Japanese friends
Check out if there is the Japanese Community at where you are living. Get to know many Japanese friends so that you can practice using the language with them.
Ask them to teach you Japanese and in exchange teach them your native language. Since they are living in your country currently, they may also be interested to learn your native language.
Tip 5: Join activities in Japanese Association
If there is a Japanese Association in your country, join these activities organized by the association. The association normally organizes lots of activities to help the locals to learn their language.
The association wants to foster the relationship with the local people, and also helping the locals to appreciate the beauty of Japanese by organizing such activities.
Tip 6: Learn from Japanese News and Dramas
Finally you can visit several online Japanese news sites to further improve your listening skill. Some of them even provide transcripts for the news. Try listen to the news without first looking at the transcripts. Your Japanese listening skill will improve quickly after repeating this for a period of time.
While news sites teach you more “formal” Japanese, you can learn “casual” Japanese if you watch Japanese dramas. Don’t look at the subtitles first so that you can focus to listen to the dialogues in the dramas.
Author: Koh Kia Leng
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