If you want to increase the chances of finding a Job in Japan during your stay, it would make sense to start studying the language the soonest possible, if possible also before coming to Japan.
The Japanese embassy in your home country can assist you in finding a Japanese language school nearest to you.
Learning the basic greetings and the basic alphabets like Hiragana and Katana will help heaps in day-to-day living. In my opinion Katakana is more useful if your Japanese language proficiency is under intermediate level.
Here are a few books that we recommend for you to get started.
As you may have noticed, the Japanese language is completely different from our native languages. Not only the structure of the sentences different, but also they use three different alphabets, katakana, hiragana and kanji. No need to stress if you can`t learn them all, many people have been in Japan for years and can barely read. Undoubtedly the best, for a person whose stay is one year or less, will be to learn to speak. Although it would be highly recommended that you also learn the katakana, since it is the alphabet most used by foreigners.
Once you are in Japan you could go to Japanese classes, which we could separate into three types:
- Free classes are highly recommended because as you guessed, are free, although due to the experiences of people who have attended, you do not learn too much. Since they are free you might not put in enough effort. Here is a link to free classes .
- Another option is a language academy, they are quite good but at the same time expensive and like the free ones you would have to adapt to their schedules, although they are quite more flexible than the free ones. Ideally, you should first know where you are going to live and then look for a nearby academy, since they are all quite similar in price, and the quality of the classes will depend more on the rest of the students and the teacher, rather than on the academy itself.
- The last option would be to take private lessons. They are quite expensive, although to be one to one with the teacher is usually the most efficient way to learn.
If you want more information about any of the options, do not hesitate to