This site thrives on a great group of people helping each other out, sharing strategy, advice and experience, and pushing each other towards ultimate success.

● Comment excerpts below come directly from posts. Click links for full versions.
● Want a personalized avatar? Register a  Gravatar account.
● Personal attacks/nasty comments will be deleted.
● Legitimate comments are sometimes auto-filtered for moderation.

  • Avatarladdr 09/20/2019 at 2:29 pm on Is Jalup Intermediate Too Hard?I would say for sure okay to do that. Intermediate somewhat assumes knowledge of kanji keywords. If you haven't done kanji kingdom or rtk then you are at a big disadvantage in intermediate when trying to go j-j. It can be done but it makes...
  • AvatarZyphur 09/20/2019 at 1:48 pm on Is Jalup Intermediate Too Hard?I'm currently struggling with Intermediate. I have one question with how to approach studying. If faced with a kanji that I can't read in one of the definitions, is it okay to use google translate to get the reading of the kanji so that I...
  • Avatarladdr 09/19/2019 at 1:03 pm on The 16 Levels of Japanese FailureGreat info, thank you! I will do much of this. My concern with Language Learning with Netflix is bringing me out of J-J, but it sounds like you were far enough along it wasn't a big problem for you. I hadn't heard of this tool...
  • AdamAdam 09/19/2019 at 10:06 am on The 16 Levels of Japanese FailureThanks for sharing your failure list. Everyone has their own failure list version, so it is interesting and useful to see all the similarities/differences.
  • AdamAdam 09/19/2019 at 9:57 am on The 16 Levels of Japanese FailureWell at least that's a lot less failures than I had :)
  • Avatar 09/18/2019 at 10:46 pm on The 16 Levels of Japanese FailureAs I was nearing the end of the Expert (Master, now? 5k cards in) I was noticing some diminishing returns on certain words because they weren’t coming from my personal immersion material. I’ve still bought the new things as a bank of cards for when...
  • Avatarladdr 09/18/2019 at 3:20 pm on The 16 Levels of Japanese FailureWow such a quality comment post, thanks for sharing. I'm nearing this one: Almost won but not really: Finishing the old JALUP 5k decks. Still so much more to go. Any sage advice for someone post jalup 5k and what really worked or didn't in...
  • Avatar 09/18/2019 at 2:19 pm on The 16 Levels of Japanese FailureEmotionally wowing failure: First day in Tokyo on a trip a few years ago, walking around Shinjuku and being absolutely overloaded due to signs. One hit away failure: Speaking with the superintendent of the local BoE for two hours at an enkai only to be...
  • AvatarRob 09/17/2019 at 9:49 am on The 16 Levels of Japanese Failuregreat post, Adam Failures 12 and 6 for me. :(
  • AvatarFiora 09/14/2019 at 5:39 pm on Achieving Your Japanese Goals – September 2019super late but whatevs. *create 10-20 new sentence cards on the weekends *study 2-5 of these cards each day *keep. up. with. reviews. even do it in 1 minute sessions with a break after if that's what it takes to get through it. *keep watching...
  • AvatarJesper T 09/11/2019 at 12:28 pm on Achieving Your Japanese Goals – September 2019* Do all reviews * Keep doing lots of immersion * Complete Jalup Champion stage 4 at 5 cards per day
  • AvatarJesper T 09/11/2019 at 12:28 pm on Achieving Your Japanese Goals – July 2019All completed.
  • AdamAdam 09/08/2019 at 10:50 am on The Problem with Hardcore Japanese LearningMostly for programming now. Maybe occasionally will check in and catch up on old Japanese reviews that start to build up.
  • AvatarMax 09/07/2019 at 2:09 pm on The Problem with Hardcore Japanese LearningWell, if I reaching some higher levels over at wanikani I might consider applying for a guest post ;) I will keep this in mind for the future :) and until then I slowly but surely keep progressing on my japanese journey
  • Avatarmy 09/07/2019 at 7:50 am on The Problem with Hardcore Japanese LearningDo you still do Anki?
  • AdamAdam 09/03/2019 at 9:09 am on The Problem with Hardcore Japanese LearningYou are right - we all start with that fierce initial energy (otherwise we wouldn't have chosen Japanese in the first place). But how we play the long game, and make sure it is the right game for us, is what sets us up for...
  • AdamAdam 09/03/2019 at 9:06 am on The Problem with Hardcore Japanese LearningI'm waiting for someone who wants to offer a guest post here on combining Jalup with Wanikani :) It seems a lot of people have found success with that. You bring up a great point, studying hardcore is fine (and even amazing) for some people....
  • AdamAdam 09/03/2019 at 9:02 am on Should I Major in Japanese in College?Consider a few things: - What's your motivation for wanting to major in it besides the job element? - Do you learn better in a classroom? - Will it give you additional experiences that you seek (meaningful connections with other Japanese learning students and teachers,...
  • AvatarJonathan 09/03/2019 at 8:31 am on The Problem with Hardcore Japanese LearningThis is I think one of the most inspiring articles you've written. While I think we probably all go through some sort of hard core spurt to either get us started, or get over some difficult hurdle - the real key I think is to...
  • AvatarJonathan 09/03/2019 at 8:26 am on Achieving Your Japanese Goals – September 2019Well I'm finding that while reading at the end of day helps get me familiar with kanji and words I already know - it doesn't help me learn new words or kanji. And I'm kind of lazy so I thought with an e-reader I'd be...
  • AvatarMax 09/03/2019 at 2:50 am on The Problem with Hardcore Japanese LearningI tried the hardcore approach with 20 cards a day and 20-30 cards on wanikani. I failed twice that way and burned out 😂 now I take my time and try to do 10beginner cards a day and only a few new wanikani cards beside...
  • AvatarColette 09/03/2019 at 12:20 am on Should I Major in Japanese in College?I want to do a double major in college one of which is Japanese and the other is Humanities and Social Science. I’ll be minoring decision making since I wanna work as a Human rights commissioner. I’m really passionate about learning Japanese and its culture,...
  • AdamAdam 09/02/2019 at 10:45 am on The Problem with Hardcore Japanese Learning10-20 new cards a day, every day, for a year is hitting it very hard. Don't use my outlier example to diminish your great effort :) I think Victoria is definitely correct. And yes - you don't need to reach the final goal (which will...
  • AdamAdam 09/02/2019 at 10:41 am on The Problem with Hardcore Japanese LearningI fully agree. Persistence is how you make it out alive :)
  • AdamAdam 09/02/2019 at 10:40 am on The Problem with Hardcore Japanese LearningYes - looking back at older posts here, I sometimes find myself disagreeing with myself.
  • AdamAdam 09/02/2019 at 10:39 am on 6 Ways To Make The Japanese Language Like YouShould've just gone out for ramen.
  • AdamAdam 09/02/2019 at 10:39 am on What Would You Do If You Woke Up Fluent In Japanese?Haha - I like it.
  • Avatarladdr 09/02/2019 at 9:55 am on Achieving Your Japanese Goals – September 2019Nice how are you going to use the Kobo? Is it good for a lot of Japanese content?
  • AvatarJonathan 09/02/2019 at 9:01 am on Achieving Your Japanese Goals – September 2019-finish JI doing: -5 cards JI per day -KK reviews -shadow during commute -read read read! -buy a kobo and read more -rewatching naruto
  • AvatarSpeculatores47 09/02/2019 at 7:09 am on 6 Ways To Make The Japanese Language Like YouI tried taking out my Japanese Textbook to a nice fancy restaurant but they wouldn't give me a table for two. How rude!
  • AvatarSpeculatores47 09/02/2019 at 7:04 am on What Would You Do If You Woke Up Fluent In Japanese?I d wake up in japan, maybe Osaka. Go to a book store and get some nice literature. Go on a small hike in a more rural place (read the book during the train ride). Drive back with the train, visit an Onsen. Go out,...
  • AvatarJonathan 09/01/2019 at 8:18 pm on Achieving Your Japanese Goals – August 2019Thanks for all the comments as well guys..I've been developing a good routine with JI..just reading and understanding as best I can and moving on.
  • AvatarJonathan 09/01/2019 at 8:17 pm on Achieving Your Japanese Goals – August 2019Was able to finish JB adding 134 new cards to the regular rotation. Kanji is still at 2050..getting about 100 a day. Not quite at 700 reviews a week what with the new JB cards and I'm adding about 5 JI a day. Reading has...
  • Avatarladdr 09/01/2019 at 11:14 am on The Problem with Hardcore Japanese LearningWow sometimes I think I am hitting it hard doing 10-20 cards a day everyday for about a year and a half now. But looking at that old post about Adam doing 40 a day for a year is crazy! Haha I am counting on...
  • AvatarVictoria 09/01/2019 at 6:07 am on The Problem with Hardcore Japanese LearningGreat article! While I am definitely more on the hardcore side, I never want to tell people it's the only way because I know I have a very unique set of circumstances. The biggest determining factor that gets people to fluency is persistence, and second...