Everyday Japanese Challenge
Quick, it’s time to quiz yourself for fun! Take note of the time and go ahead and try to identify as many Kanji and hiragana in the photographs as you can. When you’ve identified all you know, see how long it took you and how many you were able to read. It’s okay if you […]
Don’t Be Afraid To Try Things
Recently I’ve been trying a lot of different methods of learning Japanese. My last post was about how great Hesig’s method of learning is and how learning the English meaning of the Kanji first is very important since it will give you a base to work from that can quite easily launch you into fluency.
Oblivion Island: Haruka & The Magic Mirror
Hi again! I know what you’re thinking, “My goodness, so soon?!” Well, I wanted to share a movie that 永次 and I watched the other day. (It’s a lot happier than the movie I watched today, that’s for sure!) ホッタラケの島 〜遥と魔法の鏡〜 is a 2009 release which won several film festival awards, and I can see […]
Free Printables To Fuel Your Japanese Study
You may or may not have heard before that it’s a good idea when learning through immersion to regard yourself as a child once and a while. Look for children’s stories, cartoons, books, and so forth to really start learning in the way that native speakers teach their native children. This is really good advice. […]
Immersion Fuel: Bubble Tea, Films, Food, and Facial Cleanser
Last week we went to an Asian mall and market to “refuel” and picked up a batch of immersion goodies, including an overload of 赤みそ and お好みソース! Right now (and not pictured) ピーチガール is playing in the background and keeping me company while I work. I’ve been trying to think of ways to post more […]
Kanji On The Menu
菜 (greens, vegetable, side dish) popped up in my kanji practice last week, and then it showed up again when I went out to dinner and saw it on the menu! It becomes a part of 野菜 (vegetable) but strangely enough disappears in 精進揚げ (vegetable tempura). Probably one of the most exciting things about learning […]
Crossing Over & Making Do
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 […]
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