Japanese is hard (for me). I plateaued not long after arriving but over the past year, I have been kicking the ceiling and starting to finally breakthrough (Unko Kanji Drill is the best thing since sliced bread). This post is being written in the middle of the Coronavirus chaos gripping Japan (and the world). It's … Continue reading Japan Scene 9: Graduating Kindergartners
ふまんがあります! My up and down journey to learn Japanese continues. Reading remains one of the most difficult aspects of me learning Japanese, so I try to find material to read as often as I can. The problem is that I struggle to remain interested in what I am reading if it's not interesting, but I … Continue reading I have a complaint – Japanese Children’s book
A few months ago I made a post called "Is learning Japanese with Anime, Manga and Video Games possible?" That post has proved quite popular so I decided to do a followup. I've watched a lot of anime over the years and although in recent times my consumption of anime has gone down significantly I … Continue reading 25+ Japanese words and phrases Anime taught me
In a recent vlog, I spoke about having a Japanese focused video series. Over the past few weeks, I have struggled with getting it recorded as my perfectionist mentally has taken over and I have recorded and recorded it more times than I would like to admit. So what am I going to do? Continue … Continue reading Where do you start when learning Japanese?
Clay Boutwell, the author of Hiragana, the Basics of Japanese, is looking for learners of Japanese interested in receiving a free book, kana shitajiki, and Japonika notebook in exchange for an honest review on Amazon. The givbeaway bundle includes: Hiragana, the Basics of Japanese—a book by Clay and his wife, Yumi, covering all you need … Continue reading Learning Japanese? This Giveaway is for you!
I continue to be stuck in my Japanese learning rut. Work, life, procrastination and indiscipline battle my every attept to stick to a Japanese learning and practice schedule which has forced me to trying different ways to retain the little Japanese I know while slowly incorporating new Japanese words and phrases into my minuscule Japanese … Continue reading Japanese Kana – Google Chrome Extension
Simple easy to play games are often used to teach languages. I recently discovered an interesting flash game called Kana Invaders that puts an genius twists on the popular Space Invaders game. Instead and shooting invading aliens you can shoot invading hiragana and katakana! Very good for bad students of Japanese like me who can't … Continue reading Kana Invaders Flash Game
My study of the Japanese language is a stop and go process but I have been making a lot of progress lately. On the reading side so far I am confident of my Hiragana and Katakana knowledge and have been practicing recognizing more and more Kanji starting with the first year elementary school ones off … Continue reading NihongoUp – Japanese educational game
Hiragana and Katakana (together known as "Kana") are simple, 50 character (4 of which are obsolete so most sources list 46), syllable based writing systems that should be one of the first things that all persons studying Japanese should learn. Hiragana and Katakana might seem similar but there are many important differences that separate them. … Continue reading Hiragana and Katakana explained
Three consecutive nights of fiddling around in Macromedia (or should I say Adobe) fireworks has produced the following hiragana charts, as you can see the column colours are taken from the Jamaican and Japanese flag and a Jamaipanese touch has been added ^_^. The katakana version will be coming very soon. For those of you … Continue reading Hiragana Charts – Jamaipanese style ^_^