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Six reasons to Learn Japanese

Most people learn languages because being multilingual has a lot of benefits. While it’s true that any language will expand your horizons, some languages offer more benefits than others and Japanese is probably the best example. Here’s why you should learn Japanese.
  1. 1. Boost your career opportunities – This goes without saying. Not everyone can take up the task of learning Japanese. Hence if you do learn Japanese, your resume will shine among many others.
  2. 2. Study abroad – Knowing Japanese will also open doors in the academic field. A single semester in a Japanese university is enough to change your perspective entirely.
  3. 3. Work with the latest technology achievements – Japan is famous for its rapid technological development, which has boosted the advancement of vehicle technology, consumer electronics, robotics, and more. If you are a tech geek, learning Japanese might be just what you need to enter the Japanese tech community.
  4. 4. Open a gateway to more Asian cultures and languages – Once you learn Japanese, you’ll also open a door to the Chinese language as the Japanese alphabet includes Chinese characters. From there on, your fascination with the Asian cultures will never cease to unfold.
  5. 5. Broaden your mind – Nothing broadens your mind like getting out of your comfort zone and learning Japanese. It’s one of the hardest languages to learn, so the end result offers a highly rewarding feeling. This is why many consider mastering Japanese a personal triumph.
  6. 6. Enhance your experience as a traveler to Japan – Learning the language won’t only help you communicate better; it will also help you connect with the place a bit more.

So, are you ready to learn how to speak Japanese? Great! Then let’s find out how to learn Japanese online.

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If you are wondering what is the best way to learn Japanese online free of charge, you are in the right place.
Meet Mondly, the language learning app helping millions learn Japanese with free daily lessons. It’s fun, easy to use and it includes just the right amount of gamification without distracting you from actually learning Japanese. Conversation practice feels like talking to a friend, so you’ll never have to worry you won’t be good enough in real-life situations.

1. Start learning basic Japanese with the right tool

Nothing will help you learn basic Japanese faster like the method that works for you. Discovering your dominant learning style can help you speed up the learning process by a lot. However, if you enjoy a more all-inclusive approach that makes learning more dynamic, a language learning app such as Mondly is what you are looking for – not only effective but also super fun!

Teaching Japanese app
Teaching Japanese app

2. Master Japanese by listening to fluent speakers

Learning Japanese is not about how many words you know. It’s about knowing the right words – words that are common in day-to-day interactions. The more such “right” words you know, the closer you are to being fluent in Japanese. Luckily, Mondly focuses on these high-frequency, high-value words first, then moves to relevant phrases to ensure you’ll speak Japanese from day 1.

Japanese pronunciation
Japanese pronunciation

3. Start tackling pronunications and typing

For many learners, pronunciation and typing are the scariest parts of learning Japanese. However, if you learn Japanese with Mondly, you won’t have to worry about that anymore. The chatbot with speech recognition will help you practice your pronunciation without fear of embarrassment. This way, when you go out into the real world, you’ll already have your Japanese pronunciation on point.

Japanese native speakers
Japanese native speakers

4. Lock-in the knowledge using a smart repetition system

Manga and anime are the pillars of Japanese culture and entertainment. For this reason, if you read manga or watch anime and Japanese TV dramas, you’ll not only improve your vocabulary, but you’ll also enrich your understanding of the Japanese culture. Some of the most popular titles include ‘Dragon Ball’, ‘Death Note’ and ‘Ghost in the Shell’.
Read Manga and/or watch anime & Japanese TV dramas

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Japanese repetition

How to learn Japanese with Mondly

Japanese learning app

Unlike tutors, who are usually expensive and on a tight schedule, for Mondly you’ll pay once and get access for life so you can learn whenever you feel like it. Here’s how to make the most of Mondly while learning Japanese:
  1. 1. Study Japanese in short bursts with Daily Lessons. Learners worldwide love Mondly because it’s great for staying consistent. Instead of tiring yourself for hours with inch-thick textbooks, slip a 10-minute Mondly lesson into your routine and gradually cement your knowledge. Finding the learning process pleasurable makes you less likely to give up in the long run.
  2. 2. Build real skills for real life with practical topics. Why waste time learning words and phrases you’ll never use in real life? Mondly built its curriculum around practical topics so you can take advantage of everything you’ve learned in real-life situations like going to the bank or making a reservation.

  1. 3. Practice Japanese with Weekly Quizzes and Monthly Challenges. When you’re ready to practice Japanese and put your knowledge to the test, explore the Weekly Quizzes and Monthly Challenges. It never hurts to know where you stand.
  2. 4. Speak Japanese and get instant feedback on your pronunciation. Speaking Japanese for the first time in front of native speakers can be a bit frightening. Luckily, the Mondly Chatbot with speech recognition is that friend who will always listen and give feedback so you can improve your pronunciation fast.

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Japanese writing systems

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Unlike English which uses only one script, the Japanese language uses three scripts in combination with each other: hiragana, katakana, and kanji.
1. Kanji
The kanji Japanese symbols were introduced to Japan from China in the 5th century. Although there are 50,000 of them, only 3,000 are in common use in Japan today. Each character corresponds to a word and has its own meaning.
2. Hiragana
Unlike kanji characters that represent meaning, hiragana and katakana characters represent sound. This means that they have a character for each basic syllable in the Japanese language. Hiragana is used for particles, postpositions, adverbs, auxiliary verbs, function words, or as a replacement for kanji.
3. Katakana
Katakana is used mainly for foreign words, modern loan words, technical terms, some animals and plants, onomatopoeia, slang or colloquialisms. In the end, katakana is similar to hiragana because they represent the same sounds. However, in writing, they look different: the katakana characters have a more angular shape and the hiragana characters are more rounded or cursive. If you want to learn more, you can explore this in-depth guide on the Japanese writing system.

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The amazing benefits of learning Japanese with Mondly

Learn useful Japanese phrases for real situations

Our language experts have identified and selected the most common real-life situations you can find yourself in. As a result, the app breaks down the learning process into short lessons organized into highly relevant themes. Pick your topic of interest and learn words and phrases to master it fully. Introducing yourself, getting around the city, buying a ticket, renting a hotel room or shopping – it’s all covered in detail so you can learn the Japanese language essentials in an easy and fun way. Before you know it, you will be able to have a real conversation in Japanese.

Have a conversation anytime with our Japanese language learning Chatbot

Wouldn’t it be fantastic to have real conversations in Japanese from the comfort of your own home? That’s precisely why we’ve built this virtual conversational partner – a computer program so advanced that talking to it feels like a real conversation with a friend. Jump right in, and the app asks you questions, understands what you are saying, and responds as a fluent speaker would. Afraid of getting a word wrong? Don’t worry about it. Every time you get something wrong or have difficulties with pronunciation, the app offers instant feedback. With each conversation, you’ll come one step closer to fluency while building your confidence to speak Japanese in real life.

Enjoy the finest Speech Recognition technology and improve your Japanese pronunciation

Imagine having a Japanese teacher in your pocket, ready to jump in and help you every step of the way during your language learning journey. Instant feedback is essential when you want to improve and master pronunciations. This is why Mondly has developed a state-of-the-art speech recognition software that checks your Japanese pronunciation in real time and suggests improvements on the spot. Learning Japanese has never been easier!

Listen to crystal-clear audio from professional Japanese fluent speakers

With Mondly, you will learn the correct Japanese pronunciations by listening to phrases spoken by fluent speakers. We have worked with professional Japanese speakers to bring you a high-class audio experience that we believe is essential if you want to learn Japanese fast. Learn Japanese with Mondly, and the next time you have a conversation with a Japanese speaker, get ready to receive compliments for your great accent and flawless pronunciation.

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