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How to use this service
Outlined here are some tips on how to use this site to study most efficiently and effectively.
Intermediate and Up
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.
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.
Also, if you follow the article to the original webpage, it can sometimes have one a longer version with more details – advanced learners! But also it has a news caster announcing everything for you – so you can do some shadowing!
This is a service made for native Japanese speakers – so you are going to get bombarded with new words! – Especially kanji.
And because this is daily news you get notifications with short headlines – which if you take a two-minute break from your day you can squeeze some extra study in! Or if yuo want to attempt the short bite-sized articlees, that’s also a great study method.
Remember to add your new words to your Anki Deck! Which is loads easier now because you already have an example sentence!
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」
For more advanced learners, go deeper and start giving your opinions/solutions to the issues raised in the article.
※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).
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!
Tweeting can be a good place to be a part of the Japanese discussion. (Twitter is super popular in Japan) and its a great way to get feedback on your grammar or syntax – it’s the internet, no body holds back. (Thick-skin required and no useless Twitter wars please)