A new interview, this time it's Charles Bond who is studying Japanese.
Name: Charles Bond
Country: United States
Original language: English
New language: Japanese
Proficiency in new language: 4 (very good / near fluent)
How long have you been learning the language: 10 years
Why are you learning the language: Because I have a strong interest in Japanese language and culture. Also, my wife is Japanese.
What do you find the most fun part about learning the language: Learning new words and new character sets.
What do you hate about learning the language: Trying to correctly remember layers of formality I am not accustomed to using in my native tongue.
What is your tip to other people learning this language: Start with Hiragana and katakana, and speak with native speakers as much
as possible. There is no such thing as too much Japanese media
Start reading as soon as you can.
Do you have a tip for everyone learning a new language: Find media you enjoy in that language, and watch as much as you can with
and watch/listen to as much as you can with and without subtitles.
Spend as much time as you can with native speakers.
Always learn the native alphabet as soon as you can.
Thank you so much for filling out this questionnaire Charles!
We actually talked about formal language on the trilingual post of this week: Polite language, and showed how both Dutch and Japanese have formal and informal language while English only has one style.
If you want to be part of this too, you can fill out the questionnaire on the Language interviews page.