4 Ways Shadowing Boosts Your Japanese

Shadowing is a language learning technique developed by linguistic professor and famous polyglot Alexander Arguelles. It is a modern language learning technique defined by taking in large amounts of audio in your target language and carefully picking out the sounds of the language and repeating them. You can find books for sale that teach Japanese … Continue reading 4 Ways Shadowing Boosts Your Japanese

How To Learn Your First 2 Kanji (Guide To Written Japanese: Part 1)

Topics Covered: 日, 月, Writing Dates, Onyomi/Kunyomi, Radicals Prerequisites: You won't need any prerequisites to understand this lesson, but a background in Hiragana (The 46 letters representing the sounds of Japanese) is always useful when studying the readings for Kanji. Learning Hiragana is super easy and can be done within a week! But don't worry … Continue reading How To Learn Your First 2 Kanji (Guide To Written Japanese: Part 1)

4 Japanese Sounds Foreigners Keep Getting Wrong (But Are Easy To Fix)

Disclaimer: My spoken Japanese is not perfect. Japanese pronunciation has been done dirty in the way it’s been taught to foreign speakers. Granted, if the first semester of any language course were spent only drilling the specific sounds and tonal patterns of a language not much progress would be made anywhere, although it would certainly … Continue reading 4 Japanese Sounds Foreigners Keep Getting Wrong (But Are Easy To Fix)

Learn 2,000 Kanji in 2 Years? Reviewing WaniKani

Many students of Japanese balk at the idea of having to learn the 2,136 standarized Joyo Kanji commonly used in modern Japanese. And this isn't without good reason. Kanji are a unique feature of Japanese that, while obviously having their origin in Chinese, are a completely different beast with multiple readings and often times even … Continue reading Learn 2,000 Kanji in 2 Years? Reviewing WaniKani

5 Habits That Helped Me Learn Japanese (And Pass N1)

Like many this past December I sat down for the N1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. It was not my first time taking the N1- I’d failed it by a small margin the previous year (I bombed the vocabulary section yet inexplicably performed well everywhere else). With the bad memory of failing the test … Continue reading 5 Habits That Helped Me Learn Japanese (And Pass N1)

The Japanese Cinderella: The Takarazuka Revue

I have something very interesting to share with you today. For those studying Japanese it's also a great opportunity for some listening material. Have you heard of the all-female musical theater troupe in Hyogo, "The Takarazuka Revue"? The shows they produce are wonderfully and unabashedly garish and ornate. While regarded socially as a bit more … Continue reading The Japanese Cinderella: The Takarazuka Revue