Language is a tool to communicate. On the other hand, even if you know a lot of vocabulary and can speak fluently, it does not necessarily mean that you are a good communicator
The purpose of this article is to get you to imagine how you will become fluent in speaking Japanese by showing the overall process. As the saying goes, “There is no royal road to learning”, you have to practice for a certain amount of time. However, if you don’t make mistakes selecting ways to practice, you will eventually achieve your goal. That’s a good aspect of speaking Japanese. People go straight into interactions with native speakers after acquiring some of the grammar and the vocabulary. This is still good, but not the fastest way. You have to immerse yourself in what you know. That way, you can use that knowledge in interactions with native speakers almost effortlessly.
Japanese has three writing systems; Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. There are tins of characters in Japanese language which makes it significantly harder for English speaking population to learn Japanese! So now the question that all should be asking is, “Is it possible to learn to speak Japanese without learning how to write it because I just want to speak it not write it” To be honest the answer is no, you can’t learn to speak Japanese without knowing how to write it, you have to start off with basic characters first then lean into the speaking part! That is why writing is as important as speaking, learn the Japanese writing system first and then you can speak it.
Any language consists of “n” Numbers & Combination of words. Your communication skills depends on how much words you know and fluent you are in them. There is no end as to how much words you should know to learn how to speak fluently, you can know little words and still be able to communicate of you know how to implement those words perfectly! According to a research the number of words you need to learn initially to learn a foreign language varies somewhere between 1000- 1500. Over time gradually your vocabulary increases and you get better & better!
Grammar is the rules you follow when you combine the words you have memorized. Those words will be a sentence when it is combined based on the rules in place. One of the Japanese typical grammatical rules is the order of the words. For example, Japanese words are generally combined in this way; Subject + Object + Verb as opposed to the English word order; Subject + Verb + Object. It may look strange and difficult. However, once you have gotten used to this rule, it gets easier to make sentences in Japanese. Grammar as a foundation enables people to communicate smoothly by following common rules.
In summary, speaking Japanese is combining words based on the grammar by using your knowledge. And the speed is the fluency with which you speak Japanese. In the Practice section, you will learn how to acquire the ability to combine words as fast as possible.
The good news here is that although speaking Japanese is complex, what you need to practice is very simple. There are only three kinds of practice; Pronunciation Practice, the Read-Aloud Method, and the Instantaneous Composition Method
Pronunciation practice will give you not only the ability to clearly say what you want to say but also the ability to recognize what others say. Each language has its own sounds. If you could not recognize some Japanese words, it would probably contain sounds you have never heard before. Understanding how the sounds are made will improve your listening and speaking.
The Read-Aloud Method will give you general language ability, like physical strength. This is one of the best traditional learning methods. It is said that Heinrich Schliemann, excavator of Troy, was able to speak 16 languages in his lifetime because of reading a great deal aloud. The more you will read aloud Japanese, the better you will be at speaking Japanese. Just like the more you run or train, the better you will play in a sports game