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5 Reasons You Should Learn Japanese

5 Reasons You Should Learn Japanese

  Japanese may not be the first topic that comes to mind when you think of studying a foreign language, but there are many great reasons to learn Japanese. Whether you're considering language lessons for yourself or your son or daughter, here are five ways you can benefit from learning Japanese. 1) Travel 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 … Read More

5 Reasons You Should Learn Japanese
  Japanese may not be the first topic that comes to mind when you think of studying a foreign language, but there are many great reasons to learn Japanese. Whether you're considering language lessons for yourself or your son or daughter, here are five ways you can benefit from learning Japanese. 1) Travel 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
Japanese Etiquette: The Dos and Don'ts of Mealtime
There are a few important things you should know when you sit down to a Japanese meal. So whether you're visiting Japan or joining some Japanese friends for dinner, learn some basic Japanese etiquette with language tutor Emily G... Japan’s culture is very different from American culture, but perhaps the biggest surprise is how the differences touch even the most mundane parts of our daily lives. Meals in Japan, for example, can be very different from the typical American eating experience
3 Simple Ways to Remember Japanese Grammar Rules
Having trouble remembering how to conjugate Japanese verbs, or when to use formal pronouns? Here, Ann Arbor, MI teacher Elaina R. shares some tips and tricks to help you learn Japanese grammar rules... When you're learning a foreign language, you may have a tendency to apply your own grammar rules to your new language, often with hilarious results. Arguably the hardest part about learning a new language is trying to remember new grammar rules. Luckily, there are several basic concepts tha
7 Simple Ways to Study Japanese
Lots of people are interested in learning Japanese, but they quickly discover that Japanese is not a simple language. With hard work and the right study habits, learning the language can be fun and rewarding. Here are seven easy ways to study Japanese from language teacher Elaina R... When you're learning a new language, it's important to start small and slowly build on what you're learning in your classes or lessons. Consistent study time and practice will help to reinforce both the writ
13 Must-Know Japanese Expressions for Travelers
Whether you're studying the language or planning a trip to Japan, it's important to know some basic Japanese phrases. Learn these useful Japanese expressions with language teacher Andrew P... So, you're planning  a trip to Japan, or Nihon as the locals say. Hopefully you'll be traveling with someone who is fairly fluent in Japanese (Nihongo) because most Japanese people (Nihonjin) speak very little English. If you're traveling alone, however, there's no need to worry. Here are 13 basic

Japanese in San Francisco

Thinking of taking Japanese lessons in San Francisco? You may be more than five thousand miles away from Japan, but you’re actually in a fantastic city to start your language-learning adventure! With immigrants from all directions pouring in over the course of its history, San Francisco has always been a diverse city. The Japanese are among these groups, and their influence can still be seen in the Japanese language and cultural activities in the Bay Area. If you're taking Japanese lessons in San Francisco, here are some of the many great places to have fun, experience the Japanese culture, and enhance your learning.

Japantown is one of the best places to experience Japanese culture and history in the Bay Area. Japantown was the center of a large portion of the Japanese immigrant community following the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. Japantown remains the go-to spot in San Francisco for Japanese restaurants, stores, and cultural events. Check the website (http://sfjapantown.org. ) for a restaurant and store directory, and to find out about upcoming events.

One of the best ways to improve your Japanese speaking skills is to practice with other Japanese Speakers. The Japanese-English Toastmasters (JET) club meets a few times each month at the Japan Society of Northern California. Toastmasters International is a non-profit, community-oriented public speaking group with clubs across the United States. Members practice leadership and public speaking, and receive valuable feedback from their peers. Visit the Toastmasters website (http://7025.toastmastersclubs.org/) to find meetings and events near you.

San Francisco also hosts the annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival for two weekends every April. The event includes a parade, beauty contest, and cultural activities such as doll making, origami, music, and ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement). Check out the website (http://sfcherryblossom.org ) for more information.

The Japan Society of Northern California (http://www.usajapan.org) is another great resource for Japanese events, and cultural and historical information. The non-profit organization works to promote cultural awareness and understanding, and to strengthen the connection between the United States and Japan.

If you’re looking to meet some new friends while you’re taking Japanese lessons in San Francisco, join the Moriagarii group. The Meetup group organizes language-exchange events in Berkeley, San Francisco, and San Mateo. There are also several other Japanese Meetup groups in the Bay Area; search the website to find a fun group near you.

If you’re interested in Japanese lessons in San Francisco, take advantage of all of the wonderful opportunities to connect with the Japanese community. Not only will you have more fun, you may even meet some new friends who will help you learn the Japanese language.

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