Learn japenese: how is it useful to learn it and why ?

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Learn japenese: how is it useful to learn it ? Do you want to learn Japanese ? But you want to know how to do it? Many people want to get started in learning the Japanese language and wonder where to begin. Sometimes some of them, don’t know how is it useful for them lo learn japenese. In this article you will discover and how is it useful to learn japenese and the reasons why you should Learn Japanese?

Why learn Japanese ?

Professional opportunities

By speaking Japanese you increase your chances in professional fields, because speaking Japenese is a major and significant asset in your CV. This will show your interest and your open-mindedness to other cultures and that you are ambitious and able to undertake challenges and accomplish great things. Now, Japanese is the third most widely spoken language on the Internet just after English and Mandarin.

The look on the world

Learning a foreign language always shows the presence of open-mindness. However, speaking Japanese or knowing the different symbols isn’t all that it entails. It’s also a way to have a different outlook on the world. The concept of life through another language may be totally different from what one is used to. Language isn’t just a series of words put together to communicate but a way of life in its own right.

Cultural experience

You not only learn a new language but you also discover its culture. If you have the opportunity to move to the country of the rising sun, and you know how to master the language, you will have a much easier experience. If you are brought to visit a temple and speak with monks to learn more about the culture, it is customary to master the basics of Japanese in order to understand.

Professional paths

You can discover new paths. Now, many Japenese don’t speak English and it’s very difficult to do business with them in some areas. Speaking Japanese can allow you not only to solve this problem, but also to gain access to news markets such as: import/ export, aeronautics, translation, education and many more.

Make friends

Learning Japanese is good, but sharing this passion with friends is better. You have the opportunity to meet great people and expand your circle of friends and this passion with people who have the same principles and values as you. It could be Japanese people or people from other countries who have a real interest in Japanese culture. This is the perfect opportunity to share good times with friends.

Study in Japan

You can study in Japan ! The only thing better than studying a language being immersed in the country. In doing this, you will be able to confront the Japanese language and fully devote yourself to your language learning while enjoying the culture of the country.

Mangas and anime

Some of the best reasons to learn Japanese are manga and anime. If you are a fan of Japanese series, you will be able to watch them without subtitles, a real pleasure for you!

How to learn Japenese ?

Start at the beginning with the Kana first. Kana are syllabic signs in Japanese writing. There are two systems: the hiragana and the katakana. Hirogana are used to write everyday words. 

Tableau montrant le sens d'écriture des hiraganas.

 Hiragana table

While katakana are used to write words from other countries. For example: France: フランス (furansu). 

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 Katakana table

The two tables above are read top to bottom and left to right. This allows you to define a Japanese alphabetical order ( a i u e o, ka ki ku ke ko…). Note that you must take your time to master these symbols perfectly and be able to recognize, read and write them without the slightest hesitation.

When you have successfully mastered the Kana, you can devote yourself to the basics of grammar and vocabulary words (weather, tastes, activities, presentation).

Know that you will have already learned some of them when you learn the Kana. Remember, when you write them, you should do it top to bottom, left to right, and inside to outside.

The Kanjis

Kanjis are signs from Chinese characters whose role is to write part of the Japanese language.

Once you have acquired the basics of grammar and vocabulary, which will allow you to introduce yourself and some other basic conversation skills, you will be able to begin to get to the heart of the matter. The hardest part of learning Japanese. I will not lie to you, learning Kanji is very difficult and to learn them by heart there is only one solution: practice over and over again! 

Typically, there are around 2000 Kanji to know in order to live and work in Japan.

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  Kanji table

As you can see, Kanji are based on drawings. So start learning a few from their original drawings. In this way, you will come to recognize some basic kanji and their meanings. Then practice writing them and learning to read them.

Set specific goals

Learning Japanese is your ultimate goal. To be able to master the language, to know how to speak, read, write and understand it. If this is your only goal you will very quickly lose your motivation and give up everything.

Let me explain: we humans often have difficulty meeting a goal that seems out of reach, and knowing that learning Japanese can take a while or even years, it is customary for us to give up after a few weeks.

If you really want to learn this language, don’t give up. You have to plan your final goal and put in place intermediate steps so as not to lose your motivation (learn Hiragana, learn Katakana, Learn 80 kanji, 200 vocabularies….).

I hope you found these tips helpful. In itself, learning Japanese is not an impossible task, but it is a difficult learning process that takes time, motivation, determination and the desire to learn this language. From the start of your apprenticeship, you must invest yourself thoroughly. Now, you have all the reasons how and why you have to learn japenese language.

But be careful, investing doesn’t mean going faster than music. Do things at your own pace, without rushing. If you want to learn the Japanese language in a fun way I recommend the Tofugu blog.

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