Gaijin Life In Japan

Learning to read Japanese is easier than you may think. I was able to read simple sentences and signs after about a week. I’d like to pass on how I learned the language so that it will make your travels to Japan so much more enjoyable.

Have you ever considered traveling to Japan but don’t know much about the country? Are you concerned about the language barrier? Hopefully I can help. I lived in Yokosuka, Japan for two years and have recently moved to Yokohama due to my wife’s medical condition. From the time that I have lived here and from the material that I have studied, I have learned a lot that will help you when you visit Japan.

Once you decide to travel, to Japan, it would be of great benefit to purchase a language course that uses audio that is spoken by native Japanese. That way, you can be assured that the words are being pronounced are done so correctly. Before you purchase a course, do a little research to which one is best for you. You may even check at your local library for some. Do not worry about trying to become fluent, you need to only learn some greeting and what to say in places like restaurants, train stations, and shopping malls. The Japanese people will be amazed and appreciate the fact that you took time learn some Japanese.

Now to the reading….

When you first look at the picture, you probably think that you could never learn to read that. What if I told you that you could learn to recognize the hiragana and katakana characters in about a week? Would you say that I am crazy? I would have said the same thing if I was told that. But its true and that’s how long it took me. Here’s how. I found a hiragana and katakana chart online and made flash cards of each one. Next I purchased an app from Google Play called Dr. Moku. It is an app that uses mnemonics to help you remember. I began using the flash cards and the app for about two hours a day. A week later is had them all memorized.Ok, so you can make out words on signs, menus, stores, etc, but you have no idea what they. That’s where a pocket dictionary comes in handy. And even if you decide not to learn any Japanese but still wan to travel here, don’t worry. Many places have signs in English and many people speak the language as well.

I will be posting pictures and sharing my experiences in hope that it can help you decide if Japan is a place you like to visit. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me anything. Take care and God Bless!

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