Kuma Sensei https://kumasensei.net Discover Japan. Discover yourself. Tue, 30 Apr 2019 02:32:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.1 https://kumasensei.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/cropped-cropped-Copy-of-熊-1-45x45.png Kuma Sensei https://kumasensei.net 32 32 129070184 How to use Quora to practice Japanese https://kumasensei.net/how-to-use-quora-to-practice-japanese/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-use-quora-to-practice-japanese https://kumasensei.net/how-to-use-quora-to-practice-japanese/#respond Wed, 09 May 2018 04:16:42 +0000 https://kumasensei.net/?p=1210 Quora, for those of you who may not know, is a website where users can ask and answer all kinds of questions. It’s a community of shared knowledge, not much unlike Wikipedia, and there are lots of questions being asked and answered every day. Recently, Quora introduced Japanese language support, which means there’s been a sudden, massive influx of Japanese users […]

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Study hiragana and katakana with Kuma Sensei’s new flashcard web app! https://kumasensei.net/update-hiragana-katakana-flashcard-web-app/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=update-hiragana-katakana-flashcard-web-app https://kumasensei.net/update-hiragana-katakana-flashcard-web-app/#respond Sun, 06 May 2018 14:15:49 +0000 https://kumasensei.net/?p=1200 Greetings! It’s been ages since I’ve added any major content to Kuma Sensei, so first, apologies for the dearth of fresh, new stuff. Life is really good at keeping me busy — you know how it goes. But rest assured, I haven’t just been sitting around stuffing my face with Oreos and binging on Netflix (although I am finally getting into […]

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REVIEW: Kanji in Context https://kumasensei.net/review-kanji-context/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=review-kanji-context https://kumasensei.net/review-kanji-context/#comments Mon, 31 Jul 2017 02:48:14 +0000 https://kumasensei.net/?p=1050 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 major impact on your ability to recall that information later. Let’s take flash cards, a common learning aid, for example. […]

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Learn Japanese – A 6-Step Study Plan https://kumasensei.net/learn-japanese-6-step-study-plan/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=learn-japanese-6-step-study-plan https://kumasensei.net/learn-japanese-6-step-study-plan/#comments Sat, 03 Jun 2017 02:21:05 +0000 https://kumasensei.net/?p=961 So, you want to learn 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 studying Japanese. It’s a multi-tiered approach that will tell you what to do at every step of the way (from absolute beginner […]

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Rei (礼): Mastering the art of Japanese politeness https://kumasensei.net/mastering-art-japanese-politeness/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mastering-art-japanese-politeness https://kumasensei.net/mastering-art-japanese-politeness/#comments Thu, 01 Jun 2017 04:40:01 +0000 https://kumasensei.net/?p=926 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 (which often turn into gaffes), including this gem of a book, Polite Fictions: Why Japanese and Americans Seem Rude to Each […]

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REVIEW: Learn Japanese with Duolingo https://kumasensei.net/learn-japanese-duolingo-review/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=learn-japanese-duolingo-review https://kumasensei.net/learn-japanese-duolingo-review/#comments Thu, 18 May 2017 10:47:51 +0000 https://kumasensei.net/?p=427 At long last, Duolingo has released its Japanese for English speakers course. But does it live up to the hype?

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Japanese is a Ham Sandwich https://kumasensei.net/japanese-ham-sandwich/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=japanese-ham-sandwich https://kumasensei.net/japanese-ham-sandwich/#comments Thu, 04 May 2017 06:24:49 +0000 http://kumasensei.net/?p=103 Learning a new language is a bit like making a ham sandwich. But how?

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SRS: The Lifeblood of Learning Languages https://kumasensei.net/srs-lifeblood-learning-japanese/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=srs-lifeblood-learning-japanese https://kumasensei.net/srs-lifeblood-learning-japanese/#respond Tue, 11 Apr 2017 23:41:30 +0000 http://kumasensei.net/?p=68 How can harnessing the power of spaced repetition make you a more efficient language learner?

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The Benefits of Writing for Japanese Learners https://kumasensei.net/benefits-writing-japanese-learners/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=benefits-writing-japanese-learners https://kumasensei.net/benefits-writing-japanese-learners/#respond Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:33:49 +0000 http://kumasensei.net/?p=1 Explore the benefits of having a healthy dose of writing in your language of study.

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