Here are a few of the questions I get all the time.
If you have other questions feel free to
mail me your questions or even call me or any of our staff
at the office in Las Vegas 702-792-8600.
What books do you recommend?
Your child will need a dictionary. Whether it be an actual
book dictionary or an electric dictionary that they can take
with them. I currently recommend the
available from Jbox.com
(child safe site). Also at our site,
YesJapan.com we have a
Japanese dictionary for anyone to use.
As for actual
lesson books, we highly recommend the the
Japanese From Zero! series, which my wife and I wrote for
our live classes
in Las Vegas. I honestly have not seen another book that I
think truly makes it easier to learn Japanese. Keep in
mind we wrote the books because of the fact that we thought
other books were either too hard or lacking in easy to
understand grammar explanations.
There is also a REALLY cool Kanji book that you can get from
Amazon.com called Kanji
Pict-O-Graphix that I also highly recommend for an
innovative way to learn remember the Kanji.
2. How can I make Japanese friends?
You will find that Japanese people are VERY friendly. This
question is easily answered. Just start talking to
Japanese people when you get the chance. Japanese people
are generally in love with the other countries and they also
would like to be your friend.
Also why not consider signing up to host a Japanese exchange
student. This is a great way to get your foot into a
family to family friendship. And most likely you will want
to eventually go to Japan. If you have have hosted a
Japanese exchange student then you will have friends in Japan to
visit when you go.
Another idea that might seem radical is sending your child to
a Japanese high school for an exchange. I was able to
easily find a
in Japan that welcomes all nationalities to their school.
3. How can I maintain my child's interest
This normally is not a problem if the child begged you to let
them study Japanese. Which is more and more common because
of the coolness factor of Japan. If your child is JUST
studying the language then they are missing a big part of Japan.
And this is the pop culture. The music, the TV, the comic
books. If you pay attention you can still keep your
children away from the sometimes very adult natured items by
researching what the want to buy.
Some VERY safe comic books are
Doraemon and Obake no Q
taro also. Doraemon is about a robot from the future
that helps his friend Nobita out of various situations. It
has been popular in Japan for over 20 years and is STILL
interesting to years. There are also movies and TV shows
of Doraemon. The Japanese is clean an the topics are never
adult in nature.
Also Japanese music is a great way for your children to get
more involved in Japan. They can take the mainstream route
and order from places like YesAsia.com or maybe if they want up
and coming independent Japanese bands selling legal MP3s they
can check out a site that I opened up supporting Japanese music
One of my personal favorite independent bands is
You can also see free Japanese
music videos of them and other bands at JapanFiles.com.
BE warned that you might not want to show your younger children
Cool TAK - I am so cool video as it is a bit adult in
I am also a big fan of
Morning Musume. There songs are always very positive
and they are a great bunch of Japanese girls with great
personalities. Keep in mind there are TONS of options for
Japanese entertainment. These are just my personal
4. Where can I get my Japanese questions
There are a few places on the internet that will answer your
questions. One is
http://www.japanese.about.com/ which is a GREAT free
resource site. I believe that they will actually answer
questions submitted to them.
Also YesJapan.com has
licensed native Japanese teachers on staff who answer questions
submitted by our members everyday. Every question ever
asked is also available in a huge QA Database with over 1,700
answered questions. If you can find a reliable way for
your child to get questions answered this will REALLY help in
the learning process. This is why we feel
YesJapan.com is one of
the best ways for children to learn Japanese at home.