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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).

Japanese learning tip: Finding your motivation

“I want to speak Japanese fluently”, that’s the goal of many Japanese leaners. Yet, not many of them could actually reach that goal because they gave up half-way through. Giving up is a very common thing when you learn Japanese, because it’s just too hard. But if it’s so hard, how come so many people could master it? What is it they have that you don’t? Let’s not talk about how they have talent while you don’t here, and focus on something that no matter how talented you are, you won’t be able to master Japanese if you don’t have it: motivation.