Japanese for Smart People

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In these pages I will provide you with tried and tested methods to learn Japanese as efficiently and quickly as possible. No prior experience of learning Japanese is necessary.

These pages contain advice for both for those students in Japan and outside Japan. While I encourage students to learn Chinese characters, a romanized transcription will be given for all examples.

Japanese is very different to English and you must beware of assuming things are translated literally. Where possible, I will try to give you a deeper understanding of why Japanese works differently to English and this is something you should make efforts to pursue yourself.

Whilst I will cover what to study with topics like grammar and vocabulary and provide specific examples of such, it is also my intention to cover how to study as choosing the right study methods will be hugely important to your development. As my old teacher used to say, "Give a man a fish and he has one meal. Teach a man to fish and he has a new hobby."


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