日本語の秘密 FW


日本語の秘密/ The Key to NIHON-GO

by 岸本建夫 [Kishimoto Tatsuo] 1999
OCR/Corr by most.cyak@gmail.com, Oct 2014


Foreword: Japanese is the World’s Easiest Language to Learn

  What should foreign persons do to master the Japanese language easily? This book reveals these keys to learning Japanese.

  I was a businessman in New York for 5 years and in Beijing for 3 years. I studied English and Chinese since I was just a schoolboy, but I was no language expert. In each of these countries, I used either English or Chinese in my business and daily life. I’m not all that good at either English or Chinese, but I’m proud that I have been able to put both languages to use. In business and daily life, I often compared Japanese with the other languages. In comparing them, I came to understand both the good and bad aspects of the Japanese language.

  I started to think about the non-Japanese who show an interest in Japan and are trying to learn Japanese. Unfortunately, the number of foreign persons coming to Japan to study has actually decreased in recent years, despite Japanese government policies designed to increase the number of foreign students. Why is this?

  There may be a number of reasons, but perhaps everyone would agree that the Japanese language itself is certainly one of the greatest barriers.

  If they could find a way to master Japanese without that much effort, many people, not only foreign exchange students, but also others like businessmen and researchers, would study Japanese. The numbers of those learning Japanese would then be sure to increase rapidly.

  Japanese is really the world’s easiest language to learn. Until now, however, have we taught Japanese to foreigners in a way that makes it easy for them to understand? It doesn’t seem so. The Japanese language has always been possessed of a series of advanced and yet easy-to-understand rules. However, most people have not been aware of this until now, so they have not put these rules to use. This book sheds light on these rules. It also clarifies those parts of Japanese which foreigners should learn, and those which are not as necessary to learn. It also suggests a method of studying Japanese which is geared to making it easy for foreigners to use, not to making it more convenient for the Japanese teacher. The book aims to make Japanese language learning more fun by clarifying the easy-to-understand rules hidden in those seemingly difficult areas.

  Now, without further delay, I would like to introduce and explain each one of these rules for learning Japanese.

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