It’s that time of the year where students get out of school for summer break, adults go to beaches and get tanned, others who just prefer to be lazy in this season. However, don't you want to be productive? I mean, summer could also be the perfect time to learn Japanese!
So, you decided to learn the language and have asked yourself, "Why"?
Japan language and culture are interesting. You know all about manga and anime, you’ve sung to Japanese pop and even dined to on sushi and sashimi. As to the culture, it certainly made its mark internationally and has been shaped by the influence of Asia's great civilizations: India, China, and Korea. While the cultures of these Asian countries differ, Asian cultures together share many similarities that differentiate them from Western ways and norms. So a study of Japanese can open your perspective on the values that other Asian nations share with Japan, including religious beliefs, ethics, and aesthetics. When you're familiar with Asian cultures, it also allows you to step outside the culture you live in and see it from a fresh and new perspective.
On the serious note, learning Japanese could also bring you business opportunities. Being able to communicate with potential clients in their language is the key to winning their business. In addition, when you learn Japanese, you become not only adept in the language but also gain an insider view of the culture. Understanding the Japanese work ethic, their business etiquette, and knowing which cultural no-no to avoid can often make or break a significant business deal.
"Okay, I've decided to learn Japanese, what's next?"
While there may be times you get tired and take a couple of weeks off because you had to go a beach, stick still to your schedule. Spend at least 2-3 hours a day studying the language. Otherwise, you may forget what you've already learned for.
However, don't overdo it. When people get inspired and motivated, they tend to burn themselves out as well. Make a schedule, take scheduled breaks. It's not the actual studying that's hard, it’s sticking to your schedule, no matter how short it is.
"I want to further study the language." How?
Enroll yourself and be taught with formal teaching at a school that offers Japanese language classes. Solidify your knowledge. Summer is an opportunity to really get to know everything about Japanese. Become a pro in the language. Jellyfish Education Philippines, Inc. offers study Nihongo program, from basic to advanced classes to individuals who want to study Japanese language.
Nonetheless, it’s summer, enjoy yourself a little. Studying another language may not be fun but that’s what you have to deal with when you want to learn another language.
Anyways, I wish you all the best of luck in studying your Japanese this summer. Ganbatte kudasai!