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Easy Way To Learn Japanese

Updated on May 11, 2011

Konnichiwa. So you want to learn Japanese or Nihongo as it is called in Japan? (In Japanese, Nihon is the term most often used for Japan.) I won't lie to you, it's definitely not going to be easy, but it's not rocket science either. Don't worry, with the right approach anyone can do it.

Just remember: "The more languages you know, the more of a person you are."

Easiest Way To Learn Japanese

For adults there actually isn't any easy way to truly learn any language, and Japanese is certainly not one of the easiest languages out there. But some ways are easier than others. Nowadays, you have many possibilities. You have classes, you have books, you have the Internet, and you have audio and video lessons. So what's the best way? All of them combined.

You have to be careful, however, to not overload yourself with too much information at once. Take it slowly and one step at a time. The best would be to get a course that incorporates all of these different ways into one well-structured package. The best package of this sort that I have come across is Human Japanese. Feel free to check it out.

When learning any new language, the first thing you need to do is to learn some of the basics, like word order. Japanese grammar is not very hard to understand, although it's quite different from that of English. One thing to remember is that the sentence should end with a verb. The basic structure of a sentence in a Japanese language is Subject - Object - Verb and not like in English where it is Subject - Verb - Object.

After the basics are proficient enough, it really helps if you make some Japanese friends. If you're reading this, then you have access to the Internet. Make connections, this is the second best thing to do, if you want to learn the language. The first, of course, is to have quality lessons.

If lessons are what you're looking for, I would recommend Human Japanese.

Now go learn some Japanese. If you take the right approach, it's easier than you think. Just take it one step at a time.

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    • The Blagsmith profile image

      The Blagsmith 6 years ago from Britain

      Hi Greg,

      I certainly agree with the adage "The more languages you know, the more of a person you are." I would also add to know the language you need to absorb the culture, as they come hand in hand.

      I know how difficult it is to learn Japanese. Unlike European languages that all share the Roman alphabet, you cannot find it in a dictionary until you have learnt the basics of Katakana and Hiragana.

      I took about a month to learn each of them, though not fluently, character to character, not seen as one word. When I asked my Japanese wife, how long it would take to learn Kanji - the Japanese symbols working as hard as I did on the other two alphabets. She told me, much to my surprise, ten years.

      Anyway, I will link your hub to mine which is called: Customs and Cultures: Our Natural Diets. I will put it under 'Japanese'.

      Thank you