How to read Japanese fast

You need only a pen or text editor. Write letters and words many times. You will read and write without subvocalization.

Japanese is very different from English. You have to learn romaji, hiragana, katakana, and kanji.

Romaji is the romanization of Japanese. Learn the grammar with the Latin alphabet. Romaji is also used for typing.

Learn Hiragana with typing, handwriting, and pronunciation. Learn words with romaji, hiragana, and kanji.

Contents
  • Romaji
  • Hiragana
  • Reading comprehension
  • Handwriting
  • Pronunciation
  • Writing Training
  • Manga
  • Kanji
  • News
  • Romaji

    Learn romaji with typing. Most romaji are simple combinations such as "consonant + vowel". Learn some short words.

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    Type short words like these images. Repeat from 1 syllable to 3 syllables. You don't have to type long words.

    This is a training about subvocalization. You will get tired of typing. And you will type without internal speech.

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    Write simple sentences with line breaks. This is a training about reading multiple lines.

    There are some styles of romanization. Choose the style used in your textbook.

    Hiragana

    Install the Japanese keyboard layout. Japanese IME has several modes. You can easily switch from Hiragana to Katakana or English.

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    Type short words like these images. Type 1-3 letters repeatedly. You don't have to type long words.

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    Write simple sentences with line breaks.

    Microsoft IME has "no conversion mode". If you want to practice Hiragana specially, choose this mode. You can type Hiragana without Kanji conversion.

    Japanese IME has direct input mode. You can switch Japanese and English easily. Practice in both Hiragana and Romaji

    Reading Comprehension

    Japanese is one of the most difficult language to read. It is very different with English. You have to learn romaji, hiragana, katakana, and kanji eventually.

    Romaji is the romanization of Japanese. You can learn Japanese with the Latin alphabet. Romaji is also used for typing hiragana, katakana, and kanji.

    Learn hiragana with romaji. Learn each character with typing, handwriting, and pronunciation.

    Read word lists and dictionaries many times. Wiktionary includes kanji with furigana, hiragana, romaji, IPA, etc. And it has a Japanese Swadesh list.

    Read Japanese sentences for foreigner and kids. NHK has contents of NEWS WEB EASY and Easy Japanese.

    Read Japanese Wikipedia. Try to read the first sentence of pages. Read many definitions and summaries.

    Handwriting

    Handwriting is important to learn characters. Use a pen and paper or a smartphone.

    It is similar to the typing training. Write simple characters many times.

    Pronunciation

    Learn Hiragana with pronunciation. A hiragana shows a syllable. Most of the syllables have a vowel and a consonant.

    Learn vowels and consonants with IPA symbols. Combine Hiragana, Romaji, and IPA symbols.

    You should practice with vowels, consonants, characters, words, and sentences. They have their own rules.

    Google Translate shows sounds and Romanization.

    Writing Training

    Writing training will improve your reading comprehension.

    Write simple sentences. Write with your imagination.

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    Japanese has SOV and topic-comment structure. The word order is head final and left branching.

    The sentences are written without word dividers.

    Japanese is a pro-drop language. Subject and object pronouns can be omitted.

    And also Japanese is a topic-prominent language.

    relationship

    Imagine some situations and relationships. Think about their relationships, positions, purposes, motives, etc.

    Learn Japanese honorifics. Write sentences in different styles. Use informal and polite, respect and humble, written and spoken languages.

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    Use various images. Write various sentences.

    Manga

    Manga is very fit for speed reading and Japanese language. Manga will help you learn Japanese.

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    Japanese is a topic-prominent language. And subjects and objects are often omitted in Japanese. But speech balloons show you who is speaking.

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    The speeches in balloon are divided for readability.

    vertical writing

    Manga is written vertically. You can use vertical writing with some text editor.

    Kanji

    Kanji and many words are from Chinese. Each character has multiple readings and meanings. Most of Japanese words are written with Kanji and Hiragana.

    Learn simple characters with handwriting.

    News

    Google and Yahoo have news contents.

    NHK has some contents for learners of Japanese.. Articles of NEWS WEB EASY are written in Hiragana mainly.

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