Category Archives: Japanese Study

Resource Rec: Terrace House Reality Show

Over the years, I’ve really struggled to find Japanese entertainment with native speakers using natural speech. Variety shows aren’t the most accessible here in the US, and I noticed that when I was in Japan they seemed to be the … Continue reading

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The Study Gamble

Time is closing in on me as I have just under 40 days left until my trip to Japan. I did little to no studying during the holidays, which as a result did not make my online tutoring sessions as … Continue reading

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Month-long Kanji Challenge Update: Anki Re-visited

So about 3 months ago I made a post after panicking over my dependence on furigana and declared that I would challenge myself to use kanji learning program, WaniKani, everyday for a month as my primary study method. So here’s the challenge … Continue reading

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Beginner Resource Masterlist

So the other day I was asked by a friend of a friend for some free and cheap resources that I used on my Japanese language learning journey. I meant to just send over a few links, but one thing … Continue reading

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Month-long Kanji Challenge!

As much as I like to think that I’m learning kanji while I go through Japanese textbooks, the reality is that I’ve been learning them at a snail’s pace. It’s been made glaringly obvious to me whenever I try to … Continue reading

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Language Evaluation

Earlier this week, I wrote a post about my search for an online tutor. I still have another Skype trial scheduled for this Sunday, but I decided to give the in-person tutor search another try. I had been avoiding a local … Continue reading

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On the Hunt for a New Japanese Tutor

It’s been about 2 weeks since I stopped seeing my Japanese tutor now that I can’t afford her. It was a very productive 3 months and I’ve learned more about my learning style and habits than I ever have before! … Continue reading

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Upper Beginner Status

It’s been years since I first announced to everyone I knew that I was going to tackle the Japanese language. I guess it’s expected that friends and family are surprised whenever I still label myself a beginner. Of course, I don’t … Continue reading

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Trying a Language Meetup Group

My current Japanese learning routine is working for me. I study around 5-6 hours a week from a textbook and supplement it with language shadowing. I also see a tutor once a week who helps keep me on track. My study … Continue reading

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Japanese learning Milestone: Finishing Genki I… Again

This past week I celebrated a very important milestone in my Japanese learning journey by completing Lesson 12 of the Genki textbook… for the second time. I have worked my way through Genki once before and completed it about 4 … Continue reading

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