Kanji in Context

REVIEW: Kanji in Context

Context. It’s the reason I’m so bad at retelling funny stories. (Seriously–you just had to be there.) But when it comes to language learning, while it’s important to have guidance, the context in which you learn new information has a...

/ July 31, 2017

The Path to Japanese Fluency (A Study Track for Beginners to Advanced Learners)

So, you want to become fluent in Japanese. Great decision! But where do you start? How do you get there? What do you do when the going gets rough? For your benefit, I’ve put together this handy little road map for...

/ June 3, 2017
Japanese businessmen bowing

Rei (礼): Mastering the art of Japanese politeness

One of the most complex aspects of Japanese culture for foreigners (myself included) to wrap their heads around is the idea of rei (礼), or Japanese courtesy. There have been attempts to explain the nuances of what’s going on during various cross-cultural exchanges...

/ June 1, 2017
Japanese for Duolingo

REVIEW: Learn Japanese with Duolingo

At long last, Duolingo has released its Japanese for English speakers course. But does it live up to the hype?

/ May 18, 2017

Japanese is a Ham Sandwich

Learning a new language is a bit like making a ham sandwich. But how?

/ May 4, 2017

SRS: The Lifeblood of Learning Languages

How can harnessing the power of spaced repetition make you a more efficient language learner?

/ April 12, 2017

The Benefits of Writing for Japanese Learners

Explore the benefits of having a healthy dose of writing in your language of study.

/ April 11, 2017