4 Tips to Level-Up Your Japanese in the New Year

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4 Tips to Level-Up Your Japanese in the New Year

With a new year comes new year’s resolutions, and hopefully one of them is to improve your Japanese. Many people start the year with a list of resolutions and aren’t able to follow through with them, but these tips should give you a few ideas on how to develop a practical study plan!

1. Set measurable goals

The most important thing is to have a goal that you want to complete by the end of the year.

Studying for the sake of it may seem appealing, but you run the risk of losing focus and giving up. You should have a one-year goal and then divide it up into some shorter-term ones as well. Try not to make it too vague like “watching anime without subtitles,” as there’s no real way to measure progress and it will be difficult to develop a plan.

Some potential goals:

  • “Take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) in December.”
  • “Finish my chosen textbook by trying to clear two chapters each month.”
  • “Get a job in a Japanese environment and read a newspaper article in Japanese every day.”

Remember, we’re motivated by success and not failure, so make a goal that’s realistic! If you’re a beginner, don’t expect to be able to pass JLPT N3 by the end of the year. You’re better off making easy goals that you know that you can hit, and then expand from there.

Pro tip: Start planning right now! For example, check out this list of JLPT test centers and dates. Also, if you’re looking to buy textbooks that are produced in Japan, you might want to look into purchasing them from Amazon Japan, they can be much cheaper and will ship overseas.

2. Make a habit of it

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