How To Improve Your Japanese Language Speaking Beyond Classroom Learning

Japanese language speaking can be a fun and enriching experience, but everybody learns it at his own pace. Besides taking lessons at a Japanese language school, what else can you do to supplement and improve your pace of learning?

If you are learning Japanese language speaking for fun because you are enameled with Japanese culture such as manga and anime, you could get an audio learning CD.  It’s an excellent way to build up grammar usage and learn simple stock phrases and useful vocabulary. All you need to do is spend about an hour a day, and in a month you would have listened 30 hours worth of lessons! You can listen to it during your daily commute to work, say in the MRT or in your car, or have it ready on your iPod for lunch and tea breaks.

Buying a book, game or simply finding a guide on the Internet can be useful to help you learn the Japanese language faster. And what about flashcards, the simple but effective learning tool we are all familiar with from kindergarten days? Use these to learn vocabulary and simple phrases. Again, they can be used productively on a train, while waiting for a meeting, etc. You may be able to find some free cards on the web to get you started, but for better quality cards, you are better off purchasing them at the bookstores.

To improve your Japanese language speaking skills, consider joining a Japanese language conversation group. There are many of such conversation groups around and you probably can easily find one simply by doing an Internet search or checking with your language school. Initially you may find it difficult to engage in a proper conversation, but start by train your ears to pick out what is being said. Even if you don’t understand it, try to be able to repeat what was said so you can begin to pick it apart and develop comprehension.

Cultivate a habit for reading things Japanese, be it newspaper, simple novel or children’s books, brochures, Japanese comics…whatever. If proper vocabulary and grammar forms are important for you, then the best would probably be a novel or the newspaper. A novel will give you a warmer style of writing but a newspaper will have more relevant vocabulary.

Comic books are great, but do note that the level of sophistication varies. Some of the more mature, literary comics might give you good practice because the visuals help you connect what is going on in the scene and what you are reading. On the other hand, comics that are intended for children may likely contain more sound effects and slang, and you certainly need to be a bit careful about repeating what you’ve read in comic books  because with Japanese, slangs are usually not appropriate especially when conversing with people whom you do not ordinarily regard as close friends.

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