One of the challenges with living in Japan is dealing with the language. While it is certainly possible to get by with a smattering of Japanese, not having a good understanding of the language does limit your job opportunities. To provide some inspiration for learning Japanese, we are pleased to announce our new language series on the GPod.
Each month we will bring you an interview with a different language expert who will offer their suggestions on the best methods to learn Japanese.
Rather than the standard “word of the day type” lessons, we will be looking into the history of the Japanese language, tips on learning it, and the opportunities that open up for foreigners who can speak it.
On this show we are talking to John Fotheringham who is the author of the language guide, Mastering Japanese: How to Learn Nihongo the Fun Way.
More than a simple study book, this guide is designed for busy people who are looking for the best resources to learn Japanese.
Some of the topics that you will find in Mastering Japanese are:
- Tips and tools to help you master all four Japanese language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing
- How to learn the natural way, harnessing your innate language acquisition capabilities by working with and not against, human psychology.
- A massive collection of suggested apps, books, manga, magazines, and online resources, helping you choose the right tools for your learning style, your goals, and your budget.
- Create a Japanese immersion environment no matter where you happen to live while also harnessing the hidden moments throughout your day to maximize your exposure to the language no matter how busy you may be.
UPDATE: This Twitter contest is over. Thanks to everyone who entered. For more information about the Mastering Japanese: How to Learn Nihongo the Fun Way visit John’s website at Language Mastery.