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Becoming A Japanese Translator: Handling Mistakes

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Mistakes? Who makes mistakes when you are a Japanese translator? Your Japanese is perfect. Your translating skill will become perfect. Perfection doesn’t breed mistakes. You didn’t think it would be that easy, did you? There are all kinds of mistakes that you’ll be facing. Your mistakes I don’t care how good you think you are or how well you know your stuff. You are going … Continue reading

Summing Up Learning Japanese Into One Acronym

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One word to sum up all of Japanese learning. Probably not going to happen. But an acronym? I can handle that (or at least try). What covers the most essential aspects of learning Japanese that will get you to fluency? What are the pillars? Here goes: MY TIME Motivation There is nothing more powerful than motivation. This is the beginning and the end of everything you … Continue reading

Japanese Recommendation Exchange – June 2016

Japanese Recommendation Exchange - June 2016

I know you have found some really fun Japanese material in June. 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 … Continue reading

Achieving Your Japanese Goals – July 2016

Achieving Your Japanese Goals - July 2016

When it comes to studying Japanese we all have goals. Big and small. Short and long. Grand and simple. Failed and achieved. We all want “achieved.” But things get in the way. Not any more. In the comments section of this post, write down specific goals you want to achieve for the month of July. By July 31st: Come back to this post, and leave a reply … Continue reading

Jalup Group Challenge 7: Navigating The News

Jalup Group Challenge 7 - Navigating The News

Want to increase your news reading pace 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. It’s time to gather the next group of people who are trying to accomplish a specific major milestone in their Japanese studying, set a reasonable but challenging time … Continue reading

Give J-J And Immersion A Little More Time

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When you come across something that you find isn’t working for you, or you stop believing in, or is bringing you too far out of your comfort zones, your inclination is to drop it (off a mountain into a fiery abyss). This could be media, textbooks, methods, techniques or anything else. There is nothing wrong with dropping what you hate doing, and I often encourage … Continue reading

Reading Others’ Handwriting: The Ultimate Weakness

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Everyone expects areas of ability to vary in strength depending upon your focus and the training you put in. If you don’t care about something, you let it become frail. You accept your weaknesses, and study based on the reasons you are learning Japanese and what you want to use it for. You always have the opportunity to strengthen your weaknesses later once the need or desire arises. … Continue reading

You Gain More From The Storm Than Smooth Sailing

You Gain More From The Storm Than Smooth Sailing 1

Things going smoothly? Want them to go smoothly from beginning to end? You don’t want a single battle story, and will settle just for a nice calm sea? Bring on the heavy waves. Bring on the storm. Bring on the Kraken. Why? Because it’s going to make you a much better sailor. As long as the rough sea doesn’t capsize your boat and leave you … Continue reading