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Learning Japanese? Here Are 5 Online Courses for Different Japanese Learners!

If you’re a Japanese language learner, the chances are you already know what Memrise is and have been using it or a similar software. But for those unaware, Memrise is what is known as a “spaced repetition learning” website, meaning that it will quiz you periodically on the things you’ve learned, with more regular testing…

Struggling to Learn Japanese? Check These 3 Handy Japanese Learning Apps Out!

It’s great when languages (like Japanese) are offered as a school/university elective, and this definitely helps establish a learning foundation you can build upon. But what about those that didn’t get this opportunity or have only just decided to start learning Japanese? Yes, I’m sure you’d be able to find an independent Japanese language school,…

This Language Game Makes Learning Japanese a Doddle!

Let’s face it, learning a language requires a lot of time, memorizing and practice. It’s no surprise that many of us associate language-learning with long, boring study sessions in drab classrooms with tests and exams to boot. Well, worry no more! The Learn Japanese to Survive! series aims to flip this around and turn learning…

6 Katakana Words that Probably Make No Sense to English Speakers

Katakana is that wonderful part of the Japanese language that makes you feel rather uncomfortable when pronouncing an English word in a way that just feels wrong. But as most Japanese learners will know, not all katakana words came from English. Some of them are entirely Japanese creations, and some come from other foreign languages.…

Behind the Characters: The Perfect Guide to Use Katakana

Japan’s writing system is probably the first thing that boggles the mind of an English speaker when they start learning Japanese. The forbidding kanji express meaning in the form of nouns, verbs, and adjectives, while the curvy hiragana fill in the gaps with word endings and grammatical functions. Where does katakana fit in? It may…

What Makes Japanese Such a Difficult Language to Learn?

Before coming to Japan I studied in an institution that provided 6-12 week language learning programs in over 100 different languages. There was a story commonly told of a student who was studying Spanish and was having a hard time and wanted to quit. The teachers met together to discuss how to handle this student…

Take Your Japanese to the Next Level With These 5 Top-Notch TV Shows

Learning Japanese is hard. It takes a long time to slog through all the characters, learn thousands of new words and reprogram your brain to think in a totally new way. Sometimes it seems like you’ll never make it out of the textbook and into the real world. The key is practice, but the secret…
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