5 Different ways to learn Japanese

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Japanese is one of the most studied languages in the world. Even though it is dominant in only one country, it has enormous worldwide importance and there are a wide variety of reasons to learn it: travel for tourism, need for work, relevance or cultural affinity, curiosity and many others.

For a long time, Brazilians who wanted to learn Japanese had great difficulties: they had to look for a language school or a private teacher with a quality face-to-face course, or try their luck in books and handouts without any help.

Fortunately, technology has revolutionized language learning. There are effective methods for those who want to study not only Japanese: for example, Hindu and Turkish are among the most searched courses in applications dedicated to language teaching.

If you want to learn Japanese, then, there are several different ways. Below, we list some of the main ones. Just choose which one (or which ones!) you like the most!

5 different ways to learn Japanese

1. Traditional courses

Traditional Japanese courses are still available at language schools or with private tutors and are the best option for those who prefer an older method, with face-to-face and a lot of conversation.

Many of the Japanese teachers in Brazil are either immigrants or Brazilians who have lived in Japan, since the strength of the migratory movement between the two countries it was always very big. This possibility makes teaching much more complete and detailed.

2. Online courses

Those who want to save money on commuting and prefer the computer or cell phone to learn can opt for an online course. Many teachers already offer this option, most often with private lessons and rich materials.

According to the editors of distance learning platform Meta Lecture, demand for online language courses grew by 40% in 2020 and 2021. Japanese is part of this increase both for work and hobby reasons.

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3. Courses by application

App courses are the fastest growing way to learn new languages. Duolingo, Babbel and memory, for example, offer very comprehensive courses that allow you to master vocabulary and grammar. They make learning fun through games, puzzles, quizzes and varied exercise presentations.

Despite being thorough on these specific issues, application-based courses lack conversation. Therefore, our recommendation is that they are allied to a traditional model, with a teacher.

4. Other types of apps

Learning a language in direct contact with native speakers or with the local culture is a great option. And for those who study Japanese, there are excellent apps that allow from talking to people who live in Japan to intensely consuming products such as anime, manga, movies and series.

You can register on a Japanese social network and participate in conversations with natives, subscribe to a streaming platform specializing in anime or even have the application of the largest news conglomerate in Japan on your smartphone. With each of these options, language learning is much faster than with just one course.

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