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    LingQ Japanese Review – 2018

    How would you like to learn Japanese from interesting content that you would normally read or listen to in your native language for fun? For example, do you like the Harry Potter books? What would it be like to learn from the Japanese eBook and audio book directly? That is the basic premise behind the company LingQ (pronounced “link”) which is to “Learn Languages from Content You Love.” This of course includes Japanese, and today I’ll be giving you my LingQ Japanese review – 2018. There’s a lot to learn about it, so let’s start with the basic philosophy behind it first, and then move on to exactly how the…

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    The Japanese Are Like That Review

    Alright, so the other day I picked up a book from a local library sale. You can see it in the picture above and today I’d like to give you all some insights into it. So if you’re interested in reading it, here is my The Japanese Are Like That Review. The interesting thing about the book is that it was written by Ichiro Kawasaki back in 1955! This makes it really interesting because it talks about “Today’s Japan” from that time period. Obviously some of the things won’t still be the same today in 2018, but there are a few things that have survived the passage of time. Let’s…

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    The Best Online Japanese Courses 2018

    Do you want to learn Japanese? Are you looking for a good course to help you? Well, there are actually quite a lot of them available these days and today I’d like to share the best online Japanese courses in 2018. I’ve used all of them myself at one point or another, so I’ve got a solid grasp on what they teach you, and how they do it too. The two primary things that you have to keep in mind while you go over this list are these: What is your current level with Japanese? What are your language learning goals? The reason these questions are important is because some…

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    Japanese from Zero Review: Should You Use This Book?

    If you check out the Amazon best-selling books for learning Japanese, you will almost always see the Japanese from Zero books at the top of the list. I decided to finally get a copy of the first book so that I could see what it was all about. Today I’d like to share with you my Japanese from Zero review, and go over both the content of the book (what it teaches) and also the methods of the book (how it teaches). I’m going to break it down into several sections and explain what I like, or don’t like about them, keeping in mind that this first book is intended…

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    The Pros and Cons of Learning Japanese From Anime

    I’ve talked before about the 5-step process of Learning Japanese from Anime (LjFA), and I’ve also done a case study showing you exactly how I do it. But what I haven’t talked about is “Should you use anime to learn the language?” Is it the really best way to improve your Japanese? Or is it actually a terrible way to study? I’ve identified four key aspects of anime as a source of language learning material, and I’m going to explain the advantages and disadvantages of each. If you haven’t read those other two articles yet, you can do so by clicking on the links below: The 5-Step Process to Learning Japanese…

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    All About Japanese Particles Review – The Only Book You’ll Ever Need

    Have you ever struggled to understand Japanese particles? Do you find them a little confusing? Well the good news is that there is an amazing book that teaches them all in an easy to understand way. This is a review of All About Particles which is a relatively unknown, yet powerful book on this subset of Japanese grammar. I had heard good things about it in the past, but never pulled the trigger on getting it for myself until recently. Honestly, I wish I had it from the beginning! Let me tell you why. What Does All About Particles Teach You? This book, written by Naoko Chino, teaches you the…

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    How to Learn 2,000 Essential Japanese Kanji

    Have you tried to learn Japanese Kanji before? Did you feel a little overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information you have to learn? Well luckily there’s a book that teaches you how to learn 2,000 essential Japanese Kanji in a step by step manner. The book is aptly named “Essential Kanji” and it’s an older book that was written by P.G. O’Neal while he was teaching Japanese at a London university. I first heard about it when a fellow learner of Japanese told me that it was the only thing he used to learn Kanji successfully. I picked up a copy for myself a while ago, and now I’ll…

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    Japanese Short Stories for Beginners – Book Review

    One of the best ways to learn natural Japanese is to read lots of native content. There is a wonderful resource that you can use called: Japanese Short Stories for Beginners: 8 Thrilling and Captivating Japanese Stories to Expand Your Vocabulary and Learn Japanese While Having Fun. What a name, am I right?! That title basically tells you everything that this book is about, but it doesn’t give you a lot on information on the important details regarding the format of it. If I did not already own it, then the two main questions that I would want to know before getting it would be: Is it written in all…

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    First 1,000 Words in Japanese – Book Review

    Back in the day, a company called Usborne Books came out with a series of books known as “First Thousand Words” for the most commonly used languages that people wanted to learn. I happened to get the First 1,000 Words in Japanese book back when I was a kid. It’s pretty cool and a neat way to learn a lot of Japanese vocabulary, along with how to read Japanese too. I’ll go over the basic format of the book and then share my thoughts on the best way to use it. What’s The Format Of The Book? The book assumes that you know absolutely no Japanese when you start reading.…

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    Review of the Japanese for Dummies Books

    How many of you have ever used one of the “for Dummies” books that take a complicated topic and break it down into a way that is easy to understand? Well there’s one for Japanese too! I decided to do a review of the Japanese for Dummies books so you could see if they are worth using or not. There are two books that you can get, the full book (which I have) and the second book that is called “Japanese Phrases for Dummies.” It’s the exact same material in both, the difference is that the “phrases” book doesn’t contain the audio lessons and activities that are in the full…