How to get free Japanese audio examples?

“There is no audio example of the text that I want to read” is one of the problems foreigners often faced in self-studying Japanese. In this article, we will teach you how to solve this problem.

 

There are numerous audio materials that can be used for listening practices, such as textbooks attached with CDs and free YouTube movies. However, these are not the text that I want to read.

Japanese learners had no choice but to ask native Japanese like a Japanese instructor to read out the text.

Now, everyone can get audio examples of any text for free by using speech synthesis software.

Please visit the following site. (This page is only available in Japanese.)

http://voicetext.jp/

  1. Choose a language
  2. Choose a voice actor
  3. Fill in the text you want to read out

The above three steps will help you get your own audio examples.

You can create your own text as below, it would be useful for practicing Japanese in various business settings such as interviews and presentations.

「大連のシステム会社でスマートフォンのソフトウェア開発に携わっておりました。」

“I have been engaged in software development for smartphones in a system company in Dalian.”

 

「本日はプレゼンの機会を頂き、誠にありがとうございます。当社の新商品をご紹介させて頂きます。」

“Thank you very much for the opportunity to make this presentation today, I will introduce our new products.”

 

「Keikoさん、僕と結婚して下さい。必ずあなたを幸せにします。」

“Keiko-san, please marry me! I will make you happy forever.”

 

Such private conversations are also okay.

Audio examples made by speech synthesis software are not perfect because it is mechanical sound, but I think it is sufficiently useful for self-studying.

Please try it!

Things People Learning Japanese Should Keep in Mind (Part 2)

In the article (Part 1), we had talked about three important things that people learning Japanese should keep in mind.

<1> Motivation does not last

<2> People are forgetful

<3> Retention rate according to the study method

 

This time we continue to discuss this topic related to learning Japanese.

 

 

<4> Take a balance of reading, writing, listening and speaking

Often listen to people who are learning a foreign language, like to practice speaking, but do not interested in studying grammar or practicing listening. However, taking a balance of each category is important in learning a foreign language. Especially people who are living in their own place to learn foreign languages, writing and speaking practices are probably not enough.

 

For example, there are many people studying Japanese for the Japanese language proficiency test (JLPT). However, most of the Japanese learners are not fluent in speaking, even if they are N1 qualified. On the contrary, there are a lot of foreigners living in Japan can speak fluent Japanese, but may not be so familiar with the basic grammar.

If there is a significant lack of writing and speaking practices (output), you are recommended to increase the opportunities of using Japanese.

If there is a significant lack of reading and listening practices (input), try to practice more reading and listening, even though the work might be boring.

 

 

<5> Don’t read Amazon reviews when choosing textbooks!

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Many people will probably read online reviews, such as reviews from Amazon, before purchasing self-study textbooks. However, this method is not highly recommended because most of the reviews are simply written by common people, rather than experts, so the comments are very subjective. What’s more, common people will not take a few textbooks to make a detailed and objective comparative analysis, so this kind of information may not have reference values.

 

Instead, two methods are suggested as follows:

  • Ask a professional Japanese teacher
  • Ask a bookstore specializing in selling Japanese textbooks (SHOGAKUSHA, BONJINSHA, etc.)

Large bookstores like KINOKUNIYA, are also not highly recommended. As the bookstore staffs are not familiar with Japanese education, they may just introduce you the bestselling textbooks. However, the bestselling may not be the best. It is difficult to obtain appropriate advices from large bookstores. There are a variety of Japanese textbooks and learning materials available in specialty bookstores in Japan. It’s worth checking out!

 

The following site is recommended. A lot of teaching materials for learning business Japanese with commentary are available.

List of Business Japanese Textbooks

In addition, this site is particularly recommended to people who are learning IT business Japanese.

Japanese for IT Business

 

 

<6> How to find a good teacher?

 

What kind of teacher is a good teacher? It is difficult to say unequivocally because it varies from person to person. There is a very useful question that can clarify a Japanese teacher’s experience. Ask your teachers: “How many textbooks you are used as teaching tools?” If your teacher just answer one textbook, then you should be careful. In my opinion, a good teacher “can use appropriate materials and curriculum in accordance with student’s level and needs”. In other words, a teacher who has long experience in teaching Japanese, the number of textbooks using in teaching should be increased steadily. I know several Japanese-teaching experts who use more than 50 Japanese textbooks. If a Japanese teacher use more than 20 Japanese textbooks, he/she should be very enthusiastic about teaching Japanese.

 

We sincerely hope the above information is helpful to you.

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Things People Learning Japanese Should Keep in Mind (Part 1)

Anyone who climbs a mountain or runs a marathon approaches the challenge with a specific target timeframe and plan in mind.
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Learning Japanese takes even more time than climbing a mountain or running a marathon.
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And yet people try to learn Japanese without a specific target timeframe and plan in mind.
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Why?

Motivation is more likely to decrease than increase for most people.
Motivation increases if you hang out with other motivated people
So, seek out other people who are working hard at learning Japanese.
If there is no Japanese language study group nearby, you can find such groups online such as on Facebook.
We also recommend that you take part in speech contests and give presentations.

<1>Motivation does not last

After all, people studying Japanese who have a strategic plan in mind are far more likely to succeed!
So, we’d like to tell you some things that anyone learning Japanese should know.

<2>People are forgetful​​

German psychologists have demonstrated that there is a “forgetting curve”. People forget more of the new information they have learned as time passes.

People forget about 60% after 6 hours, and 70% after one day.
We therefore recommend multi-level review at the following times:
・Immediately after a lesson
・One day after a lesson
・Several days after a lesson

Reviewing material immediately after a lesson is particularly critical, so be sure to set aside time for review.

<3>Retention rate according to the study method

Results are completely different depending on the study method used even if the time spent studying is the same.
So, try to learn using the study methods with the highest rate of retention.
(For people taking lessons) Preview is essential to achieve this.

That’s all for today. We’ll tell you more in the days to come!

 

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