What’s The Best Age To Learn Japanese?

In the game of language, the younger you are, the bigger the winner right? The older you get, the worse off you are? 30? Nope. 21? Nope. 16? Nope. 12? Nope. 3? Yes. Yes? Really?

Whats The Best Age To Learn Japanese

“Too old to learn a Japanese.”

Worst excuse ever.

But even if you can learn a language at any age, there must be a best age.

There is.

Whatever your age is right now. Any other age is irrelevant.

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First, thinking whether you are at an advantageous age to learn Japanese is you searching for an excuse on why you aren’t the best equipped to do it. The second you start doing this, you are already poisoning your thoughts.

But more importantly, you want to learn Japanese now.

Your sum of life experiences have led you to this exact moment where you want to learn Japanese. 5, 10, 15 years ago, where you were in your life, would you want to have learned Japanese? Who knows. Would you have had the motivation to learn Japanese? Who knows. Would you be ready to learn Japanese? Who knows.

The only thing you know is that right now you want to, have the motivation, and are ready. And that’s the exact age you want to and need to be to learn Japanese.

It’s that simple.

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I don’t care if you are 10, 20, 30, 50, or even 80 (if you are 80 and on this site I’d love to hear your story). If you are starting Japanese, you chose the perfect time. There is no prime age. No magic powers of youth. It’s you and Japanese and the merger between the 2.

My best age to start learning Japanese was 21. What was yours?

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What’s The Best Age To Learn Japanese? — 8 Comments

  1. My best age was 19. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have had the motivation to carry through with it much earlier than that either (Actually, I had zero motivation).

  2. It’s hard to say for sure what mine is. I memorized hiragana and katakana to be able to read the lyrics of Japanese children’s songs when I was 9. I started learning “children’s words” (jumping rope, stag beetle, onion, rubber eraser, etc.) also around that time when my aunt gave me a Japanese children’s book as a present. I’ve grown to like anime afterwards, but only 2 years later did I actually decide to learn Japanese structurally through a website called “Japanese Is Possible!” (http://maktos.tripod.com/jip.html). That was 8 years ago. Through high school, I had been studying on and off until I entered college 4 years ago. I’ve been at it constantly ever since.

  3. I started private lessons in 2014 (13 years old) we got to 3 chapters of genki then quit due to end of school year and long vacation. After that I lost interest in learning Japanese, then when I started french in high school I was studying it nonstop for a month and got ahead of my class and quit because I am ahead then realized that my true language is Japanese then searched online methods online while doing genki then I found Jalup on December 23, 2015 (14 years old), got jalup beginner 1 on december 25 (right on christmas) finished it and kept on reviews until the end of january when I got my belated christmas money from aunt and uncle and bought the rest of jalup beginner. Just finished all of beginner today. Starting J-J and saving up money for Jalup maximum, by the time I get enough money, I’ll power through all of what I know and find my place.

  4. I’m learning at 12 but many people have said to me that I need to drop learning japanese if I want to take Spanish and French for gcse but why would I since I might have mastered japanese by then.

    • That’s no reason to drop it. You’re young and really want to learn Japanese. Just do it on the side with whatever other school requirements you have (whether language or other). Years later you can show those people they were absolutely wrong.

    • The methods you will learn through this site can largely be applied to learning other languages as well. Apply them to French and Spanish, and you won’t have to study nearly as much for school. Leaving more time for Japanese!

      I wish when I was your age I had been exposed to spaced repetition tools.

      Jalup NEXT is just for Japanese, but the app Anki works on similar principles and can be used for learning almost anything.

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