The Reason Japanese Mastery Method Gets You Conversational Fast
Why is Japanese Mastery Method so successful in turning students into confident, conversational speakers of Japanese? The answer is simple: Japanese Mastery Method uses a series of cutting-edge language learning techniques—ones that allow you to build a rich vocabulary, and master the complexities of Japanese grammar, quickly, efficiently, effortlessly.
Below are just some of the techniques the course employs:
Technique: Super-Literal Translation (SLT)
Have you spent time with other programs, learning lots of Japanese words....and yet still find yourself unable to put the words together into useful phrases, much less hold down a normal conversation? The problem is, you've been learning the *English equivalents* for each Japanese word or phrase. Do any of the following ring a bell?
Each of those translations is wrong. Sure, those are the English equivalents, but that's not what you're actually *saying* in Japanese. That's why you feel so confused, because no one explained to you what those things actually mean. And if you're not sure what you're really saying, you're probably not going to speak much.
Japanese speakers don't say, "My name is..." They literally phrase it: "Me they call..." Japanese speakers don't say, "I have a …" They say, literally, "At me there exists a …." They don't say, "I like..." They phrase it, "To me is pleasing..."
By discovering the actual, literal translation of every Japanese word and phrase you encounter, you'll start thinking like a Japanese person. And the bottom line? You'll learn in months what takes other people years. Ask any polyglot: Figuring out the SLT is a cornerstone of efficient language acquisition.
Technique: Grammar via Pattern Recognition
Have you ever taken a Japanese lesson—maybe from a private tutor, maybe from a YouTube video or a free website—and been told to memorize a declension chart? All six case endings, singular and plural, for nouns (all three genders) and adjectives? Were you also required to memorize all six conjugations for a variety of "verb types" in Japanese? And after all that memorizing, did you feel even one step closer to being able to, for example, order your own meal in a Japanese cafe? Or have a conversation with a Japanese friend about movies or travel or the weather?
Memorizing (or rather, trying to memorize) rules is the most painful, least effective way of learning Japanese grammar. Why? Because you're forcing your brain to do something it's not very good at. The superior way to learn grammar is to leverage your brain's innate ability at spotting patterns.
Want to see it in action? Imagine there's a new club that you'd like to join. The members speak in an odd way, and to join, you must speak the way they do. The doorman gives you some examples:
What do you tell him? It seems, according to the pattern, we have to say, ".....? You're in the club! And in fact, you've just picked up on a fundamental pattern of Japanese grammar. That is.....All those count as doing something to the word.
The bottom line? You can either memorize a complicated list of rules, memorize chart after chart of case endings, and then page after of page of verb conjugations...
..or, you can use a course which helps you spot the patterns of the language. One method is slow, painful, and frustrating. The other is effortless, efficient...even fun!
Technique: Learning From Context
Do you know the Japanese word ...? (Let's use the English letters ...to sound it out. And put the stress on the end: ....) So, what does the word mean? Well, if I just tell you the meaning, it'd be like being introduced to someone at a party. In under a minute, as you walk away and move on to something else, you've already forgotten their name. But if I show you the word in context, a whole different part of your brain is activated. It's almost like solving a puzzle. Your brain immediately, automatically, tries to figure it out. Like this...
The things we wear to correct our vision are called ochkee. Not contact lenses, though. Only the kind made of wire frames that rest on your ears and nose, where the corrective lenses are in front of your eye...those are called ... My grandma wears .. for reading. ... don't have to be just for correcting your vision. You can wear dark ... to protect your eyes from UV rays.
Interesting, isn't it? You know exactly what ochkee are, and yet I never actually told you the meaning. Your brain (quite easily) figured it out from context. That's the power of Contextual Learning. It activates the "puzzle solving" region of your brain, allowing you to learn quickly and deeply. And even though we've moved on in this discussion, you still remember our new word. Tell me: What are the two main things an optometrist sells? Contact lenses, and.......
Technique: Novel Usage
If you've been studying languages for a while, you've probably heard about spaced repetition—the idea that timing plays a big part in developing your memory. That's certainly true. Timing is definitely important. Still, it's one thing to be able to recall a random word. But making that word a part of your everyday Japanese vocabulary requires a technique known as Novel Usage. In essence, every time you're asked to recall a word, it needs to be in a unique phrase—one you've never spoken before.
In a typical spaced repetition app, you are simply prompted: How do you say glasses in Japanese? Then: What is the Japanese word for city? After a few more random words, the app again asks you: How do you say glasses in Japanese? And that's fine for developing word recall.
But it does very little to build your Japanese conversational skills—unless you think conversations consist of one word exchanges, all in the nominative case. In a language course aimed at making you conversational, spaced repetition needs to be done more carefully. Each prompt should get you to recall the target word in a new, useful phrase:
- Do you wear glasses?
- How far is the city from the airport?
- Your glasses are on the table.
- Osaka is my favorite city.
- I bought these glasses in the city.
...and so on. Always using your target words in unique phrases, you quickly gain control over them. The adjustments that need to be made become automatic. Again, if your goal is to recall Japanese words at random, then stick with one of the spaced rep apps. But if you're trying to quickly and efficiently become conversational in Japanese, you need a course that incorporates Novel Usage.
Technique: Multiple Exposure
You've learned a word from context. You've worked with it again and again, always in a unique phrase. It's becoming part of your everyday Japanese vocabulary. So we're done, right?
No. It's still not enough. Because what's missing is the ability to spot the word when Japanese speakers use it. After all, do you think all native speakers talk as slowly and clearly as the voice in your Japanese vocab app? Not only do they speak blisteringly fast, they also have regional accents, varying degrees of careful (or careless) diction, and so on.
Ask yourself: How are you going to have a conversation with someone if you don't under stand what they said? By using a course that presents you with multiple exposures of every new Japanese word—through the inclusion of Japanese songs, movie clips, TV news, and numerous native speakers—you greatly compress the time to reach conversational fluency. After all, the more confident you are in understanding fluently spoken Japanese, the more confident you'll be in responding.
Technique: Controlled Immersion
What exactly is immersion? Simply, it's a targeted learning environment where those around you only speak Japanese, and where your only option is to respond in Japanese. But immersion does not mean "living in a Japanese speaking country." Unless you're already an advanced speaker, that kind of in-country immersion is overkill. Too much, too soon. Still, some amount of immersion is useful, even for beginners.
How can a language course achieve this? By including carefully scripted, interactive listening sessions entirely in Japanese. You might listen to someone speak about their day in Japanese, and then be asked questions by another native speaker about what the person said. Or you might listen in on a conversation between native speakers, and again be prompted to answer in Japanese about what they were discussing. By listening to audios featuring Controlled Immersion environments, students can develop their conversational skills without the pressure (and expense) of being in-country. They're a quick, safe, and highly efficient way to hone your language skills.
Stop Struggling and Start Speaking!
Hopefully you can see that your success with the language has little to do with you “language ability”, and more to do with the methods used to teach you.
Japanese Mastery Method is the only Learn Japanese program that uses these powerful techniques in combination to make learning Japanese stress free, fast, and yes... even fun.
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Japanese Mastery Method members talk about their impression of the course.
“Getting More Fluent In Speaking!”
Thank you so much for making this course, especially the methods of memorizing new words.
“I Would Most Definately Recommend!”
By far the easiest and most efficient when it comes to learning Japanese. I would most definately recommend this to anyone.
“Such A Great Course!”
Such a great course! Contextual learning and patterns make learning so easy. Looking forward to my trip to Japan.
“It's All Explained So Easily!”
I think were the course really stands out is the explanation of Japanese grammar through patterns. It's all explained so easily!