Archive for the ‘Speaking’ Category

Good Morning… Or Is It?

Friday, March 23rd, 2012


おはようござます(お早うございます)is a straight forward and simple enough phrase to remember, right? Sure it is. Saying “good morning” (or “hello” during morning time) is one of the first Japanese phrases that any one of us learn in our effort to bring us that much closer to understanding what’s going on in that anime we love so dearly without relying on the subtitles. There is a little more to the usage of this phrase that isn’t mind blowing or necessarily complicated, but it is sure raise a brow for a second or two once you come across it; given that you weren’t already aware. So let me fill you in and prepare you to be nonplussed should this little curveball come your way.


Speak Often, Speak Loud

Monday, January 30th, 2012


There are four fundamental parts to a language – reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Reading and listening are input – you read for comprehension, you write for comprehension. Writing and speaking are output – you are putting out information to other people for them to read or heard and understand.

Just like input, output is key to learning the language – although this is relatively difficult because it’s hard to know where to start. Even the most basic sentences can become confusing. But as they say – “practice makes perfect,” and this is definitely true when it comes to output.

Even though babies go through a lot of input, they don’t learn the language in just this way. There are people all around them teaching them words and phrases, and they spend their entire life learning their dialect. Most importantly they attempt to speak as they get older, and even though it’s not perfect, they learn. Learning a language as an adult is a tad bit different.