japanese is posibble lesson
To be able to write any word in Japanese, all you need to know are the 2
phonetic systems, "Hiragana" and "Katakana". They only have 46 letters
each, and can be learned very easily in a matter of weeks. Plus, once you
know how something is pronounced in one word, you know it for any
word. It's completely phonetic. Don't you wish English was that way!
3. "I don't have time to learn it"
This is a common reason why many people aren't bilingual in Japanese
right now. If you don't have a goal in mind, or guidance, you won't
notice how much time is spent doing nothing.
If you take a look at your average day from an objective standpoint,
you'll find many wasted hours and minutes. Look how much time is
spent waiting. Waiting in line, waiting for someone to show up, waiting
for the commercials to end, waiting for the movie to start, etc. That
wasted time can be used constructively to inch you toward your goal of
4. "You have to learn Japanese in a formal classroom environment"
That is pretty easily shot down. I learned Japanese for three years before
ever setting foot in a classroom (to learn Japanese, that is). When I
finally had the opportunity to take Japanese classes, I placed into a
Second-Year Japanese course in an Ivy League school. I've met people
who took French and Spanish for three or four years in high school and
couldn't place into their respective Second-Year courses. In other words,
you don't need a classroom to learn Japanese, you just need to utilize
Taking a class works for many people. I know it has helped me. I
certainly recommend taking a class if you have the oppotrunity in
addition to following this column. You DON'T have to take a class to
keep up with this column, though.
What is a classroom? A place of opportunity where you can learn. There
are people who go to class and don't learn, and some that seize the
opportunity. There are also people that master whole fields of
knowledge without going to a classroom. A classroom is just one of the
many ways to learn.
Join us in the next lesson, where we give you some useful resources for your
study of the Japanese language.
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