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10 essential tips for learning Japanese
According to the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), Japanese is one of the five hardest languages for English speakers to learn, along with Arabic, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese.
Tackling the nihongo mountain, by strategy: from base camp to the plateau and beyond
For foreigners who arrive in Japan with little knowledge or preparation, the first encounter with the local lingo can be brutal. In the past, for instance, newcomers would have taken the train from Narita airport to Tokyo or Shinjuku station and promptly run up against a solid wall of indecipherable ideograms. Asking for directions was often a futile exercise, as most people only spoke a little English at best.
Why People Say Japanese Is Hard To Learn And Why They’re Wrong
Japanese can be a tough language to get into. Not because it’s a hard language to learn, necessarily, but because there are a bunch of mental barriers and misconceptions. Koichi’s talked a bit about this before, but there’s a bit of an elephant in the room: Japanese has a reputation for being hard to learn.