About Nick


Hey everyone, my name is Nick Hoyt and I’ve got a question for you: would you like to know Japanese?

You see, I was born and raised in America so English is my first language. When I was a kid, I was always really big into watching Anime, reading Manga, and playing Japanese Video Games (JRPGs).

What do all of these things have in common? They all come from Japan!

As I started getting more and more into them, I discovered something that came as a bit of a shock to me. What I found out is that it can take YEARS and YEARS for something in Japanese to get translated into English!

Well, I don’t know about you, but when I discover a great new game or anime that has come out in Japan, I don’t want to wait years before I can get to enjoy it. And that was only the first problem I ran into.

So since I like Japanese things so much, why don’t I just learn Japanese, right? Well of course it was not that simple. What I found out was that Japanese, while fairly easy to pronounce, is VASTLY DIFFERENT from English when it come to the structure and grammar of the language!

And don’t even get me started on the written part of the language. Did you know that Japanese uses not one writing system, not two writing systems, but THREE DIFFERENT SYSTEMS for reading and writing!!!

Well, by deciding to learn Japanese I had set myself up for quite a challenge. And if you’re an English speaker who wants to learn Japanese then I know exactly what you’re going through.

My Journey into the Language of the Rising Sun

I started learning Japanese over five years ago with a simple phrase book that used Romaji (Japanese written in the English alphabet). Since then I’ve read a lot of books and taken a lot of courses to see which ones works the best.

Some of the materials I used were really good for learning how to read and write. Some of them were more helpful for speaking and listening to the language. And others were a great way to pick up a lot of new vocabulary.

I got pretty good at Japanese and started talking to people about it and about language learning in general. The most common question I was asked was “what’s the best book or course to learn a new language.” The problem was, I would have to recommend four or five different ones in order for anyone to really get a full understanding of Japanese. That’s when I became very interested in “how people learn” new things.

In other words, what I wanted to know was what are the fastest and most effective ways that people learn new information and how can those same methods be used to help people learn Japanese.

What I found is that there actually are advanced learning techniques that exist! And the best part is that these advanced techniques can be used in combination with learning the Japanese language. When you do, it accelerates the speed at which you learn Japanese and helps you to skyrocket to success!

What I thought was strange is that almost no one is teaching Japanese to people using these advanced techniques. There are a few great companies and people that use a few of the techniques, but they definitely don’t use the majority of them.

What I discovered is that most people are happy to tell you how the techniques work, but they are unwilling to create or design a Japanese language learning book or course that actually uses the advanced techniques as its primary methods of teaching.

My Personal Mission

The reason I created this site was to help as many people as possible to learn Japanese using these advanced techniques so that they could become proficient in weeks instead of months, and fluent in months instead of years. If it’s alright with you, I’d like to state my mission here and now so that it is publicly known and so that everyone knows where I’ve coming from:

My mission is to help people learn Japanese faster, remember more, and have a whole lot of fun while doing so!

Obviously I’m not a native Japanese speaker, but that is actually my strength when it comes to helping you learn. I know where you’re coming from. The struggles that you are facing are the same ones that I went through.

Also, I am currently working on creating those books and courses that use advanced techniques to accelerate your learning of the Japanese language. Please be patient with me as I only want to present you with the best that I can offer. Until then, be sure to come back often and check out the blog where I will be posting helpful information for you each and every week!

If you ever have any advice for me or for other people who have a desire to learn Japanese, please get in contact with me. I would love to connect with you!

Until then, I wish you all the best and thanks for stopping by!

Ja Mata,

Nick Hoyt

Founder of Japanese Tactics
japanesetactics.com
Contact Me Here

14 Comments

    • Nick Hoyt

      Yeah, I started off learning by using a phrase book, and then moved up to some of the more well known courses like Pimsleur and Rosetta Stone. But it was pretty sporadic when I first started off. I didn’t have a lot of discipline.

      I use a much better and more systematic approach to learning these days. And that’s what I try to share here on the site as well!

  • vishal

    Hi Nick,

    I love to watch anime and have watched many of those like Death Note, Full Metal Alchemist, Code Geass and many more. I am really the fan on all kinds of anime myself.

    I already know two languages: Hindi (I am from India) and little bit English. Now I am going to learn some Japanese as well to see the look on my friend’s faces who have been here for a two year internship program!

    • Nick Hoyt

      Hey Vishal, that is awesome! I also like to learn a new skill and then totally surprise people when they finally find out about it!

      And I have to give you a big thumbs up on those anime. I’ve seen all of the ones you listed and I love, love, LOVE THEM!

      Especially since they are coming out with a third season of Code Geass this later this year! That is crazy talk!!!

  • sandr

    Wow! That’s fantastic that you have found a system for learning faster! My fiance is Japanese American. He took some Japanese when he was younger but doesn’t know much. I took French in high school and remember about 3 words! Japanese culture is becoming more and more mainstream now, so learning the language would be the “in thing” to do!

    • Nick Hoyt

      Hey that’s pretty cool! Yeah, I can totally relate to only remembering a few words from a language class in school. I took Spanish in college, but can hardly string a phrase together.

      I don’t like to knock on the traditional school system too much, but I really felt that the way it teaches makes you good at passing tests, but nothing beyond that. I think that’s why so many people look elsewhere when they get really serious about a language.

  • Tamara Ann

    Great page Nick! You have definitely turned a passion into a useful, helpful career. Your mission is excellent and I wish you all the best!

  • Shonna

    Nick!!! What are you, but a genius. Not only is your first language English, but you managed to learn Japanese and now you are creating a system to make learning Japanese easier for others? That is quite amazing and I am looking forward to being around for your success. Besides, I wouldn’t mind learning how to say more than Arigato, which is “Thanks” right?

    I am a huge fan of Naruto. If I can ever get through the episodes, which I am sure you know are many, I’d love to find another one. Do you have a suggestion?

    Oh … and when I say “a huge fan of Naruto” I mean I-am-trying-to-find-a-tat-artist-so-I-can-get-him-tatted-on-me huge fan.

    • Nick Hoyt

      Haha, hey thanks Shonna! Yep, you nailed it on the Arigato part! I also enjoy me some Naruto, but my little sisters put me to shame because they LOVE IT!!!

      As for other good shows? Where do I begin?! There are too many to list all of them! But I’ve been watching Gurren Lagann recently and I am enjoying the heck out of it!

  • Kevin McNamara

    Hey Nick,

    Great post. Love your obsession with anime and games etc! I started learning Spanish recently but dropped off after a few weeks. Motivation is the key I think. What motivation tips do you have to keep going with it once you start? I have a friend who is heading to Japan for 6 months. I will send them this link.

    Keep up the great work,

    Kev

    • Nick Hoyt

      Hey Kevin, thank you for the kind words!

      Learning a language takes a lot of energy. I mean, you are actually creating new connections and gray matter in your brain! So When it comes to staying motivation, I like to take a “table and legs” approach.

      The table is you goal (learn a new language) and each leg is a reason that you have for achieving your goal. Some of the reasons might be like: Read novels in the native language, watch movies in the language, visit the country for a few months, talk to friends who are natives in the language, and so on.

      If you have LOTs of reasons for learning a new language, then it is a lot easier to stick with it if one or two fall off.

      And hey, that’s pretty cool that you’ve got a buddy heading to Japan this year! I know they will find at least one useful thing here on Japanese Tactics!

  • Dinh

    Hi Nick!
    Nice to meet you.
    I too like watching anime but have usually watched whatever that has come out with subtitles. I didn’t know that it takes a long time for it to be translated.

    I love your idea of helping others learn Japanese fast with the most advanced techniques. I look forward to your book. 🙂

    • Nick Hoyt

      Hey thanks Dinh!

      Yeah, sometimes they even decide not to translate things at all! Which really sucks when you don’t know any Japanese at all. Although that is usually more in the video game area… I’m looking at you Pokemon Trading Card Game 2!!!

      So it really started out there and I fell in love with the language along the way. Which I think is a pretty common thing for anyone who has studied languages for themselves and not as part of a school or job requirement.

      And I’m working on some pretty exciting ideas for the book. Stay tuned for some awesome things!

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