Things to look for in a Japanese Learning Institute

If you want a honest information about which Japanese language institute you should join to learn Japanese then you are at the right place.

This blog post will enlighten you how to pick the best Japanese learning institute. It covers useful pointers in making the right selection of  a Japanese language school.

As everyone’s purpose for joining the institute would be different, so we have made the list of few things that would help you decide which Japanese school is good for you.

#Need of joining the Japanese course

 What are you actually expecting at the end of this course? Generally, Japanese learning institutes focus on teaching for university preparations and for communication purposes. So if you want to join some university in Japan, then learn Japanese from a certified institute, accredited by government. But in case your need is to just learn Japanese for communication, then you can find a basic Japanese learning institute which grooms you enough to work as the translator or pass the interview in a Japanese firm.

Those who are planning to study or work overseas, specifically in Japan, then you must attend a communicated based Japanese course. These institutes have flexible hours and schedules and thus can easily work on your speaking or listening skills.

#Learning institute

Before finalizing the institute, ask them what kind of trainings they conduct for the students. If their answer includes normal classes, reading textbooks and taking notes, then you need to keep your search on. Understand that learning a foreign language is not easy especially Japanese which is considered as the complicated Asian language. In order to master in the field in an easy and effective manner, join an institute that conducts interesting seminars, or classes, have play skit or their learning including fun ways to teach the students. This way your interest will grow more in the language and you would be able to learn it conveniently.

#Budget Friendly

You need to set your budget that you can afford on learning Japanese. Decide yourself whether you need cheap classes, low expensive or you can even go for highly expensive courses. Those whose answer don’t match to any category, they might be looking for free online tutorials, or e-books to learn Japanese. Always remember without a supervision you won’t be able to get your concepts right about a alien language. Thus joining a learning institute is worth it’s price.

Only thing you need to take care of is its reliability and experience so that the amount and time you invest in it don’t go wasted in the end.

# Flexible Timings for Classes

It is most likely that you might be working somewhere or have schools, so taking out time for some course sounds impossible. But wait. There are flexible timings in many Japanese learning institutes. In fact, they have different batches for weekdays and weekends. There will be morning, afternoon and evening slots too so that you can pick what’s suits you the best. Thus time is not an issue provided that you are determined to learn and explore another culture.

So ditch the excuses and start learning Japanese with the finest institute to get a strong hold on your career.

Motivation Mantras for Studying Japanese Language

Learning Japanese is not a cup of tea.

In fact learning any foreign language is not. But this Asian language surely give some serious learning goals.

So it has been observed that while taking Japanese learning classes, many students decide to drop out from them in the mid course. Any idea, why? Well in order to learn a new language, a lot of motivation is required and if it lacks the results are detrimental. On the other hand, the abundance of motivation could be extremely rewarding.

Thus this blog is all about learning the art of motivation to get success on the path of learning Japanese.

#Maintain a Notebook

Maintaining a learning notebook is an important step for new language acquisition. It will allow you to store every kind of information regarding Japanese language that you will find while reading a book, going through a documentary, music show or listening an audio clip. This is an excellent way to understand the language deeply and expand you learning horizon, while making the whole process more interesting.

#Make (Japanese) Friends

Natives of Japan should ideally be in your friend circle while learning Japanese. Because there are some thing that book can’t teach you. For instance the pronunciation of words in Japan. These things you would learn when you talk to the native speakers. The more you connect with them, better will be your understanding about the language. You will get the confidence and of course vast knowledge about Japanese by staying in touch with the natives.

# Modify your lifestyle

In order to get the essence of the language and what has been taught in the class, you need to take a tangible approach. Visit Japanese restaurants, try their cuisine, listen to Japanese music, visit their art shows or exhibitions. All this would help you to explore the culture of Japan with great enthusiasm. When you feel bored of reading the Japanese books, try the sushi. Act like Japanese, eat like them and try to live their kind of lifestyle. This way you will get totally indulged in Japanese learning course and pass your JLPT with flying colors easily.

# Organize your learning

You need to be systematic while learning Japanese. You should know what comes first and what is essential and what can be ignored. This becomes possible under the guidance of experts. You can join a reliable Japanese learning institute and discuss with the professionals what is your ultimate goal of learning Japanese. Whether you want to join a Japanese MNC, or crack the JLPT exam, or you just like to explore foreign languages.

Accordingly, you can get your customized Japanese learning study material and make the most of it in less time with the help of professionals.

The Art of Learning Japanese Language

For those who have decided to learn Japanese might be curious to know what is the best way to do it quickly. Notice that I haven’t said that you would be able to do it easily. But you would definitely be able to learn it in a less time.

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Those who are under the impression that learning Japanese is easy, then you need to give it  a second thought. Here are few tips that would allow you to have an easy path in learning this Asian language.

#1 Be clear about your aim

 

It is important that you are clear about your intentions for learning Japanese language. If you don’t have any clear vision behind  learning this foreign language, then you are less likely to achieve the goal. You won’t feel motivated in long run without a pre-defined goal. So be it the need for a strong career profile, or an interest in other culture, whatsoever is your reason to join Japanese learning classes, you need to stay committed to them completely.

#2 Get a partner

Just like a dance class where you need a partner, it would be really grateful if you could get a partner for yourself too. It would help you to learn basics as well as advanced level of Japanese language. You both can converse in the language, almost every day to practice your daily lessons. Moreover, if you both are beginners you will be comfortable with each other talking and learning the language. You can also watch  Japanese show or listen to Japanese music to get your skills more polished.

After all, a company is always good to enjoy things.

#3 Talk to yourself

If you can’t find someone to join you in the process of learning Japanese, don’t feel disheartened. You can talk to yourself. Whenever you get time and are alone, you can start practicing what has been taught to you in the class. You can recite a famous dialogue from a Japanese drama series, or a movie, or can even recite a short poetry. This way your pronunciation skills and diction on the Japanese language will get strong and you will pick up new concepts of the language quickly.

#4 Be patient & relevant

It is not easy to master a foreign language overnight. So you need to have the patience of at least three to six months to get your basic concepts clear about Japanese. Stay focussed on your goal and don’t have any unrealistic demands. With determination and practice you will surely be able to succeed in it.

Another important thing is you need to access only the relevant data. You obviously don’t want to do the PhD in this language, so no need to go through details of each and every thing. Depending upon your need, you can have the basic idea of the language so that you can converse in it smoothly.

#5 Enjoy the learning phase

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The most important thing is you must enjoy what you are learning. If you will take it as a task, you will feel only burdened by joining Japanese learning institute. So it is necessary that you soak yourself into the Japanese culture, and understand their diverse  customs and value. Get to know more about Japan through the internet, books or videos. Visit Japanese restaurants, try their cuisine, enjoy their music and culture to keep your Japanese learning phase light yet effective.

5 Tips to Learn Japanese Language

Unlike English and other languages which work on SVO(Subject Verb Object) sentence structure, Japanese uses SOV (Subject Object Verb).

Hence, learning Japanese or translating it into English is not an easy task.  Three major complexities involved in learning this Asian language include-

  1. Japanese involves three lexical systems-hiragana, katakana and kanji.
  2. There are different levels of politeness and informality.
  3. Japanese is a contextual language built on subtle hints instead of direct communication.

Sounds difficult? Don’t worry we have some tips to score well in JLPT.

#1 Study under experts supervision

Though it is very easy to learn the finite syllabaries of Hirangana and katakana, but still many language learning newbie skip this stage and face difficulties later. While in English, writing oddly might be considered just a mistake made in hurry, but in Japan it would be considered as you poor learning skills.

There is a huge different between finishing a pen stroke with a stop or with a swoosh. Thus stroke order is essential to understand and learned by professionals.

#2 Never miss the hard part

The first chapters of learning language are about family titles, particles and telling time. This portion might consume most of your time and you may find it difficult but don’t skip it. For basic conversations, you need to have a strong command on above mentioned topics and mastering these skills would take a longer time than usual. You would come to know how to conjugate adjectives, and must practice till you get a proficiency in it.

#3 Quality learning material

Only if you have an access to premium quality learning material, then only you can reap best results. If your books or study material are outdated, or have the poor quality content, then definitely your learning will suffer. Thus it is always advised to join a reputed Japanese language learning institute where you won’t just get the premium quality learning material, but will also be learning under the guidance of highly experience teachers.

In some institutes, teachers are natives of Japan which can give you the better understanding and explanation for every doubt you come across while learning Japanese language.

#4 Interact in Japanese language

The best way to learn a foreign language is communicating in it. It doesn’t matter you pronounce the correct words or not, framing the right sentences or not, the only thing that matters is how many efforts you put to learn the language. Just by clearing the written JPLT exam, you can’t claim you are an expert in the Japanese language. You also need to have good pronouncing skills and confidence in speaking Japanese.

It is possible only when you get a partner to speak in Japanese, or watch Japanese movies, drama or comedy show, or by listening Japanese songs.

#5 Learn tongue twisters

Tongue twisters are very common in Japanese language. They are instant conversation starters of the Asian language. So you can’t even avoid them. By learning them you will get a new perspective about Japanese language. Moreover, in English language sound effects are only found in comics or cartoons, but in Japanese sound effects are a part of daily speech. So if you learn these sound effects then only you would be able to a master in this language.

Striking Features about Popular Festivals in Japan

Matsuri are famous, traditional Japanese festivals which are enjoyed and loved by everybody. They have long history, whose date and nature differ from each other. They are very powerful, exciting and energetic, and thus many people love to participate in them.

There are more than 300,000 traditional matsuri, or festivals in Japan which vary from community to community. To sponsor a matsuri, generally a local shrine or temple of the local community is responsible. People are found wearing a typical matsuri costume in Japan, along with a heavy Mikoshi in a hope that it will bless both town and people.

Matsuri generally mean an event held in a local area, which could be dance performance, or artistic competition like Yuki matsuri or Yosakoi matsuri.

Here is the list of popular matsuri in Japan which you must attend on your visit to Japan.

  1. Gion Matsuri (Kyoto)

It is one of the most enjoyable festivals of Japan which takes place during the month of July. It is celebrated throughout the month  where major attraction is the procession of floats, known as “Yamaboko Junko” on 17th and 24th. It takes place on Streets-Kawaramachi and Oike.

  1. Awa Odori (Tokushima)

It is the biggest traditional festival of Japan in which men , women and children dance on all streets of Tokushima City. It is celebrated in the mid of August for four days. Millions of people wear cool cotton kimono and straw hats and participate in this dance festival which is worth a sight.

  1. Kanda Matsuri (Tokyo)

This festival is famous in Tokyo and celebrated for the Kanda Myojin Shrine. It is celebrated during the month of May during which portable shrines called Mikoshi are worshipped by thousands of people. In the morning people gather at Kanda Myojin Shrine and then from there they travel through the Kanda, Nihonbashi and Akihabara and then come back to shrine in the evening.

  1. Yuku Matsuri/Snow Festival (Sapporo)

The Sapporo’s Yuki Matsuri is celebrated in the month of February. In the year 1950, local high students gave origin to this festival around six snow statues and from then it has become an international event of gigantic snow sculptures.

  1. Nebuta Matsuri (Aomori)

The Nebuta Matsuri takes place in month of August in Aomori city. Nebuta are basically lantern floats which stand for human figures and they are worshipped by thousands of chanting dancers. In this parade, thousands of people participate and start a parade at sunset which continue for few hours.

  1. Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri (Kishiwada, Osaka)

In the month of September Kishiwada Danjiri takes place is Osaka. Danjiri are nothing but the wooden floats which weigh more than 3000 Kg. This festival is very thrilling and fully enjoyed by people participating in it. People drag their huge floats at wrecking speeds, along with their team leaders and then dance on the top of floats.

  1. Tenjin Matsuri (Osaka)

This festival is celebrated in support of Tenmangu Shrine in Osaka on 24th and 25th of July. Major attractions of Tenjin Matsuri are land procession and rice procession which held on the second day. During the river procession, the illuminated boats reflect off the river and fireworks put a brilliant display in the sky.