Going to become a foreign exchange student in japan
I have been doing duolingo for around five or six months it has been fun and helpful. I am also using other programs books and a personal tutor but I was wondering if I can prepare intime for my trip august 20,2019(the day I am writing this is 5/7/19). just wanting any advice for living in japan or what I should focus on and anything really. if I can I will try to update my journey on here
Good luck! I heard it's hard to be a foreign student in Japan because the work ethic is so intense. With a tutor, duolingo, and books, I'm sure you'll be very prepared given that you practice everyday! Seems like you're already on top of things.
I think the number one tip is to make a friend or 10. Having someone to save you in a bad situation is good. Honestly, I don't feel you're prepared enough to speak Japanese fully in Japan, from what I know (not much). However, Japanese are very used to English speakers so you should be fine. Just don't slack on your studies! (They're very caring people don't worry.)
Have fun, enjoy everything and talk in Japanese as much as you can all the time!
Awesome! Have lots of fun! Practice on the long flight and enjoy the scenery! I'll go to Japan some day, hope you enjoy yourself!
Make sure you study up on foods if you plan on going to restaurants on your own! A lot of the menus here are entirely in Japanese so learning your kanji is very important. Also if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions, learn like every variant on how to both ask and what the answers could be. Otherwise, good luck! You will have a great time :D
Japan is an awesome place, People are super friendly and helpful everywhere. I am living in Tokyo for over 2 years with very less proficiency in Japanese. I never had any problem. keep learning, I think it's a great opportunity to learn. Good Luck
I'm just starting the japanese course on duolingo, because I plan to move to Japan in the future. Not specifically with japan, but I DO have experience moving to a foreign country to study. And the main thing is, MAKE FREINDS. It will be stressful to have your primary language switched. After an active day, you will lie down at night with an aching head. But having a freind helps making learning more language fun. Focus on your studies, becuase you will be at a disadvantage compared to your peers. It is even more important for you to study than it is for them. But, as an exchange student, I can tell you that having a social life is just as important.
My advice is to make friends, talk talk talk with the locals. It's easy to go to your comfort zone and seek out other exchange students but immersing yourself in the language while you are there will help you improve so much. Make sure you know phrases and information in Japanese that will be important like your home address and school address. How to ask for directions etc. That said depending on where you go like Tokyo, there are a lot of English speakers that are happy to help out in a bind. So don't worry and mostly have fun!
I hope you have a wonderful time here in Japan! I've been living in Japan for a year now, had a hard time because I'm kinda shy, but this year I've decided to try harder, now I have friends and my Japanese just got so much better, don't be scared of the new thing and... Good luck!!!