Easy Japanese ・やさしい日本語

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Recommended for:

Beginners

Intermediate Beginners

Build these skills:

Reading

Reading Aloud/Speech

Native Exposure

Summarisation

Essay/OP Writing

Native Exposure

How to use this site

Outlined here are some tips on how to use this site to study most efficiently and effectively.

Beginners

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Reading

Comprehension is key! Take your time to read through the text once (every single word you aren’t sure of how to read or the meaning, take note)

Once read through, make conjectures about what was being said.

Then reread with an aid like Rikaikun and add to your Anki deck on the topic you are reading about.

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Reading Aloud/Speech

We recommend reading aloud (or mouthing) to yourself, recording yourself, or if you want instant feedback, Siri!

Reading aloud or mouthing the words allows both your brain and muscles to remember the words and how to say them.

Recording yourself and listening back to it lets you hear your accent and where you stumble or break up a sentence oddly. You may be a beginner, but noticing these things now and ironing them out is much easier!

Siri is a language learner’s best friend! Set up your device in Japanese or just chat into google translate and see how well it transcribes what you say! This gives you instant feedback about how you are reading and how well you are pronouncing everything.

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Native Exposure

At this level, we don’t expect you to be able to understand news broadcasts that are read at a native level. But it’s never too early to start listening!

元の記事はこちら is where you can find the original article and usually the original broadcast too!

After reading through at your level, and comprehending the text, head there and take a listen. You might hear the same words or notice Kanji that were in the article you read.

 

Intermediate Beginners

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Summarisation

Read through the text and then in your own words, summarise what was said.

If you remember back to primary school, you most likely did something similar. So use questions like 「どこで起こった?」or 「この記事はだれについてだった」

If you want to go even deeper, start giving your opinions/solutions to the issues raised in the article. 「OOだと思った」

Remember! Japanese academic writing is in short or casual form, not desu and masu. But if you want to practice summarising and then speaking you might want to write it out politely (masu/desu).

 

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Essay/OP Writing

Use the article to start your own discussion about the issue.

Argumentative essays are a good place to start. Or comparative essays between your own country/situation. Ask our teachers about persuasive writing!

You could even start your own blog!

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Native Exposure

At this level, we don’t expect you to be able to understand news broadcasts that are read at a native level. But it’s never too early to start listening!

元の記事はこちら is where you can find the original article and usually the original broadcast too!

After reading through at your level, and comprehending the text, head there and take a listen. You might hear the same words or notice Kanji that were in the article you read.