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Japanese: Beginner and Intermediate (Rough Draft) 1. Learning a new language: Key components to learning a foreign language. Speaking, listening, reading and writing. An approach to these four keys and how they are usually taken on. Also the exciting benefits of learning a new language, aside from how necessary it will be here Japan. The Japanese language: We will show a simple breakdown of the history of the Japanese language in this section. It’s usage of Hiragana and Katakana and Kanji (yes,
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  Japanese: Beginner and Intermediate (Rough Draft) 1.Learning a new language:Key components to learning a foreign language. Speaking, listening, reading and writing. An approach to these four keys and how they are usually taken on. Also theexciting benefits of learning a new language, aside from how necessary it will be hereJapan.2.The Japanese language: We will show a simple breakdown of the history of the Japanese language in thissection. It’s usage of Hiragana and Katakana and Kanji (yes, a simple breakdown). Also we will go over the different politeness levels and their usage. This is key to not offendany of our new colleagues and understand why sometimes we may hear different usageof the language through the course of the day among different people.3.How to study effectively There’s a reason why Japanese is ranked in the third and most difficult group of languages to learn (for native English speakers) according to the US State Department.Making good study habits is key, maintaining those study habits is another obstacle. A. Effective input- You are already surrounded by Japanese everywhere. It won’t behard to find chances to practice. Your coworkers, students, local libraries even thingslike television can be turned into excellent study tools. Manga, anime, magazines andcountless other examples can be utilized as forms of practice. Get out there and startlearning!B.Finding time to study- Starting a new job, living in a new country, acclimating to anew culture will take some time. It may be difficult at first to find time in your busy schedule to buckle down and study. The more time you put into your studies, the moreproficient you will become. Don’t overdo yourself but even a simple 15-30 minutes a day  will strengthen your fledgling skills. If you’re a beginner you may want to start with agroup of Katakana or Hiragana flash cards. If you’re a little more advanced, why not work on some grammar points or some Kanji?C.Set goals and be reasonable- A wise man told me, in a different choice of words “Aslong as you think your Japanese is garbage, you’ll keep getting better”. You shouldalways be looking for ways to improve your Japanese. Don’t get discouraged! Everyone will make mistakes, it’s beneficial to your growth in Japanese! Make reasonable goals tokeep you on the right track! You can only study so much by yourself. The MIA (Miyagi International Organization) will assist you in finding language partners or classes. Some are free, some are paid for.Be forewarned, if you apply it usually takes a long time for them to find one. MIA: http://www.h5.dion.ne.jp/~mia/english/index.html  Texts for Self-Study · JET Programme Japanese Course (All Levels) by CLAIR  · “Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary/Intermediate/Advanced Japanese”(All Levels) by The Japan Times· Minna No Nihongo (All Levels) by 3E NetworkA Few Online Resources to Start With...· Genki-Online Self Study Room http://genki.japantimes.co.jp/self/self.en.htmlGeared towards beginners, a nice study guide to learning and practicing hiragana andkatakana. Includes lessons on stroke order, pronunciation sound samples, flashcardsand listening quizzes. Below the hiragana and katakana section, you can find moreuseful resources that can be used by Intermediate level people also. Check them out!  · Charles Kelly's Online Japanese Language Study Materialshttp://www.manythings.org/japanese/Nice website for all levels studying kana and kanji using CGI flashcards, quizzes, andmore. · Jim Breen's WWWJDIChttp://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/cgi-bin/wwwjdic.cgi?1COnline Japanese to English text translator and J/E-E/J dictionary, along with a kanjisearch tool. · Spend Dankihttp://speedanki.com/Online kanji flash cards with vocabulary that can be used to study for all levels of JLPTtest. · Rikaichanhttp://www.polarcloud.com/rikaichan/“Pop-up Japanese to English/German/French/Russian with a Mozilla Firefoxextension.” This is a good tool to help you learn kanji while browsing websites inJapanese. · Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanesehttp://www.guidetojapanese.org/learn/ A nice general guide to learning Japanese grammar and tips and links to other resourcesto help improve your Japanese.
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