Studying a language takes time, commitment, consistency and money. It can be a very time consuming process with little reward unless you have clear goals and use what you learn. Unfortunately, most people learn a language blindfoleded – that is to say they don’t map out a clear plan or road map so they can achieve their goals. If you are thinking about taking some Japanese language lessons then you better take some time to think about what you want to achieve. The when you are clear on what your goals are you can decide what you type of Japanese language lessons you’ll invest in.
Why do you want to take Japanese Language Lessons?
One question you can ask yourself right now is.. Why do you want to learn Japanese Japanese? For example, maybe you are planning a holiday to Japan and just want to learn the basics. Or, maybe you want to become a translator or interpreter and live long term in Japan. Whatever your goals are you should make sure that the money you invest in Japanese language lessons set you on the right path to achieve your goals.
So, what are you goals
I want to learn the basics of Japanese because I intend to travel in Japan
If this is you then I recommend you get on Youtube and take a look at all the growing database of free Japanese lessons you can access. We are so fortunate to have the internet. You could pretty much learn the basics on Japanese at Youtube. I would encourage you to make so Japanese friends or try to find a Japanese meet-up group. It really is important to start practicing what you learn with native speakers. Group Japanese lessons are an option. You might find your local community offers lessons at very affordable prices. I do not recommend private Japanese language schools or colleges unless you happy to spend money on lessons you could find on the internet and in podcasts.
I want to read and write Japanese
This was the goal I had when I first went to Japan. I was in love with Japan and wanted learn everything. Ambition can be your worst enemy. I had no real purpose to wanting to learn read and write Japanese, I just wanted to. I think my ego got the better of me and I wanted to impress myself, my family and friends. I had to spend many hours and invest a lot of money to achieve this goal. Looking back I something think I should have my time focusing on spoken Japanese. So, if you want to learn to read and write Japanese be sure their is a why. You’ll be investing a lot of money in private lessons, text books, online Japanese language lessons and test fees, such as the JLPT.
To get started I recommend you take a look at our Youtube Japanese Lessons