Studying Japanese by reading books and How to find Japanese books

自分の好きなジャンルを選ぼう!



Tip 1 : Find your favorite kind of books. 

あなたの好きなジャンルは何ですか。まずは自分の好きなジャンルやみたことがある映画の本などを探してみましょう。

私の生徒さんに「中学生向けのおすすめ小説を教えてください」と聞かれました。でも、残念ながら私はあまり小説は読まないんですよね。。読書は好きですが、読むジャンルは小説でなく、ノウハウ系をたくさん読みます。ちなみにノウハウというのは”Know-How” が語源で「知識ややり方」のことです。わたしの好きなジャンルは生活(教育、子育て、健康、家のリノベーション、エコホームなど)、ビジネス(心理学、起業、マーケティング、不動産投資)などの分野。

Tip 2 : Keep dictionary close to your hand

日本語の本を読むときは、辞書が近くにあったほうが便利です。本を読んでいるときに知らない単語や表現があったらすぐに調べられます。そして、その新しく学んだ単語をあなたのオリジナルの辞書に入れておくといいでしょう。

オンラインの辞書「単語林

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Tip 3 : Make it as your Habit (routine)

せっかく日本語の本を購入したら、日常生活のルティーンに入れてがんばって読んでみましょう。どれくらいがいいでしょうか。初めて日本語の本を読む方なら、一日1ページからスタートすることをおすすめします。すでに、日本語の本を読んだことがある方なら一日3から5ページ読んでみたら、どうですか。たくさんの語彙を学ぶことができますよ。

おすすめ日本語の本/Japanese Novels


日本語学習者で中上級者におすすめの本できそうな本は以下です。

「夜は短し歩けよ乙女」:(著)森見登美彦
” The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl ” by Tomihiko Morimi

この小説はN1レベル上級者向けです。大学生の恋愛ファンタジーで、読みながら「クスッ」と笑ってしまう時があることでしょう。こちらに英語の解説がありますので、興味があれば読んでみてくださいね。登場人物が複数でてきます。時代設定が古いため、古風な表現や漢字もありますよ。

「阪急電車」:(著)有川 浩
“Hankyuu Densha(Hankyu Train)” by Hiro Arikawa

ありそうな日常の風景(電車)のなかで奇跡的な出来事がおもしろい。駅ごとのストーリは短編小説(たんぺんしょうせつ)になっているため読みやすい。そして、そのストーリは実はつながっていることが読みすすめていくとわかる。駅名は漢字ですが、読み方がわからなくても心配しないでください。JLPTN3レベル以上なら理解できると思います。

「キッチン」:(著)吉本 ばなな
“Kitchen” by Banana Yoshimoto

吉本ばななさんは日本の有名な小説家。外国語に翻訳されている著書も多数あるそうなので、こちらの本以外でも、著者(ちょしゃ)検索で探してみたらどうでしょうか。

夢をかなえるゾウ:(著)水野敬也
“Yume wo kanaeru Zou” by Keiya Mizuno

ドラマ化もされていてとてもおもしろいです。関西弁(かんさいべん)のゾウが登場して、主人公を成長させていくストーリーです。関西弁を学びたい学習者や、日本人のヒューモア(humour)を理解したい方、夢を追いかけている方にピッタリの小説だと思います。ちなみに本のタイトル「夢をかなえるゾウ」というのは言葉をかけあわせているのがわかりますか?夢をかなえる は”Dream come true” で「叶(かな)える」は動詞で” to fullfill”です。それを「かなえる」と最後にぞをつけることで力強い表現になります。(by adding “Zo” at the end of sentences are used to emphases the sentence, it common for men, but female can use sometimes.)  象(ぞう) の意味は”elephant”ですので、「かなえるぞ!+象(ぞう)」で掛け合わせていてユニークさを表すためにカタカナの「ゾウ」を著者は選んだのでしょう。


暗いところで待ち合わせ:(著)乙一
“Kurai Tokoro de machiawase” by Otsuichi
本の内容は「視力をなくし独り静かにくらすミチル。職場の人間関係に悩むアキヒロ。駅のホームで起きた殺人事件が二人を引き合わせた。犯人として追われるアキヒロは、ミチルの家に逃げ込み、今の隅でうずくまる。他人の気配におびえるミチルは、身を守るため知らないふりをしようと決める。奇妙な同棲生活が始まっったー。」内容紹介はダークな漢字ですが、読みすすめていくと人生における人間関係の大切さなどをくみとれる展開(てんかい)がでてきますよ。JLPT N3以上の方におすすめ。

アンダーグラウンド:(著)村上春樹
“Underground” by Haruki Murakami
地下鉄サリン事件の関係者へのインタビューからなるノンフィクションです。この本は英語でもあるので、まずは英語で読んでみてから、日本語版を読むのもいいかもしれません。ノンフィクションが好きな方や現代の日本に触れたい方におすすめ。

海外に住みながら日本語の本の入手/Where to Buy Books in Japanese


私はニュージーランドに住んでいるので、日本語本の入手が難しいです。方法としては以下のどれかで入手して読んでいます。

  • アマゾン・Kindle版電子書籍
  • 中古で現地で購入。NZ大好き掲示板に本のセクションがあります。
  • 急いでないなら、中古で代行業者を利用して日本から郵送。(参考サイト;Zen plus)
  • 日本大使館で読むか借りる。Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland (address : L15, AIG Building 41 Shortland Street, Auckland)

電子書籍は紙の本と違う感覚ですが、カラーラインをつけたり、辞書検索もスムーズにできる機能があります。また、オンラインですぐに購入して読める点が長所です。

もし、あなたが私の生徒さんでGlenfieldに来れるなら私の本貸しますので遠慮なくおっしゃってください。

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Japanese Learning 3 Tips

auckland-japanese-tutor-3-tips-on-learningTip 1: Motivation !! What is your goal?


Step 1 : Set your clear goal. This goal should be specific measurable, attainable and time frame for completion. 

Example 1 : To be able to work for a Japanese company after I graduate from university in 2019.

Example 2: To watch Manga and Anime without subtitle and be able to talk about it with Japanese when I visit Japan next year.

Example 3 : To make at least 3 Japanese friends and go out with them for dinner or karaoke by 31st December this year.

I always discuss my students goals in the first lesson date.

Step 2 : Think of action plans. How you can achieve your goal?

Some of examples are following ;

  • Learning 10 vocabulary everyday by writing on 1 page note and test by myself on the smartphone app. Make your own sentences using the new vocabulary and to be checked the sentences by tutor. The porpose of this is you can remember the new words well by associated with yourself. Then, you feel more familiar with the vocabulary. (from beginner to upper intermediate level) For example, if you learn the word ~はたらく (to work), you can make the sentence like `わたしは、げつようびからきんようびまでかいしゃではたらく`
  • Practice job interview in Japanese with tutor or Japanese friends every weekend (Advanced level) in order to get a job in Japan.
  • Watch Anime without subtitle first, then watch again with subtitle and pose when you come across new vocabulary and keep notes of it. Again, watch the anime without subtitle and practice speaking out by copying what the character was talking. This studying method should be done every month. (This way is for upper intermediate level, however I would suggest not select full of slang that nobody uses )

Step 3 : Make it as your Habit (routine)

If you can make it learning as your habit, you can learn faster. You do not need to feel overwhelmed by learning Japanese because if you have negative feeling, you can not master Japanese. I would like to suggest, enjoy the challenge and the journey of the learning process.

I have asked few times “How long it will take to be fluent?”, my answer is “depend on how much you are willing to put your time and effort”.  I would say, if you want to be fluent, please execute your action plans rather than caring how long. This is can be said, not only learning Japanese, but also gaining new skill takes time & effort so you need to have a determined mind set in order to achieve your goal.

Tip 2: Immersion : Combination of Input and Output is the key


You may think it is impossible to immerse yourself in Japanese while you are in New Zealand. However, you can surrounded yourself with lots of Japanese by following ways;

  • Watching Japanese dramas
  • Listening to Japanese music and singing karaorke.
  • Reading Japanese books and notes on our walls.
  • Buy some of Japanese products and check the packages

Then, the most important things is repeating the process of input and output learning both. So, while you immerse yourself in Japanese surrounding, you also need to output which could be speaking or practice writing. Try to talk to Japanese people as much as possible, like going to Japan society events or talk to staffs at Japanese restaurant or taking Japanese conversation lesson.

Tip 3: Never give up


Learning Japanese can be fun, and even occasionally useful if you happen to live in Japan, but it’s not like someone’s going to lay the hands of knowledge on you and you’ll be like, Oh my God, I can see!  I can see kanji! Learning requires some times, however if you give up it, your thinking will stop and switch to relaxed mode, as a result, your goal can not be achieved.

If you are stacked about improving your level, I can consult your learning method in right way. If you want to master Japanese, never give up, keep going until you deserve the benefit.

You may want to take a rest or lost motivation, it is ok as human being, it will happens time to time, then you can always come back to see you goal (Why I am learning Japanese?) by reminding your goals will bring back your leaning motivation.

 

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5 reasons why you learn Japanese:)

Despite being a difficult language to learn, Japanese is still a popular foreign language to learn.

I had never thought deeply why so many people were interested in studying my native language until I started tutoring Japanese. I would like to share some of reasons why my students are interested in learning Japanese.

  1. Love Japanese culture and the people

Japanese culture is one of the most unique in the world. Study the language and have fun immersing yourself in the food, fashion, culture, martial arts, and history. Characteristics of Japanese people are polite, punctual, respectful, honest and clean so generally, people have a positive image toward Japanese.

If want to learn Japanese food name and basic conversation at the restaurant, please watch this video which I created.

  1. Career opportunity

Japan’s economy ranks third in terms of nominal GDP. Therefore, Japan is a such a big market. Many large international corporations have branches overseas. If your dream job involves working at a big company like Apple or Honda, learning a second language like Japanese can create more job opportunities. As someone who is fluent in both English and Japanese, you’ll have more career choices than someone who only speaks English. For example, my husband is bilingual speaker of English and Japanese, he works for a global organisation as a software developer and used to deal with Japanese clients.

 

  1. Travel to Japan

 
Learning Japanese language basics is essential for anyone interested in traveling to Japan. While you don’t need to be fluent, you’ll have a much easier time making your way around if you can communicate. Plus, the Japanese people will appreciate your effort to learn their language. If your goal is to travel, you better start studying Japanese right now. I can provide customized key phrases and essential vocabulary for your travel plans. This is the studying materials that I always give to my students before they travel to Japan.

useful-phrases-for-travel-to-japan

  1. The popularity of Manga and Anime

Manga is the Japanese term for comics. The popularity of anime and manga has helped westerners gain a broader understanding of Japanese culture. Fans now collect their favorite anime series on DVD or online.  These  format gives fans the options of watching the original Japanese language show with subtitles or the English-dubbed version. I remember my former female student asked me `Kore iruka? (Do you want this?)’ She learned the sentence from Anime. I pointed out to her that this usage of ‘Ka’ whilst grammatically correct, it sounded unnatural coming from a young woman and helped her to phrase it in a way that would sound more natural for her.

Anime and Manga are great resources to learn from and very entertaining, but imagine for a moment
meeting someone who learned all their English by watching the Simpsons. You might feel a bit odd
talking to someone who sounds a lot like Homer Simpson. Lessons can help straighten out some of these things so that your speech comes off more natural to native speakers.

 

  1. Because It Is Interesting

It is fun to learn a different language! In Japanese, three types of character sets – Hiragana, Katakana and kanji (Chinese characters) are used in a mixed way. Hiragana and Kanji are used widely to form a sentence. Katakana is used mostly for foreign loan words. Japanese is especially fun because some words sound funny and I remember one of my students laughed about `Kuruma(car)`sounds like `Kumara’ and another mentioned the word “tokidoki (sometimes)”,  it sounded like “okidoki!”. Japanese contains a lot of onomatopoeic words as well, so you will never get bored learning Japanese 🙂

 

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Message from Your Japanese Tutor, Ayana

Hello all,

I hope you and your family are doing well.
Since isolation started in New Zealand, currently I am offering lessons via Zoom.
I love my job and am committed to my students. I think for children and teenagers, continuing to take Japanese lessons can bring back a bit of that normal, everyday routine even though there is no school during this time.
For adult learners, it can provide a welcome distraction from all of the COVID-19 news coming at us all the time. I have chosen to distract myself by learning to improve my cooking, though shopping is difficult, so I have to get creative!
Do you know the Japanese proverb “波乱万丈(はらんばんじょう)”haranbanjyou” ? It means “full of ups and downs”.
This is a time that is full of ups and downs for everyone, but It will get better. One day this will all be history. In the meantime, please stay safe and well. Once this situation gets back to normal, I will start offering lessons in person again in Glenfield!
See you online for now.

Thank you for taking my lessons.  It is a pleasure to teach every single one of you.

ありがとうございます。