Q: Are you Indonesian?
Q: How can I contact you?
A: You can contact me either by email ([email protected]) or replying to posts
Q: How did you start learning Japanese?
A: I started by attending Japanese language lessons in my local area. Since I was small I’ve always liked anime and been watching it, so I have a little bit of knowledge about Japanese. It took me around 8 months to get into a level of ~N4, after that, I decided to study in Japan for 1.5 months. To prepare for my study I studied like crazy for 2 months (we are talking a minimum of 8 hours a day here) every day. Also, when I was 7 I was forced by my parents to study Chinese Language, so I know a little bit about kanji. Though it doesn’t really help that much as some of the pronunciation and writing system are different. Currently, I still immerse when I have the time (reading novels, podcasts, and videos), I even set all of my phone, computer, and tab’s interfaces to Japanese
Q: Any tips for studying Japanese?
A: Immerse. Read and listen to a lot of native Materials. I started trying out LNs when I was around N3ish and to finish a page it took me around 1 hour using Jsho and all of that. Now I could finish a page within 1-3 minutes depending on the vocabulary and grammar.
Q: Any books recommendations for beginners who want to learn Japanese?
A: I would suggest to start from Minna no Nihongo or Genki 1&2, then go JLPT-based like Sou Matome N3 and start reading LNs, after that drill until you get to the level you aim to be. About kanji, I have read that a book called “Remembering the Kanji” by James Heisig is a good start. But personally, I learned it the hard way, using JLPT Books and put all unknown vocabs to Anki.