Japanese Quest: The Legend of You

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Start your Japanese adventure: Wander the land. Navigate the language. Explore the culture. Befriend the people. This is your guide to a vast and unfamiliar world. This is your quest. Make it a memorable one.

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Vegeta Vs A Rabbit

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For those of you don’t know who or what a Vegeta is, he is one of the main characters from the somewhat unknown anime Dragon Ball (ドラゴンボール). Japan knows where to feature their anime to grow its popularity, and that place is obvious. On stamps (切手). People have to use stamps. I’m not aware of any alternative way to send a message, so if you … Continue reading

Filling In The Blanks With MCDs

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When I first heard learners in the Japanese community talking about MCDs, I did what any sensible internet user would and Googled it. Okay, I probably should have seen that coming… But even more refined searches lead me to scattered information about MCDs. In the past two years, many in the Japanese community have shifted to MCDs based SRS cards instead of sentences. So what’s … Continue reading

Japanese Recommendation Exchange – July 2014

Japanese Recommendation Exchange – July 2014

I know you have found some really fun Japanese material in July 2014. The purpose of this series is to discuss and exchange the newest j-dramas, movies, variety shows, books, manga, anime, music, media, video games, etc. It’s time to share what everyone is excited about and experiencing right now. So I ask you: 1. What are you watching? 2. What are you reading? 3. What are you … Continue reading

Why Japanese-English (J-E) Is Better Than English-Japanese (E-J)

Why Japanese-English (J-E) Is Better Than English-Japanese (E-J)

Notice how all methods discussed on this site always refer to J-E but never the opposite E-J? You look at a Japanese sentence, see how well you know it, then check the English to see if you understood it right. But what about the opposite? Seeing an English sentence and having to produce the Japanese. Afterall, wouldn’t this practice your production ability? There are multiple reasons … Continue reading

Jalup Kanji Assist

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How’s that kanji studying coming along? Already decided that Remembering The Kanji (RTK) isn’t for you? Going through the Jalup Beginner, but feel like your lack of kanji ability is a hindrance? Do you need an assist? After being asked repeatedly if it is okay to do the Jalup Beginner without having done RTK, I wanted to see if I could create a nice balance … Continue reading

When Asking Someone Out Is Ambiguous – 付き合ってください

When Asking Someone Out Is Ambiguous

You like someone romantically. 好きです (I like/love you)!You want to ask that person out? 付き合ってください (Please go out with me)!You now have yourself a boyfriend/girlfriend (彼氏・彼女). Congratulations! Straightforward Japan. No ambiguity (曖昧さ). Ha. 付き合ってください is the polite request form of 付き合う. Which has the following diverse group of meanings: 1. Hang out with 2. Go somewhere with 3. Go around together with 4. Keep company … Continue reading

Jalup RTK Mod Anki Deck (Deutsche Version)

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Auf Nachfrage einiger Leser, die viel Zeit benötigten um das Anki Deck so einzurichten wie ich empfahl, habe ich mich entschieden, mein persönliches Anki Kanji Deck auf diese Webseite gratis hochzuladen und den Benutzern zur Verfügung zu stellen. Dieses Deck beinhaltet die zeitaufwändigen und schwierigen Änderungen, die ich über die Jahre gemacht habe und stellt es euch in einem einfach zu verwendenden Packet zur Verfügung. … Continue reading

How To Make Ramen Even Healthier Than It Already Is

(Miso Butter Corn Ramen - 味噌バターコーンらメーン)

Everyone knows of the health value of Japanese ramen. It falls somewhere between a fruit and a vegetable, and according to the Japanese Health Ministry (厚生労働省), 2-4 servings a day are recommended. Most people who gaze upon the healthy shine of the soup and the high nutrient toppings are usually satisfied. It even cures an upset stomach (万能薬). But some people want to make ramen … Continue reading

The Bowl Of The Living Udon – Best Storybook Ever

Humanoid Udon Makes For A Good Storybook

Ever eat udon? Good. Ever read a children’s book? Good. I’m assuming then you’ve thought about the brilliant collaboration the two could possibly have. I introduce you to the popular children’s book うどんのうーやん (Udon Uyan). A loving and heartwarming tale of a young boy on his mission to create delicious udon? Nooooo… The story of a giant bowl of udon and his quest to live like … Continue reading