Beginner’s Japanese With Online Audio by Joanne Redmond
Japanese is one of the most widely-spoken languages in the world, with over 128 million speakers worldwide. It is taught in many major universities and even primary and secondary schools. The global interest in learning Japanese has remained strong for many years, as Japan holds significant economic, political, and business importance to numerous countries.
Whether you are a beginner or already have some knowledge of the language, Beginner’s Japanese with Online Audio is a comprehensive resource that caters to all learners. The 25 lessons have been carefully designed to be practical and paced in a way that ensures effective learning. The content has been updated with modern text and phrases, utilizing the revised Hepburn system of romaji.
This book offers a great introduction to the Hiragana and Katakana writing systems, which are essential for understanding and communicating in Japanese. Additionally, each lesson is accompanied by exercises and an answer key, allowing readers to practice what they have learned.
For further assistance, the book includes Japanese-English and English-Japanese glossaries, making it easy to look up unfamiliar words and phrases. Furthermore, the online MP3 audio files can be downloaded for free, providing the added benefit of native speaker pronunciations.
Learn any language in 24 hours: My language learning method in a nutshell
Hey guys, what’s going on? Today, I want to discuss the possibility of learning any language in a short amount of time. While becoming fluent in 24 hours is unrealistic, it is definitely possible to learn how to have a basic conversation in a new language within that timeframe, or even less.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to spend endless hours drilling tones, alphabets, stroke orders, or numbers before you can start speaking. Language learning textbooks often promote this idea, but I have found it to be a myth in my own experience.
My Language Learning Journey
Before I dive into how you can learn a new language quickly, let me share a bit about myself and my language learning background. I started learning Chinese in 2008, and although I wasn’t fluent when I first went to China, I was able to have basic conversational skills. By immersing myself in the language and spending time with native speakers, I was able to become fully fluent by the end of my year-long stay.
During my time in China, I realized that the traditional language learning methods used in America were ineffective. In order to truly acquire a language, you need to be engaged in real conversations and meaningful interactions. This is how babies learn language, and it can be applied to adult language learners as well.
The Baby Method
Instead of starting with grammar rules, tones, or vocabulary lists, I recommend focusing on conversational patterns. Just like how a parent teaches a child by speaking simple sentences like “Do you want milk?” or “Here, you can eat this,” we can start learning a new language by imitating this approach.
Create a list of sentences that you would need in basic conversations. For example, learn how to introduce yourself, ask for directions, or order food. Find a native speaker of the language and ask them to translate these sentences for you. It’s best to do this in person so you can ask for clarification if needed.
Once you have the translations, record them and put them into a flashcard system like Anki. This way, you can practice and memorize the sentences, both visually and audibly. The more you practice, the more comfortable you will become with using the language.
Learning Patterns, Not Just Words
The key to this method is not simply memorizing isolated words, but rather understanding the patterns of speech. For example, if you learn how to say “I like eating Korean food,” you can easily adapt the sentence to express your preference for other types of cuisine. This way, you’re not just memorizing words, but learning how to construct sentences naturally.
As you continue to practice using these sentences, you’ll find that your brain naturally starts to figure out how to say other things beyond what you initially memorized. This method allows for organic language acquisition, just like how babies learn. They don’t start with tones or alphabets, but with basic conversation.
What About Tones, Alphabets, and Characters?
You might be wondering about important aspects like tones, alphabets, and characters. While these elements can be important, it’s crucial to prioritize what you need to learn based on your goals and context. For example, if you plan to communicate in a marketplace, learning numbers might be necessary. However, if you’re not interested in numbers or colors, you can skip them for now.
As for tones, my personal experience with learning Foo Joniese (a Chinese dialect with a complicated tonal system) taught me that ignoring tones initially can still lead to language acquisition. I simply focused on imitating native speakers without worrying about getting the tones perfect. Eventually, through practice and exposure, I naturally improved my pronunciation.
Regarding writing, this method may not be ideal for learning how to write characters. Writing requires dedicated practice and memorization. However, writing may not be a priority for everyone, and it’s a personal choice whether to pursue it or not.
Learning a new language doesn’t have to be a long, tedious process. By shifting our approach and focusing on conversational patterns rather than isolated words or grammar rules, we can accelerate our language learning journey. Speaking from personal experience, I can guarantee that it is possible to have a basic conversation in any language within 24 hours or less.
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