Learning Like a Child – Japanese

I’ve written in the past about learning like a child and the problems that exist with taking this approach with adults. That said, I recently discovered upon something novel and worth having a look at if you’re learning Japanese. The book in question is Real Japanese: Learn to speak the same way Japanese kids do! (Japanese Edition)
. What it offers, in a nutshell, is everything the author’s daughter said between the ages of 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 with explanations of the grammar or how the structure used foreshadows grammar yet to be learned. As a result, you can make sense of the Japanese language in the same way as a child, but using your adult brain to take things in more quickly and systematically. If you’re interested in how Japanese works or how children make sense of language, this is a fun book to look through.

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About G Barto

I've been learning languages more than 20 years and teaching them for at least 15. Here I share the joys and frustrations of teaching yourself new languages.
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3 Responses to Learning Like a Child – Japanese

  1. Mike says:

    This sounds really interesting. G Barto, do you know if there are any books like this for Mandarin?

    • G Barto says:

      Unfortunately, I haven’t run across anything like this for Mandarin. The closest I’ve seen are a few CDs with short nursery rhyme type poems and the like. It doesn’t show you what the child produces, but does at least give you an idea of the input they’re getting.

  2. Actu Traduction blog says:

    Looks interesting and fun. 🙂

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