Today, i would like to cover a bit on study tips for learning Japanese.
I think that learning Japanese is a journey. Even after you finish the various tests, learning never stops.
- Create a Japanese environment (with songs, dramas, etc)
When I first started out, what I did was I tried to create an environment to expose myself to Japanese. I was listening to Japanese songs and singing them on the bus. I was watching Japanese sentai dramas. You would realize that after a while, it will just become part of your life.
- Study in groups (maybe 2-4 persons)
Sometimes, it would be good to study in a group, who are also learning the language. Studying in a group helps to motivate each other.
- Start slow, but at a constant pace
One of the most important thing I feel is to start slow, but at a constant pace. Set yourself a timetable to follow (e.g study 1 hour every Mon and Wed) and stick to it. If you find that you have problem sticking to it, try to listen to some Japanese songs while studying.
- When you feel lost or lost the motivation to study, talk to a sensei or someone who has studied a bit further than you.
When you feel like you don`t understand the content or lost the motivation to study, don`t give up. For me, I almost lost the motivation to study when I studied て-form/te-form, but my sensei (who majored in Japanese Language) never give up on me and guided me with more examples to help me to understand て-form/te-form. When you have someone to walk the journey with you, I feel you will gain more confidence along the way.
- Copy out the vocabulary
I know some of you out there cannot remember vocabulary. For me, how I remember my vocabulary is to force myself to copy out the vocabulary multiple times in a short period of time. For example: 10 sets of 30 words in 10 minutes.
What are your ways of learning? Please do share with me below =)