Accessibility has a lot to do with learning Japanese on your own, I find. If it’s accessible, we’re more likely to do it. If it’s easy, we’re more likely to try. Well, if you have a smartphone that allows you to use apps, then you’re in luck, because studying just became that much easier.
永次 and I went to a Japanese buffet back in 四月 (shigatsu, April) on a whim. It was recommended to us a while back by Eiji’s father, but we assumed (on the name “Wasabi” (山葵) alone) that it would be a very North American restaurant with not authentic food, so we hadn’t really […]
In April, 永次 and I fell off the Immersion Train. (Yes, I’m making that a term now.) Not completely, though, it was more like we weren’t immersing ourselves as much as we should have been. We made excuses, like catching up on our favorite American TV shows, and then slowly our 90% Japanese time became […]
So how has everyone been enjoying spring (春)?! We’re still alive and kicking over here at Kanji & Tea, but more importantly, we’re still learning!
I’ll admit though, we’ve found it a little bit frustrating at first. We feel so behind our other learning buddies who can read full sentences and we’re lucky […]
What You Need 4 eggs [1 raw, 3 scrambled] 3/4 lb ground beef, tofu, or vegetarian ground beef substitute. (Momo recommends Morning Star ground beef substitute.) 1/2 cup water 1/3 cup soy sauce 1 1/2 tsp ginger paste 2 tsp garlic paste 1/2 tsp salt 2 tbl minced leek (the white part of the […]
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Tonkatsu (豚カツ) is quite the popular dish in Japan, and as it turns out it’s quite easy to make, so why not add it to your repertoire of immersion recipes? We have a version of this recipe using ingredients specific to the original version, but since we know some people […]
So when I first decided I was going to make Kanji & Tea I debated on going for our own domain name or settling for a free platform such as Blogger or WordPress. Now, I don’t think either of these platforms are bad, I am simply familiar with the freedom and flexibility that comes […]
Yesterday Eiji and I started crossing over! What I mean by that of course is that we started changing parts of our daily lives that would normally be in English into Japanese. Sure, we’ve been watching Japanese TV and listening to Japanese Radio, but what about the internet? And how about the way we navigate around […]
So the first few days of our project has been spent listening, mostly. We’ve slowly been trying to “Japanify” our life as much as possible and have so far watched トライガン (Trigun) in it’s entirety without subtitles, as well as listened to several radio talk shows for hours on end. We even listened to […]
Learning Japanese At HomeOur goal for Kanji & Tea, aside from sharing our struggles and successes, is to help provide the everyday person with all the tools necessary to learn Japanese on their own through everyday immersion.
How did you learn your first language? Hands on and not through a text book! You listened, you watched, you absorbed. Well, what's stopping you from learning your second or third language that way? The answer is nothing.
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