Getting Started on Learning a Second Language

All Japanese All the Time (AJATT) http://www.alljapaneseallthetime.com/blog/ While he focuses on Japanese and Chinese learning, most of the techniques he recommends can be applied to any language. Spaced Repetition Software This moves things from your short term memory into your long term memory through reviewing flashcards using algorithms. There are different options for this software. … Continue reading

Japanese Study Resources: Audio

I haven’t posted in a long time about my study regime or what resources I have been using lately.  This post is going to focus on the audio  resources I use, which are mostly podcasts (I’ll post about video resources later). I spend about 30 minutes to 1.5 hours listening to Japanese.  Usually I listen … Continue reading

Jouyou Kanji (常用漢字)

The Jouyou Kanji is the government issued list of kanji that everyone should know. However, the kanji placed on the list are not the most commonly used kanji encountered in everyday life, making the list not as useful as it could be. I recently read Tae Kim’s post about the proposed revisions to the list … Continue reading

SRS: Japanese Study Update 2008年7月11日

Recently I have tried to up the amount of Japanese study that I do every day and I have been seeing an improvement in the rate of my language learning. I feel that I am retaining a lot more new words and grammar with my new study regimen. The main part of my study is … Continue reading

Saying Goodbye to Japan…

After three years I am finally leaving Japan. As the plane tickets are finalized (and payed for), and as we pack up our belongings; ruthlessly throwing out the things which we don’t need, the realization that we are actually leaving hits me. I have had a great time living in Japan and I have learned … Continue reading