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  • Irene 07/26/2021 at 6:05 am on Why you Should be Excited About the Sequel to 結婚できない男Love S1 so much that I simply can't bring myself to watch S2,knowing Yui Natsukawa (the Doctor)& rest of S1 wonderful cast are not in it,so disappointed. Hiroshi Abe's character certainly makes this series superb but not without S1 cast.Awwww .....
  • Alice77 07/25/2021 at 3:49 am on Beating The Mid-Level BluesWhen you hit this wall,what you should do is study way more than you ever have done in the past, if you did 30-50 min you should do at least 2 hours, the reason? Well for starters because it is extremely difficult and pushed through...
  • Alice77 07/25/2021 at 2:41 am on Beating The Mid-Level BluesThe mid-level blues the mid-level crisis or Intermediate depression(my original name), when you inevitably hit this particular wall in your Japanese Journey, like Adam was writing about do not slow down with your studying, You should actually study way more than you did before using...
  • Alice77 07/25/2021 at 2:08 am on When Do You Stop Adding New Cards To Anki?Depending on your goals and personality:if you feel that it would remove the fear of forgetting the words/grammar/kanji/keigo, or whatever else it is or if you are more of a perfectionist then go for it, add the cards to Anki or if you like see...
  • Alice77 07/25/2021 at 1:56 am on Catching up on Anki Reviews Slowly or All at OnceConcerning Anki what I would do is, wait and see how much your reviews increase,I will give 3 examples below: Anki newbie:You have 100 cards total, and 350 reviews you think oh crap I will not get through this, however you still wait a couple...
  • gustavo 07/19/2021 at 4:02 pm on Japanese Learners – Which RPG Class do you Belong to?i would the fusion of the fighter and roge
  • Kyami 07/08/2021 at 9:33 am on Jalup IntermediateThank you for your fast response, I have started using Jalup beginner and I already feel like I have learned so much. It also is much more enjoyable than reading a grammar book. I'm very glad you decided to create these decks (and the website)....
  • Adam 07/07/2021 at 3:24 pm on Jalup IntermediateYou can look up words using Japanese definitions whenever you want, but for creating your own J-J cards, I usually recommend waiting till at least Expert. Some people start earlier, others wait till they finish the final deck (Champion). But the whole point of the...
  • Kyami 07/06/2021 at 8:43 am on Jalup IntermediateDear Adam, I'm wondering at what point in the intermediate deck should I start sentence mining/looking up words using Japanese definitions. Or, does that come later on, like while I'm doing the advanced decks? Thanks, Kyami
  • Adam 07/05/2021 at 6:53 pm on Kanji KingdomI still think keyword to kanji is king (because you get recognition of kanji indirectly through regular sentences). Handwriting the kanji out is useful early on for additional practice, but should definitely phased out for a mental drawing of the kanji later on.
  • Kyami 07/05/2021 at 11:09 am on Kanji KingdomAdam, I wondering if years later you still think handwriting Kanji is the way to go, or, that recognition is better. I apologize in advance if you have answered this question already
  • Samantha Lane 06/30/2021 at 12:02 am on Is Studying Japanese Harder than Ever?Which prompts another trite aphorism..."It's all about the journey." :)
  • Adam 06/29/2021 at 3:37 pm on Is Studying Japanese Harder than Ever?I think a lot of people stress out because they don't just want to get a little better, they want to be fluent enough to read manga or watch anime. So they spend a lot of excess time trying to find the method that will...
  • Samantha Lane 06/29/2021 at 12:47 am on Is Studying Japanese Harder than Ever?Exercise gurus always say "The best workout is the one that you do." which means don't get stuck in analysis paralysis but do the workouts that are enjoyable, or at least have a small activation barrier. You might not end up looking like Mr Universe,...
  • Adam 06/27/2021 at 8:37 pm on Is Studying Japanese Harder than Ever?Yeah, it definitely gets better with time. And agreed, the sooner you stick to a method (even if you completely change it later), the better. Any start is better than no start (or an indefinitely delayed one).
  • Adam 06/27/2021 at 8:34 pm on Is Studying Japanese Harder than Ever?Some good points. It's definitely true that reading in one language vs another is a different experience. And while no one wants to hear "Japanese is hard," the sooner they accept that, the better off they are.
  • laddr 06/27/2021 at 3:42 pm on Is Studying Japanese Harder than Ever?Super on point. The good news on analysis paralysis, I feel like it's worst at the beginning of your journey. You know nothing, everyone is swearing X, Y, or Z is the right way to go and if you do this other method your screwed....
  • PSMHatsune 06/27/2021 at 11:20 am on Is Studying Japanese Harder than Ever?I'm thinking that analysis paralysis you speak of is a super importance piece of this article. I think that even though there are more people than ever studying Japanese thanks to all the latest apps, methods, sites etc the number of people who actually make...
  • ChoA 06/18/2021 at 3:27 pm on Jalup ExpertYou know, it really makes me sad that all these comments in Expert are from like 2015/2016. JALUP has been absolutely amazing. I've finished Beginner-Advanced, and the Kanji Kingdom, and am on my way to finishing Expert. JALUP has solely been the only formal "textbook"...
  • laddr 06/18/2021 at 3:30 am on What Level Are You?For me I started making progress again by focusing on listening and production. Listening to a ton of podcasts everyday (ie nihongo con teppei) and for production italki and hello talk.
  • Le Hang 06/17/2021 at 1:43 am on What Level Are You?I have been studying Japanese for 2 years and am at N3 level. I'm stuck, haven't found a solution to be able to review and improve to a higher level
  • spitfire 06/16/2021 at 4:45 am on How Much does the Method Matter?I tend to disagree. Depening on goals, you can pick the best method to learn up to intermediate. However, the only way to master a language is through immersion, bar none. We could argue what is the best method to get to intermediate levels, but...
  • Hintswen 06/13/2021 at 7:37 am on How Much Would you Pay for Instant Fluency?I am a cheapskate but being able to watch anime without needing to read subtitles would mean allowing more time to watch and appreciate the animation. It would also mean I would be able to read manga without waiting for it to be translated, and...
  • SilentGrig 06/04/2021 at 1:27 am on 7 Things I’ve Learned Speed Running JalupThanks for posting this article. I found your first point super useful. I was breezing through the deck for the first few hundred Kanji as I had already experienced most of them before. But at the 400 odd mark I suddenly hit a wall and...
  • laddr 05/22/2021 at 5:44 am on Flashcard Leveling vs. Immersion QuestsYou can get all of his episodes on the castbox app if you want to start from the oldest episodes and catch up. I do about 45 minutes of podcasts a day right now. I tried a few podcasts apps but like this one the...
  • Adam 05/21/2021 at 3:15 pm on Flashcard Leveling vs. Immersion QuestsThat's awesome. Being able to grind and quest with that amount of energy isn't easy, but has a great payoff!
  • Adam 05/21/2021 at 3:14 pm on Flashcard Leveling vs. Immersion QuestsSome late stage flash-card grinding can be good for very specific domain knowledge, that you normally wouldn't encounter through quests. Like if you need to memorize every single dinosaur in Japanese for some important reason.
  • Mawande 05/21/2021 at 8:18 am on You Failed the JLPT – Now What?I have failed N3 with two subjects, and I couldn't believe. ONE OF THE SUBJECTS I FAILED WAS MY FAVOURATE AND EVERYONE KNEW I WOULD NEVER FAIL IT, YET I DID. I was at my lowest point, thinking about people and my family.What a family...
  • Jen 05/21/2021 at 6:47 am on Flashcard Leveling vs. Immersion QuestsI did both for a long time. A crazy amount of flashcards and a crazy amount of immersion. In the end it all paid off and I went from 0 to passing N1 in 6 years without stepping foot in Japan. But I was young...
  • Gareth 05/21/2021 at 4:01 am on Flashcard Leveling vs. Immersion QuestsI've been tackling my listening comprehension more through conversations (via HelloTalk) as well as native material, but having listened to a few of Teppei San's podcast, I'm definitely going to add it into the mix. It's really easy to listen to, he seems like a...
  • yass 05/20/2021 at 11:53 pm on Flashcard Leveling vs. Immersion QuestsI think you hit the nail on the head with this one :-) Including the part that if you overdo the grind in the beginning you afterwards can spend a lot of time just enjoying the story which is where I am right now. I...
  • Adam 05/20/2021 at 3:25 pm on Flashcard Leveling vs. Immersion QuestsThanks for sharing your immersion vs flashcard experience :)
  • Adam 05/20/2021 at 3:23 pm on Jalup App – Champion & Master FundraiserCurrently it's not in the works. It might be an iOS only feature.
  • laddr 05/20/2021 at 5:11 am on Flashcard Leveling vs. Immersion QuestsI have done both for pretty much my whole 3+ year journey so far. I enjoyed immersion but for the first 2-3 years it was really hard to notice any progress from the immersion. All of my progress seemed to come from grinding flashcards. But...
  • Yakuza2 05/19/2021 at 8:26 pm on Jalup App – Champion & Master FundraiserI have a question Adam, when will the Jalup custom card feature come to android?