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Learning Japanese from reading and listening

When learning the Japanese language, or any language for that matter, reading and listening is indispensable. There are many recommended methods of doing this, and here in this blog, veteran Japanese language teacher, Itaya sensei explains how best to do some in her opinion.

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Recommended methods to learn Japanese


By ITAYA Sayuri



声を出して読むことを「音読」、声を出さずに読むことを「黙読」と言います。 読書をするときは多くの人が「黙読」をすると思います。でも、語学を勉強する時は、「音読」がとても効果的だと私は思います。


それから、聞いたことをもう一度繰り返して言う「復唱」をすることも、とてもいいと思います。音の高低強弱も聞いた通り真似をして言ってみてください。 初めに聞いたときに意味がわからなくても、復唱してもう一度考えると意味がわかることもよくあります。


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声を出して読むことを「音読(おんどく)」、声を出さずに読むことを「黙読(もくどく)」と言(い)います。 読書(どくしょ)をするときは多(おお)くの人(ひと)が「黙読」をすると思(おも)います。でも、語学(ごがく)を勉強(べんきょう)する時は、「音読」がとても効果的(こうかてき)だと私(わたし)は思(おも)います。


それから、聞いたことをもう一度(いちど)繰(く)り返(かえ)して言(い)う「復唱(ふくしょう)」をすることも、とてもいいと思います。音(おと)の高低(こうてい)強弱(きょうじゃく)も聞いた通(とお)り真似(まね)をして言ってみてください。 初(はじ)めに聞いたときに意味(いみ)がわからなくても、復唱してもう一度考(かんが)えると意味がわかることもよくあります。


Recommended methods to learn Japanese

When you read Japanese sentences, do you read them out loud? Or do you read them silently without speaking aloud ?

The act of reading aloud is called 'Ondoku' in Japanese and the act of reading silently is called 'Mokudoku'.

When reading, I think most people do 'Mokudoku'. However, when you are studying languages, I think that reading aloud or 'Ondoku' is very effective.

When you are doing 'Ondoku' you have to move your mouth and tongue. This becomes speaking practice. And also when you are doing 'Ondoku' you can hear your reading voice. You can confirm your tone and rhythm, and it is good practice for reading correctly.

And I also think that reciting back something that you have heard (which is called 'Fukushou' in Japanese) is very good for you. Try to copy the rise and fall and strength and weakness of the sounds just as you hear them.

Even when you first do not understand something, when your recite it over and think it over again, you often get to understand the meaning.

So all you Japanese learners out there, please try to do some 'Ondoku' and 'Fukushou' !

音読 【おんどく】reading aloud

復唱 【ふくしょう】 recital; repetition; rehearsal; repeating an order

【すすめ】 recommendation; advice; suggestion; encouragement

黙読 【もくどく】 reading silently

語学 【ごがく】 language study

効果的 【こうかてき】 effective; successful

口調 【くちょう】 tone (e.g. of voice, etc.); (verbal) expression

音調 【おんちょう】 tune; tone; intonation; melody; rhythm; harmony

確認 【かくにん】 confirmation; verification; validation; review; check; affirmation

正確 【せいかく】accurate; punctual; exact; authentic; veracious; correct

繰り返す【くりかえす】 to repeat; to do something over again

高低 【こうてい】 high and low; rise and fall

強弱 【きょうじゃく】 (1) strength and weakness (2) stress (of a sound); loudness

通り 【とおり】 the same status or way; as (e.g. as expected, as I said)

真似 【まね】 imitating; copying; mimicry

学習者 【がくしゅうしゃ】 learner; student; scholar


Hajimemashite, everyone. My name is Itaya Sayuri. I live in Sapporo, Hokkaido.
Sapporo is a really liveable city because, although we have a lot of snow in the winter, the summers are much cooler than other areas of Japan. Apart from teaching Japanese, I also hope to let everyone know about Sapporo, its beautiful nature and delicious food.
I play volleyball once or twice a week for my health and play golf on occasion. I also love watching movies.
Do you think the Japanese language is difficult? Well, come and enjoy studying with me in our online Japanese classroom?don't worry about making mistakes and just try to speak up as much as possible. I think this is the secret to success in Japanese. Ganbare!

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  • Saturday, 29 October 2016

    great advice! thank you.

  • Itaya Sunday, 30 October 2016

    ロバートさん、コメント ありがとうございます。

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