Филологические науки в МГИМО

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Learning Japanese: observations from a lifelong experience

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This paper discusses the author’s first encounter with the Japanese language at the age of 23 and documents his continuing response to it up to the present time. At first, the language learning methodology he had used before failed and proved to be inappropriate for learning Japanese. Then came the realization that learning a foreign language needs some previous knowledge to build on. The search for the most efficient way to master Japanese brought the author to receptive multilingualism, which by chance opens up new vistas for the aspiring learner to improve listening skills. The physicality of speech and the consequent importance of some form of outside stimulation for its development are discussed. Mention is made of how he came upon the idea of adapting childhood techniques in learning how to read to the acquisition of reading competence in the Japanese language. In connection with this, the author makes another digression on the relationship he perceives as existing between active and passive language skills, and from this proceeds with the mention of how this might be applicable to his progress to date in learning Japanese and why, for better or worse, this would not normally apply to classroom acquisition of Japanese either inside or outside of Japan today

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H. Kitabayashi
Daito Bunka University

Hikaru Kitabayashi, PhD, is a retired Professor at the Faculty of Foreign Languages

1-9-1, Takashimadaira, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo, 175-8571, Japan

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Kitabayashi H. Learning Japanese: observations from a lifelong experience. Филологические науки в МГИМО. 2021;7(4):61-64.

For citation:

Kitabayashi H. Learning Japanese: observations from a lifelong experience. Linguistics & Polyglot Studies. 2021;7(4):61-64.

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