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How to Learn Japanese Fast (or anything else!)

There’s a saying that it’s not WHAT you do, but HOW you do it that makes the difference. This is certainty true when it comes to learning something new (like Japanese perhaps?).

I want to give you a system that you can use to learn a new language fast. Good or good, yes? I hope you said yes. Alright, let’s get started!

The 3-Part Strategy You Can Use


#1 – Eliminate all distractions.

We’re all pretty busy these days and have lots of things that take away our attention. It could be our children, our partner or spouse, friends, or maybe a good show on TV.

These things are great when we focus on them and enjoy them. When we want to study and learn something however, we need to focus on that, and only that.

This ability to focus, single-mindedly (no multi-tasking, please), can be the single greatest contributor to our success. So when you study, make sure you can do so without being interrupted by anything or anyone.

#2 – Only study for a short time.

This is for two specific reasons:

The first reason is habit. You know, it’s been said that “we make our habits, and then our habits make us.” If you try to study for an hour a day, you won’t do it. So why set yourself up for failure? You wouldn’t want to do that.

Why not set yourself up for success instead? Here’s the thing, if it’s easy to do, then you’ll do it! That’s what’s important: doing it. day after day. So, set a goal to study for 10 or 15 minutes everyday. Why only 10 or 15 minutes? Well it goes back to #1 – being able to focus.

Listen, very, very, very few people can focus like a laser beam for an hour. But everyone (and that includes you and me) can focus like a laser beam for 10 minutes a day. If you want to study longer, that’s great! But that is strictly bonus time and not mandatory.

Trust me, after a month or two, those 10 minutes sessions add up to a lot!

#3 – Put yourself into a relaxed state of mind and body.

This one’s a little subtle and not a lot of people talk about it.

It’s been proven by research that people learn better and remember more when they are in a relaxed state while taking in the new information. It’s easier for the information to get into your subconscious mind and go from your short-term memory to your long-term memory.

So, sit in a comfortable chair. Relax your mind by letting the worries of today slip away for a time. Focus on your breath and count down from 10. Then begin studying.

Putting It All Together

putting it all together


Each of these three techniques can be used in and of itself to help you learn faster.

But the true power comes in using them together as a system. Remember, a system is simply “a repeatable process that produces a result.” Here’s what it might look like for you:

It’s time for your 10 minutes of Japanese. It could be right before you go to sleep, or perhaps it’s soon after you’ve awoken in the morning. All that matters is that you are alone. Just you and your Japanese.

You sit down in your comfortable chair. Closing your eyes, you focus on your breath and count down from 10… 9… 8… … …0. You open you eyes and begin to study. Reading the Kanji is easy for you. You can hear and repeat the Japanese words easily. The new knowledge flows into you where it stays for when you need it.

Ding — You’re 10 minutes are up. You can stay if you’d like, but there’s no need to rush. You know you’ll be back the next day, and the next… and the next. 


So, I hope that this helps you. I hope you implement this routine into your life. And I hope you have a lot of fun while doing it!

>>>Let me know what you think in the comments below!<<<

Is there a strategy or technique that you use already that has helped you to learn something? Let other people know in case it might help them too!

2 Comments

  • Marley Dawkins

    Thanks Nick, this is a great breakdown of what is required to learn Japanese and anything effectively.

    Eliminating distractions – crucial, only studying for short periods to maximise the brains learning capacity – crucial, being in a relaxed state of mind and remaining calm with breathing – crucial.

    I really like how the structure of this article is very comfortable for reading too, not too much, not too little, just a enjoyable read 🙂

    • Nick

      I’m glad you like it 🙂

      Anytime I find something that works for me, I like to share with others just in case it might work for them too!

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