Making a Game of Katakana-style English
As in any language, there are many loan words used in Japanese. They are “on loan” from French, Italian, Russia, Spanish, and English, just to name a few. You may hear quite a few words that sound familiar, but with a distinctly Japanese pronunciation. If you practice saying English words with a Japanese pronunciation, it may be easier for you to recognize them in conversation.
Whether you are eating alone, or are joined by family or friends, mealtimes are a great opportunity to practice
This is not only excellent practice for your language skills — it is also a lesson in communication. Making yourself understood across language barriers requires patience and creativity.
At Work and School
Exposure to different cultures can make even the dullest job more exciting. Teaching someone else what you have learned is, also, a great way to improve your own knowledge of the subject matter. Why not pass on some of what you have gleaned from this book to your coworkers and classmates? Who knows, you may impress your boss, or spark someone else's interest in Japanese language and culture.
At first, people may think you are joking when you bow and say
Becoming fluent in