How To Learn Japanese Language
Japan is world's third largest economy is looking for foreign workers across various industries, particularly in Software, Mechanical, Health care, Construction etc. For many positions, conversational level of Japanese is sought as a "Prerequisite" by many of the companies from foreign workers. Japan government is also conducting "Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), twice a year - first Sunday of July and December. There are 5 levels defined by the governing body, and it begins with N5 which is Basic to N1 which is advanced level. N3 Plus conversational level is good enough to find an employment in Japan. Approximate time required for each level would be as follows -
N5 – Basic (100 Hours)
N4 – Intermediate – I (120 Hours)
N3 – Intermediate – II (140 Hours)
N2 – Advanced – I (160 Hours)
N1 – Advanced – II (250 Hours)
Japanese Language has three scripts called Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. One has to begin with Hiragana and Katakana which is first step of learning the language. There are Hiragana/Katakana charts available on internet. The stroke order of the Hiragana/Katakana scripts are very important to learn. There are many books like Minna No Nihongo which is widely used for N5, N4 and N3 levels. Also, Marugoto, Genki etc. which are used by different institutes while teaching the language. It is advisable to join one of the local institutes to study N5 and N4 to get strong foundation of the language. There are also lot of YT videos (for example, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFYP-J-uflugmUMnyQ8tDIg) available to fine tune one's learnings. N5 and N4 level can be learned from non-native teacher whereas N3 and above shall be learned from native Japanese teacher to improve pronounciation, Kanji learning etc.