Japanese Beginners Guide

Japanese Beginners Guide

This guide was written for Japanese Beginners that don’t know where to start learning the Japanese language. Japanese is spoken by over one-hundred forty million in Japan alone and is also a natural second language for people in Chinese and Korean speaking countries. Despite Japan’s growth being out shined by neighbor countries like China and India. Japan is still has the second largest economy in world following China.

The most important thing you need to have before you start learning Japanese. You need to have a reason to learn Japanese. To keep you properly motivated towards your goal of becoming fluent with Japanese. Motivation to learn will be your biggest challenge to determine if you’ll be successful or not. So focus on a reason to keep you interest and motivation for the long haul .

Familiarizes Yourself with the Japanese Alphabet And Japanese Numbers
Learning to read the Japanese Alphabet should be the first stop for Japanese beginners. Japanese has probably the most confusing alphabet system for beginners. Because Japanese has three different alphabets: Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji. Hiragana and Katakana are pretty similar with roughly 48 symbols each( some used, some not. Hiragana is for general use while Katakana is used for foreign names, the names of foreign places and words of foreign origin. Kanji are characters that are burrowed or modified from Chinese. Japanese number system is a lot easier to learn. Further information about both the Japanese Alphabet and Japanese Numbers linked below

Japanese Vocabulary and Japanese Phrases
The logical next step for Japanese beginners after learning the Japanese Alphabet would be to start developing your Japanese vocabulary with Japanese words and phrases. I put together two posts of Japanese vocabulary and one post of Japanese phrases for Japanese beginners to start building their knowledge of Japanese Words and Phrases.

Japanese Grammar
The Japanese grammar rules you must follow and understand to properly speak the Japanese language. Japanese Sentence Structure is usually puts the Object of the sentence ahead of the Verb/Adjective or simpified to Subject-Object-Verb. Japanese nouns don’t have any gender associated with them. Japanese pronouns are rarely or never used. Japanese also takes into consideration the social status of the person you are speaking to. Japanese uses more verbs then any other language and they don’t change with number, gender, or person. There are two types of Japanese Adjectives. They are “-i adjectives” and “-na adjectives”. More information about Japanese grammar can be found below.

Consider Using a Language Learning Program
If your really serious about learning Japanese and want to maximize your time then you should consider using an Japanese language course to further aide you in your quest to learn Japanese. There are several great programs out there that deliver a great language learning experience. The advantages of a language learning program is the organization and having a next step already lined up. Most break down the lessons into 30 minute intervals that can fit into any type of schedule. Flexibly to retry a lesson to make sure you understand what you are learning and give you confidence in succeeding. Examples of great Japanese language programs can be found below.

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