What is the Best Way to Learn Japanese?

Learning Japanese With Audio

Besides being in Japan and immersing one self, the best way to learn Japanese is by audio instruction.

Learning Japanese with audio is without doubt the fastest and most efficient way to get started. If you are lucky enough to have some Japanese friends who can help then you are already ahead of the game. People will look to evening classes at their local college or on the internet for online basic Japanese lessons.

Of course the best way to learn any language is in the country itself. This has obvious advantages but for most of us this is not possible and we have to choose more practical methods of how to learn Japanese.

The more you learn about Japan and its people you quickly realize that they are the masters of efficiency. You would do well to model them in this respect and apply their meticulous methodology to some research which will allow you to begin your adventure in Japanese language study in a way that lends itself to providing maximum returns for the time that you invest in studying.

Ok so we might all admire the Japanese mindset but just don’t have the time or resources to spend on the research, lucky I have done it for you then!

Why study Japanese?

There are many advantages to learning any new language, in this case the growing importance of Japan in the global markets could mean that having some knowledge of Japanese culture and language may give you an edge if you are employed in such areas as tourism, journalism, technology and many other areas of employment.

Of course it would be remiss of me not to mention how incredibly beautiful Japan is itself and how truly fascinating their culture is. Learning how to speak Japanese with a view to visiting the country at some point is in my view enough of a motivating factor and reward in itself.

It may seem a daunting prospect if you plan your strategy in advance and put some regular time aside for studying, learning Japanese with audio is achievable. I recently came across a young man whilst researching the subject who’s learn to speak Japanese tips included,” learning Japanese on his palm pilot”.

Having spent a lot of time in the forums and researching the best way to learn Japanese I have come up with the following conclusions.

If using Japanese MP3 downloads or inexpensive language CDs, ensure that they come from only the very best sources like the ones offered for sale by Dr Paul Pimsleur, Dr Robert Blair and the publishing house Harper Collins. All have proven track records for learning Japanese online with audio.

Whether your motivation is personal or professional you can be assured that this adventure that you are about to embark on will be truly rewarding. Many scholars have spent their whole lives immersed in the beauty of this language, its people and its culture. You could do a lot worse than choosing to invest some of your precious time in learning Japanese with audio.

Ok it’s probably predictable to say Sayonara (Sa-yo-na-ra). (goodbye) but I’ll add a little as I hate being predicatable

Saying goodbye to a close friend (informal) is said like this “Ja-ne” (pronounced) jar-neigh!

Have fun learning the Japanese language, Ja-ne!

Experiencing Japanese Culture First Hand

From my observation, the way we back in the U.S. do business has some small but very important differences. Because I  came over here to work I would like to point some of those out.   Americans who seek business with the Japanese must  have a thorough understanding of the traditions and customs of Japan; otherwise, they will be doomed to failure. Even minor points of protocol might spell trouble for the unwary foreign entrepreneur. For example, a business card that does not clearly state the person’s rank and position in his or her company could prove disastrous–without knowing where that person is on the corporate grid, a Japanese executive will not know how much deference to show. The presentation of a business proposal also is a question of protocol: one must be accurate, honest, and above all extremely well prepared; excuses about lack of detailed information receive silent disdain.

Americans–often an impatient lot–must learn to exercise patience with the Japanese. All too often, American corporate representatives arrive in Tokyo expecting to conclude their business in one or two weeks. When negotiations bog down (as they often do), they grow restless and impatient. That irritates the Japanese, who regard such behavior as a sigh of weakness. They have no time for short-term relationships–consensus and cooperation must be tested and nurtured, and that takes plenty of time.

Surprisingly, many U.S.corporations overlook the need for extensive planning when they contemplate business ventures in Japan. Frequently, they send representatives who lack adequate training in Japanese, or who do not have the sensitivity to understand and appreciate the cultural differences of the two countries. In that area, the Japanese are way ahead of the game. Typically, a person representing a Japanese company in the United States will have spent many years studying the language, politics, and culture. When he or she finally sets foot in the United States, he or she will already be an expert interpreter of our values, attitudes, strengths, and weaknesses.