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    Gabriel at Koipun.com Interviews Me On Learning Japanese

    Hey, what’s going on everybody? Some of you may be familiar with Gabriel J. Pérez Irizarry who runs the Japanese language learning website koipun.com As it turns out, he wanted to do an interview with me on learning Japanese, resources that I’ve found useful, and much more. I think it turned out really well, and encourage you all to check it out here, along with the rest of his site. One of the super cool things that Gabriel is doing is working on his Japanese Readers that allow you to learn the language through native video games (like Chrono Trigger) and manga (like Dragon Ball). As I continue to not only learn…

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    What is Anki? It’s The Key To Remembering Japanese Forever.

    If you’ve searched around the internet for ways to learn Japanese, then you’ve no doubt come across people recommending the use of Anki. But what is Anki and what does it do? The basic answer is that it is a digital flashcard program that utilizes spaced repetition for organizing your review sessions. Maybe that explanation doesn’t really clear everything up, but instead creates new questions. So today I’m going to talk about what Anki is, where you can get it, how I recommend you use it, and how it helps you to remember Japanese forever. Here’s the Breakdown on Anki Alright, so Anki is a “digital flashcards program that uses…

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    Case Study: Watch Me Go Through Each Step Of LjFA!

    If you read my last post that explains the five step process to learn Japanese from anime (LjFA), then you probably want to watch me do it so that you can see it for yourself. If you haven’t read that post yet, then click here to do so before continuing on in this post. In addition to showing you how I did it, I’ll also provide some alternative recommendations in case you have different resources available than what I do. Step 1: Which (Single) Anime Episode Did I Choose? I wanted to choose a slice of life anime for myself since they are typically easier to learn and understand than…

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    Japanese Pitch Accent Resources

    Many of you are working on improving your spoken Japanese by studying the four pitch accent patterns. But do you have a good way of looking up the correct one for each new word you learn? If not, then don’t worry as I will be sharing several Japanese pitch accent resources. Some of these are websites that are completely free to access and use, while others require you to invest some money to acquire and utilize. Regardless of which direction you decide to take, there are many options open to you. Let’s check them out now! Websites for Looking up Pitch Pattern There are a few different websites that you…

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    How to Use Netflix to Learn Japanese

    There are a lot of available tools that you can use in order to improve your target language skills. One of them is Netflix and I’d like to talk about how to use Netflix to learn Japanese. For most of us, we either have an account in our own names, or we borrow one from the friend or family member that is nice enough to pay the subscription every month. You are paying that, right Mom? LOL! But no really, here are some of the ways you can take full advantage of the streaming service. Watch Shows in Japanese I think the most obvious way, is to watch shows in…

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    What is Romaji and Should You Use It? The Cold Hard Truth.

    There are many ways to learn Japanese, and one of the most popular is through the use of Romaji. Today I want to ask and answer the question, what is Romaji and should you use it? First I’ll give a brief explanation of it, and provide some examples so that you can see it in action. Then I’ll talk about how most people use it to learn Japanese, and both the good and bad things about it. Finally, I’ll conclude and explain my thoughts on if you should be using it to learn Japanese, of if you should avoid it altogether. The Definition of Romaji As you probably know, Japanese…

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    Japanese on YouTube – A Great Way To Improve?

    YouTube is a technology that has forever changed the world. The last time I heard the statistic, it was that 400 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute! And some of those hours are either devoted to teaching you Japanese, or they are completely in Japanese. The Japanese on YouTube is a great resource to take advantage of! But there’s only one problem: It’s easy to get lost! There is a sea of videos to swim through! So how should you navigate these uncharted waters in order to thrive (and survive)? Well, I think there are a couple of ways. You Can Find Videos That Teach Japanese The most obvious…

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    How To Find Good Japanese Example Sentences for FREE!

    If you want to get really good at Japanese, you need to practice reading and speaking in complete sentences. It makes logical sense when you think about it, because that’s how you’ll encounter the language in the real world. But if you’re not sure where to find good sentences to learn and memorize, it can feel a little overwhelming. I’m going to show you how to find good Japanese example sentences on the internet, and how to do it for free. First let’s take a super short look at the benefits of learning Japanese within the context of sentences. Then let’s check out the website that practically has an unlimited…

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    Should You Read Japanese Books on Kindle?

    How would you like to get better at reading Japanese? And how many of you would like to have access to lots of interesting Japanese books and manga? Both of these things can be attained, and rather simply, when you read Japanese books on Kindle. If you’re not familiar with what Kindle is, it is Amazon’s program for reading electronic books. Thankfully you don’t have to buy a separate device, since you can download the Kindle app for free onto all of your mobile devices and computers. If you don’t already use Kindle, you can pick it up for free by going to this Amazon.com page. And once you have…

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    Turn Your Car Into a Japanese Classroom!

    Everyone knows that in order to learn something new, you have to put in regular time and effort. Unfortunately, in today’s busy world, people have a hard time finding time for study. That’s why you should turn your car into a Japanese classroom! If you think about it, we all spend a lot of time each day in our cars. Many of us drive by ourselves, and it happens with regularity each and every day. What better time is there to practice Japanese? Let’s take a look at what “Japanese Drive Time” looks like and the best ways to go about using it. How Much Time Does the Average Person…