You’re are the half way mark for Part One of this course, which focuses on learning the individual sounds of Japanese.
The good news is that the second half of Part One is easier than the first half! This is true for several reasons which will become apparent starting in the next chapter.
But I wanted to take a moment and talk about how you can get the most out of a language learning course, and in particular, this one that you are taking right now.
It all comes down to one word:
The great secret to language learning is that you have to interact with the language in order to truly learn and understand it.
- Listen to it.
- Speak it.
- Read it.
- Write it out.
- Play with it.
- Think in it.
Anything and everything that you can do with the language, helps your mind to understand and use it on a deep subconscious level.
At some point you stop learning the language by studying it every day, and you begin living it in much in the same way you currently do with your native language.
I’ve been giving you homework to do after each lesson that has you using the sounds of the language in several different forms.
All of this work adds up towards your mastery of the sounds of Japanese!
So the big two questions are these:
- Have you been doing the work?
- Have you been giving it your all when it comes to this course?
If you have been, then keep up the great work! This habit will serve you well as you continue to improve you understanding of the Japanese language.
But if you haven’t been, then I challenge you now to go back through each lesson and do everything that I’ve assigned you to do.
Learning a language is not like learning a historical fact or a mathematical formula where you can simply have it explained to you once and then you remember it forever.
It’s much more like learning how to play a musical instrument. At some point you just have to sit down and do your best to play it.
Usually you struggle at first and it sounds terrible, but eventually you get to the point where you can play beautifully without even thinking about it.
But getting to this point takes a lot of focused practice over a period of time. You have to be fully committed to the process of learn and then do.
The good news is that the more you learn Japanese, the better you become at learning Japanese!
That means that the hardest part of the process is actually the beginning. Once you make it past the initial hurdles, it becomes easier.
Time for Your Free Charts!
I wanted to provide you with two hiragana charts that you can download and print out.
The first one is simply a chart that shows all of the basic hiragana for quick reference.
The second one shows the correct stroke order so that you can continue to practice writing them correctly.
This second chart is organized a little bit differently from the first one, as it starts in the top right corner and then goes down to the bottom of the page.
This is actually the way native Japanese is normally written in books and such: From top to bottom, and then from right to left.
It ought to be a nice introduction to vertical writing in Japanese for you!
-Download the first chart by clicking here.
-Download the second chart by clicking here.
P.S. I’ve cleaned up this second chart a little bit so that it is more appropriate for the knowledge we’ve gone over so far. The original version created by Pmx can be found on the Wiki Commons by clicking here.
What’s coming up next?
Now that you’ve learned the basic hiragana, it’s time to move on to the modified ones.
This ought to be pretty easy for you as they are the same characters that you’ve previously learned, but with a few slight changes.
Let’s get into them now!
Questions? Comments? Let me know down below!