If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you’re at least a tiny bit interested in learning Japanese. It’s estimated around 128 million people speak the language already, so you will have plenty of people to converse with.
Some might argue you haven’t picked the easiest language to learn – in fact trying to get to grips with learning Japanese might feel like mission impossible at first. The alphabet alone is enough to make you run for the hills. But, the key to learning this fascinating language is perseverance. With that in mind, here are a few top tips to get you started.
Motivation is Key
As with all new topics, if you’re motivated to learn you will pick things up much more quickly. Ask yourself why you are keen to learn Japanese. Are you seeking a new hobby that will stretch your brain? Perhaps you are fascinated by Japanese culture and would like to immerse yourself in the language?
You could be motivated by improving your career prospects (especially if you work for a Japanese company or a business that has close links to the country). Or maybe you would like to visit Japan one day and are keen to impress the locals. Let your tutor know what it is you are trying to achieve so she or he can help you.
Open Your Mind
They say “If you can learn Japanese, you can learn anything.” Get to grips with this language and you should be able to cope with a European language easy-peasy! Whilst you are learning Japanese you will need to hone your concentration skills, tune in your memory and step up your willpower.
Find a Great Tutor
There are a lot of tutors out there offering to teach willing students the fine art of speaking Japanese. If you go online you will find numerous websites advertising the services of accomplished private tutors.
The beauty of online learning is that you don’t have to trawl your local area to find a great private tutor. Just because you live in London doesn’t mean you have to find a Japanese tutor from London! You don’t even have to leave your house! You can simply go online and learn Japanese from the comfort of your armchair.
Choosing a native Japanese speaker will help you build your confidence. Learning a language is not all about repeating words over and over, and completing dull tests. The best way to learn is to find real opportunities and speak with native tutors. This will help you to become more familiar with the language.
Have Fun with It
Learning doesn’t have to be hard work. You’re more likely to persevere with learning a new language if you’re having fun. Aside from Japanese lessons with your private tutor, you should immerse yourself in Japanese culture. Find out what you can about Japan. Explore tourism websites, read books and stories about the country, watch Japanese movies and cartoons, listen to Japanese songs etc. Japan has a huge entertainment industry – learn Japanese and you will be able to access all manner of shows and media!