Video instructions and help with filling out and completing When Form 2220 Abroad

Instructions and Help about When Form 2220 Abroad

I love what-if situations because they force you to be creative and see things from a fresh perspective so when someone recently approached me saying excuse me but I need to become fluent at speaking Japanese in six months what should I do my initial response was and after this exchange I couldn't help but think what if that person had actually served excuse me I need to become fluent in speaking Japanese in six months as you've got 10 minutes to tell me what I need to do and the more I thought about the whole speaking Japanese fluently the six months think they're more I realize that is actually technically possible with a good strategy with a good plan now granted it took me longer than six months but this is because like most learners I had no idea where to begin or what to do now I've been fortunate to come a long way since then culminating last year taking part in a regional Japanese speech contest somehow winning and ending up in the local newspaper looking like some kind of slightly overweight disappointing villain so if you have half a year to spare or you're learning Japanese from a beginner to an intermediate level here are six important points for making fluency in six months a reality or if you do lack at the time the very least in under in here so the aim of not being shot in this bizarre poorly conceived hypothetical situation here is a six step strategy for success and speaking Japanese fluently in six months oh I love alliteration so the first thing you need to become fluent at speaking Japanese is the core vocabulary and grammar but how much is this well probably not as much as you think I discovered this when I came to Japan and befriended someone who is very much fluent in conversation but knew surprisingly little Japanese I won't reveal his name or face suffice to say his greatest quality is that he's from Canada and so for the rest of this audio-visual experience we'll be referring to him as Canadian going but Canadian guy came to Japan having learned his Japanese from the popular textbooks Genki won and Genki too and then he just couldn't be bothered to learn anything more because admittedly he found speed Italy too he already had enough Japanese to be able to have good conversations with people and after I'd finished using both books I also found I knew enough to be able to have good everyday conversation but how much Japanese is that exactly and can it be learned in six months the books take you up to jlpt 4n4 level which is around a thousand words and once the books do contain big scary kanji characters they also contain hiragana and katakana meaning you can progress through them without being held back by kanji and as there are 22 chapters and 24 weeks in which to learn them the rate of one chapter a week is more than manageable with two weeks left over to learn hiragana and katakana if you need to now at this point I expect everyone and their cat is shouting a thousand words suitable it simply can't be done to which I say let's be ruthless and say we have 1500 words to learn in five months because you want to use the sixth month to review the things we've learned and enjoy muffins basic math tells us that comes to a staggering ten words a day but if like me you have trouble remembering vocabulary use of memorization website like memorize where you can learn new vocabulary daily and you'll find that it makes this six-month target disgustingly achievable fluency with just a thousand words Robson's by it's important to remember that the thousand most commonly used Japanese words represent 70% of the everyday spoken language because the words are used that frequently of course simply just by knowing them won't make you fluent that's what the other five tips are for but you can't go anywhere without the essential so make sure you learn them and learn them well now Music what was put to conversation fillers are the words we use when we hesitate mid-sentence oh no I ultimately they have no meaning but they still play a vital role during conversation and then there's back-channeling which are words that we use to show that we're listening in during conversation uh-huh all right yeah and you'll benefit massively from using them when you speak Japanese because not only will you sound more like a native speaker but early on will you find it difficult to recall a a word mid-sentence or you'll be able to use the filler to buy yourself time until you can remember the word example Oh Music yeah yeah right I saw her oh yeah I see I see yeah not a woman no no hmm what is it yeah nothing and if you listened to a Japanese speaker you'll especially hear the first tip we get into the habit of using them early on not only when you sound more like a native speaker but you'll feel more comfortable and natural when speaking Japanese it's a small thing but it does make a huge difference mmm fairly obvious once you've started learning Japanese naturally you want to start practicing and using it with native speakers of Japanese in conversation and if you plan to be fluent in six months you would need to speak to someone for about one hour every week do that and six months is completely achievable so find a conversation partner or a Japanese teacher and you'll be fluent in no time at all yeah oh wait there's literally no native speakers of Japanese outside of Japan okay I exaggerate but it's true if you live outside Japan there is a noticeable absence of Japanese people to actually

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