Seeing as how it’s the end of the year, I thought it would be a good chance to look at how, exactly, we can commit ourselves to studying Japanese, even when times get hard. (more…)
Though, I do enjoy reading novels in Japanese, I think Dan, the guest author for this post has me beat. After all, he publishes dual-text learning materials for classic Japanese literal. *_*
Anyways, have fun reading everyone. – Niko
Most things in life aren’t nearly as difficult as they seem.
You take a few hesitant first steps, get the hang of it, and then laugh at your old self for being scared so easily when there was really nothing to worry about.
Reading Japanese, though, is every bit as difficult as it seems—and then some. At no point does it ever truly become a piece of cake, unless it’s a cake made of plutonium.
But luckily, difficult doesn’t mean impossible. (more…)
This article is courtesy of Cody B., Spanish master extraordinaire & learner of Japanese (full bio below).
Since I’m a nerd, I’ve sprinkled my own comments and observations into the article, too. – Niko
Hello, and welcome to the second instructive article written by yours truly, Some Guy! Niko was kind enough to allow me to contribute to his site again, so I thought I’d use this opportunity to talk about what I think is one of the more useful grammar structures in Japanese. (more…)
I’m gonna do this!
I’m gonna learn Japanese!
Then you start researching a bit. You start learning about hiragana, and katakana, and kanji, and weird-o grammar, and pitch accents.
And thus the seed of doubt is planted. (more…)
This week, I’ve been exploring Fluent In 3 Months Premium 2.0.
For those of you that don’t know, Fluent In 3 Months is the world’s most popular blog about language learning, run by the famous Benny Lewis, “the Irish polyglot.”
It goes without saying, then, that I was thrilled to get a private beta preview of his new premium learning materials.
Here’s what we’re dealing with… (more…)
Years back, I attended a Japanese language school in Tokyo.
At that school, each class had a different level–each one taking 3 months to complete.
Level 1 was for all the beginners, who sucked at Japanese.
Level 7–the highest level–was for N1-Level Ninjas. (more…)
Earlier this week, I sent out an email to readers, asking:
What is the #1 problem you’re facing in your journey to Japanese fluency?
The responses gave me a great idea as to the issues you’re all facing, and I’m planning to write a number of posts over the next few weeks addressing these issues.
For now, though, let’s look at one of the top-reported problems: Kanji. (more…)