Speaking Japanese: Before You Begin
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Speaking Japanese: Before You Begin

1 - First, think about why you want to learn Japanese. Learning a new language can be a big time commitment, so consider how much time you can spend learning Japanese.
2 - If you're going to Japan for a vacation or brief visit, concentrate on learning some key phrases phonetically.
3 -Knowing how to say even a few words will let you communicate, and you'll start to understand what others are saying to you.
4 - Phonetic learning will limit you; you will not be able to comprehend any written Japanese, such as signs and newspapers.
5 - To reach a higher level of comprehension, lessons with audio and written elements are necessary.
6 - To get the best return on these lessons, studying regularly is very important!
7 - No matter what type of course you follow, always keep in mind that you should take advantage of any chance you get to practice the language, however the occasion arises.
8 - When you are in Japan, don't worry about what your level of Japanese is, just try to communicate! The people you meet will appreciate every effort you put into speaking the language.
9 -Speaking (and understanding what is said to you) may be hard at first, but it will get easier with every word.

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