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Never mind the drilling, here’s how I’ve been learning the kanji

Probably every student of Japanese out there has filled a few notebook pages with characters repeated over and over. I know I’ve got more than a few from back when I first started. You sit there and mindlessly write 温温温温温温温温温温温温温温温

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Getting the most out of authentic materials

Nearly every day, I see posts up in /r/LearnJapanese and similar forums for language learners, asking what kinds of resources are good and how to learn from materials made for native speakers. These people are definitely on the right track.

Posted in Getting Started, Learn Japanese, SLA, Study Habits

How to Pronounce the Japanese Nasal, ん

In phonology, we refer to ん as a phoneme. A phoneme is a mental representation of a sound, which native speakers will usually receive as the same sound, and we usually represent that with slashes, like this: /ɴ/. That’s the

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Learn through osmosis? What a bunch of baloney!

I see a lot of learning materials and lessons that, to anyone who has even seriously studied a language, are outright ridiculous. I’m not sure what the EFL material situation looks like in a lot of other countries, but here

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Start learning Japanese — the right way

So you want to learn Japanese, do you? Good! Just follow my advice, and in 2 months, you’ll be perfectly fluent in Japanese and up to your neck in busty, blue-haired anime chicks. Actually, no you won’t. In two months,

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How I started learning Japanese

I started out by doing the Pimsleur Japanese course while I was visiting Japan for the first time. You’ll hear mixed reviews of the program, but I absolutely loved it. Pimsleur got me speaking in basic phrases really fast, and

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