The Anime Show discussed their methods for learning Japanese
17 Apr 2018 - 4:46 PM  UPDATED 17 Apr 2018 - 4:48 PM

As a fan of Asian pop, anime, television or movies, you've probably wanted to learn the language your favourite forms of entertainment are originally created in. But learning a language can be pretty hard!

On this week's Anime Show, a fan asked the duo how they learnt Japanese. While Joey learnt it from his parents as a sort of second 1st language alongside English, Aki learnt Japanese later in life with many different methods. 

Here are some of the ways she learnt the language:

1. Magazines

Aki subscribed to Shonen Jump when she was 13, and the magazines were in English and Hiragana which gave her an initial interest in learning Japanese.

2. Classes

Aki went to Japanese classes for four years in high school, where she was able to study grammar, phrases, Hiragana, Katakana and basic Kanji. She even says: "I actually took some textbooks from high school and kept them all this time".

3. Learning apps

They definitely don't suggest every kind of learning app, but Aki does have one recommendation for those learning Japanese, and funnily enough it's called Japanese!

4. Textbooks

Aki suggests that if you're going to buy textbooks to definitely get one that teaches you sentence structure rather than a phrase book made just for tourists.

5. Meeting people

Talking with other people is the best way to learn! Aki met Joey and also went travelling to Japan often, forcing her to use her acquired Japanese skills.

What tips do you have for people learning a new language?

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