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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Japanese Recommendation Exchange – August 2014

Japanese Recommendation Exchange – August 2014

I know you have found some really fun Japanese material in August 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

Stop Doing What You Hate Right Now

Stop Doing What You Hate

You are about to study. This is you. You’re ready. But you feel that cringe. Just thinking about doing a specific Japanese task is making your stomach churn. You really don’t want to do it. But you think (know) you should. So you sit down, yell some “fight!” slogans at yourself, and you bare through it. You finish. You feel relieved. Then the next time, … Continue reading

One Scene To Show J-Drama’s Greatness

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Recently I had a friend who started studying Japanese, wanting to know if J-drama was worth watching, ask me a favor. He wanted me to prove him the interesting nature of J-drama with one scene. Not one genre. Not one series. Not even one episode. But one scene. That’s a pretty big responsibility. That’s like saying, “prove to me movies are good by showing me … Continue reading

Jalup Advanced 1000 Stage 1 – Final Training Before Solo

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The Jalup Beginner prepared and started your journey. The Jalup Intermediate opened up the Japanese-only portal. The Jalup Advanced will take you deep into the Japanese-only realm. You will be fully equipped, with your weapons and armor, stats boosted, spells cast, and magical items equipped. Finish the trio, and you can either try to wield The One Deck with confidence, or travel on your own as an expert … Continue reading

Kanji Assist – Intermediate

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Who doesn’t want more kanji? Increase your arsenal. Strengthen your reading ability. Ramp up your power to ultimately own Japanese. Kanji Assist Beginner connected with the Jalup Beginner deck and gave you your start with connecting with kanji on a deeper level. English and Japanese keywords, colorful stroke order diagrams, and quick and easy progression. What’s next? Expansion to Jalup Intermediate. New kanji, new encounters, new knowledge. And … Continue reading

English Beginner-Man 1: With Small Interest Comes Great Difficulty

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English Beginner-Man (EXACTLY!英語ビギナーマン) is a Jalup manga based on the real life of Jun, the “eternal English beginner,” who battles with English in his daily life. From the perspective of a Japanese person who can’t speak English, I will show how to face English, and all the feelings I’ve had towards learning it. Using the power of desire to speak English, Jun becomes a super … Continue reading

When Does Anki End For You?

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Anki is a program that takes a massive amount of info, breaks it down, and spreads out over time so you’ll never forget. Studying with it is fine for most people. You accept the daily reviews it spits out for you every day. But as with any study tool, you want to know when the need for it will end. Many people are worried that they will … Continue reading