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Muz1234

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Study and cram everyday? What are some of the best methods in becoming fluent in the language?
 

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Immersion/constant exposure is the best method. And studying helps too of course.
 

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Do you consider yourself fluent in the language? What are your progressing tips for the language?
Depends on the definition of fluent. I consider myself conversational since I use Japanese just about every day for past 25 years. But I gave up "learning" Japanese about 20 years ago.
But, basically, you have it correct. A lot of study is helpful. And, as I said, immersion -- or constant use -- is invaluable.
The three years I spent learning Japanese in school was nothing compared to my first 6-12 months living in Japan.
 

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Practice, practice, practice.

I stopped formally learning Japanese after a few years, much like mdchachi. At that point, I continued to learn by reading, listening, and interacting with other people.

It's been over 10 years since I used Japanese on a regular basis, so I'm a bit slower than I used to be, and I have to concentrate a little harder. But I think it's like riding a bike. Once you've practiced enough to ride well enough, you never really forget it.
 

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What about your parents, do they object you in learning Japanese?
 

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What about your parents, do they object you in learning Japanese?
It was never a problem for me. I think they were surprised by my choice and they were certainly sad and concerned when I moved to the other side of the earth from them. But they were always supportive.
 

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What about housing and residence, do you buy it before you move into the country?
 

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What about housing and residence, do you buy it before you move into the country?
No, afterwards.
I had temporary housing when I moved to the Tokyo and then found a more permanent place to rent using a real estate agent provided by my company. Of course I did some research on where to live before I moved there.
 

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Which company in Japan that does temporary housing? Are there websites and links to the company?
 

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Which company in Japan that does temporary housing? Are there websites and links to the company?

 
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