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How to read Japanese fast

You can learn speed reading with only a text editor. Or you can use a pen and paper. Write short words and short sentences many times. You will read and write without subvocalization.

Japanese is very different from English. You have to learn Romaji, Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji.

You would learn Japanese with Romaji, the romanization of Japanese. It is also used for typing Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji. Practice in Romaji at first.

Learn Hiragana with typing and pronouncing. Combine Hiragana, Romaji, and IPA symbols.

Writing training will improve your reading skills. Visualize structures and relationships. Write diagrams, captions, and descriptions. And write many sentences.

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

    Romaji is the romanization of Japanese. It is used in textbooks. And it is used for typing Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji.

    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

    Handwriting

    Handwriting is useful for learning 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.

    order

    Imagine the structure of sentence. And write simple sentences.

    Learn some basic sentence pattern.

    relationship

    Imagine relationships and write sentences.

    Visualize the agent and patient, the subject and the object, the speaker and the listener. Think about their relationships, positions, purposes, motives, etc.

    Japanese is a topic-prominent language. Think about topic and comment, focus and background, given and new. Imagine what the listener want to know.

    And Japanese has honorifics. Think about the relationship between the speaker, the listener, and the subject.

    structure

    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.