Everyone says Japanese is a difficult language to learn, so it must be, musn't it? Let me reassure you. There are aspects of the Japanese language that are surprisingly straightforward:
There is no masculine and feminine in Japanese and most words don't have a plural.
Verb endings remain the same regardless of who does the action:
I buy, he buys
There are only two main tenses – the past and the present/future:
Pronunciation is relatively easy and very regular.
So you aren't going to be grappling with a lot of complex grammar rules when you start learning Japanese. Of course, much of the vocabulary is new, but even in this aspect there is a pleasant surprise – the Japanese language has always been a great ‘word borrower’ and it is rich with loanwords from English, for example,
Even if you have never studied Japanese before, because of the huge economic and cultural influence that Japan has had worldwide you will almost certainly already be familiar with many Japanese words and terms such as:
There are more challenging aspects to learning Japanese, but this is the case when you learn any language, and it is often these challenges that give the greatest satisfaction. And you certainly won't be alone in your quest to master Japanese – about 3 million people worldwide are currently learning Japanese.
aims to help you to interact with Japanese people through a range of everyday situations. It is an in-depth self-study course that will take you from beginner's to intermediate-level Japanese via a logical step-by-step approach. By the end of the course you will feel confident enough to speak, read and understand Japanese in a wide range of practical situations.