About Drew V.

Majoring in Computer Science and mastering in Japanese (in spirit anyway). Was blind to my love of Japan until age 19. Seriously Japan, where were you all my life?

Getting Stuck on Japanese Learning Autopilot

You’re determined to learn Japanese. You study a lot and are improving every week. The progress might be small some weeks, but at this pace you’ll surely be fluent within a couple years. There is a will there that won’t go away… right? That’s what I thought anyway. I’ve had my share of setbacks and frustrations in my journey, but I’ve never quit. Rather than … Continue reading

Japanese was Created by Mortals

In the movie The Shawshank Redemption (ショーシャンクの空に), there is a famous scene where prisoner Andy Dufresne treats the other prisoners to a song on the loudspeaker. They listen to Italian opera singers while Morgan Freeman narrates about the beauty of it. “I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about … I like to think they were singing about … Continue reading

8 Rankings of the Japanese Immersion Hierarchy

Immersion is awesome. You can’t get enough of it. The more immersion you have with Japanese in the day, the higher your skill will rise. Again, awesome. But before you go and watch yet another episode of that show you are dying to watch, consider the Immersion Hierarchy. Immersion comes in a variety of forms. Some are simply better than others. The best way to … Continue reading