If you can learn Japanese........even just a little of the language........ just a few phrases such as greetings, simple questions, and names of every day items, you will greatly enhance your stay in Japan.
Free Japanese Ipod downloads
Learn Japanese on your iPod - Use these free Ipod downloads to assist you to learn a few simple phrases. Take your ipod and have the Phrase book handy to help you out when you need to ask directions, or questions.
Free Japanese Lessons !
You may only need a few words and phrases if your holiday is brief. But if you plan on a longer trip, or staying with local people, you will be wanting to learn Japanese to a higher level. These lessons will get you going as they include all the skills required including
and even cultural differences.
Download the Japanese Lessons
Local people just love it when you can speak their language..........even badly! But if you can make a good impression by showing you have made the effort to communicate with them................... you will be rewarded with conversations, invitations and travel experiences others who have no language are often excluded from.
It IS worth the effort to learn the language of the country you are to visit!
Of course if you plan on staying for some time, or even living in Japan it is imperative you learn the language. Your experience will be very difficult with little or no language .........................it is limiting in every way if you can not communicate.
It does take time, persistence and effort to learn a language ........but you will reap the rewards. So go ahead and CLICK HERE to look at this Language Course and get started today!
Electronic Japanese Dictionaries and Phrase Books
If you are learning Japanese, owning an electronic dictionary will be a huge help. Especially if you choose one where the vocabulary is dictated.To hear the pronunciation ensures you start witht the correct pronunciation.
There is a huge range of electronic dictionaries. Some are just Japanese-English-English-Japanese Translators.Others have several languages on them.
Decide what features are important for you...and check the many on offer. There is a huge price differentiation as well as wide selection of options.
Ease of Use
How long the battery lasts
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Here are some I selected that I would consider for myself - just CLICK on the one you are interested in and you will be able to see the full details.
English in Japan
Out of the main centres, English is not widely spoken, which can lead to problems when you are looking for somewhere to eat. Although, if you are prepared to take the gamble and point to a picture on their menus which generally show a photo of each dish, you will be fine!
Public transport was generally easy as the buses had English signs running across a board announcing each stop, as well as usually the stop being announced in both Japanese and English. The shinkansen and trains also announce the next stop in English.
Many signs are in English, especially in tourist destinations.
It can be difficult to make yourself understood in less touristy areas, but sign language and a good dictionary will do a lot to convey the message!
Learn the Lingo on your iPod
Join the locals and have fun with our series of free language guides that contain around 30 basic phrases that you can download onto your iPod.