5 Japanese Movies I Actually Used to Learn Japanese

Immersing yourself completely in a language is essential to improving listening comprehension. While living in Japan for 7 years, I have seen a ton of Japanese movies, but these are the one’s that I would recommend personally to language learners. Before the feature presentation… Do you know what dagashi are? Dagashi are Japanese snacks thatContinue reading “5 Japanese Movies I Actually Used to Learn Japanese”

Why Japanese Books are Written From Right-to-Left.

Japanese texts were historically written to be read from the top of the page down, and right to left. This was originally due to China’s influence on Japan’s writing system, since Japan imported Chinese characters or ‘kanji’ in Japanese in the 5th century via routes through Korea. Since then, recently it isn’t uncommon to seeContinue reading “Why Japanese Books are Written From Right-to-Left.”

Which Japanese Alphabet Should You Learn First? A Beginner’s Guide

While there are 3 major alphabets in Japanese, Hiragana is the most standard and widely used alphabet that binds the grammar of Japanese together. If you are just starting to learn Japanese characters and are wondering where to begin, you should learn Hiragana first. How to get started learning Hiragana The first thing I wouldContinue reading “Which Japanese Alphabet Should You Learn First? A Beginner’s Guide”

Studying At a Japanese Language School; My Experience

In my experience, attending a Japanese language schools provided me with the perfect environment to immerse myself in a strict ‘Japanese only’ environment. The intensity and long study-hours, as well as the fact that you are studying in a group, helps to keep language learners accountable in their goals, and helped me personally kick-off myContinue reading “Studying At a Japanese Language School; My Experience”

Kirikaeru, The Switch, And Identity Within The Context Of Japan.

Behold, the first word of many I will introduce on this site that carries a lot of cultural weight in Japan; Kirikaeru, Which can be directly translated to “To switch on or off”. This “switch” isn’t a mere linguistic nuance. It is an unspoken truth of Japanese social dynamics. There is this expectation to alignContinue reading “Kirikaeru, The Switch, And Identity Within The Context Of Japan.”

Which Japanese Textbook Should You Use?

As someone who has studied Japanese for over 8 years, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say I’ve gone through around 30 textbooks. While finding intermediate level textbooks is comparatively easy, useful beginner and advanced level textbooks, in my experience, were a bit of a hit and miss situation. Let me give you my recommendationContinue reading “Which Japanese Textbook Should You Use?”