1. Start by learning Hiragana and Katakana
Hiragana and Katakana are letters that must be learned to master basic Japanese skills. There are 46 letters each. To remember this letter, it’s best to practice writing as much as possible while continuing to practice reading it. Purchase table paper containing Hiragana and Katakana letters. Then paste it in a place that is easy to see. This can be a way to remember this letter.
2. Find a book that suits your way of learning
The selection of textbooks is also the most important thing in learning Japanese. Currently, there are many Japanese language textbooks with different forms. Better read and see the form of the textbook. Then choose a book that is easy for you to understand.
Japanese textbooks are usually divided into several sections, such as special books for learning letters, grammar books, and practice books. It’s a good idea to have all three types of books to fully learn Japanese.
3. Add Japanese to your daily routine
There are various ways to add this language, the simplest way is to stick a table of Japanese letters or words with Japanese writing around the room.
In addition, if you have liked anime, comics, or Japanese dramas as a hobby. You can use this as a way of daily learning, you can hear vocabulary or sentence forms that are often used in everyday life in anime, comics, or dramas. By seeing or reading Japanese every day, your listening and reading skills will improve.
Apart from that, you can also start entering some Japanese songs into your smartphone. So, you can study while listening to music while on the road.
4. Always instill a sense of curiosity
If when you watch anime and dramas, read comics, or listen to songs, you will find vocabulary that you don’t understand, you should immediately find out the vocabulary. With technology now we can easily find the meaning of the vocabulary on the internet by using Google Translate.
5. Practice speaking and listening as much as possible
Language skills will be more honed if we use them to talk every day. You can take language lessons for conversation, try doing odd jobs at a Japanese restaurant, or find a Japanese friend to practice speaking with. Alternatively, you can also practice speaking by imitating drama dialogue.
Here, you can learn the intonation of pronunciation of a word as well. Although intonation is not emphasized much in Japanese, this is important because sometimes there are words that have the same sound but have different meanings according to the intonation.
6. Write a diary in Japanese
Writing down things that happen in a diary in Japanese can be a way to practice sentence patterns and writing skills. This can be a great language practice if you write it down every day.
7. Train your way of thinking like a Japanese
To improve language skills to be at the level of native speakers, we need to understand the way of thinking or the culture of that country. That way we can give a natural response in a conversation.