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How to self-study Japanese effectively

If you are a new Japanese learner and have been asking yourself the same question: “is it really possible to self-study Japanese?”, don’t worry, you’re not the only one. To be honest, I thought it was really insane to think that anyone can learn one of the hardest languages in the world all by themselves without the help of real teachers.

After graduating from college, I decided to challenge myself with this tough goal, and I actually achieved it (in some way). I passed the Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level N2 after 1 year of full-time self-studying, only to realize that it was not THAT big of an achievement as I thought it would have been. I’ll go into details about that later, but first let me tell you exactly how I learned Japanese all by myself and passed the JLPT N2 with the score of 97/180 (the passing mark is 90).

What might prevent you from getting a part-time job

There is one certain thing that will prevent you from getting a job no matter how good your Japanese is or how many people you can get to introduce you. It’s tattoo. If you have a visible tattoo on your arms, hands or face, 99% you won’t be accepted to any store. A tattoo is like the symbol the Japanese mafia (yakuza), and no store owner would want to hire someone like that. They don’t want their customers to think that they hire mafia to work for them. If you job doesn’t require you to interact with customers, then the manager might consider giving you the job. But there’s a very small chance in that. A tattoo doesn’t give people a very good first impression of you, and if they don’t like you right from the beginning, they’re not going to give you a job.

Important information on a part-time job advertisement

All part-time job advertisement in Japan have the same format, even the simplest ones must include important information. If you can’t read Kanji, it might be a little difficult to understand. The most important things you need to pay attention to are:

How do you find a part-time job in Japan?

When you think your Japanese is good enough, you can start looking for a part-time job (arubaito) now. Where to start? The first place you should start looking is Townwork magazine. It’s a free magazine that you can get anywhere in Japan: in conbini (convenience store), at the station, etc. Rememer there are two types of Townwork magazine. The one with yellow cover is for those who are looking for a part-time job (アルバイト). The one with blue cover is for those who are looking for job in a company (社員). They also have a website townwork.net. The jobs are sorted by districts, so you can look for jobs available in your area. The Townwork magazine is very popular, so most jobs listed in there will be filled very fast. Make sure you are quick enough and good enough to get the job before others. You should use the website instead of the magazine, it’s more updated and easy to search. Another good website to look for a part-time job is baito.mynavi.jp.

What you must do before looking for a part-time job in Japan

Not all foreigners living in Japan can afford to pay the rent, tuition (for students) and daily expenses. Having a part-time job (arubaito) is the first thing most people would want to do after they settle down in Japan. What they don’t realize is that their Japanese speaking skill might not be good enough for the job yet.