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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

All I know so far

I taught myself Japanese in around 3 years, and am currently doing a master’s course in TESOL. I’m not an expert yet–not by a long shot–but I know a thing or two about picking up a new language. I wish

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Posted in Study Habits, Teaching Tips

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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Posted in Learn Japanese, Study Habits, Teaching Tips

Why you don’t need self-discipline to be a self-studier

I teach a fair number of students English, and I can tell you with certainty that the ones that study on their own improve a heck of a lot faster than the ones that don’t. In three years of teaching

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