Learn Hiragana For Beginners (Part 2)

Welcome back! Let's learn a few more hiragana this time. Do you remember the tenten which modify the sound of consonants from the previous lesson? We saw them applied to the hiragana for "k" sounds like this: Review: か ka, which with tenten becomes が ga、 き ki, which with tenten becomes ぎ gi、 く ku, which … Continue reading Learn Hiragana For Beginners (Part 2)

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)

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)