As a homeschooler, you know that education happens everywhere–not just at a dining table. But when it comes to Japanese, your gentle approach sometimes turns into carving out precious time to reluctantly conjugate verbs and memorize vocab, which after a couple of weeks… results in your kids still not speaking Japanese.
In reality, you should be speaking Japanese the same exact day you start learning–not year 2 or year never. And Japanese shouldn’t feel like something extra that overwhelms your busy schedule! It should happen everywhere and integrate with what you’re already doing.
The Homeschool Phrases will have your family using Japanese AS you’re homeschooling because it has hundreds of phrases in Japanese that you already say all the time during your homeschool day! Like…
“Grab a sheet of paper.”
“I left my coffee in the microwave again!”
“This is difficult, but you are capable of doing difficult things.”
“You could be done right now if you had started when I asked you to.”
“I don’t want to practice the piano.” 😉
While using the native speaker audio to hear how to pronounce the phrases, simply replace what you say in English with Japanese! Start with just one phrase or five… it’s up to you!
There’s no need to carve out precious time, sitting at the dining table writing boring vocab lists. Instead, while the kids are eating breakfast, you can say in Japanese, “It’s time to start school.” They might not know what it means yet, but you’ll tell them in English, and then say it in Japanese one more time.
That’s it! As you keep using this phrase every morning, your child will start to make the connection between what is happening and what it means in Japanese. By the way, this is the same way you taught your kids English! You didn’t conjugate verbs with your baby, right? You spoke to your baby.
By taking this gentle and extremely practical approach with this one phrase, you’re adding Japanese to your homeschool day at the kitchen table, and your homeschool day hasn’t even started yet. Now you’re not wishing your family was speaking Japanese because you ARE speaking Japanese! Soon your homeschool day will be filled with Japanese.