From vocabulary to pronunciation and all those tricky verbs, learning Japanese is a time-consuming and sometimes frustrating process. Luckily for Japanese learners, however, learning this beautiful language doesn't need to be difficult.
Let's take a look at the easiest way to learn Japanese and how it can help you to learn Japanese easier.
Basically, there are five ways to learn Japanese, and each of these ways involves a different approach to language learning. These approaches include learning through complete Japanese immersion, learning through translation, grammar-based learning, communication-based learning, and vocabulary-based learning.
In our online Japanese course Rocket Japanese, we make use of those approaches to guarantee a fun and successful learning experience.
Every method has its own advantages and disadvantages. While it's important to note that what is easy for one learner is not always easy for another, there is one method that is often cited as the easiest way to learn Japanese. It's the method that is often used by language learning software programs like Rosetta Stone and DuoLingo. Can you guess it?
That's right: It's the vocabulary-based approach.
The vocabulary-based approach focuses on learning vocabulary through repetition by associating images with the words or phrases they represent. Traditional grammar rules are not taught, but are naturally learned by students as they progress.
First of all, the vocabulary-based approach is a great way to help students memorize new words and phrases fast. Japanese learners can improve their vocabulary very quickly with this method because of the interactive use of repetition and images. It's great for visual learners and can even be used with audio for auditory learners. It is, by far, the easiest way to learn vocabulary quickly and without hassle.
Students can also save time and money by using this method instead of a traditional classroom. Learning Japanese can be as easy as turning their computer or phone. That way, they can learn Japanese anytime and anywhere, a major benefit considering how important it is to practice a language as much as possible in order to learn it.
Finally, the vocabulary-based method is easy because it allows students to progress at their own rate. This is especially beneficial for students who might need a little extra repetition or students who are experienced language learners and may become bored in a traditional classroom setting. It's an easily accessible (and cost effective) method that allows students to adapt their language learning to their own needs and schedules.
There are, however, a few disadvantages to this method. The vocabulary-based approach may be the easiest way to learn Japanese, but it isn't always the most effective. Often, the vocabulary that is taught in this method isn't very practical. After all, who wants to learn how to say “my tailor is rich” or "the book is under the table" first in Japanese? If we hardly ever say that in our native language, why should those be our first words in Japanese? Unfortunately, a lot of language learning software doesn't take into account the practicality of the vocabulary students are learning.
In addition, students studying Japanese with a vocabulary-based approach may lack Japanese grammar skills. Since grammar is not directly taught with this method, students risk sounding a bit like Tarzan when they try to speak ("Me Tarzan, you Jane..."). As anyone who's studied a bit of Japanese is probably aware, Japanese grammar involves a lot of conjugation and rules that can't simply be memorized using images.
It's important to take these disadvantages into account when learning Japanese using the vocabulary-based method. While this method may be the easiest way to learn Japanese, it may not necessarily be the best way to learn Japanese or the fastest way to learn Japanese. Supplementing this approach with other methods can help make your Japanese studies even more effective.
Consider incorporating aspects from other language learning methods into your vocabulary-based approach. This may include:
Most importantly, always try to make your Japanese studies as varied and interactive as possible using some of these helpful Japanese learning hacks. Rocket Japanese helps you incorporating listening, reading, writing, speaking and cultural activities into your studies as much as possible, and you'll be on your way to fluent Japanese in no time.
Learning Japanese doesn't need to be difficult. With the proper approach, dedication, and motivation, learning Japanese can be both easy and fun. Ganbatte!
The Rocket Japanese Team