By Namiko Abe Updated September 16, 2015. So you want to learn how to speak Japanese, but don't know where to start? This page will direct you to where you should begin. Below you will find lessons for beginners, writing lessons, information on pronunciation and comprehension, where to find dictionaries and translation services, information for travelers to Japan, audio lessons, culture lessons and articles about the culture of Japan. Take your time and review all the material available. It is also very important to work on your listening practice. continue reading below our video Therefore I recommend familiarizing yourself with the sounds and rhythms of the language. I think a great way to start your journey is with some basic Japanese phrases. Try not to be overwhelmed by all the material available on my site. So, with all that in mind, let's begin to learn the language. Introduction to Japanese - Are you new to Japanese? How to contact
Japanese PhrasesBasic conversational phrases are listed in the table below. I believe these are very useful when you have a conversation with a Japanese speaker or when you visit Japan. I'll regularly add new expressions in the list, so please come visit this page often. The Japanese translation of each English phrase or expression is written in two or three ways: 1) romaji, 2) hiragana (and/or katakana), and 3) kanji, if applicable. I strongly recommend you learn how to pronounce hiragana at least.
Is Japanese hard to learn?If looked at from a linguistic point of view, Japanese is considered one of the easier languages for a beginner to learn. It has a simple pronunciation scheme and with few exceptions a straight forward set of grammatical rules. Limitations on sentence structure are also quite minimal. The most difficult aspect of learning Japanese is the mastery of the reading and writing of kanji. An interesting characteristic of Japanese is that it is spoken differently if the speaker is a man, woman or child. There are, for example, many different words for "I", and which version you use depends under which category you fall. The Japanese are typically shy when speaking other languages. It may now seem that Japanese is a difficult language, but as is evident from the many foreigners that go to Japan, that spoken Japanese is not that difficult to learn. It is estimated that 2.3 million people worldwide studied Japanese in 2003, and the number is growing.
KanjiJapanese Writing for BeginnersGeneral Description about Japanese writing Writing might be one of the most difficult, but also fun, parts of learning Japanese. The Japanese don't use an alphabet. There are three types of scripts in Japanese: kanji, hiragana and katakana. Roughly speaking, kanji represents blocks of meaning (nouns, stems of adjectives and verbs) and hiragana expresses the grammatical relationship between them (endings of adjectives and verbs, particles). Katakana is used for foreign names, the names of foreign places and words of foreign origin. Confused? If you want to learn Japanese writing, start with hiragana and katakana, then kanji. To learn how to display Japanese characters on your computer, try here. Hiragana/Katakana Lessons Kanji Lessons Kanji Lessons - Try them first.Kanji of the Week - Fun lessons with pictures. Here are frequently asked questions about kanji.
Date | Vocabulary | japanese-lesson.comHow to describe Date in Japanese Day of the Week 曜日 [yōbi] The last syllable [bi] is sometimes omitted in daily conversation. Day of the Month 日 [hi] See Numbers page to learn how to read numbers. Add 日 [nichi] after numbers. In general, Arabic number is used more often than the kanji numbers. Month 月 [tsuki] Add 月 [gatsu] after numbers. Year 年 [nen] Add 年 [nen] after numbers. Western calendar is called 西暦 [seireki]. There is a Japanese system of counting era. Year 2010 is the 22nd year of Heisei. Both western and the Japanese one are used in daily life. Examples Duration 期間 [kikan] For days, add 間 after the day of the month. For weeks, add 週間 [shūkan] after the numbers. For months, add ヶ月間 [kagetsukan] after the numbers. For years, add 年間 [nenkan] after the numbers. 間 [Kan] can be omitted in daily conversation (except for weeks). Past, Present, Future 過去・現在・未来 Day Words in parentheses are used at the formal situations. Week Month Year Every... Special Days Related Phrases
Beginner’s Japanese – Chapter 0 – Prologue - Ramblings of DarkMirageInstead of preparing for the finals of the speech contest tomorrow, I have decided to start a series of lessons to introduce some aspects of Japanese grammar to the those who are interested in learning about this curious language we all know as “moonspeak”. This is not intended as a lesson to teach Japanese to any point of fluency, but rather it’s just a brief introduction to various Japanese grammar forms and whatever else I think of when I am typing them. I intend to make this a semi-regular section, but I might run out of things or feel lazy along the way, so we’ll see how many chapters I can last. First, we need to go through some basic terms… just in case. Writing System Japanese has three sets of written characters, hiragana (ひらがな), katakana (カタカナ) and kanji (漢字). Hiragana There are 48 characters in hiragana (two of which are obsolete except in names) and it is considered the most basic writing system. Hiragana works phonetically. Katakana Kanji ro-maji Sentence structure Particles
writing promptsVocabularyThis is the list of the 103 kanji you need to know to pass the JLPT N5 test. Click on the kanji and watch the video with the stroke order on how to write it and learn from example vocabulary. When you click the “Share” button on top of the page you can also select to print in a printer friendly view (in total 31 A4 pages).Suggestopedia - Methodologies and Approaches in ELTNotes taken from WIkipedia to demonstrate generating TOC. Accelerated learning e-demo here. Introduction Suggestopedia is one of the teaching methods developed by Bulgarian psychotherapist Georgi Lozanov based on the study of Suggestology. The method has been used in different fields of studies but mostly in the field of foreign language learning. Lozanov claimed that by using this method one can teach languages approximately three to five times as quickly as conventional methods. The theory applied positive suggestion in teaching when it was developed in the 1970s. The theory applied positive suggestion in teaching when it was developed in the 1970s. Recent developments Suggestopedia is one of the few methodologies working with relaxation.
Quick-How-To Japanese Adjective ConjugationThis is a companion page to the Quick-How-To for Japanese verb conjugation. This is a compilation of information from many places. Hope it helps.... good luck Japanese Adjective Conjugation Go here for the Quick Japanese Verb how-to There are two types of adjectives in Japanese: i-adjectives and na-adjectives. Although Japanese adjectives have functions to modify nouns like English adjectives, they also function as verbs when used as predicates. Here are lists of common i-adjectives and na-adjectives. Common I-Adjectives Common Na-Adjectives Modifying Nouns When used as modifiers of nouns, both i-adjectives and na-adjectives take the basic form, and precede nouns just like in English. I-Adjectives as Predicates Adjectives can function like verbs and conjugate just like verbs. Example- conjugation of takai Exception The adjactive "ii" (means good) is only one exception to the rule of i-adjectives. Na-Adjectives as Predicates General Rules
Visual Writing Prompts | Page 8Prompt by John T. Spencer – Original Article at The Atlantic Cities Prompt by John T. SpencerLearn JapaneseMethodology » Suggestology & SuggestopediaThe method we use is called Suggestopedia. Its main advantage is that it provides high results in learning to speak a foreign language and this happens much faster than when using more conventional methods. It focuses on amassing passive knowledge (things one understands but cannot use on one’s own), which is then quite quickly transformed into active knowledge (actually speaking with what one has already learned). This happens by means of simultaneously activating the different types of memory – logical, emotional, intuitive, etc. First, the new material is read by the teacher at the background of classical music. www.suggestopedia.eu www.suggestology.eu