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The Simple Gaijin Weekly Japanese Study Plan

Not sure how to break down your Japanese studies day-by-day? Try the Simple Gaijin method. All you need is 75 minutes a day, and you don't have to do it all at once if you don't want to or if you cannot do it all in one sitting.

 

Sunday:

• Spend 30 minutes reviewing vocabulary and grammar concepts from previous lessons. • Practice writing out Japanese characters for at least 15 minutes. • Listen to a Japanese podcast or radio show for 30 minutes to improve listening comprehension.

 

Monday:

• Spend 30 minutes practicing speaking Japanese with a language exchange partner or using a language learning app. • Review and practice writing Japanese sentences for at least 15 minutes. • Spend 30 minutes reviewing and practicing Japanese grammar concepts.

 

Tuesday:

• Spend 30 minutes practicing conversation with a language exchange partner or using a language learning app. • Spend 15 minutes writing a short paragraph in Japanese on a topic of your choice. • Spend 30 minutes reviewing and practicing vocabulary words.

 

Wednesday:

• Spend 30 minutes reviewing and practicing grammar concepts. • Practice writing out Japanese characters for at least 15 minutes. • Listen to a Japanese podcast or radio show for 30 minutes to improve listening comprehension.

 

Thursday:

• Spend 30 minutes practicing conversation with a language exchange partner or using a language learning app. • Spend 15 minutes writing a short paragraph in Japanese on a topic of your choice. • Spend 30 minutes reviewing and practicing vocabulary words.

 

Friday:

• Spend 30 minutes reviewing and practicing grammar concepts. • Practice writing out Japanese sentences for at least 15 minutes. • Listen to a Japanese podcast or radio show for 30 minutes to improve listening comprehension.

 

Saturday:

• Spend 30 minutes practicing conversation with a language exchange partner or using a language learning app. • Spend 15 minutes writing a short paragraph in Japanese on a topic of your choice. • Spend 30 minutes reviewing and practicing vocabulary words.

 

Remember to tailor your study plan to your individual learning style and needs. The key is to consistently set aside dedicated time each day to practice and improve your Japanese language skills.


To give you an idea, I'll even give you a sample schedule for new Japanese students (basically those that are going for the JLPT N5).

 

Sunday:

  • Practice writing out Hiragana and Katakana for at least 15 minutes a day. You could also do this in the morning, during lunch, and at some point in the evening as well to help maximize your basic Japanese writing studies.

  • Spend 30 minutes reviewing vocabulary and grammar concepts from previous lessons. If you are starting out, consider studying your new vocabulary and grammar in hiragana and katakana so you do not have to rely on romaji.

  • Listen to a Japanese podcast or radio show for 30 minutes to improve listening comprehension. The thing you need to understand is that for new Japanese learners, it isn't always a good idea to use native materials (like news, J-Dramas, or Anime). The best thing to use would be media that you can find on Youtube. There is a plethora of things you can find there. At this point, you want to try and pick out the words and phrases that you are learning.

 

Monday:

• Spend 30 minutes practicing speaking Japanese with a language exchange partner or using a language learning app. • Review and practice writing Japanese sentences for at least 15 minutes. • Spend 30 minutes reviewing and practicing Japanese grammar concepts.

 

Tuesday:

• Spend 30 minutes practicing conversation with a language exchange partner or using a language learning app. • Spend 15 minutes writing a short paragraph in Japanese on a topic of your choice. • Spend 30 minutes reviewing and practicing vocabulary words.

 

Wednesday:

• Spend 30 minutes reviewing and practicing grammar concepts. • Practice writing out Japanese characters for at least 15 minutes. • Listen to a Japanese podcast or radio show for 30 minutes to improve listening comprehension.

 

Thursday:

• Spend 30 minutes practicing conversation with a language exchange partner or using a language learning app. • Spend 15 minutes writing a short paragraph in Japanese on a topic of your choice. • Spend 30 minutes reviewing and practicing vocabulary words.

 

Friday:

• Spend 30 minutes reviewing and practicing grammar concepts. • Practice writing out Japanese sentences for at least 15 minutes. • Listen to a Japanese podcast or radio show for 30 minutes to improve listening comprehension.

 

Saturday:

• Spend 30 minutes practicing conversation with a language exchange partner or using a language learning app. • Spend 15 minutes writing a short paragraph in Japanese on a topic of your choice. • Spend 30 minutes reviewing and practicing vocabulary words.



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