Some people hit the books and some people hire a personal teacher. In any case, there are many paths to becoming fluent in Japanese.
For Daniel Morales's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
When meeting new people in Japan, it's essential to address them in the correct way, so be sure not to confuse your obasans with your o-nēsans.
Folding out with a wealth of linguistic and cultural lessons, the index can act as a makeshift classroom for the imaginative.
Certain Japanese words sound like they should represent an action, can you guess what a word means by how it's pronounced?
There are certain occasions in Japan when showing emotion is expected. Deploying a few key phrases can also do the trick.
As your Japanese improves you'll begin to find there are subtle nuances in the language that can stump even native speakers. That's when you turn to a Japanese dictionary.
What if there was a Museum of Exceptional Japanese? Daniel Morales discusses the kinds of words he would like to see in such an institution, but what words would you donate?
Reading Japanese explanations of Japanese grammar patterns is a surefire way to improve your reading ability and to make sure you're getting unadulterated content.
Even if they haven't visited Jim Breen's site directly, every Japanese learner will have come across his dictionary material in some form.
Dialogue in Japanese fiction has its own set of rules, and if you're not paying close attention, you may have trouble understanding who is saying what to whom.