Australian YouTube personality Kim Dao recently posted a follow-up to her video on how she became fluent in Japanese. Dao, who video-blogs on YouTube about fashion, make-up, and lifestyle, has always had a great fondness for Japanese culture. In her previous video, she talked about some of the strategies she used during her language-learning journey.
In this video, Kim Dao explains her university Japanese program in greater detail. As she mentions, Dao had never taken any formal Japanese classes before beginning her university program. However, she had a leg up on the other beginners in her class since she had played some educational video games designed to teach Japanese. According to Kim Dao, one of the biggest hurdles Japanese students face are the hiragana and katakana writing systems. Many students prefer to learn Japanese using Roman script, but Dao warns that those who attempt to do this are merely wasting their time, since the Roman alphabet is rarely used in Japanese.
When asked whether it’s possible to learn Japanese from games and videos, Kim Dao answers in the negative. To be sure, she agrees that they can be extremely useful. She concedes that it might be possible to learn Japanese on your own if you have native speakers to help you along. However, in her view study a language at university has the built-in advantage that you are forced to do the tedious work required to learn a foreign language. In Kim Dao’s view, completing her degree program was essential to successfully learning Japanese.