Getting better at Japanese everyday? Why not?
This article summarizes all the activities I performed to improve my Japanese proficiency. I hope this will, more or less, wake the abilities that are "hibernating" inside you.
You often, at least once in your lives, blame it on not having talent and believe that if you possess that innate talent, everything is achievable, right?
I do, too. Or more precisely, the old me used to think like that. But I changed.
Why don't you, for once, try to do something to improve your Japanese? Let's take a look at these tips to get better at Japanese!
Listening, listening, and listening!
The first and foremost thing to do when learning a new language is Listening. Listening helps form a new language region in the brain.
Imagine that your brain is a sandy road, and the only truck running is the truck named "mother tongue". Of course, with only one truck running for such a long time, the trace of that truck would be extremely deep.
How do you get another car running on that road? Yes, by listening!
Let's start with listening and looking at the script of conversations at the same time
You can easily find these on Youtube. This activity helps your brain recognize which word it is loading and the word face, as well as the pronunciation of that word in its native language.
Once you get used to this, try to leave out the script and focus on listening alone. This method helps a lot.
Next, listen in your sleep
This also helps your brain gradually build up the language region in your sleep. Search for Japanese folktales on Youtube, turn them on, set the timer so that the phone will turn off after the video ends, get on the bed, and just enjoy your "efficient" evening.
Write, write, and write a lot!
Besides listening, Writing is equally important.
Writing helps your brain gradually obtain the language and inadvertently assists it in processing sounds to match the letters you have written down.
For instance, when you write down the letter 「あ」on your notebook, your brain will recognize this letter, determine how many strokes it has, how it is written, and unintentionally attach the sound "A" to this letter. Sound easy, isn't it?
Buy a notebook, two pens with different colors, and start practicing writing every letter and word.
Speak, speak as much as possible!
This answer surely comes up the most when you ask for a way to learn a new language. I will not deny its benefits, but I admit that it is easier said than done.
I was no exception, I was hesitant to speak Japanese, and here's what I did.
Find a partner
That person can be Japanese or Vietnamese. You two can start with simple and common phrases such as 「おはよう」「こんにちは」 or「今日の天気がいいですね」.
You do not need to speak correctly since understanding is the point of communication. So when speaking, do not hesitate to ask your partner about the meaning of the things they just said.
You never know when you can learn some more new words or grammar!
Join social groups on social media.
I will give you some keywords for you to search for the means to improve your Japanese.
- On Facebook: Try to look up Cùng học tiếng Nhật (Learning Japanese together), Tiếng Nhật kaiwa (Japanese kaiwa), Làng tiếng Nhật (Japanese language Village), Học giỏi tiếng Nhật (Good at Japanese)... There will be dozens of groups for you to discover.
- On Youtube: look up Kaiwa tiếng Nhật (Kaiwa Japanese), Kaiwa choukai renshu, Japanese conversation pratice... or Easy japanese, Cổ tích Nhật Bản (Japanese folktales), Nippon mukashi banashi...
In summary, just listen, write, and speak for, not too much, just an hour a day. Trust me, one day, you will find your inner abilities waking up from a deep sleep.
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