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How to Learn Japanese
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How to Learn Japanese
computer. Windows comes with Japanese on the original CDs. The Japanese language interface is called
is quite helpful in explaining how to install Japanese.
With Japanese installed, you will now be able to write emails in
, visit Japanese
language websites and use the various online translation/dictionary programs.
Another option for those who want to write Japanese is a web based IME program. This allows you to
convert input Japanese text via the web and then copy and paste it wherever you need. One can be found
Simply click the IME on/off button to switch between
One final note about the
, don't panic if you forget one or two sometimes. They will sink in with regular
practice. Use your mnemonics and flashcards and keep at it. A little effort to read and review them each day
will go a long way.
literally translates as
– Chinese and
– characters (remember
– roman letters). There are
designated for general use (
in Japan following reforms carried out in 1946 aimed at
learning and making it easier to read literature and newspapers.
Despite these reforms, non-general use
are still in circulation although they may be given
denoting their pronunciation).
is probably the biggest hurdle in mastering Japanese and it is one that many fall at. Unlike
Chinese people, who grow up using
English speakers must learn all 1945
vary in complexity and can contain from one to twenty or more strokes
, meaning depression, has
a mammoth 29). Some
have several pronunciations depending on where and how they are used.
books have been written on the subject of
learning, both for foreigners and for the Japanese
do I need?
Learn about 1000 of the most common
and you will start to be able to make sense of real Japanese.
Bear in mind that the
must not only be learnt individually but also together in compound words.
Learn all the everyday use
and develop a vocabulary of about 10,000 words and you should be able to
read newspaper articles and pass the highest level of the Japanese Language Proficiency test.
Approaches to learning
We know that learning
can be a daunting task. Japanese people grow up surrounded by
as studying them at school and even they will admit that
are difficult. The increasing use of computers
means that many struggle to write
So if the Japanese themselves find
difficult, what chance does an English speaker have of learning
them? Well, you might be surprised. The key is adopting an efficient learning method. Traditionally, the
Japanese have always learned
by writing them out again and again on pieces of paper.
This, in my opinion, is an awful way to learn. One Japanese teacher recommended this to me once. I asked
him if it was a good way to learn. He thought about it and replied that he often forgets
! If sheer, crushing
boredom and poor results are your thing, this method will suit you down to the ground. Fortunately, as logical
adults, we have other options.
Component analysis AKA the fast track
are composed of building blocks called radicals. These radicals can have meanings of their own or we
can assign them arbitrary meanings to make them easier to remember. Highly complex
can be easily