Hey everyone, hope everybody is doing well. After two months of MCO and CMCO, I have decided to start learning Japanese since I have not done anything from the start of the lockdown.
There are other reasons that I took on Japanese other than to get rid of my guilty conscience. I like Japan, anime, J-pop, so the best way to learn their culture is through their language. Plus, I have a lot, I mean a lot of free time on my hands, so I want to master a language at this period of time. One more thing is that I might want to go to Japan to either further my studies or to go on bag-pack.
But, the biggest reason of doing this is because I want to do and I am willing to do it.
So, I found Yoko-sensei as my teacher recommended by one of my friends in Japan. She is good, so far I have attended two classes with her and I have learned a lot from her.
To be honest, Japanese language is just a mixture of Chinese and English. As I have learned Chinese and English throughout my study years, Japanese to me is fairly easy. At least easier than Chinese.
However, the biggest challenge in learning a new language is to get used to their alphabets, in this case- Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. For early stage, learning Hiragana and Katakana is enough to read almost everything in Japanese because Kanji words normally have Hiragana printed on top.
It is very frustrating when I have to process and think how to read the sentences very slowly during classes, but I know this is inevitable, so I really need to put in more effort in reading more Japanese. There is no shortcut to language except for reading more and more, speaking it more and more and also writing it more and more.
Consistency is key. On a daily basis, I put in around 2-3 hours of effort to learn Japanese. An hour once I wake up and another two at night (around the same time). And I take one day off after 5 days of studying Japanese. I usually read aloud the words when I am writing them, I do not care about how others will look at me, I just know that I learn better this way (at least for languages). Plus, I do watch anime quite often with subtitles on, so I pick up what they say along the way.
You can visit this website for Hiragana and Katakana worksheets, it is not worth to spend your money to buy the workbooks on those. And as for textbooks, I am using Minna Nihon-go series to learn.
To prove that I have actually memorised all of them, I will take an online test on hiragana and katakana.
By taking this I believe I have got the basics nailed. But now, I really do need to put in a lot, a lot of effort to get my mastery on reading, writing and speaking up.
So, I am going to set myself a small goal. In one or two month’s time, I am going to make a video entirely in Japanese (10 minutes minimum) to show my progress in learning Japanese.
If you have any tips, resources, websites, channels or advice that you can give me in this learning Japanese journey. Do drop them down in the comments below.
Thanks for watching. Remember to like and share this video if you know anyone who wants to learn Japanese or anyone who knows Japanese. ありがとございます。
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