Is Japanese a Useful Language to Learn? My Experience Moving to Japan, Surviving, and Learning to Communicate.

The short answer: Is Japanese a useful language to learn? Yes! Yes, yes, and a resounding… yes. If you are planning on moving to Japan, please do yourself and the good people of Japan a favor and learn Japanese. It will absolutely be worth it! Let’s go over all of the reasons why. But…I’ve heardContinue reading “Is Japanese a Useful Language to Learn? My Experience Moving to Japan, Surviving, and Learning to Communicate.”

This is Why Japanese Doesn’t Have Spaces Between Words.

As somebody who has studied Japanese for over 8 years and has spent considerable time sleuthing through language-learning forums, I have seen this question crop up a lot. Usually posted in a sense of desperation. It isn’t the simple question of “Why doesn’t Japanese have spaces? Please inform me.” It’s more often than not aContinue reading “This is Why Japanese Doesn’t Have Spaces Between Words.”

The Best Google Chrome Extensions For Learning Japanese: My Recommendations

I’ve studied Japanese both in and outside Japan (mostly inside Japan) for the past 8 years. The best advice I can give from my experience studying Japanese, is that whether you are living in Japan or not, you can only learn Japanese by learning how to be self-reliant. That means giving yourself all of theContinue reading “The Best Google Chrome Extensions For Learning Japanese: My Recommendations”

Can you Live in Japan Without Speaking Japanese? My Experience

You’ll hear a lot of conflicting answers for this, depending on who you ask. I would say that, especially in Tokyo, it is entirely possible to survive in Japan without Japanese, but…just because it’s possible, that doesn’t mean life in Japan without Japanese ability is very practical or fun. Let’s get into it! So, canContinue reading “Can you Live in Japan Without Speaking Japanese? My Experience”

Is it Okay to Use Manga to Study Japanese? My Experience

While I don’t read manga as much anyone after having lived in Japan going on 7 years now (now i’m living the manga?), I have used manga regularly in my Japanese study routines. In my 8 years of studying Japanese, I found that manga can be used to study Japanese in a pretty specific way.Continue reading “Is it Okay to Use Manga to Study Japanese? My Experience”

My Experience; What is the Best Way to Learn Japanese Outside of Japan?

I’ve personally wasted a lot of time on inefficient Japanese study habits over the years, in particular before I moved to Japan. I believe that the best way to learn Japanese effectively outside of Japan, in my experience, is to provide yourself with an environment of ‘active immersion.’ So, how can you do this? InContinue reading “My Experience; What is the Best Way to Learn Japanese Outside of Japan?”

How Long Does it Take to Learn Kanji? My Experience

In my time living in Japan I have heard many people say that you need to memorize around 2000 Kanji characters to be able to fluently learn Japanese. Based on my experience, I know that it took me personally 3 or 4 years of rigorous study, most of that studying taking place in Japan, toContinue reading “How Long Does it Take to Learn Kanji? My Experience”

How to Teach Yourself Japanese; My Experience

One of the key techniques to teaching yourself Japanese is to record everything. By recording your own progress in learning Japanese you will be able to give yourself the appropriate context regarding own journey and will be able to formulate a plan on how you may progress forward teaching yourself Japanese. Which Japanese Textbook shouldContinue reading “How to Teach Yourself Japanese; My Experience”

What Does Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu REALLY mean in Japanese?

Yoroshiku onegaishimasu is phrase that is used to indicate the speakers intention to carry out a healthy and positive relationship with the listener. From a cultural and linguistic standpoint yoroshiku ongeishimasu is a function used to build strong relationships. Yoroshiku onegaishimasu (宜しくお願いします) is a Japanese phrase commonly used in greetings, and is often translated intoContinue reading “What Does Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu REALLY mean in Japanese?”

Should Men Use Boku or Ore? My Experience in Japan

There are many different ways to say I in Japanese, each with their own unique nuances. While explaining the intricacies of the different nuances of watashi, boku, and ore, I would like to recount some of my experiences with this from my seven years of experience living in Japan. The type of “I” you useContinue reading “Should Men Use Boku or Ore? My Experience in Japan”