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I am now using Duolingo to learn Japanese language. Thus, a new timetable is out. The new timetable is arranged according to the topics in Duolingo.
The topics are the last twelve topics in Duolingo as I have quickly completed the three checkpoints.
The topics for the first checkpoint are basic Japanese, such as hiragana, greetings, introduction, food and time. I have learnt most of them before so passing the first checkpoint can be done in less than a week.
The topics for the second checkpoint are about time, home, family, activity, restaurant, etc. I have learnt some new vocabulary but with my foundation in Japanese language, the checkpoint can be done in a week.
The topics for the third checkpoint are starting to be more challenging. More vocabulary is learnt and I spend more time on this checkpoint. I also spend time on doing revision for topics in this checkpoint.
The last section is definitely for people who want to learn intermediate Japanese language. In the new timetable, I have set to learn a topic in a week. I will share what I have learnt in a particular topic in future posts.
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Speaking to the native speakers helps in learning a language. That’s why going to Japan is in my bucket list. I know Japanese people are shy and I am a shy person too. But, if I have a chance to go to Japan, I must be brave enough to break the ice. I have learnt several simple phrases.
Some questions that can be used to break the ice:
1. 今何時ですか？— What is the time now?
2. いい天気ですね。— The weather is nice, isn’t it?
ね(ne) is used to get an agreement from the listener. Even though the listener may not agree, at least he / she will reply. It means you have broken the ice.
3. これは何ですか？— What is this? (while pointing to something near you.)
This is a simple way to start a conversation and to improve your vocabulary too.
1. Japanese language has a lot of common phrases that are used daily; you can learn from books or watch Japanese drama series. Memorizing and practicing the phrases will help you to get yourself comfortable with a Japanese-speaking environment.
2. 始めまして is spoken when you are meeting the person for the first time. Thus, if you have been seeing the person a few times before but have never had a conversation, 始めまして may be omitted.
3. If your schedule has been delayed, do not give up. Do the necessary to reschedule. Better late than never.