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If you’ve 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 you’ll 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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Difficulties of Learning a New Language

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Yummy Japan published on October 17, 2016    Erina Kawagishi translated    Kana kawai reviewed
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