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Learn Japanese quickly and easily - 5 tips

Learning Japanese is more popular than ever. According to the Japan Foundation, nearly 4 million people outside of Japan learned the exotic language in 2018 - and the number continues to rise. Among those 4 million learners, there are those who are particularly fascinated by manga and anime, and those who especially love Japanese culture and food. Japanese martial arts are also a good reason for many to familiarize themselves with the language. And then there are those who need Japanese for their professional careers or who dream of a job in Japan. For whatever reason you want to learn this fascinating language: These 5 tips will tell you how you can make particularly rapid progress.

1. Talk, talk, talk

It is common knowledge that the best way to learn a language is to use it practically. If a Japanese language trip is not an option for you at the moment, there are many other ways to integrate the Japanese language into your everyday life. If you are lucky enough to have Japanese friends or colleagues, or to know others who are learning Japanese like you, you should definitely take the chance to speak to them in Japanese - even if it's only a few sentences at first. You could also join a small conversation group (schools and universities are always a good place to go). No luck finding? Then why not just start a group yourself? Nowadays it is easier than ever to bring together a group of people with the same interests online. In addition, there is now a wealth of digital resources for linguistic exchange, for example HelloTalk: Here you can network for free, chat with other language learners and exchange language tips.

2. Start with 1000 words

Did you know that the 1000 most commonly used Japanese words form the basis for 70% of all written texts? Learning these 1000 words is a great way to start! There are many ways to learn vocabulary - index cards are still one of the most practical. You can take the small cards with you wherever you go and study anywhere - on the bus as well as at the breakfast table. And if 1000 words sound like too much to you, start with the 100 most common and helpful ones. When you've done that, you're sure to be motivated to move on and reach the 1000-word goal!

3. Have fun learning

Make sure that you always combine learning with beautiful things so that you stay on the ball. Watch Japanese films or series, read your favorite manga out loud or sing along to the lyrics of Japanese songs. Listen to Japanese radio shows - it doesn't matter if you don't understand everything - or sing karaoke (Japanese songs of course!) With friends. No matter how: You will make particularly rapid progress if you stay in constant contact with the Japanese language.

4. News and Podcasts: Learning from Life

If you already have advanced language skills, listening to the news is a great way to learn new vocabulary and common phrases. There are various sources for this, one of which is NHK News Web Easy: the Japanese radio station prepares the latest news especially for Japanese learners. Another good option is the News In Slow Japanese, for which there is also a podcast, or Bilingual News, where the news is presented in Japanese and English. In this way you can not only improve your language skills, but also gain valuable insights into local culture and everyday life.

5. Japanese language trip abroad

If you want to learn Japanese in the shortest possible time, there is no better option than taking a language trip to Japan where you can completely immerse yourself in the language and culture. Since you can use and hear the language around the clock here, you will make particularly rapid learning progress. In addition, you will learn a lot about the unique Japanese culture and tradition (take a look at our list of the most important do's and don'ts in Japan on this subject). Whether you want to explore the neon-shimmering capital Tokyo or opt for the somewhat quieter and charming Kobe: With a language trip to Japan you are guaranteed an incomparable and lasting experience!

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