The HOW TO of Japanese – Without this, you CANNOT learn Japanese!

This ONE thing will help you to learn Japanese more than ANYTHING ELSE!

Hey everyone, have you ever wondered what all it takes to learn Japanese?

In other words, do you know the HOW TO of Japanese?

You need the materials to teach it to you, of course. But many people already have the books and programs on how to learn Japanese, and they still don’t know it.

You need self-discipline to go with the Japanese materials. You’ve got to make yourself sit down and spend some quality time each day learning it. But here’s the thing: Self-discipline is necessary, but not sufficient.

There is one thing that you absolutely MUST have if you are going to learn Japanese. With it, you are guaranteed success! But without it, you will fail…

What is it, how does it work, and how can YOU get it? Read on to find out!

The Key to Success

The one thing that you absolutely must have to learn Japanese is BELIEF!

You must believe that you CAN AND WILL learn Japanese!

But there’s much more to it then just that. Humans (that’s me and you) rarely only ever have one belief when it comes to something. There are always accompanying beliefs that affect each other.

You have beliefs on if something is possible for you. Then you have beliefs on how well you can do something. You also have beliefs on how quickly you learn and how long you remember new things.

And here’s the real kicker, do you maybe have some beliefs that are actually holding you back from accomplishing your goal of learning Japanese?

It’s certainly possible…

All of these things will play a part in your quest to learn Japanese. But where do all these beliefs come from? You weren’t born with them, so how did they get into your head in the first place?

First let’s take a look into where your beliefs come from and how they affect you. Then let’s take a look at how to install supportive beliefs to help you learn Japanese.

Where do beliefs come from?

where do beliefs come from

You are a blank slate when you come into this world. You know nothing when you’re a baby. So your first job when you were young was to learn as much as you possible could.

The three primary ways that you learn are through verbal interactions, modeling, and specific incidents.

What did you hear growing up? – verbal
What did you see growing up? – modeling
What happened to you growing up? – specific incidents

Here’s a pretty good story that shows all three:

Charles Berlitz was a famous linguist who could speak eight different languages when he was a kid.

His grandfather was the guy who founded the Berlitz Language Schools. So you could say that language learning ran in the family. But it was much more than just that.

When Charles was growing up, everyone talked to him in a different language. His dad spoke to him in German, his grandfather talked to him in Russian, and the nanny spoke to him in Spanish.

Everyday Charles would see and hear people using lots of different languages to each other and to him. What are some of the beliefs that were formed because of all this?

  • Learning LOTS of different languages is a normal thing
  • He HAD to know many different languages to communicate with other people
  • He was EXPECTED to understand what was being said to him

And he even had the belief that “every single person had their own special language, except for him”. It’s this last belief in particular that shows us that just because we have a belief, doesn’t mean it’s true.

Here are some common beliefs that people have when it comes to learning Japanese:

  1. I’m too old to learn Japanese
  2. Japanese is too hard for me
  3. I can’t learn all those crazy Kanji
  4. It takes a long, long time to learn it
  5. (any other negative beliefs)

Now here’s the real question: are those beliefs TRUE?

Well, it’s a bit of a trick question. If you believe them, then they BECOME true for YOU!

Why do I say “for you” exactly? Because if some people have done any of the above with Japanese, then you can too!

People who are in their 70’s and 80’s have learned Japanese before. And others are doing it now as well!

People have learned all those 2,000 crazy kanji. Some people have even learned them all in as little as 90 days!

And some people have actually become totally fluent in Japanese in one year’s time or less!

Here is your new motto: “If they can do it, I CAN DO IT!

That’s the first new belief I want you to adopt. Let’s look at some others.

How to get useful beliefs

First of all, anytime you think a thought that doesn’t help you to move towards your Japanese language goals, I want you to throw it away. If the thought “I can’t do this…” pops into you head, just get rid of it by saying “CANCEL out loud.

After all, a belief is really just a thought that you think again and again, and again, AND AGAIN AND… You get the point!

First, you choose which supportive beliefs you want to install in your mind. Here are some that are very, very, very, VERY (did I say “very”?) very useful!

  • I can learn Japanese
  • I will learn Japanese
  • My memory is excellent
  • I am very smart
  • I enjoy learning
  • My mind has unlimited potential
  • I succeed with ease
  • I never give up

Positive beliefs that help support you are sometimes called: Affirmations.

Now here’s the question: if you believed these things about yourself, and I mean truly believed them, what do you think the chances are that you would learn Japanese?

The answer is 100%

First you make your beliefs, and then your beliefs make you.

Most people adopted their beliefs while they were growing up and learning about the world. But now you have a chance to purposefully choose which beliefs you want to have and to use in your own life.

Here are a few ways to install new beliefs:

(1) Think about your new beliefs all day long. Just repeat them in your head once an hour, or 10-20 each day.

When you do this, it will be hard at first because your brain will have to lay down new pathways and connections for those thoughts. It’s kind of like a trail in the jungle: the more you walk down the path, the more defined it becomes and the easier it is next time.

(2) Say them out loud. The best way is to do so while looking yourself in the eyes in a mirror.

When you say something out loud you feel the vibrations of it in your body and you also hear you own voice. If you then combine that with looking at yourself in the mirror, you engage several different senses (sight, sound, touch) and the affirmation gets imprinted at a deep level.

(3) Use subliminal programming. This is a method that is sometimes used by psychiatrists to help people overcome fears and take control of their lives. Here’s how it works:

When you hear something about yourself, your conscious mind decides if it’s true for you or not. Your conscious mind acts like a gate:

If your conscious mind decides that what it hears is true, then the message gets passed on to your subconscious mind where it is installed and used. But if your conscious mind decides that the information is not true, then it gets rejected and you forget about it.

Sometimes when you start to install new and helpful beliefs, your conscious mind gets in the way. You say to yourself “I can learn Japanese” and then you hear that voice inside your head say “no you can’t.”

Has this kind of negative thinking ever happened to you? Part of you wants to believe it, but another part doesn’t?

Well if you said yes, then don’t worry because that’s totally normal. But it’s also a roadblock to new and useful beliefs. That’s where subliminal programming comes in.

Here’s how subliminal programming works: You listen to an mp3 that contains a tract of music (or nature sounds) that you can hear consciously and a tract of positive affirmations that you can’t hear consciously. But your subconscious DOES HEAR IT!

This allows you to completely BYPASS your conscious mind and directly install the helpful beliefs in your subconscious mind where they will begin to activate.

This last method is actually what I personally use every day. I do so for two reasons:

  1. It’s the easiest way because your own mind doesn’t fight against you.
  2. You can listen to it anytime, anywhere. I listen to them at work each day.

There are several great companies that specialize in subliminal programming to improve people’s lives. For learning Japanese, I recommend using Real Subliminal.

Here is a link to their program Learn Japanese. Click on the link and you can read about how the program works, what the exact affirmations are, and any other questions you might have about it.

In order to achieve, you must believe!

You now know the secret to learning Japanese. The one thing that you must have in order to reach your goal of speaking and reading Japanese fluently.

The only real question is, will you use it?

The best part about all of this is that it’s completely free. Just take some time to think about which beliefs would be most supportive to you in your studies and then use technique #1 or #2 to download them into your brain.

Or if you would like someone else to do all the hard work for you, and you just sit back and enjoy the benefits, then you might want to check out Lean Japanese by Real Subliminal.

And remember, I believe in YOU!

See you later!

What are some beliefs that would help YOU learn Japanese? Have you ever tried using subliminal programming before? Let me know with a comment below!


  • Smart Prince

    Woah! This was a dam great article and I guess this article isn’t just valid for someone who’s aspiring or is learning Japanese, but for all the languages.
    A belief really does matter a lot. Probably that’s the reason there are quotes like “You become what you believe”.

    Moreover, I really loved the fact that you mentioned about “accompanying beliefs” that affect each other. This is one thing that made me read your article to the end because somehow it showed that you know what you’re talking about.

    Plus, I learned something new lol. I never knew that what we learn visually is known as modeling.

    This article is full of useful information and I just can’t thank you enough for writing such an informative article with so much of depth.

    This certainly deserves a lot more attention.

    Thanks pal!

    • Nick Hoyt

      Thanks! I certainly didn’t come up with the ideas behind the power of belief. But since I read a lot of books and have also taking some personal development programs, I’ve learned a lot about them.

      So when I decided to start helping others to learn Japanese, I figured that I would apply the knowledge that I had learned elsewhere to the task.

      Thanks for reading!

  • Makayla

    You did a great job on this article! You provided some educational information here that will be helpful to anyone who wants to learn Japanese.

    I completely agree with you that when learning Japanese you have to believe that you can do it. I think these tips can be applied to any language someone wants to learn.

    Again thank you for provide this educational article!

    • Nick Hoyt

      Hey thanks! I’m glad you liked it. My main goal is to help people learn and understand Japanese. So I try to write about anything that can do that.

      Belief is one of those things that seems like common sense when you read about it, but almost no one ever talks about it when it comes to learning a new language. I’ve definitely never seen it as part of a Japanese course.

      I guess that’s why I’m here! ^_^

  • SaM

    Thanks for those language learning guidelines. I think they are suitable for a lot of languages. I’m sure that we all can achieve what we put our minds into. I find it hard to repeat my beliefs all day long while at work but speaking and repeating to yourself by affirmation definitely helps. It’s just not easy at least at the beginning. But aren’t all beginnings hard?

    • Nick Hoyt

      For sure, all things are hard at the beginning. People have “doing” habits and “not doing” habits and it takes a lot of self-discipline and persistence to go from not doing something everyday, to doing it.

      It’s kind of like Newton’s law: a body in motion tends to say in motion, and a body at rest tends to stay at rest.

      That’s why I think the Learn Japanese program at Real Subliminal is so powerful! most people are already in the habit of listening to the radio or music each day, so this fits in nicely with an existing habit to create supportive beliefs.

  • Hong Yunhai

    An interesting article about the belief of your own ability to learn Japanese. I am a fan of learning Japanese. I know quite a few phrases that Japanese have been speaking to showcase their politeness like 頂きます-used to say when accepting a gift or while starting to eat.

    解りました/了解-meaning I understand. To apologise, you would often say ごめんなさい.The list will just go on. As a visual learner, I learn Japanese better with Japanese comedy with subtitles. Japanese in a way is very similar to the Chinese word. But for some kanji words, it does not mean the chinese word directly. kanji like 貴方 etc..

    • Nick Hoyt

      Ahh, very interesting. I have not used Japanese comedy with subtitles to help learn Japanese before, but I might have to check it out now. Visual learning is definitely a powerful way. Wether it’s watching shows, or reading manga, being able to see the scene acted out while learning is awesome!

  • Steve

    Hi Nick, you have a great site and your tactics make complete sense to me as I run a blog about learning English … englishteacheronline [dot] org … I give my lessons away for free and would be very interested in collaborating with you. Maybe we could get a couple of links to each others sites going? What do you think? Steve.

    • Nick Hoyt

      Hey Steve, thank you very much for the complements on the site! I checked out your site and I think the work you’re doing to help people learn English is great!

      As for collaborating, that may be something we could do in the future, but at this point in time I’d like to keep Japanese Tactics focused solely on learning Japanese.

      Thanks again Steve!

  • Monika

    Hi Nikku,

    The mind is a powerful and amazing thing.

    I speak a second language and I think it is amazing how the mind can distinguish between different languages.

    I have been interested in Japanese a long time ago as I have a few Japanese friends, but as you stated my mind conscience and sub-conscience self talk says to me that I am unable to learn such a hard language.

    But reading your reasoning on the self talk I believe that if I could get myself to change my stopping self talk to an I can learn Japanese self talk this and anything I put my mind to would be possible.

    Thank you for producing this very informative site on learning Japanese.

    I look forward to reading more.

    • Nick Hoyt

      Hey Monika, that is very cool that you are already bi-lingual! And you can definitely learn Japanese if that’s something that you want to do! (^_^)b

      I’ve got a lot of resources here at Japanese Tactics, so feel free to look around! Thanks!

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