So, where were we?
Let’s start with my usual nagging, shall we? Searched up the internet?
Know more about the different linguistic functions that you can take part in?
Presupposing you did, there is a lot, right? Translation, interpretation, transcription, subtitling, so on and so forth.
Anything caught your attention? Found something you would like to do?
Did you find a way to connect your expertise or your major in University with the Japanese language? This step would be the “connecting the dots” step.
You know what you want to do with Japanese. You have a certain something you specialize in. Now, we work towards that goal, ok folks?
Work how? Well, that would be to simply study the language.
Now, some reality checks before we get ahead of ourselves. It is true that our world is filled with tonnes of opportunities in the language sector for you to work in.
However, remember. First, master your art. Don’t do it half-heartedly. Learn the language in a proper manner, appear for the certification exams, nail those exams, and simply know the language to the best of your abilities. In order to do so, do anything you might need to do, whether it is practising listening with the aid of the internet, conversation practice on your own, reading stories (start out with kids’ storybooks, and gradually elevating the difficulty), and anything and everything else.
Aim – The highest amount of exposure to the language.
Pro tip – Definitely watch movies (or animes). We don’t have to make our preparations so bookish. Blend in a little spice into it. Watching Japanese movies or animes would become a great practice for your listening lessons, and your subconscious mind would be able to connect better with the language in general.
So, we start out with the most basic level, right?
Let me cover the five levels of the Japanese language proficiency pyramid next time.
This article will continue over in the 6th December post.
Agnishwar Choudhury, Author