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  • If youve clicked on this video that means that you have got some interest in learning Japanese or any other language

  • If not then I don’t know what to say

  • Whether it's for a future trip, for business or just for the love of the language

  • You will definitely encounter some difficulties and today I've listed a few common ones

  • Let's check it out now!

  • Actually I only have one camera..so that took a while to set up..just for this shot

  • Japanese has so many different levels of politeness

  • It's like one million

  • Depending on the person you talk to, and their age, you will talk with a different level of politeness

  • Just like in any other language actually

  • Example sentence: « Call me later » -> Ato de denwa shite ne!

  • That’s for friends, family, your dog..

  • Could you call me later? Ato de denwa kuremasen ka?

  • Basic level Japanese

  • I wonder if you could call me later? Nochi hodo o denwa itadakemasen deshou ka

  • Now we are entering the realm of the Business level Japanese

  • I would really appreciate it if you could call me later.

  • Nochi hodo o denwa itadakemasu to saiwai desu.

  • Politeness Overload

  • All these different levels with their unique vocabulary can be kinda difficult to learn, but if you are working in a Japanese company youll get it pretty quickly!

  • The second one, and the one that almost made me want to stop learning Japanese is the passive and active voice.

  • Just imagine the situation, it's been like 3 months you just started learning the language, you know how to say "this is a pen"

  • And then suddenly out of nowhere

  • You start being attacked by all these phrases like

  • "The pies would always be made by my mother"

  • And you're like:

  • Oh my gooooooooooood

  • Because in Japanese when you conjugate a verb in the passive form the verb it's starts to get really long and difficult to pronounce

  • For example with the sentence:

  • I eat bread - Watashi wa pan o taberu

  • The bread is eaten by me - Pan wa watashi ni taberareru

  • Taberareru, taberareru, taberareru

  • And let's not talk about all the forms that come after that.... tabesaseru, tabesaserareru

  • The third and most common problem people encounter when learning Japanese is of course the Kanji

  • There's like 3 million of them and you need to learn how to read and write them

  • I'm gonna be honest though there's not like one simple method that..you do it and you become perfect in kanji

  • Personally for me, kanji...the biggest tip I could give you is to read a lot!

  • I would pick up like children books like Totoro or even like, Harry Potter

  • and basically every time I encounter a Kanji that I'd never seen before or that I couldn't read

  • I would stop and check out in the dictionary what the meaning was

  • This was very very painful technique because it took me like 30 minutes to read two pages

  • Although thanks to that, I picked up a lot of speed

  • and now I can read more mature books like this one

  • That's it for today guys!

  • Tell me in the comments below, what's the most difficult thing you've encountered when learning Japanese?

  • For my Japanese viewers what is the most difficult thing about learning English or any other language?

  • I'm gonna list a few apps and websites that I used to learn Japanese

  • And if you're Japanese and looking to study English then check out the website VoiceTube where you can actually practice Business Level English

  • See you guys in the next video! Bye bye!!

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    Yummy Japan posted on 2016/10/17
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