5 Day Japanese Self-Introduction Challenge
A guide to giving a flawless self-intro in Japanese
"The Self Introduction Course was awesome! I had to give a self introduction while interviewing for an ALT position and I got the job, I even got hired at the Tokyo Branch! Thanks so much for the lessons and the podcasts, they are all fantastic and greatly appreciated."
"Honestly the most useful online Japanese course I've followed! I find that practicing sentence structures like this helps a lot. And it definitely helped set some vocabulary in my brain! Having such a structure to the podcast/lesson really helps out with retention"
"Learn Japanese Pod’s 5 Day Challenge was an excellent course, and I’d recommend it for anyone who wants to master some essential Japanese phrases. The structure of the program, with the with the audio dialogue/explanation, the step-by-step guide, and the pdf download allows for a multi-faceted approach to the language that makes comprehension and retention much more effective and lasting. Best of all, if you choose to respond in the comments with your own introduction or just ask a few questions, the admins are very active and supportive and will gladly help you along the way. Fantastic site!"
"I Love the 5 Day Japanese Challenge, it's is great, easy to listen to, great to repeat and listen again! I love the side conversations too. Thank you!"
- Adrian Lim
"The 5 day challenge really made me feel more confident and natural when introducing myself, not like the bog standard textbook self introductions. It took me about a week to practice pronunciation but it was worth it! It is the most native I have ever sounded"
A guide to giving a flawless self-intro in Japanese!
Hi I'm Alex and I am the creator of Learn Japanese Pod and this is the 5 day Japanese Challenge.
This is a free 5 day audio course that teaches you how to give a natural, fluent self introduction in Japanese for your first day of Japanese class. Just sign up and learn the essential Japanese to not sound like an idiot, like I did on my first day of school.
Yes, I used to suck but no more...but more about that later...
So who is this course for?
This for anyone who is a beginner in Japanese and wants to learn how to give an impressively fluent self introduction in Japanese to their fellow classmates on their first day of Japanese class at school or college. You don’t need any prior knowledge of Japanese or other languages. All you need to do is just follow the easy step by step lessons, listen to the audio repeat and learn, that’s it. We also have extensive PDF lesson notes and audio for you to practice while you are traveling on the train or bus.
Why did you make this course?
(Me having some festival fun with my buddies in Shizuoka)
The reason I made this short course is because on my first day of
Japanese class at university in Tokyo we all had to stand up and give
self introductions. And mine was rubbish. It was pretty embarrassing
especially as I began to panic a little. Eventually I learned how to
speak fluent Japanese and realized that it didn't have to be difficult
or traumatic to learn and perform a good self introduction in Japanese.
So, this course is really designed for me...well,. the me of 20 years
ago when I first came to Japan or YOU if you are about to start studying
Japanese in a class room environment.
Here's another really good reason to learn how to introduce yourself in Japanese. When you come to Japan, only 100% of the people you meet will want to know who you are, where you are from and what you do. Yes, you will be asked about 10 millions times so you might as well learn. But as you discover, most Japanese people are super welcoming and fascinated as to why you would visit Japan and learn the language.
What's the secret of doing a great self introduction in Japanese?
After a lot of thought and rewriting this course a hundred times, I eventually worked out a really simple method for doing this. Yes, I am a slow learner. But it basically boils down to these three steps.
1) Learn just a few basic template phrases
2) Alter them with your own personal information.
3) Practice those phrases again and again until you can say them without thinking.
The good news is that Japanese is quite a minimal language in terms of grammar and vocabulary so you can say a lot more with a lot fewer words. And that means you can complete this course pretty quickly.
So why a 5 day Japanese introductions course?
To be honest, I could have just made this into a one hour course that you could complete in one day. The amount of words and grammar you have to know is really not that challenging. However, in my experience of learning Japanese and other languages, you can go faster if you go slower.
In other words, it you take this course at a slower steady pace over 5 days, you will actually remember for far longer and be much better at giving a self introduction than someone who rushed through it in a few hours. Plus you get to review everything you did in previous lessons which builds up your skills more effectively.
What will you be able to do by the end of this course?
- You’ll be able to understand 100% of that self introduction Yoshiko just did
- You’ll learn how to tailor it to create your own self introduction
- You will amaze and impress your fellow classmates and teacher on your first day of class with your incredible Japanese. Again, this is the course I wish I had done before going to Japan.
- You’ll have a head start on other students of Japanese for pronunciation and useful daily phrases you will learn on this course
- You’ll just be a much cooler person!
How do you use this course?
(Use can listen to the audio and practice on any device you have)
It’s super easy. Just listen to the audio, repeat and learn.
You have the option to read the lessons, download the PDFs and listen to the audio. Or, you can simply just listen to the mp3 files if you want to study on move. Each lesson presents a short bite sized portion of Japanese for you to listen to repeat and learn. Each day we’ll do reviews of the previous day’s lesson so you can quickly build up your skills over the five day period.
What exactly are you going to learn?
- On day 1 you’ll learn how to introduce your name.
- On day 2 you’ll discover how to talk about your hometown.
- On day 3 you’ll learn how to talk about your interests
- On day 4 you’ll practice talking about the reasons you started to study Japanese
- On day 5 you’ll learn how to tell people how motivated you are to study Japanese. We’ll finally review everything and then put it together for your own personally tailored self introduction.
If that sounds good, why not enroll on this course?
Alex is the creator of Learn Japanese Pod, a website and podcast dedicated to helping you learn the Japanese they forgot to put in the textbook