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Posted February 19th, 2012 by Enrico in Learning Japanese No Comments »

If you're like me, chances are you spend a number of hours of your week in transit, whether you are driving yourself or you are taking public transportation. I'm sure I don't need to tell you that these hours can ...

A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar – Book Review

Posted January 27th, 2012 by Enrico in Learning Japanese, Reviews 1 Comment »

This is the first time we're reviewing a book on The Japanese Learner so before we get into it, here's a small disclaimer: we link to Amazon.com's listing of the book but this is only because Amazon.com is where Enrico ...

Yojijukugo: Japanese Idioms in 4 Characters

Posted January 6th, 2012 by Enrico in Learning Japanese 1 Comment »

You may think learning the thousands of kanji you need to learn to read Japanese smoothly is more trouble than it is worth. You might be right. But they can sometimes be fascinating, too! One of the most fascinating features of ...

Turn the Web into Reading Practice

Posted December 23rd, 2011 by Enrico in Learning Japanese 1 Comment »

So in our previous post, we expounded the importance of reading to building vocabulary and leveling up your Japanese ability. But you may have read that and wondered how to find things to read, particularly since not knowing a lot ...

The Importance of Reading

Posted December 9th, 2011 by Enrico in Learning Japanese 1 Comment »

It's difficult to overstate the importance of reading to the intermediate-to-advanced language learner. We've already discussed the benefits of reading aloud, but in this post we're going to expand more on reading and how it can rapidly improve your Japanese ...

The JLPT Exam Is Finally Here!

Posted December 4th, 2011 by Kimberly in Learning Japanese 2 Comments »

Hey there folks! It's that time we have all been waiting for! Tomorrow is the JLPT Exam! For everyone that is going to   be taking it tomorrow, we would like to say: 「明日、日本語能力試験を受ける皆さんに、頑張ってください!」 "Everyone, good luck taking the JLPT!" And just as a ...

Some Important Vocabulary for the JLPT

Posted December 3rd, 2011 by Enrico in Learning Japanese No Comments »

So I'll be taking the N3 JLPT tomorrow (if I don't get too sick again) and based on the positive response to our articles about the various levels of the JLPT, it seems that many of our readers are about ...

What Card Games with Maids Can Teach You About Japanese

Posted November 25th, 2011 by Enrico in Learning Japanese 2 Comments »

Kimberly is taking some time off to focus on her career. As mentioned in her previous post, she's currently consumed with looking for employment. I will be updating the blog in her place. She will be continuing to maintain the ...

How Reading Japanese Aloud Can Help with Speaking Skills

Posted November 6th, 2011 by Kimberly in Learning Japanese 1 Comment »

One of the most important keys to really knowing a language is to be able to communicate in it. It’s very important to be able to express your thoughts and emotions, while also being able to understand the thoughts and emotions ...

To Use Romaji, Or Not To Use Romaji? That Is The Question.

Posted October 29th, 2011 by Kimberly in Learning Japanese 1 Comment »

I have been going to a lot of forums and groups lately and I find that many users seem to be afraid of studying the kana tables plus kanji. After speaking with some users from some of these groups, they tell ...