Learn to Speak Japanese Tips

I know everyone wants to learn to speak japanese in the fastest and easiest way.
I hate to say that but there is really no such thing as the fastest or easiest way in learning to speak Japanese. If someone promised you that, he or she is lying to you.
We all know that in order to know a language well to some extent (not only Japanese), you need to spend at least 1 to 2 years to study it.

You will need another few years if you want to master it at the advanced level.
Although I have passed my JLPT level 1, I still consider myself as beginning to understand more on the language.
There are still many more to learn. Having said that, from my experience, I will give you my top 8 tips to learn to speak Japanese more effectively so that you won't waste much time on non-important stuff.
Tip 1: Attend Japanese classes

If you are just starting out learning Japanese, I suggest that it is best you attend some basic Japanese courses at a local language school in your country. That is because the foundation of the language is so important that if you screw up in the beginning, it will drag you down when you move forward to the intermediate or advanced classes.

You will always have to refer back the materials in the basic classes. I have seen many people suffered from their weak foundation and have to give up learning eventually because they couldn't cope with the progress of the lessons.
Conclusion? At least build a strong foundation by attending basic classes at a school. The native Japanese teacher there can help to correct your mistakes. You will appreciate a lot when you advance to higher levels.
Tip 2: Japanese Learning Software

I understand many people cannot commit to attend a regular class. Maybe because they have irregular working hours, need to travel overseas frequently due to works, unable to pay the school fees for long terms due to financial issues, or many other personal reasons.

In that case, the best alternative is to learn through Japanese learning software like the Rocket Japanese, where you can learn to speak Japanese at your own pace and time. This is because it is an online course and therefore you can plan to learn according to your own schedule, anytime, anywhere, so long you have an internet connection.

The single reason that I recommend this online software is because it provides one great feature (Rocket Record) that you can use to match your voice to that of the Japanese native's voice in order to perfect your Japanese pronunciation.

While your pronunciation can be corrected by a teacher in a classroom, it's impossible to know whether your pronunciation is correct if you were to study by yourself. With this recording feature, now you can simply practise speaking Japanese until your pronunciation is perfect, all at your own pace. This is the greatest benefit of using Rocket Japanese.
I have also done a review on Rocket Japanese. Do check out the page.
Tip 3: Stay in Japan

I will say this is by far the most effective way if you really want to accelerate the learning progress. "Immerse" yourself in the total Japanese environment and you will have a big boost to your speaking ability. You are not only learning Japanese in Japan, you are in fact living and blending in the everyday life of Japan.

In such environment, you will be forced to speak Japanese, write Japanese, and even think in Japanese if you need to react fast. If you can stay in this environment for at least a year, your Japanese proficiency will be greatly improved. And that is much faster than study the language in your own country, which doesn't provide such conducive environment.

There are 2 ways, in my opinion, that enable you to move to Japan.
  1. Find a job in Japan so that you can stay there for a longer term, say 1 to 2 years. One good option is to join the JET program (The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme) and teach your local language (such as English, etc) in Japan.

  2. If you cannot commit to work in Japan, try enrol and study in a short term language course for at least 3 months. However this is also the most expensive way as the living standard in Japan is considerably high as compare to most countries.

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Edited: 2017-06-05, 11:21 am by Zgarbas