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”

Does Language Affect The Way We Think? My Experience as a Bilingual Japanese-English Speaker

I can confirm as a Japanese speaker that the differences seen in frequency of vocabulary, as well as unique words that don’t translate across multiple languages are enough by themselves to significantly alter one’s way of thinking when speaking another language. That being said, in my experience, this change is mostly limited to when youContinue reading “Does Language Affect The Way We Think? My Experience as a Bilingual Japanese-English Speaker”

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”

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?”