Good on you for making the decision to enrol yourself in a Japanese class in Singapore instead of trying to self-learn Japanese.
While it is indeed possible to learn Japanese without anyone’s help, you’ll benefit a lot from the instruction of professional and certified teachers. Not to mention, the chances of you learning Japanese much faster and in a more effective manner is better if you’re enrolled in a course or class as opposed to trying to figure it out on your own.
Of course, classes alone aren’t enough. You have to supplement your classes with additional activities as well. Otherwise, it’s going to take you a long time to learn Japanese.
With that said, here are a couple of activities that you should try and do while learning Japanese to quicken the learning process.
1. Rest to take time & digest what you just learned
Resting might seem counterproductive, but it’s actually the best thing that you can do for your brain. Well, as far as the language-acquisition process goes.
Japanese courses in Singapore puts a heavy strain on your mind. This is especially true if you’re also working on top of your classes.
Using your brain and thinking a lot throughout the day can make it difficult for your mind to digest all of the information that you had just learned.
So, you might want to do yourself a favour and rest for a bit to relax your mind.
Giving your brain some time to rest will allow it to digest all of the information you just learned, which is actually a vital part of the language-learning process.
2. Listen to Japanese podcasts & radio stations
Watching Japanese TV shows and drama works to some extent, but podcasts and radio stations are better because you can easily listen to them on the go.
You can’t really do that while watching Japanese shows and drama, even anime.
By sneaking in even just a few minutes of Japanese via podcasts and radio stations into your life, you subconsciously pick up on certain words and phrases. This will help further improve your vocabulary and make it easier to learn the language.
3. Read Japanese Books
As hard as you may think it is to read books in Japanese, it’s actually far easier than you’d expect.
You can start off with children’s books that contain a lot of pictures and just a few phrases or words to give you the context and meaning of certain words.
You can find plenty of resources online where a majority of them are free. Not to mention, there should be plenty of Japanese books in your local bookstore or library – there might even be a Japanese bookstore somewhere around your area.
4. Talk in Japanese often
Talking often in Japanese, be it for a few minutes at a time or just in front of the mirror, helps you to practice and retain most information from recent lessons in your Japanese course in Singapore.
It would also be better if you practised speaking Japanese with other people to gain conversational knowledge of the language.
These may not seem like much, but put all together and done often enough, these small activities can effectively improve your learning speed with Japanese courses in Singapore.