Category Archives: Japanese Study

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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My Japanese is Too Slow

Japanese people speak fast. If you’ve been learning this language for any amount of time, you’ve probably noticed. It’s not that I didn’t see this problem coming. I knew that sometime in the future, speed would be a problem, but … Continue reading

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