BEGINNER Japanese INFORMAL (colloquial) speech
What you'll learn
- You will be able to understand what Japanese "informal speech" is.
- You will review "formal" speech".
- You will be able to recognize the difference between "informal" speech "formal" speech.
- You will learn the conjugation of basic verbs and adjectives and practice them.
- You will be able to speak in both "formal" and "informal" Japanese.
- You will learn a lot of useful INFORMAL fillers and chunks.
- Basic knowledge of Japanese might help, but if you can't read basic Japanese characters that is fine because there are FURIGANA on every word.
- You are interested in learning casual (informal) speech. Be careful, this course is not for a job interview!
This is the beginner-level "informal speech" course. I put "romaji" to all the Japanese kana (letters), so if you are not 100% sure about your hiragana reading skills, do not worry. There are lectures of a basic informal speech guidance, and a lot of practice sessions of verb and adjective conjugation, and the lectures of useful chunks and fillers, some of them might not be taught in traditional language classes.
*Why informal speech?
There are basically two different modes of speaking in Japanese language. “Informal” = “colloquial”or "casual" , Japanese and “formal” = “polite” Japanese. English also has them, right? Imagine when you talk to your boss, your mode of speech is not the same as when you talk to your close friends, is it? There is a multiple layers of "politeness" in Japanese.
If you are a native Japanese and do not know how to speak both of them, you will be in trouble because people might judge you as “rude” or “uneducated”, however, most of the time, non-native learners are supposed to learn the “formal” form of speaking Japanese, in other words, “polite” Japanese.
But, let’s say when you are walking around Tokyo and hear what people are saying, or when you watch anime, you realize that few of them speak “formal” and “polite” Japanese with their friends and family. The conversation between native speakers is hard to pick up because the speaking mode is quite different. Native Japanese can switch the mode immediately and unconsciously by reading the room, however, it is difficult for non-Japanese.
The only way to acquire them is to learn and practice! In this course, you will learn how to speak Japanese casually. What you are actually going to do is, to learn the conjugation of verbs and adjectives, and practice them a lot. Some people do not like to study grammar, but it is very important to understand the grammar to learn a new language because you can't construct any sentences without any knowledge of grammar.
You might be overwhelmed by the differences between "informal" and "formal" modes of speech, but gradually you will see "patterns". If you can understand "informal" Japanese speech, it could allow you to expand the horizon and have more access to the world of "authentic" Japanese language. Why not learn them?
Who this course is for:
- Beginner to advanced beginner of Japanese.
- People who want to feel the "authentic" Japanese!
Hello, my name is Miki.
Learning a foreign language is not easy and takes a long time, but it can expand your horizon and change your life forever.
I left a multinational company 6 years ago and started teaching English and Japanese in a small cafe. Since then, I have been teaching in various places such as universities, language schools, companies, tutoring - in both physical and online classrooms. I myself love learning different languages so I can relate to you.
I am a certified Japanese teacher and have a Master's Degree in Second Language Acquisition.
Don't try to be perfect and have fun. I am looking forward to walking this amazing path with you!