Studying Japanese is something expected of you if you are with JET. In some schools it is acceptable to study during downtime. There are numerous approaches to language learning, but before you choose an approach, you need to know what you want to achieve. How much and what part of the language do you want to learn?

  • Getting by - enough to get you through most situations.
  • Conversation - able to hold a decent conversation
  • Fluent
  • Business

A word of warningEdit

Don't think that living in Japan will make you fluent, or even give you conversation level Japanese. Living in Japan (especially working with JET) does not force you to speak much Japanese. The Japanese that it does force you to speak is not necessarily correct Japanese.

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Become involved in learningEdit

Researching different methods, reading blogs of language learners, talking to other language learners will help improve your language learning.

Methods and techniquesEdit

Kanji firstEdit

Kanji is an essential part of Japanese. The Korean language was able to move away from Chinese characters, but because of it's properties, this is not possible for Japanese. Kanji is also considered to be one of the hardest parts of the language. With it's difficulty and how useful it is to know, it is beneficial to learn as much Kanji as you can as quickly as you can.

Remembering the Kanji is a book to learn how to write all the kanji you need for JLPT1 as well as one English meaning for each kanji. Studying full time, it can take two to three months (double the time for part-time study).

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Input Before OutputEdit

"It is OK to make mistakes, just try." - yes, but no. Making mistakes enforces bad behavior. Why do you need to try? Instead, just read and listen first and only write and say what you know is correct (enforcing good behavior).

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Finding your own wayEdit

Listed below are a selection of blogs and websites that offer a wide range of approaches and advice on learning Japanese.

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