Learn japanese tips

Be wary of domestic immersion programs.

Immersion in the native country is the best way to learn any language, but that is a step more for advanced students who need to bridge the gap to fluency. However, you can still get an early start. Within the US, there are domestic immersion programs and summer camps for children as well as college student programs such as the Concordia Language Villages, but look before you leap. Many programs will not allow communication in English and trying to force you to speak Japanese no matter what your language level is. Sometime immersion programs ignore the concept that adult beginning learners are past the language acquisition stage. You may need to ask yourself, “Should I take a university-level course that’s conducted completely in Japanese if I’m not yet fluent?” Don’t expect to cram to in order to catch up to a much higher language level.

Get yourself a conversation partner from the beginning.

This doesn’t always have to be expensive – a Japanese person will often want to barter for English conversation lessons. Listening to your partner and hearing yourself will help enforce correct pronunciation; urge your partner to correct you if needed. The most rewarding aspect of this is that it will help to teach your brain to think in Japanese. Conversations in textbooks are predictable, and to be honest, nobody really talks like that. Teaching yourself Japanese gives you zero opportunities to practice conversation. There are plenty of meet-up groups through Meetup.com as well as ads on Craigslist, and you can always check your local school and community centers for opportunities.

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes

When you start to practice Japanese, you are always going to make mistakes. But if you don’t put a foot wrong, you won’t grow! Making mistakes and receiving feedback from others is the most effective way to learn a language. However, keep in mind that native Japanese speakers may not want to correct you out of respect, so make it clear that you’d appreciate some guidance.

Do practice singing in Japanese and following along with lyrics.

Following lyrics will help you recognize kana and kanji, increase your reading speeds and, of course, teach you how Japanese should really sound. This is also important because in Japan, karaoke is basically the unofficial national sport. Japanese people love when foreigners can belt out their songs (the older it is, the louder they’ll react) so get your practice in early. Karaoke groups are also a great way to make friends, which leads me to the next thing…

Don’t Smoke on the Streets

“If you are a smoker and visiting Japan, be aware that in most big cities you will not be allowed to smoke in the street (and could risk a pretty heavy fine if you do). Instead, you will have to smoke in designated areas, which can be pretty hard to find. It is worth checking online where those laws apply – Tokyo and Kyoto are two of the cities that have applied this ban.”Maria-Carmen, Orient Excess UPDATE: Smoking areas can be found outside every train station and you can still smoke in a lot of restaurants in Japan.

Cover Tattoos

“Cover up any tattoos before visiting local swimming pools “Sally, 3 Kids v the world There is a deep-rooted cultural suspicion towards tattoos, stemming from their association with organised crime gangs, the Yakuza, who pledge their allegiance with full-body markings. You are unlikely to be allowed in swimming pools (including your hotel’s), spas, onsen (see tip 17) and gyms, unless you cover your tattoos.

Green Leafy Vegetables

Greens are packed with nutrients that enhance the brain in great ways. Broccoli, Swiss chards, kales, dandelion greens, collards and spinach are among the vegetables that have high nutritional value that make them useful for brain health. Broccoli, for instance, has antioxidants and Vitamin K, among other plant compounds that contribute to better memory, anti-inflammatory effects and brain protection benefits.[28][29][30] Kale is heavily packed with nutrients like Vitamin A, B6, C, K, potassium, manganese, copper and calcium that promote brain development, slowing cognitive decline caused by age, depression and even various health conditions like Alzheimer’s.[31][32][33][34] Generally, leafy vegetables contain a variety of nutrients including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that elevate various regions of the brain that are associated with memory, alertness, processing of information and overall brain health. Working with delicious green smoothies and recipes that use a lot of greens will largely contribute to a better functioning brain.

Green Tea

Green tea is another known stimulant that helps you remain alert. It contains two compounds that go a long way in influencing the brain.[20] First, it contains caffeine which accounts for the alertness. Although coffee contains a much higher quantity of caffeine than green tea, the latter is found suitable to use for those who prefer a well toned effect of caffeine. Caffeine helps with regulating neurotransmitters like norepinephrine, dopamine and adenosine, as earlier mentioned, that helps with keeping you awake and in good balance in terms of moods and brain function.[21][22] Second, it contains. L-theanine. L-theanine is an amino acid that can cross the blood-brain barrier and into the brain which then promotes increase in GABA (Gamma aminobutyric acid) which promotes relaxation.[23][24][25] It also increases the alpha waves in the brain which are responsible for the calm, conscious and relaxed mental state. When L-theanine and caffeine are combined, they both have a much powerful effect, and this explains why taking green tea for many people has been found more rewarding than coffee. L-theanine has also been linked to other mental health benefits such as improving memory and protection from mental illnesses like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.[26][27] Taking green tea in the morning and just before going for a physical exercise helps.


Maca is a plant from Peru that is grown in Central Andes and has been cultivated a little over 2000 years now. Its scientific name is Lepidium meyenii and is used as a foodstuff as well as a medicinal plant. It is said to bring about many health benefits including boosting learning abilities and memory, improving mood, increasing energy levels and endurance, improving sexual health in men, and regulating blood pressure.[16] When it comes to the mental health benefits, Peruvian natives in the Central Andes attribute their children’s good academic performance to regular use of maca.[17] While there are different varieties of maca, studies have found that the black variety is the one that shows strong effects on mental health improvement, and both hydroalcoholic maca extract and boiled aqueous maca extract have the same effect on the brain.[18] Scientific studies on maca are still in their infancy and the cause of the effects that it has shown are not yet fully established. However, it is suggested that Macamides, which are maca compounds, might be behind its potency.[19] You can add maca to your smoothies, energy bars, oatmeal, and any baked foods to enjoy its benefits.

Fatty Fish

When the words fatty fish are mentioned, you naturally direct your attention to salmon, pollack, cod, sardines, mackerel and tuna. These contain omega 3 fatty acids, which are known to help with improving learning abilities and memory, not to mention helping with building nerve and brain cells.[8][9][10][11] Improved cognitive performance brought about by omega 3 fatty acids can be attributed to the fact that they help increase flow of blood in the brain. [12] Also, when it comes to general mental health, eating oily or fatty fish helps to delay the mental decline that comes with age, as well as depression and reduce learning problems. [13] [14] Omega 3 has also been associated with the lowering of the protein called Beta-amyloid in the brain that is responsible for forming destructive clamps in people who struggle with Alzheimer’s.[15] You are encouraged to add fatty fish to your eating plan and consider having it often. Also, if you would like to obtain omega 3 fatty acids without having to feel like you have to eat fish every time, you can use other alternatives such as walnuts, flaxseeds and avocados. They are also good sources of omega 3.