Since older beginners are said to have past the threshold of native pronunciation, once past that point, native pronunciation is unattainable. This may be physiologically true butwe can through practice and hard work get close enough to fake a native or two. Once our tongues have hardened or the brain function coordinated with the muscles of the tongueare stuck in our primary language, they say this usually happens around the age of 12-14,then our tongue is no longer moldable and cannot attain the shape to pronouncethings.past the point where the native pronunciation line can be drawn, we can draw near unto only a good pronunciation fter learning 1 through 10 On Counting in Japanese: astudy strategyIt is rare with so many romance languages being touted around in the USA, with Mexicosouth of the border and French Canada high on its heels behind us yet close enough tohave its influence felt. It is rare to find someone who has actually learned from a friend or a Japanese teacher how to count in Japanese. Americans are starving for some variety inthe choices our students our given in the public or private schools. Where in thecurriculum does it provide for Japanese, or Korean, or any of the 1000's of languages theworld knows.First learn the first 10 numbers in Japanese.1 – ichi2 – ni3 – san4 – shi, yon5 – go6 - roku7 –shichi, nana8 – hachi, ha9 – kyu, ku10 – ju, toAt this point, I just want to say that if you feel at all uncomfortable with the numbers upto 10 then stop and just study these numbers for a couple of days before going on. Useevery opportunity to use Japanese. Give yourself two hours each day that you only speak Nihongo. If someone asks you what time it is answer in both Japanese and English. Trydoing any simple math that you would normally find yourself doing around the house ;any calculations you find yourself in try to remember to keep pace with your goals. The price of your Stater Bros items and even say the total in Japanese as you are waiting to pay. That is a good way to study even if you are not in Japan. Just make sure you can firstsay from 1 to 10 in Japanese frontwards and backwards with your eyes closed andwithout any help from some book, however you decide to memorize the numbers Theidea behind all of this is to get the locuter speaking more in the target language givinghim opportunity to Now on to the teens. Like most languages, the numbers become compound so 11 inJapanese is actually like saying ten one, ten two, ten three, ten four &tc.