Japanese is one of the most studied languages in the world. Even though it is dominant in just one country, it has enormous global importance and there are many reasons to learn it: travel for tourism, need for work, cultural relevance or affinity, curiosity and many others.
For a long time, Brazilians who wanted to learn Japanese had great difficulties: it was necessary to look for a language school or a private teacher with a quality face-to-face course or try your luck with 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 popular courses in the apps 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!
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, face-to-face and lots of conversation.
Many of the Japanese teachers in Brazil are either immigrants, or Brazilians who have already lived in Japan, since the strength of 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 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 for both work and hobby reasons.
3. Courses by application
App courses are the fastest growing way to learn new languages. Duolingo, Babbel and Memrise, 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, the app courses lack conversational skills. Therefore, our recommendation is that they be combined with 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 great apps that allow everything 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 native speakers, subscribe to a streaming platform specializing in anime or even have on your smartphone the app of Japan's largest news conglomerate. With each of these options, language learning it's much faster than just one course.