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My name is Roodolph F. I have been learning Japanese for 11 years. In my studies of the language, I've come to realize the best way to learn this and really any language is to learn it through fun experiences, as much exposure to the language and culture as reasonably possible, and to have a goal in mind with your language. In essence, the same way we all learned English growing up is the same way any of us could learn Japanese or any language.
I started out learning Japanese to help aid a nearby Japanese volunteer group and while I tried learning the language by taking classes, I realized something. The lessons were informative but painfully boring and although I was promised fluency, I didn't learn anything. Fortunately, I learned how to start a conversation in Japanese on my own before taking the class, which only help convince me that I retained more of the language when I was watching Japanese shows and listening to music rather then hearing someone tell me to repeat sentences in a $300 textbook five times over.
I realized that I learned a lot more through real life interactions with people and Japanese media rather than in a class room setting. I love learning new things and I love helping people in any way I can through encouraging words, teaching, and just by being encouraging to others. I wanted to use these skills in the Japanese community in my neighborhood and eventually be able to function as a Japanese adult as it were, being able to read and write.
I've been teaching English to my former Japanese boss for about 6 months and I've seen first hand how his English and confidence has grown since we first started learning together. I've also been a cross cultural Japanese business consultant for him at the Japanese Restaurant that we both used to work at. He's moved to a different restaurant but I still teach him English every week. I've also been an on the spot Japanese interpreter for him and other Japanese native employees and I've now been working as a Japanese Tour Guide for Japanese High School students that visit Japan.
There are good text books to refer to such as Japanese for Busy People. This is the book I have used and still use are a reference, but like I tell all of my friends who are learning Japanese or any other language, have fun with it an keep going. If its boring you wont learn or remember it, but if its exciting, funny, and satisfy, you will naturally retain what you have learn.
Conversational Japanese isn't as hard as some might think. If you learn a few words and learn a couple of grammar points then you'll get the hang of conversational Japanese. As far as understanding Japanese, a few practice sessions and a good amount of Japanese media will make everything stick. It sounds to good to be true but give it a shot and you'll see what I mean. If it worked for me, then it will work for you too. Keep am open mind and have fun and it will come!
I encourage my students to use certain tools that are good for them like comic books in Japanese if they like comic books, TV shows or movies that are available in Japanese and any music they can get there hands on. I also encourage my students to listen to the language even though they don't understand. Doing this helps their brains to adjust to the language so that they can differentiate between other Asian languages. In time, students will know who is Japanese and who isn't. Depending upon what the student wants to do with the language, I can provide good media to assist the student in their immersion to Japanese at their own pace. This is important because everyone learns at different paces which is why I am adaptable to the students needs and pace.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I welcome any one who is interested in learning this fun language and culture and I also welcome anyone who is just curious to know about the method I've used over the years to learn Japanese. My name is Roodolph F. I have been learning Japanese for 11 years. In my studies of the language, I've come to realize the best way to learn this and really any language is to learn it through fun experiences, as much exposure to the language and culture as reasonably possible, and to have a goal in mind with your language. In essence, the same
Encouraging for a non traditional learner like myself, to acquire learning skills through my passions! Also very personable and accommodating!
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I am currently a student of Arizona State University's TESOL program and I am happy to share with you what I have been learning.
I have a back ground in conversational Japanese with some experience working as a Japanese interpreter, as a cook at a Japanese restaurant, and English tutor for my former Japanese boss and also a Japanese Tour Guide.