Creating Time There is only one thing that you really need to learn a language – time. Lots and lots of time. For most people, there isn’t enough time in the day to take that step to learning another language. Well, that is at least what you tell yourself. Ultimately, it’s up to you if you are ready and willing to make the necessary time to learn another language. If you are sincerely dedicated to learning to speak another language, I can help you make the time to accomplish that goal. It isn’t magic – it’s just a matter of...Read More
Most people understand the need to save for retirement. It’s something that everyone needs to do to enjoy the golden years. Learning a language is quite similar. If you want to enjoy knowing the language, you have to invest in it. Of course, the types of investment are incredibly different, but the concept is the same. And you must work with your compound interest to grow a nest egg that will get you through retirement. You can’t put money in the account and just leave it there until you retire – you have to continue to contribute on a regular...Read More
Learning one language can be very intimidating. From grammar and vocabulary to fluency and conversation, there are so many things to learn, many people feel it is an impossible endeavor. But what if you have two languages you want to learn, and you don’t have time to wait for the first one to sink in? It is just as possible to learn two languages as it is to learn one. You just need to be dedicated and take an approach that will work. Where to Begin Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is that you probably shouldn’t...Read More
There are many misconceptions about bilingualism. Around the world people have very different expectations, and most of those expectations are largely inaccurate. As you learn a second language and begin to travel with your newly acquired language, you will probably encounter people who have a completely different understanding of your linguistic skills. It Is Actually Pretty Common The idea that bilinguals are rare is prevalent in many places in the world. Around the world, there are many people who speak at least two languages. The current estimate is that more than half of all humans know at least two languages....Read More
Japanese pronouns may be omitted from sentences. Some say this is in contrast to English, but there are many times in everyday speech where this happens in English. For example: Wanna go? Clearly, "you" is inferred. Japanese operates similarly, but the omission of pronouns is not reserved for informal speech. On the one hand, this simplifies Japanese- the ability to omit Japanese pronouns makes things simpler, right? Well, no, because on the other hand, there are literally dozens of words one can use for the pronouns "I" or "me", and even more Japanese pronouns that can be translated as "you"....Read More
Japanese adjectives don’t operate in the same way as English adjectives. Actually some argue that there are only a handful of true Japanese adjectives at all. Stand-alone words that function as the equivalent of adjectives in the Japanese language fall into one of two broad categories: noun and verb variants. Getting into how or why this is the case is beyond the scope of this post, but below I’m going to summarize the major categories of Japanese adjectives based on their suffixal endings. I’ll be using a mix of English and Japanese writing to explain myself. Hold on to your...Read More
There are two categories of Japanese verbs: Past and non-past. The past forms usually have -ta or -shita at the end of the sentence: For example: I ate sushi = Watashi wa sushi o tabemashita/tabeta. The present form of Japanese verbs is usually followed by -masu or - ru For example: I eat sushi = Watashi wa sushi o tabemasu/taberu. Another type of the present verb form can be compared to the progressives in English language. For example: I am eating sushi = Watashi wa sushi o tabete imasu. I am drinking water = Watashi...Read More
Japanese, like most other languages in the Far East Asia, is a sign language. It comprises of three distinct signs named Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji. Kanji is originally from China, but there are some Japanese versions of it right now. Katakana are used to write foreign or borrowed words. And Hiragana is the basic Japanese sign language, historically developed by the Japanese. For simplicity sake, this Guide will mainly utilize the Romanized forms of Japanese language known as Romanji. It simply means presenting Japanese language in the most understandable format for non-Japanese speakers by using letters from the English Alphabet....Read More
Japanese is a fascinating language. With about 125 million native speakers, it is definitely among the most widely spoken human languages on the planet. At the same time, unlike the vast majority of other major languages, it is primarily spoken in one country – Japan. When we talk about most languages, we usually start with which family they belong to. For example, there are German language families, Romance language families, Slavic language families, etc… With the Japanese language, some argue that it belongs to the Japonic family of languages, but with the Japanese language spoken chiefly in one country, I...Read More
For any language, my first piece of advice is to learn the alphabet. Of course, there is no standard Japanese alphabet, as there is with Western languages. Also, unlike other Asian languages, with a few exceptions, there are no “tones”. So what are you supposed to do, give up? Of course not. While there may not by any true Japanese alphabet in the traditional set, the Japanese language relies on character sets. Unlike Chinese, however, there is more than one character set, and unfortunately, there is no equivalent of Pinyin for the “Japanese alphabet." The characters used to convey written...Read More
April 13, 2017
Creating Time There is only one thing that you really need to learn a language – time. Lots and lots...
April 06, 2017
Most people understand the need to save for retirement. It’s something that everyone needs to do to enjoy the golden...
March 30, 2017
Learning one language can be very intimidating. From grammar and vocabulary to fluency and conversation, there are so many things...
March 27, 2017
There are many misconceptions about bilingualism. Around the world people have very different expectations, and most of those expectations are...
March 27, 2017
Japanese pronouns may be omitted from sentences. Some say this is in contrast to English, but there are many times...