Q: Hi Richard! I have a slight situation. I’m currently almost done the full Pimsleur Japanese lesson, but I want to continue learning Japanese. I won’t be going to Japan anytime soon (maybe not even for at least another five years!), so I am wondering if you know any steps I should take when I’m done with it to learn more? I prefer vocal teaching, but I also have several E-Books as well, to teach me how to read and write new words. I’m sure that alone isn’t enough though. I have already learned how to write hiragana and katakana, and all the compounds and whatever those ones with the ya/yu/yo beside them are called. Do you know of any other vocal lessons that I could get? Or do I have to just rely on E-Books for a long time? Thank you for the time to answer this, Richard.- Johnny
A: Congratulations on working your way through the Pimsleur course, that is going to be a big help and you should have the basic feel for how Japanese works. Rather than concentrating on ebooks or writing, I’d recommend doing a quick google search for Japanese people wanting to do language exchanges. You agree to chat on Skype once a week, half in English (for their English practice) and half in Japanese (for your practice). It’s sort of like taking online lessons but for free! Over time you’ll probably make a few friends who you chat to reguarly and to be honest I think it’s even more effective than actually being in Japan!