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Nihongo Mountain

November 21, 2012

There is an excellent article by Gianni Simone in Japan Times about the challenges of learning Japanese, based on facts and testimonials of now experienced Nihongo speakers, “Tackling the Nihongo Mountain, by Strategy: from Base Camp to the Plateau and Beyond”. I agree with every single proposition in this essay. I am glad to read it right now as I am trying to brush up my Japanese. I encountered exactly the problems mentioned by Simone an her testimonials. I am strong in terms of vocabulary, grammar and even reading and writing kanji. But conversation in Japanese vernacular is something totally different, and in this respect my experiences with Japanese language learning at Waseda was frustrating – read my post “Some pieces of advice for ETP27”, especially the paragraph “Push your teachers to teach you colloquial Japanese!”

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