Reading manga can greatly help a Japanese student to improve their language learning and learn about Japanese culture. Mangos have an informal language, requiring a little care. They also have images and furigana that helps in reading and understanding the text.
In Japan it is very common to find people of all ages reading manga, there are thousands of stories, for all tastes. In this article I will give you tips on how to use manga reading to help you learn Japanese.
Choosing and getting familiar with mango
You should read the entire manga without help! For this it is necessary to choose a manga at your level. If you are a beginner, choose children's works such as yotsubato !, Doraemon and Sazae-san.
If you are already advanced in the language, you can get famous works, which have a simple dialogue, without fiction, or complicated words. Sleeves that depict life and everyday life in Japan, school life, culture, etc.
You can read the manga and make notes of some words inside the manga, to help you understand unknown words. Keep in mind that to enjoy learning with sleeves, it will be necessary to read it several times, do research with a dictionary, etc.
What to do and not to do when studying with mango
Don't read what you don't know - If you started a manga, and you are always looking for meanings in the dictionary. We recommend that you choose another manga at your level. You will only delay your learning, and you will not be able to memorize anything.
Read again - If you find any words or phrases you know, read them again. The more you repeat, the harder it will be to forget, and the faster your reading will be.
Make reading short and fun - You will only benefit from reading the manga if you find it fun. Many have difficulty or laziness to read, for people like that, it is recommended to read a little so as not to get sick or strain the mind.
Copy Phrases - If you use anki or another memorization tool, copy the phrases and meanings that you find interesting for the application. Also use a notebook to write the sentences if you intend to practice writing.
Beware informal - Manga is full of slang, dialects, abbreviations and informal words. So extra care is needed, avoid using manga expressions in inappropriate places. If you have trouble discerning these things, choose a more mature and formal work.
How to learn Japanese with mangoes?
To study a manga, you will need some tools and books to accompany your long journey. There are some good books that can help you study with mangoes, see some below:
In addition to the books, you will need some tools like:
Jisho - A complete online Japanese dictionary, it is in English but has Portuguese translations. Perfect for finding the different meanings of words and kanji.
Anki - If you don't use anki or another spaced repetition program, start using it now! While reading the manga, copy the sentences to put in the application and help with memorization.
Capture2Text - If you intend to read manga online, and if you come across some kanji without furigana, this tool can help. It allows you to capture the text of the image, so you can easily translate.
Now just have a notebook and a pen, and preferably the sleeve in hand, and start your studies.