The Free Japanese Lessons website review was originally published in Dulaboo.com. I used to write for the said website before my contract expired. Republishing here for archiving purposes. Edited to suit Yoast’s requirements.
Welcome to a whole new season of DuLaBoo. And we are proud to present on our season opener: Free Japanese Lessons.
Free Japanese Lessons offers a nice selection of lessons for you to learn when it comes to the Japanese language, otherwise known as “Nihonggo”. It teaches 2 methods of writing the language: Katakana and Hiragana.
I can’t tell them apart, truth be told. All I know is that I usually see these Japanese characters on the screen every time I get to watch some anime.
I remember trying to write my name in the past using the Katakana just to see how it would look like. It turned out to be shorter than I expected. And at Free Japanese Lessons, they have a sample table to how your name would end up looking like if written in Katakana.
Audio is available here at Free Japanese Lessons. You can access it granted that you are a registered member here. Just like in Korean language tutorial lessons like in KoreanClass101, Japanese letters are also classified into vowels and consonants when written in their native forms.
The Hiragana method of writing Nihonggo is also classified into letters that when written in Romanji method looked more like syllabic transliterations of the Hiragana alphabets written.
Now Katakana is the more popular method of writing in Japanese because this is where foreign words get a Japanese equivalent. Hiragana is intended for the native Japanese words and sentences.
Katakana, on the other hand, is for writing certain foreign words and names that do not have a direct Japanese translation like “computer”. So if you would look back into the Japanese equivalents of western names, chances are they are written in Katakana.
Free Japanese Lessons also teaches the language by presenting them into Kanji, Hiragana and Romanji letters. Romanji is basically the transliteration of the Nihonggo words taught.
This is when I realize that writing in Japanese should also be included in the lessons here apart from teaching the basic words in transliterated terms. (My brain almost bled right there.)
I haven’t tested the audio lessons that accommodated the written teachings here since I haven’t registered. But it helped a lot that certain aspects of communication starters in Japanese are also taught here.
You may have noticed at the Free Japanese Lessons website. Certain topic starters involved syllables and some vowel sounds that are easy to remember.
Of course, the lessons included a primer on numbers, time and days of the week too. Sometimes, an immigrant in Japan would simply need to know the time of the day and what day of the week is it. Just in case he or she got too immersed into the job, forgetting that the days have shifted forward.
The lessons intimidate some beginners with the way it is presented here. But try registering here to gain access to the audio clips that might make it easy for you to learn Nihonggo. That is one thing that surely will not change when learning the language from a beginner’s point of view.
Good news. FreeJapaneseLessons.com is still up. Not with the same promos though. Click here to see their latest promos and freebies, if any. I’d still recommend them for anyone interested to learn Japanese though. Best experienced by following them on Twitter. Have fun.
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