Want to become fluent in Japanese in a few years? Looking for a Guide to Learning Japanese Fast? In this article, we're going to talk all about learning Japanese, its speed, and how to get results fast.
Studying Japanese can be a long challenge, especially if studied the wrong way. Some study Japanese for several years, even 7 years, but cannot maintain a dialogue or read a text correctly.
If you are one of those people who has studied for many years and cannot get out of square one, have you ever wondered why? I will try to explain why we all have this difficulty, not just with Japanese but with any language.
Online Japanese Courses
Many often learn Japanese by taking courses and face-to-face classes. Teachers make their efforts to teach, but most students end up leaving the course without saying anything at all. Why does it happen?
Generally, those who take online courses with monthly fees like to leave the responsibility of learning in the hands of others, and this almost never works. Usually the student goes to the course for a few hours, doesn't study at home, and then complains that the course sucks.
If you don't study alone at home in addition to frequent classes, you will never achieve results. A language needs to be lived and used on a daily basis in order to truly learn it. Does this mean I can study alone?
Having a study group or a mentor teacher is really necessary and will help you discover the path you should take in learning Japanese. The problem is that the Japanese taught in face-to-face courses is taught slowly.
That is, if you want quick results, it is best not to take any face-to-face courses. In-person courses only want your monthly fee. Think of the hours spent writing ideograms on paper that after a few days you end up forgetting.
I'm not saying that writing Japanese is unimportant, but the cram schools try to teach Japanese in the same way that Japanese people learn in school. But they spend their childhood being exposed to material and conversations in Japanese and then they are put into school (speaking) and study until they are 18 years old.
Most here are not children, and we live in an environment with absolutely no exposure to the Japanese language, do you really think that taking a few hours a week will take us to fluency in a few years?
In this way, we must create priorities. If you want to learn to speak and read Japanese you should do just that, and automatically the rest you will learn with time naturally. If you want to learn to write, you must first learn to read and speak, like Japanese children do.
How to Study Japanese Fast?
First you should learn the basics, read and write hiragana and katakana. You should focus on reading as much Japanese as possible. According to your level, get a book or manga with furigana and read as much as you can every day.
So all the words you don't know, you write down and research, and the words you find interesting, try to memorize them by putting them in some spaced memorization program like anki.
Before I focused on reading as much content as possible, I would rack my brain trying to memorize kanji. Today I've been learning kanji without even studying them. It became much easier to examine and write them down. If you make the effort to read and understand, you will quickly learn Japanese like a Ninja.
Of course, just picking up a book and reading it without understanding won't get you anywhere. Just like any student, you must learn grammar, particles, verb endings and much more. You should just prioritize reading and understanding, but just like kids in Japan, you should be exposed to as much Japanese content as possible.
You can expose yourself to the Japanese language by reading texts, listening to music, watching anime and dramas, researching articles on the internet and talking to other people who want to learn Japanese… Want to be exposed to Japanese content? Do like me and paint your bedroom wall with the alphabet in hiragana and katakana! hahahahaha…
The fact is, you need to take steps to immerse yourself in the Japanese language. You can do this by following famous Japanese people, Japanese youtubers and Japanese teachers. You can also change the language on your computer and cell phone and use unconventional methods to get the language into your head.
Where to start studying Japanese?
You don't know how to study grammar? You don't know what furigana is? Don't know what Anki is? Have no idea how to study? Need some help? Our site publishes articles about the Japanese language weekly, so keep following us.
I learned this method of reading and learned as much as possible from the Luiz Rafael's Online Japanese Course. He uses this methodology, which in my opinion is the best and helped me a lot. If you want to take Luiz Rafael's course, you must wait for the new class that opens twice a year. In the meantime, you can download the book “Discovering the Japanese Language” written by him, just sign up on our website.
One of the first steps would be to read our Japanese Study Guide to get a basic idea of where to start, which articles to read, and how to study. Remembering that we also have others japanese courses who have unique study techniques.
Checklist – Tips for Studying Japanese Fast
Below we will leave a checklist for you to analyze the points that will make you learn Japanese faster:
- Learn to read Hiragana and Katakana;
- Escape from Romaji (Romanization);
- Study vocabulary already with ideograms;
- Leave Kanji writing aside;
- Consume material in Japanese;
- Watch anime, read manga in Japanese;
- Read our Suki Desu website and other japanese sites;
- do some Japanese online course;
- Study every day;
- Focus on studying what interests you;
- Watch Japanese Youtube channels;
- Make Japanese friends;
- Listen to Japanese music, transcribe your lyrics;
- Change the language of your computer and cell phones;
- Immerse yourself in the Japanese language;
- Learn Japanese while sleeping;
- buy some books to learn japanese;
- Make use of the website jisho.org;
- Have good habits;