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Writing in Japanese on Your Computer

Posted June 22nd, 2012 by Enrico in Learning Japanese 58 Comments »

Perhaps you've just started learning Japanese and you've gotten the hang of writing some katakana and hiragana by hand. Maybe you've brought a few kanji into the mix as well. But then you're sitting at your computer and you're thinking ...

From The Trenches: More Than One Month into Heisig

Posted May 4th, 2012 by Enrico in Learning Japanese No Comments »

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a review of Remembering the Kanji: Volume 1 by Dr. James Heisig. At that time, I had gotten only a bit over 200 characters into the book. Now, I've reached almost 700 characters, ...

Electronic Dictionaries (電気辞書)

Posted April 19th, 2012 by Enrico in Learning Japanese, Tools and Resources 2 Comments »

There are many good Japanese dictionaries (and similar) online — I personally recommend jisho.org, which I've started using over WWWJDIC because I find the interface is much nicer. But you can't always have your computer with you, so if you're studying on ...

Book Review: Remembering the Kanji Volume 1

Posted April 13th, 2012 by Enrico in Learning Japanese, Reviews No Comments »

Our usual review disclaimer applies: The Japanese Learner links to the Amazon.com listing for this book but is not affiliated with Amazon. We don't make a single penny if you click the link and buy the book. The Japanese Learner ...

When it feels as though you’re getting nowhere…

Posted April 6th, 2012 by Enrico in Learning Japanese No Comments »

I've been studying Japanese for a long time, when I add it all up. Even though there have been times when I've really been on it and times when I've been kept away from it, I think I can confidently ...

Tofugu eBook Review: 30 Days of Becoming a Better Japanese Learner

Posted March 29th, 2012 by Kimberly in Learning Japanese, Reviews 46 Comments »

I have read Tofugu’s new eBook “30 Days of Becoming a Better Japanese Learner” and wanted share my thoughts with all of you. This eBook is filled with some creative ideas on how to optimize your Japanese studies. Each day, for ...

Time to Hit the Books Again! (Kimi’s Journey)

Posted March 23rd, 2012 by Kimberly in Learning Japanese No Comments »

I’m excited to share with all of you that tomorrow I’m starting my “Japanese journey” all over again from the beginning, but in a Japanese language school and not just self-study. I’m nervous, anxious and excited all at the same ...

Kimberly’s Experience with the JLPT Exam (N5 Level)

Posted March 18th, 2012 by Kimberly in Learning Japanese 5 Comments »

As you may recall, Enrico and I took the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) this past December 4, 2011. For those that may not know, the Japanese Language Proficiency Test is a test that is held yearly (and sometimes bi-yearly) at ...

ご注文は? 「Gochuumon wa?」 “May I Take Your Order?”

Posted March 9th, 2012 by Kimberly in Learning Japanese No Comments »

If you live near a major city; the next time you go out to your favorite Japanese restaurant, find out if they have any Japanese nationals on staff. A few of my favorite places to dine, fortunately has a few Japanese ...

You Never Know What You’ll Find at the Library!

Posted March 2nd, 2012 by Kimberly in Learning Japanese No Comments »

I live near a public library and had never really taken the time to go in and check it out. Recently, when I was looking around, I noticed that they had an international section that had books in various different languages ...