You’ve come to the right place! This is a common struggle for even the most skilled students but together, we’ll use some great strategies that’ll get you to a level of fluency that you’ll be proud of. Most importantly, it’ll be fun.
Sounds like you are the best teacher! Have you been studying Japanese since it’s been two years since you’ve come to Japan?
I only started learning Japanese a few months before I moved here, pretty much all through self study. I researched different methods that other learners suggested but ultimately I chose what worked for me personally.
I regularly practice through writing, daily vocab memorization, making plenty of mistakes through speaking with my friends, as well as listening to Japanese music and watching dramas. Through my own personal way of practicing the 4 skills, I’ve been able to get to an intermediate level in a couple of years!
It’s important to know what a student’s strengths and weaknesses are. As you’ve said, speaking is something you feel you struggle with, right? Would you mind describing exactly what you find difficult?
According to research provided by Yokogawa Ayako, a professor by special appointment at Meiji University, since Japan is an island country populated by people who share a common culture and language, the idea of having to explain things in detail is not typical for most people.
I guess English requires more explanations than Japanese. When you use really long explanations in Japanese, it sometimes gets annoying.
Right? However, it’s a necessity when communicating in a foreign language.
I need to learn how to explain things properly.
By regularly practicing methods of output, whether it be writing a description about what you see in a picture, or talking to someone about a favorite item of yours, your ability to clearly communicate ideas will only increase! Isn’t that interesting?
I see, we start with “describing simple things around us”. When I describe my favorite food to friends who haven’t eaten it before, I want them to get a clear idea of what the food’s like. I guess by doing something like that, studying speaking isn’t gonna be so hard!