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9 Japanese Mistakes Foreigners Make That Result In Ridiculous Misunderstanding

9 Japanese Mistakes Foreigners Make that Result In Ridiculous Misunderstanding

No matter how good you are, or think you are, mistakes are inevitable. Most mistakes are harmless to whatever situation you are in… usually. There are some mistakes though (the legendary foreigner bloopers), that cause all kinds of surprise, laughter, and possibly anger. What could you possibly do that would cause so many problems? Well… 9. 怖い(こわい-scary) vs 可愛い(かわいい-cute) There is no better compliment than … Continue reading

The One Secret To Become Fluent In Japanese

The One Secret To Become Fluent In Japanese 3

I know you’ve been waiting for this. I’ve been holding out on you, right? All it takes is one thing. No more, no less. Ready? Time. If you study Japanese, over time you will become fluent. That’s it? Yes. So I’ve been studying for X years, why aren’t I fluent? Because you haven’t put in enough time. But I have! Really? How many hours have … Continue reading

Jalup Group Challenge: The Summer Of RTK

Jalup Group Challenge - The Summer Of RTK 1

Interested in trying to master kanji with Remembering The Kanji (RTK), but never got around to doing it? Maybe you don’t have the motivation. Or you don’t want to go at it alone. Or maybe you just need a good push. Every month on Jalup, there has been an “achieving your goals” post where people post their Japanese goals for the month, and then a … Continue reading

Japanese Power Level Test – Round 10 (Final)

Japanese Power Level Test – Round 10 (Final)

Directions (*Important Read*) Reading: Write out the full sentence in kana. Writing:  Fill in the missing blank(s) with the most appropriate characters/word(s) Listening: Listen to the audio sentence. Then transcribe (write out) the full sentence in either kana or kanji. Speaking: Listen to the audio sentence. If the blank comes before the audio, say out loud what would result in the audio response. If the blank comes … Continue reading

8 Years Of Learning Japanese With Anki

8 Years Of Learning Japanese With Anki 2

I talk about Anki a lot on this site. Too much probably. I’ve been with it for almost 8 years, all the way back to one of its earliest versions. Lately people have been curious with how I use it. How I relate to it. How I have walked side by side with it over the years. This isn’t a how to guide (there are … Continue reading

3 Stories Of Japanese Masters In The Making

Stories Of Japanese Masters In The Making 3

Everyone who has traveled the path of the Japanese learner and has made it far has a unique and powerful story to tell. These are three of those stories. 3. Linniea Currently it’s almost 10 a.m. on a holiday, and I’m sitting in my Osaka apartment, trying to prop my eyes open. I am about to drink some (what I’m assuming will be) awful coffee, … Continue reading