Can Japanese be self-taught?
Japanese is not forbidden to anyone and you don’t have to learn it with a teacher. However, since it is a very popular language, there are too many sources. So at times a beginner can get confused and find it difficult to choose an appropriate study material.
The internet is the main source of confusion. Incorrect combinations of various transcriptions and many other errors come from unverified internet pages. Even learning how to write by copying a printed text may be problematic, because some webpages could use a font which differs from the standard handwritten style. Consequently, even selecting the right online dictionary may come as an issue.
There are some skillful Japanese self-taught speakers, unfortunately, they are very scarce. Questions regarding basic principles of Japanese, introduction to the writing system, choosing the most suitable textbook are tasks always easier to tackle with the advice of an experienced teacher. The teacher guarantees that the student does not have to re-learn the basics due to previously acquired bad habits. The teacher also guides the students through the obstacles that Japanese may present, such as levels of politeness or characteristics of the spoken and written language. These areas can be rather puzzling for self-taught learners and solving them correctly will ensure natural delivery.