“How far can you get with Japanese alone?”
Ken Cannon here, I recently saw a question on a forum like this that caught my attention.
Basically, is it possible to study without a teacher for whatever reason that may be.
And the answer in my opinion is … yes and no.
On the one side, there are tons of other resources out there that can be used to learn Japanese besides a live teacher. So the answer is yes.
But on the other side, you can’t expect to learn a language with no guide what so ever. In my case I did happen to take classes in college with a teacher. But that was 4 years after I had learned in the first place. (and to be honest it was a easy A)
So as you may know I used self study programs. (Pimsluers, LLJB, rosetta stone, ect.) And I did learn the language! But I had a guide.
And in my opinion, a book, even the great “Genki”, really isn’t a “complete” guide. A book can’t teach you to speak a language, simply because… a book can’ speak. However they are indispensible as a study resource.
So to sum it up, Yeah! Japanese self study is possible! But without a guide of some type the Japanese forest is ten times as big (corny metaphors ftw..)