self study

How to Properly Speed Up your Japanese!

You are probably planning to come to Japan, or you already are there. You are still a student, or a contract worker. You have / will have a visa or will be / are a simple visitor. But nothing is more sure: you have the will to improve your Japanese as much as you can.…

3 Great Reading Practice Materials for Intermediate Japanese Learners

When learning Japanese, it is crucial that you keep using what you’ve learned all the time, else you will oftentimes find yourself forgetting things. One of the best ways to relax and also practice Japanese is to read, whether it be a book, manga, or the news. However, as an intermediate student, it can be…

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…

Learn How to Read Japanese the Fun Way With Buzzfeed Japan!

When you are learning a new language, textbooks and test materials can get dull at some point. It is best to keep your study material fresh and interesting! I mean, how many times can you read an example of a garbage calendar in order to practice for the JLPT test, or read a passage about…

How To Study Japanese On The Cheap?

Studying Japanese can be quite a daunting process, but help is never far away. Japan’s ageing population has many retired teachers among their ranks who are happy to take a Japanese language student under their wing and give weekly lessons for next to nothing. Usually, these community type lessons will carry a nominal fee of…

Studying Japanese through Anime: Effective or Not?

It may not hold true to all. But watching anime has undeniably become one of the reasons why many people came to appreciate and love Nihongo (Japanese language). But it’s a whole new different story when one watches anime shows as a sort of supplementary learning for studying the language. We call it ACTIVE watching.…

Practice Reading Japanese With These Great Specialized Books!

Learning Japanese can be difficult, especially when it comes to reading. This is because the Japanese language uses 3 different alphabets, sometimes even all in one sentence. These three alphabets are called hiragana – ひらがな, katakana – カタカナ, and kanji – 漢字. Hiragana was invented as a way for women to write, while the men…

How to Learn Japanese in 4 Steps

If you are planning on staying in Japan, it’s always helpful to try and learn some of the language. Most of the essentials can be learned from your run of the mill phrase books and can get you around on your trip. But, what if you’re staying here long term? What if you want to…

3 big mistakes every Japanese learner makes

We have heard it many times, Japanese is difficult and impossible to master. How on earth do people, whose native language is not Japanese manage to ever communicate? Surely you have met a non-Japanese before whose language skills exceeded everybody’s expectations. That person was able to express practically anything he or she wanted to, or…

Autodidactic Japanese language learning step by step

There are a lot of people interested in the Japanese language for various reasons. I myself, want to learn Japanese because of anime and manga. Honestly, I was confused of how I should start learning Japanese as there is no time for me to take Japanese classes, but slowly I started to understand how the…