I just discovered another amazing site, this time about the japanese language. I have been always interested in oriental stuff, such as martial arts, manga, anime, and all that cool stuff that this guys have. Not even talk about japanese katanas (swords). However as an anime fan, I am still reading the subtitles in english of my japanese animes.
I read somewhere that japanese was much easier than chinese, since it has less verbs conjugations and a simpler structure. So that gave me some hope…
I began reading some tutorials then, but I then realized that I hadn’t a clue of how to pronounce the words (or neither how they sounded), so it wasn’t actually really useful.
I now discovered Japanese Lessons Blog that seems to be pretty cool:
JapanesePod101.com is an innovative and revolutionary approach to mastering the Japanese language at your own pace – take the classroom with you, and spend as much time as you need on each lesson! Today’s lesson is designed to give you a taste of our Beginner Lessons series, which will introduce you to the language and progressively build your grammar and vocabulary until you’re ready to move on to the Intermediate Lessons. In this lesson, we work on introductions so that you can start using your newly aquired Japanese skills immediately! After listening, stop by JapanesePod101.com for more materials, and be sure to leave us a post!
However the best part are not the articles, but actually the material: it has sound recordings of japanese lessons in order to help you learn how to pronounce the words! Often, each article has a sound attachment, but there is also a category where one can view just the listening lessons
Aki is the principal voice of the recordings and she seems very cute! 😉 Check it out!
The best is that it contains multiple levels for newbies, begginers, intermidiates, and even a survival-phrases-kit in case you are going to Japan.
In case you don’t like this blog, there are also software in the market that can help you learn.
A good choice seems Learn to Speak Japanese that can be downloaded as a free trial by clicking here.
Learn To Speak Japanese (the Roman character version) is specially developed for people who are learning a new language. It includes 245 scenes of common conversation and 850 words of basic vocabulary. It is presented in a small screen format so you can study while doing other work at your computer. This software will make every second of your time useful.
Even more there are Audio courses that be purchased on CD-Rom like Talk Now!
We recommend Talk Now! for any language beginner who wants an entertaining self-study course to learn basic phrases, colors, numbers, food, shopping, time, countries, etc. Talk Now! is designed for people who want to learn a language quickly. It’s fun, fast, and makes learning easy. If you don’t have time to become fluent, but need the basics in a hurry, then Talk Now! is for you.
Please tell us about your experiences,