The Language of Japan

I wanted to write a really interesting and profound post for the Japan Blog Matsuri, but every year I forget about it, miss the deadline, or can’t think of anything for the theme, so I’m just going to write this post anyway – believe it or not, I began the draft of this post for … Continue reading

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

Japanese “Alphabet” Song

The video below goes through the pronunciation of the hiragana alphabet.  The second video includes hiragana, katakana, and romaji.

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