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Hello everybody!
I get a lot of questions on my main channel about Japan
and Japanese and lots of different things
and on Tumblr and stuff like that.
But the thing is that only one person
gets to see that response. Or maybe like 10.
So I thought I would just do a short series of videos
on this channel answering your questions about Japan.
So that means leave your question below
and the most popular questions I'll make a video about.
So today's video is one of my most frequently asked questions,
which is, how did you learn Japanese.
And it's going to get a little bit long, so hang in there!
First of all, my Japanese is not perfect.
It is functional, but it isn't perfect.
It isn't super amazing, and I'm still learning, so ... yeah!
Secondly, I self-studied Japanese.
... so I studied by myself
and I don't think that's the most efficient way to study a language, necessarily,
it depends on how you learn
but I definitely think that being in a classroom situation
with that kind of pressure cooker thing
where you have to memorise things for tests
and you have to speak in class and stuff
really helps when you're learning a language.
So look up your local language classes
and if there aren't any, stick with me
because I'll tell you how I self-studied Japanese.
First thing you've got to do is learn kana, hiragana and katakana.
Just get down and dirty and learn those beasts quickly
because you need to!
I once knew someone who had lived in Japan for a year
and still hadn't finished learning katakana
and that's just - no! You only need a week to learn them, trust me!
You could learn them in a day actually. It's rote memorisation.
Memorise it, learn how to write it - you're done!
OK. I know that sounded a little bit crazy but I'm serious.
Learn hiragana and katakana.
Now we're going to go on to my favourite Japanese textbook.
The best textbook for learning Japanese IMHO
It is slightly academically slanted
It's very very structured, which I really like
but if you learn a different way from me, you might not like it so much ... and it is
Genki. So this is the second one, the first one is red.
You can find it on Amazon and I'll put a link below.
You can buy it with a workbook and a CD.
I've never really used the CD but I think that would be really beneficial
if you're learning by yourself.
Now this book I entirely self-studied.
and it has amazing structure, like I just said.
You get a list of vocabulary and you have to memorise it.
because all the chapters integrate the vocabulary as you go on
so it's a great way to motivate you to actually memorise
I'm dropping things left, right and centre here!
But anyway, it has a vocabulary section
it has grammar, pages of grammar, explains it really well in English
and then - more stuff I used to practise -
and then it has tons of practice,
speaking challenges
and for each lesson, at the back there is a list of kanji.
Even if you don't have a teacher in a class
or a friend to study with or a language exchange partner
I think you can learn so much from this textbook alone.
Obviously, start with the red one if you're a beginner.
and then move on to Genki II if you enjoy the red one.
It can get a little bit pricey overseas
but if you have a friend who's going to Japan
or a friend in Japan, it's only 3000 Yen,
which is actually quite cheap, I think, for this kind of book.
I think I paid 90 dollars for it in New Zealand.
So, yay! Not yay for that price, but yeah.
The only downside is - you don't have a teacher to check your answers
You really have to self-check, and you can accidentally learn things wrong.
There's also "Minna no Nihongo", which is another series of beginner textbooks
and advanced and intermediate textbooks, I think.
I've never really used it but tons of universities use it, I think.
So there's that, if you don't like style of the Genki textbook.
OK, my recommendations if you've finished Genki II
It's so much harder to find solid study books
so what I did when I finished Genki II
was I went on to these books.
I did sankyu (N3) first and then I got the nikyu (N2) ones
after I'd memorised everything in the sankyu ones
but there's a bit of overlap
so just choose which one looks good for your level
And these are really good for reinforcing stuff like kanji
It helped me with my kanji and reinforcing grammar.
It has grammar, reading, kanji and also vocabulary.
These are pretty good. I'll put a link down below.
The drill is really noisy, sorry about that.
But I have to keep going.
So Japanese books, manga, magazines,
English books in Japanese, Japanese movies
- stuff like that are all great.
Supplement your learning ... that's so fricking loud!
OK, I'm back. It was noisy. I came back.
So the last step is immersion, which you can achieve by coming to Japan
or you can do it by surrounding yourself with Japanese things
Japanese music, Japanese cartoons, Japanese dramas,
Japanese movies, Japanese people and Japanese stuff.
And you can change your computer to Japanese
and you can speak to yourself in Japanese
and you can record a vlog in Japanese.
In fact if you want to try that, do your "jikoshoukai" (self-introduction)
and post it as a video response to this video
and we can all be Japanese-y. No ...
And the last thing is using the Internet as a learning tool
I put this last for a reason
because even though you can learn some pretty cool Japanese from the Internet
and you can definitely immerse yourself in Japanese
and practise your Japanese on the Internet
it is definitely not the only thing you should be doing.
It's an additional thing you can do to supplement your learning.
I've heard of people Skyping with Japanese people,
meeting on Twitter,
and there are loads of Japanese people who want to learn English
so you can do a language exchange.
There's a website called Lang-8 where people can correct your journal entries.
YouTube has tons of Japanese-y videos. Tons!
You could probably spend hours and hours and days.
It would take you years to watch them all.
Just be careful, because I know, and you know
how addictive the Internet is.
It will trick you into thinking you're studying
when really you're not.
Because you might be able to pick up a few things from a YouTube video or a website
but it's probably not as much as you would pick up
if you just sat down for 10 minutes a day and studied.
And that's the last point. I made three last points, sorry!
The last point is just a little bit a day, and don't feel discouraged.
What I used to do was study in my lunchbreaks
so I would carry around my textbooks
and any chance I had to study, I would use it.
It really helped me, so maybe that will help you.
Unless you don't work.
So leave your [sound of metal being dropped] Yeah.
So you guys, in the comments section, please leave your suggestions
and your language learning tips.
And also leave your requests
and thumb up the ones you like the sound of
and I will probably do them for you. Yay!
Byeeeee! Wow, it went really blurry. Goodbye.
And yeah! I just look like Boxxy.
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How I Learned Japanese

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Samuel published on May 10, 2018
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