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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

What advice would you give to fellow students of Japanese?


By SAM BERRY

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Beck Jones, 25
Teacher (Australian)
Go to karaoke and get familiar with popular Japanese songs. It's a good way to practice reading quickly, and you won't be able to get the songs out of your head!

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Tony Chan, 40
Hair stylist (Chinese)
Reading and writing were very easy for me, but speaking and listening proved very difficult. I found watching programs on NHK really useful for improving pronunciation.

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Fanny Amare, 29
Banker (French)
It is important to make lots of Japanese friends — both male and female — and to talk with them. Also, why not try giving out free hugs in Shibuya?

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Lydia Leung, 30
Teacher (Canadian)
I recommend watching TV dramas on sites like YouTube with the English subtitles. You can practice by repeating the lines, and, if you really get into it, act it out with a friend.

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Steve Fryer, 37
Teacher (British)
Go to your city office and find out about their free weekly lessons. The teachers are friendly, helpful volunteers, and it's fun and free. A great way to start!

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Emmeline Scott, 29
Office worker (British)
You can download software for learning Japanese onto your iPhone. You can learn kanji, new words and even pronunciation, all without leaving your bed.



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