Congratulations! You have officially graduated from Mastering The Sounds of Japanese!
You should be proud of your hard work thus far, and excited for what lies beyond.
When it comes to learning and mastering the Japanese language, there are lots of different methods that you can use.
Some of them are incredibly effective, and some of them are mediocre at best.
Regardless of which method you end up deciding to use, I wanted to give you some advice so that you could find what will work for you.
First of all, the most important thing that a beginner needs to do when starting out with a new language is learning and mastering the sounds of that language.
There are lots of reasons for this, but the primary one is that if you can’t hear what a person is saying, then you can’t understand it!
This is exactly why I started my very first course ever, on mastering the sounds of Japanese.
Once you have accomplished this first task, the next step is to learn about the structure of the language and begin to get used to how it works.
This isn’t usually a big deal for languages that are close to English in the way that the grammar works (like Italian for example), but Japanese actually happens to be almost the complete opposite of English!
There are relatively few shortcuts for a native English speaker who wants to learn Japanese. Sorry! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
You simply have to study how the language is organized and how it works over and over again, until you reach a point where you can use it without having to think about it too much.
The interesting thing about grammar is that it actually has no meaning in and of itself! It only ever makes sense when it is used in combination with words such as nouns, verbs, and so on.
What this means is that you have to learn grammar within the context of a complete sentence, since it really cannot be understood any other way.
That means that you’re actually going to be learning vocabulary and grammar at the same time. The trick is to learn the common words and phrases first, since they are going to be the most useful ones when you are first starting out.
Doing this, in combination with the common grammar that appears with regularity, is the next step in your language learning journey.
Once you’ve completed this second part of the beginner phase, you should actually change the way you learn in order to make it through the intermediate level of the language and break through to fluency.
I don’t want to go into too much detail on the intermediate stuff here and now, since that’s not really what this final lesson is about.
Now, if you would like my personal recommendation on a good beginner’s course that will help you complete this first level of Japanese, then I would invite you to check out the free version of Rocket Japanese.
I like it due to the fact that it teaches you the language through the context of actual conversations, and focuses heavily on the spoken part of the language through the lessons, practice exercises, and recording software.
That being said, it also teaches you how to read and write all of hiragana, all of katakana, and a fair amount of kanji as well.
That means that your reading skills with Japanese are going to improve as you progress through the course.
If that’s something that you’d like to try out and see for yourself, then you can do so by clicking on the button below and signing up for a free account.
Having said all of that, I believe that it is now time to wrap up this entire course.
Final Words on The Course
You’ve learned the sounds of Japanese.
You’ve learned them on an individual basis, on a complete word basis, and also at the sentence level.
You’ve done something that most students of the language never do: You’ve broken the language down to its smallest part, and then piece by piece, built it back up to its final form as it is used by natives of the language each and every day.
The information you have learned and practiced here will continue to serve you for the rest of your Japanese language learning life.
I honor you for your commitment to learning, and for your willingness to participate in the course at 100%.
I wish you the best, and I wish you success in your future studies with the Japanese language.
Congratulations! You have officially completed this course!
Until we meet again!
Questions? Comments? Let me know down below!