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Is Japan’s Amazon Prime Video Service Worth It?

Is Japans Amazon Prime Video Service Worth It 5

Let’s talk about babies for a second. And lions. And dogs. Or we could just talk about Amazon Prime Japan, which luckily has all three: Apparently I was supposed to cry from watching this, but it’s a Japanese commercial, and my internal instincts have told me to prepare to laugh. I covered Netflix’s arrival in Japan, but forgot to take a look at one of … Continue reading

Language Confidence Shift

Language Confidence Shift 1

Confidence in your Japanese ability: we all want it. Little of us have it. And even when we get it, it is often shaken up as fiercely as two people friending each other on LINE for the first time. When people talk about why little children gain natural prowess so quickly at languages, one of the powerful reasons is that they aren’t concerned with how they look … Continue reading

Achieving Your Japanese Goals – June 2016

Achieving Your Japanese Goals - June 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 June. By June 30th: Come back to this post, and leave a reply to … Continue reading

Japanese Recommendation Exchange – May 2016

Japanese Recommendation Exchange - May 2016

I know you have found some really fun Japanese material in May. 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

What Can You Do Now That You Couldn’t Do Then?

What Can You Do Now That You Couldnt Do Then

While studying Japanese, we often get caught up in the now. What can I read? What can I understand? What can I say? Little by little, a “why can’t I” manages to find its way as a prefix to these sentences. Or maybe you might change the word “what” with “when.” While dwelling in the past is normally a bad thing, reflecting on your language past can be … Continue reading

Avoiding A Negative Learning Environment

Avoiding A Negative Learning Environment 1

Being around positive people can make a major difference on whether you learn Japanese or don’t. The people you study with, the people you ask questions to, and the people who write about studying Japanese. These all go into your Japanese learning environment. While everything may begin bright and welcoming, it can turn dark very quickly… Everyone starts off extremely excited to study Japanese. It’s not … Continue reading

Adventures In Japanese: Ninjam’s Final Mission

Adventures In Japanese - Ninjams Final Mission

Hello everyone! My name is Ninjam, and I return from the void! Four years ago I started one of the first masters in the making stories (before that was a thing) here on Jalup, but left it on a bit of a cliffhanger. I decided I wanted to come back and give a followup of what exactly happened to me and give some reflections about my … Continue reading

Don’t Study Something Because You Feel You Have To

Dont Study Something Because You Feel You Have To 2

In Japanese there is a lot to learn. A lot. So much that you feel like there is no end in sight, no matter how strong a futuristic language-telescope you are using. With every step forward, you start to notice increasingly complex categories of how things in the language relate to you. Things that you don’t know. Things you want to know. Things you want … Continue reading