How To Learn Japanese Vocabulary

Written byIchika Yamamoto

Vocabulary are the building blocks of your Japanese.

It should go without saying that you cannot get far in Japanese without a solid grasp on words.

Whether giving an address in a taxi, making reservations in a hotel or tours, ordering food or drinks in a restaurant, your travel experience will be much smoother and more enjoyable when you can communicate and know their culture exactly.

The Japanese language has two alphabets: hiragana and katakana.

Hiragana's used for words originally from Japan. And katakana is used for words of foreign origin.

Building a good Japanese vocabulary doesn’t mean memorizing a long list of difficult Japanese words, or spending long hours reading a Japanese dictionary.

Your everyday interactions present you with plenty of opportunities to increase your lexicon.

People who handle a wide vocabulary can express their ideas with precision and grace; they have a clear advantage over those who only handle basic Japanese words.

Language skills are an enormous asset; the ability to communicate your feelings, thoughts and needs which can make your relationships with native Japanese speakers stronger.

Japanese vocabulary skills are based on a clear understanding of Japanese language itself

The Japanese words, phrases and verbal expressions you use must be appropriate to the situation.

Many words in the Japanese language are based on word roots, which can help you to understand the meaning at a glance.

You shouldn't forget that a word can mean different things in different contexts, so it’s advisable to learn Japanese vocabulary in context.

If you look for more info on Japanese culture, history and traditions, you will learn many new and useful words for building new grammar structures and sentences.

As you can see, there are many ways to improve your Japanese vocabulary.

Specific Japanese vocabulary lessons

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