With its four alphabets, thousands of characters, and uncommon verb conjugations like “passive causative,” it is no wonder that the CIA classifies the Japanese language among the most difficult languages in the world. And yet, the value of learning to speak Japanese remains very high. Despite the recent rise in the economic power of China, Japan remains the world’s second largest economy and will remain among the top 5 to 10 globally (and number 1 or 2 in Asia) during the remainder of the 21st century. Hence learning Japanese can be a big asset for anyone planning to travel or do business with Japan. Here are three useful tips for learning Japanese faster and with better retention. However if you are looking for a professional approach to learning japanese there are two courses out there that beat the rest. One is the Rocket Japanese Course. More information about this program can be had here – Rocket Japanese Review. The other course is the Pimsleur Japanese Audio Course. You can find more information about it here – Pimslueur Japanese. I recommend Rocket Japanese over all other courses.
1: Flashcards: Flashcards may remind you of school exams, but they are a proven memory technique that actually work very well. Buy or make yourself a number of small, colorful cards. On each card, write a Japanese word or phrase, with a small related picture/image (if you can). Spend around 15 seconds on a single flash card, and then turn it over and create the image of the card in your head, with the associate vocabulary and picture. The colors on the flashcards will also help you to remember. Once you have remembered a single flashcard, you can start to increase the amount you memorize at any one time.
2: Speak with as many people as possible: Just like in your native country, no two people speak a language the same way. Vocabulary, cadence, intonation, level of formality and other factors vary significantly from person to person. To practice your speaking skills, be sure to rely not just on a couple of language partners. Rather, find a variety of people: boys and girls, women and men, bankers and florists. If you do not have daily access to native Japanese speakers, watch Japanese videos online. You can find them for free on Google Videos and YouTube.
3: Write a little every day: Keep a journal in Japanese. Or, get a Japanese pen pal: you could agree to divide your time between writing your native language and Japanese. Either way, writing in Japanese on a daily basis, even just a few sentences, will contribute tremendously to both your reading and speaking ability.
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