Do you want to learn Japanese but are wondering if you can learn it for free first? In this article, we will introduce you to some free Japanese conversation methods and resources that you may want to know about before you travel. First, we explain the free Japanese conversation resources, and then we summarize how you can continue learning at your own pace. Read to the end and you will be able to continue learning free Japanese in your own way!
- Take advantage of free Japanese conversation resources (Free Japanese Speaking Resources)
- Practice Japanese conversation for free
- Find ways to learn continuously at your own pace.
Take advantage of free Japanese conversation resources (Free Japanese Speaking Resources)
First, we will introduce some free Japanese speaking resources and explain how to make use of them. These are the two we will introduce here.
- Learn basic conversational phrases on the website
- Improve your listening skills with videos
Let’s take a look at each of them!
Learn basic conversational phrases on the website
First, we will introduce websites that provide Japanese conversation phrases for beginners and explain how to learn them effectively. For example, the website of Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs has compiled a list of greetings that can be used in a variety of situations.
This site, also from the Agency for Cultural Affairs, has a similar collection of phrases that can be used in everyday conversation. There are many items, so you can learn from the ones you are interested in.
Also, on this NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) site, many lessons are available for situations in which you are traveling to Japan.
You can use these sites to learn basic conversational phrases.
Improve your listening skills with videos
Next, we will explain how to improve your listening skills by using videos to learn Japanese conversation.
The most popular way to find Japanese conversation videos is on YouTube. You can listen to real conversations, and many of them have subtitles.
You can also find video materials on the websites of the above-mentioned Agency for Cultural Affairs and NHK. These are attractive in that they are designed for learning Japanese and are put together in an easy-to-understand manner.
It is a good idea to first watch videos on websites for learning Japanese, and then watch YouTube, dramas, and animations to be exposed to live conversations. By watching these repeatedly, your ears will become accustomed to them, and you will be able to hear sounds that you did not hear at first.
Practice Japanese conversation for free
Next, we would like to introduce you to a couple of ways you can practice Japanese conversation for free. Here are two of them.
- Find a free online chat partner
- Get a chance to actually speak at a language exchange event
These are two ways to practice speaking Japanese.
Finding a free online chat partner
The first way to find free Japanese chat partners online is to find Japanese study buddies on social networking sites and forums. You can use hashtags like “I’m studying Japanese.”
Second, you can use chat apps to practice your Japanese, such as Hellotalk, a language exchange app that has a chat function. Third, you can join online groups such as Facebook Groups or Meetup, where you can chat with people in Japanese. We would like to increase our exposure to the Japanese language by keeping in touch with our online connections.
Get a chance to actually speak at language exchange events (Japanese Language Exchange Platforms)
Next, we will show you how to practice speaking Japanese by participating in language exchange events.
First, you can participate in online language exchange events. Online events are flexible in terms of location, date, and time, so you can participate from anywhere in the world at any time.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a local language exchange event, we recommend that you try using local community centers. You will have a chance to be introduced to other events related to international exchange. The benefit you can get from a language exchange event is that you can have a relationship where you teach and learn from each other, and you can output without hesitation. Since you can relate to each other on a flatter level than in a classroom, you will probably get to know each other like friends.
Find ways to learn continuously at your own pace.
Here are some tips on how to take advantage of free resources and find a way to learn Japanese that works for you. Here are two key points
- Keep yourself motivated by setting goals
- Make it a habit to learn effectively
Let’s learn how to keep learning Japanese!
Keep yourself motivated by setting goals
First, we will show you how to set goals and a study plan to help you achieve them. To stay motivated, it is important to set short-term and long-term goals. To do this, first think about your ultimate goal and when you want to achieve it. Once you have decided, break them down into yearly, half-yearly, three-monthly, monthly, and finally weekly or daily goals.
To create a study plan that meets your goals, it is important to break down your goals into the elements necessary to achieve them. For example, pass the JLPT Level 3 in two years! you need to think about what you need to study in order to pass the test, and set goals for each element, such as grammar, vocabulary, listening, and so on.
If you achieve your goals, congratulate yourself by rewarding yourself. By even thinking about your reward list in advance, it will motivate you to study.
Make learning effective by making it a habit
Next, we will show you how to make studying Japanese a habit and give you some tips for effective learning.
The best way to find a study time that you can continue every day is to set it up with something you are already in the habit of doing. For example, listen to a Japanese podcast while taking a bath, memorize three words while brushing your teeth, or play a Japanese YouTube video while washing dishes. Be sure to set it up with something you have to do in your life. This way, you can take advantage of free resources and continue to learn.
In addition, keeping a record of your learning will increase your motivation. When you summarize what you’ve done today in a notebook or app, you can look back on your progress and feel a sense of accomplishment. Try using your favorite notebook or a nicely designed app so that you can enjoy keeping track.
We have introduced a number of free resources to help you become conversant in Japanese. Make good use of websites, videos, online chats, and language exchange events to find a learning method that works for you and keeps you going!
If you are not sure which one to start with, we recommend Ohanasi Kagawa, which hosts free online language exchange events on weekends. English learners and Japanese learners are paired one-on-one and switch the language they speak for 15 minutes at a time. The rules are designed to make it easy for those new to online events to participate, so please check out the details of this event.