So I've had a few people on my friends list ask me to teach them Japanese. I said sure but I didn't really think much about it until today when bamcycle asked me if I'd teach her some. I thought, "why the hell not," made a community, and got down to business.
Here's a few things you need to know.
o1. I will not teach hiragana. There's a gajillion places online where you can learn those. I will romanize (most) things so if you can't read hiragana, you can try to learn via that. At the very least, I assume that you understand the concept of hiragana and how the system is set up.
o2. I will not teach katakana. See above. :/
o3. I will not teach kanji. While kanji is a huge part of the written Japanese language, it's still, at it's most basic, just something you learn through rote memorization, like vocabulary. There's not much I can do to teach it to you. Get a kanji dictionary and memorize it on your own. ♥
o4. I WILL teach basic grammar, vocab, conjugation, and things of that nature. Basically all the things that you can't necessarily look up in a dictionary.
o5. I WILL use foul language throughout (SHIT FUCK DAMMIT HELL).
o6. I WILL use DBSK to teach. Why? Because making what you're learning relevant to you is the BEST way to make it stick. :D! Plus it makes things fun and keeps some of the dry stuff from getting really boring.
o7. Japanese, contrary to popular belief, really isn't that hard. Some of the grammar is a bit confusing, but the basics are really, really easy, as long as your mind is kinda flexible. It sounds daunting (three, arguably four writing systems; Japanese students know about 2,000 kanji when they graduate high school), but if you take a breath and just dive on it, it's not really that bad. 8DDD
Oh, who am I? I'm Aika and I took two years of Japanese at a state college. 8DDD I then spent the following three years after that being the teaching assistant for the Japanese professor I had been taking classes with. As I attended every class she taught to help her teach, help the students, and on occasion even substitute for her, I basically retook those two years of Japanese a couple of times. 8D The basics have been hammered into my brain, and I feel confident that I can pass them on to you. ♥
Once I graduate college next semester, I plan to move to Japan to teach English (as I'm in the process of getting my TESOL certification). Um... I think that's about it. XD!!!
Everyone who joins this community, please feel free to comment to this post and tell me a bit about your Japanese experience. It always helps the teacher to teach better when they know where their students are coming from.