Without a doubt, the best way to learn a foreign language is to travel to the country where it is used. But we also find:
1) People who have achieved a good level without having to go to distant lands;
2) People who have very little command of the language despite living for years outside their native country. And we can’t forget about the case either
3) Of the people who have little command of it, even if they have been studying in their native country for years.
How much time and money have we spent learning English for nothing later?
Personally, I fit in case 3). He used to receive two or three hours a week of class at the school, in addition to private lessons with a native teacher almost every Wednesday from the age of 13 to 18. He passed the exams, but he could barely use English. Some friends of mine went to English classes from a very young age, but in high school we had more or less the same level. When I went to England at the age of 20 and on a Working Holiday visa, I seemed like a typical foreigner with no knowledge of the culture (even though I adored it so much from outside!).
– “It is studying two hours every day”
– “Haha! Yes, sure,”
It is true that study hours are important, but… I think there is something else.
What to do if you are part of case 3)?
After surviving a year or so in England, I realized that learning another language is not just sitting and writing sentences, you have to speak! It is like learning to drive a car, play an instrument, practice a sport, etc. We cannot become good pianists simply by watching YouTube tutorials or writing music theories – you have to play the piano.
Is it difficult to study Japanese?
Yes, it is a totally different world. It will take you much longer to learn Japanese than English or French. Although it is true that there are people who achieve an A2-B1 level in just one year, many achieve it in two years. The difference lies in dedicating yourself to it with time and interest. If you have more time to study (in a practical way, as we mentioned before), you will finish the program faster. Everyone can advance at their own pace, but the most important thing is continuity.
And what is the advantage of learning Japanese with me?
First of all, what concerns me most is responding to the needs of my students. But I have also acquired enough knowledge on the subject and I would like to point out that one of the typical problems of “teaching Japanese to foreigners” is that there is too much difference between the Japanese used in Japan (natural Japanese) and the Japanese used in Japan. teaches in schools (Japanese for foreigners).
Japanese teaching programs have three steps:
1) The -masu (formal) form is taught first
2) Then the futsuukei (colloquial) form is taught
3) And finally the keigo (maximum respect) and other variants of the language actually spoken (for example: た べ て い る ん だ is the right thing to do → た べ て る ん だ is what is said).
Japonés formal → Japonés coloquial
Japonés real (formal + coloquial) desde el principio
In my classes we learn the different levels of courtesy from the beginning because that way it is better understood and learning is faster. It matters a lot to me whether what is learned in class really works for real life or not. Once the initiation is finished, it is necessary for the students to try to “use” Japanese: attending language exchange events, surfing the Internet to meet people, speaking, acting, writing diaries, translating texts, etc.
- If you want to pass the NOKEN, you have to take a lot of NOKEN exams.
- If you want to speak Japanese, you have to speak to Japanese people.
And when you have any questions, I am here to help you.