Japanese Language

2020.03.06
How to Learn Japanese the SMART Way
When learning Japanese, motivation and excitement is highest when you’re a beginner. It’s easy to chart your progress, and your world noticeably expan
2020.02.28
3 Applications That Will Help You Read Japanese
After coming to grips with the soul-crushing inevitability of having to memorize over 2000 kanji characters, the next wall of frustration that Japanes
2020.01.29
The 3 Most Useful Japanese Learning Apps on My Phone in 2020
I've been augmenting my Japanese studies with technology ever since I brought my trusty iPhone 3G from the States to Japan when I moved here in 2009.
2020.01.14
The 5 Most Effective Flash Card Programs for Learning Japanese
Everyone who studies Japanese uses different methods, techniques, and tools to achieve mastery. However, ask around, and you'll find that most learner
2019.11.18
A Roadmap for Learning Japanese: How to Optimize Classes, Textbooks, and Flash Cards to Achieve Fluency
A few weeks ago, I was listening to a podcast about learning Japanese, and the host divided learners into two camps: those who use textbooks and those
2019.09.27
5 Ways to Make Time to Study Japanese
Learning Japanese is one of the best things you can do to enrich your life and increase your chances of career success in Japan. However, learning a n
2019.09.03
Three Perspectives on Learning Japanese: A Tadaima Japan Roundtable Discussion
As three authors from three different countries, we all share one common thread. We’ve all achieved a working knowledge of Japanese, and each of us ha
2019.08.02
10 Japanese Language Tips that Will Make You Sound Fluent
Here you are: you’ve been studying the Japanese language for some time and you’re ready to have conversations with Japanese people. However, the Japan
2019.07.19
Breaking Down (Over) Kanji Part 2: The Two Most Popular Ways to Achieve Japanese Literacy
In the first part of this series, I outlined what it takes to become literate in Japanese, and like a mid-trilogy Hollywood movie, I ended up on a dow
2019.07.05
Breaking Down (Over) Kanji Part 1: An Introduction to the Challenges of Reading Japanese
For upper-intermediate Japanese learners, successfully reading blog posts, newspapers, and magazine articles can feel like winning what I call the "ka
2019.06.26
Going to an Izakaya: 10 Words You Won’t Learn in Japanese Class
Gathering around food and drinks in an izakaya (a Japanese-style pub is an important part of Japanese culture, and you may have heard about nomunicati
2019.06.21
Is there a Rule to Reading Kanji or is it Totally Random?
Are you an intermediate Japanese learner struggling with reading kanji? In this article, I go over a simple but important sound change that occurs whe
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2015.12.20
10 Ways of Saying “I’m late” in Japanese
When you are late すみません、おそくなりました。(Sumimasen, osokunarimashita). I’m sorry for being late. おまたせしてすみませんでした。(O-mataseshite sumimasendeshita). I am sorr