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What are ways for a Japanese student to learn English?

What are some good methods and ways for a Japanese student to study and learn written and spoken English, with emphasis on composition, in order to prepare for English Language exams in four months, to be able to enter a top rated Japanese High School?
Thank you in advance for your help.

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I have to laugh

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you already speak and write English, At least what you posted is understandable.

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dare i point out that sultanemmer

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did not say that he is a Japanese student or that he has to prepare for English Language exams in four months or that he wants to enter a top rated Japanese High School
he washowever polite enough to say Thank you in advance for your help

i'm sure he will appreciate your 'laugh'....


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My sincerest apologies too sultanemmer

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I was laughing because his English is better than most in these forums. I misunderstood his message, I thought the information he was seeking was for himself.

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I'm assuming the student lives in Japan?

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There are enough american, canadian and british college graduates that go to japan to teach english that I would imagine finding one willing to tutor you would be fairly easy. Depending on where you live, and if your family has the room for an extra tennet, you might see if an english speaking student would be willing to teach you in exchange for a place to live.

Another way would be to find out where some of the english speaking expatriots hang out together for recreation and go there to strike up friendships with them. Best way to become familiar with any language is to spend a good portion of the day talking it with native speakers. Keep in mind, thatb this method may not be the best way to be exposed to "grammatically correct" english.

Good Luck


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My niece was a student in Japan

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.... for her senior high school year. She had taken advantage of Japanese being offered at her local high school.

She lived with a Japanese family, so was immersed in the language. However, I think she would tell you that she is not fluent.

Four months is a very short period of time, especially in composition.

We had a member from an Eastern European country whose English grammar put some of us to shame. He had a tutor.

If you have a college or university near you, contact their language department.

You might contact a Japanese embassy for advice. Perhaps our State department could help.

Bt I think your best choice is a college/university.

Is this for you, or a friend, or a child?

Anyway, the best of luck to you!

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Thank you.

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I wish to thank everyone who participated in this discussion.
Every contribution, no matter how humble, is acknowledged,
and I appreciate everyone's help in this matter.

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The only good way is to

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read and write as much as possible and have the work reviewed by a fluent speaker, and to speak as much as possible with fluent speakers. Once the basic language components are in place only use, correction, use, and correction will bring about improvement.


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Japanese student to learn English

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Trying to speak more is great. Japanese usually would be a lot better with English if they practiced speaking more.

However, I would suggest not just reading out loud, or repeating things that you understand, but trying to mimic what people say in movies even if you don't understand it!

The problem for a lot of Japanese people is that they are thinking about katakana or English spelling when they speak, so they pronounce things wrong. English is not pronounced really how it's written -- you have to just listen and copy what you hear first - this is how children learn proper pronunciation. Children copy what they hear before they even understand the words, and long before they learn to write.

So try to mimic things you hear in movies when you don't understand them. Just try to think of them as sounds rather than words. Get down to the level where you are just trying to make the same sounds with your mouth. Then your pronunciation will start to really improve.

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