Tips to help you learn Japanese:
Set Clear Goals when you start to Learn Japanese
Start by setting clear and achievable goals when you start to learn Japanese. Determine why you want to learn Japanese and what level you’d like achieve. Having specific goals will keep you motivated and focused throughout the learning process.
Establish a Study Routine to Learn Japanese
Consistency is key when learning a language. Establish a regular study routine that fits your schedule and stick to it. Whether it’s dedicating a specific time each day or studying for a certain number of hours every week, creating a routine will help you progress.
Learn Hiragana and Katakana Early
Learning the two basic phonetic writing systems, hiragana and katakana, is essential for reading and writing Japanese. Start by familiarising yourself with these scripts and practice writing them regularly. If you’re enrolled in our Japanese course then we’ll help you through this process. If you’re learning on your own, then there are various online resources and mobile apps available for learning and practicing hiragana and katakana.
Focus on Core Vocabulary
Prioritise learning commonly used words and phrases that form the foundation of the Japanese language. In our Japanese course you will learn set vocabulary within each chapter. From there onwards we teach you how to use these vocabulary in everyday sentences. When learning on your own, we recommend creating your own list of everyday vocabulary related to greetings, numbers, time, food, and basic conversation. Gradually expand your vocabulary as you progress.
Immerse Yourself in the Japanese Language
Immerse yourself in Japanese as much as possible. Watch Japanese movies, TV shows, and anime. Listen to Japanese music and podcasts. Surround yourself with the language to improve your listening skills and expose yourself to natural speech patterns. In our Japanese classes we try to use Japanese as much as possible. This helps students learn in an immersive Japanese environment.
Don’t shy away from speaking Japanese, even as a beginner. Practice speaking aloud, even if it’s just by yourself. In class there’s nowhere to hide (literally). Learning with our native Japanese teachers will help you learn the correct pronunciation, intonation, and build confidence in expressing yourself in Japanese overtime. Some Japanese learners also consider finding a language exchange event or making friends with native speaking Japanese people.
Use Language Learning Resources
Take advantage of various language learning resources available to you. Nowadays there are so many resources to draw on. Please avoid focussing on content that has yet to be taught in class though. There are many reasons for this. Main reason is jumping ahead ends up being slightly counterproductive and confuse the whole process for a student, at least during the beginning stages as a student.
In class you’ll be taken through various interactive exercises, vocabulary drills, and grammar explanations. Later on, as you progresses through our Japanese course, we then supplementing your learning with online podcasts etc.
Practice Reading and Writing Japanese
As you progress, incorporate reading and writing practice into your studies. Our course will also cover this within each chapter. Start with simple texts, such as children’s books or graded readers, and gradually work your way up to more complex materials. Some students practice writing by keeping a daily journal or even writing emails/text to friends in Japanese.
Seek Guidance and Feedback
If you haven’t already, you should enrol in a Japanese language course. We’ll guide you through the whole process and provide the support you need. A language course can provide structured lessons, clarify doubts, and teachers can give you feedback on your progress. Joining language school can be lots of fun and you can make many friends along the way.
Embrace Mistakes and Learn from Them
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Mistakes are a natural part of the learning process. Embrace them as opportunities to improve and learn. Our students have their homework/tests corrected and handed back. We suggest using a pen, not pencil. Rubbing out your answers once corrected doesn’t show the complete story when reviewing. Corrections are a great way to reflect and look back at areas where you have struggled with. Mistakes and not bad, they help you move forward
Immerse Yourself in Japanese Culture
Language and culture go hand in hand. Immerse yourself in Japanese culture to deepen your understanding of the language. Explore Japanese traditions, customs, cuisine, and history. Engage with Japanese media, such as movies, TV shows, and literature, to gain cultural insights and context.
STUDY RESOURCES, VIDEOS & RECORDINGS - Learn japanese
We’ve put together study resources for students attending our Japanese courses that are inline with our curriculum. The resources are free for anyone who wants to learn Japanese.
Practice, practice, practice! The key is repetition. Over the years, students who regularly use our online recordings show big improvements. Memorising vocabulary, sentence structure, comprehension/dictation and more. It all helps and it’s 100% free to use.
You can learn Japanese in Melbourne while in your car, around the home or even at the gym. Make sure you bookmark this page and practice your Japanese as often as you like. Students who regularly practice show improvement with:
- Speaking confidence
- Sentence structure
- Listening comprehension
- Quicker response time
BEGINNER INTRO PLAYLIST
Playlist of recordings specifically for our new B1 beginners (between lesson 1-5). Please use for revision and practice anytime for free.