Effective Ways of Learning Japanese
As a student in the Department of Foreign Language and Literature (DFLL) in NTU, you major in literature, linguistics, and languages. In your first year of the university, it’s necessary for you to learn a second language (while some students who are fond of languages may learn their third language, fourth language, etc.). Considering which language to learn, you may think of those intriguing Japanese dramas, famous singers such as “AKB48”, and some popular animations. Perhaps you have traveled to Japan and were impressed by its traditional, modest culture, and enjoyed breathtaking view of Mt. Fuji. In the end, you made up your mind to learn Japanese! However, have you ever talked to other DFLL students who have had the experience of learning Japanese? Do you know what to be aware of and what to expect? I thought that I was well prepared in the beginning; nonetheless, I still encountered some difficulties that I did not expect. I could have dealt with them much more easily if I had had the information I am giving you here. After learning Japanese for a year and getting A+ for two semesters, the tips I provided here are some effective ways that you can apply. I’ll mainly focus on three fundamental things: buy three suitable reference books, preview the lesson before class and review it after class, and make yourself take delight in learning it. Before you start learning Japanese, buying “suitable reference books” is of great importance. Why do I emphasize “suitable reference books” here? There are large amount of Japanese learning materials in bookstores or on-line. Nonetheless, a few are not that suitable for beginners. When I started to learn Japanese, I bought a book called “My First Japanese Grammar Book” on-line, since I considered grammar extremely important and these book might be suitable for a beginner like me. Nonetheless, when I read it, it almost made me lose the interest of learning Japanese. The sentence patterns in this book were too hard for a beginner to understand. This book is more suitable for students who have learned Japanese for a year approximately. (I wonder why the name of the book is “My First Japanese Grammar Book”.) As a result, buying “suitable” reference books is of great importance. Not only will they make your learning process more successfully, they may also help you cultivate the interest of Japanese. Here are three books that are more suitable for beginners in my consideration. The first book I want to recommend is Japanese Made Easy (我的第一本日語課本). This book provides you basic lessons to learn Japanese. You will start from learning the characters, (Hiragana)(平假名) and (Katakana)(片假名), which are extremely critical. After memorizing all the characters, you’ll start to learn the pronunciation. This book provides many examples for you to familiarize with the ways to pronounce “standard Japanese” (which is mainly spoken in Tokyo.) As for the grammar and sentence patterns, they are introduced in each lesson. You can do exercises in this book after learning a new concept to make sure whether you have understood. If you want to have a basic knowledge of Japanese culture, this book will also satisfy your need! Another helpful book to get is 信不信由你，一週學好日語動詞. Verb forms play important roles in Japanese. Nonetheless, owning their complication, many learners encounter such great difficulty that they may end up giving up on Japanese. However, as long as you follow the tips in this book, those “dreadful” verb forms will not block your way to learn Japanese. Every time you learn a new form of a verb, you’ll see its usages in sentence patterns in this book. It is very helpful, since the aim of learning verb forms is to apply them. The third book I want to recommend is the student manual of 学ぼう！日本語. In NTU, the textbooks for Japanese courses are学ぼう！日本語. In the student manual, there are vocabulary lists, sentence patterns, and their Chinese translation for each lesson....
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